The 26th World Mental Health Day

By Alea Ibrahim, Communications Intern for EVOC 150 Heritage Programme

The 10th of October will mark the 26th year of World Mental Health Day. The awareness day was launched in 1992 by Richard Hunter who was the Deputy Secretary for the World Federation for Mental Health. Since then, it has become an international annual activity to raise awareness regarding the importance of mental health and the stigma around it. 

Children and Young People are the focus

This year’s theme will be “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World”. According to the World Mental Health Organisation, half of mental health illnesses begin as early as the age of 14 but are left undetected or untreated. They state that: “In terms of the burden of the disease among adolescents, depression is the third leading cause. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. Harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents is a major issue in many countries.”

Mental Health and Poverty in Scotland

For Scotland, this awareness day for young people’s mental health has extra weight. The BBC named poverty as one of the key drivers for mental health issues. With the recognition that one in four children live in poverty and that these figures are drastically rising and intertwine with mental health issues, the Scottish Government introduced the Child Poverty Scotland Act in 2017 to provide a plan aiming to minimise poverty. The effects of poverty affect young people’s mental health and stress levels and add to a long list of causes and effects of mental health such as bullying, self-harm or substance-abuse.

See Me Scotland interviewed young people who have experienced mental health and have advice on how to help young people when voicing issues and feelings can be difficult:

Your mental health

Everyone has mental health and should recognise that it needs to be protected, looked after and treated, which, with the stigma and unawareness still associated with mental health, can be challenging. Mental health illnesses can express themselves in many different invisible forms and are therefore harder to recognise. If you are affected by mental health issues or would like more information on mental health services, how to access them, and a handy wellbeing assessment tool, see the following links: 

SAMH – Self-Help: 5 Ways to better mental health

SAMH: Wellbeing Assessment Tool

Read some of SAMH’s stories about mental health

NHS advice on how to access mental health services

Find the various services Health in Mind provides

What’s happening in Edinburgh?

Various organisations in Edinburgh are marking this year’s World Mental Health Day with a range of events. The Midlothian Science Festival invites three researchers from the University of Edinburgh to discuss happiness. The event takes place at IKEA Edinburgh from 6.30pm-8pm. It is a free event but requires registering.

Blackwell’s on South Bridge is hosting Graham Morgan who has an MBE for services to mental health, and helped to write the Scottish Mental Health (2003) Care and Treatment Act.  Graham will present his book Start which addresses key issues around mental illness with positivity without glossing over the seriousness of mental health.

Real Talk is a social enterprise that “hosts mental health storytelling nights that see real people share real stories crafted from their lived experiences”. They will be hosting an evening of stories and discussions about mental health at the Storytelling Centre.

At Summerhall, Out of Sight Out of Mind, will open its doors to the public on the day. It is the largest exhibition about mental health in Scotland with almost 400 pieces of artwork. 

Also on the day, EVOC will be holding a thinkspace regarding the prevention and enhancement of out of hours care.

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

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Scottish Pensioners’ Forum Demonstration

By Alea Ibrahim, Communications Intern for EVOC 150 Heritage Programme

The #EVOC150 team joined the Scottish Pensioners’ Forum Demonstration along with several other organisations in front of the Scottish Parliament to support older people’s rights and welfare. This event was held to mark UN International Day of Older Persons 2018, which had the theme of “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions”.


 Lothian MSP Neil Findlay,
alongside other MSPs, came to show his support with the campaigners and was welcomed with raving applause.

He said: “I want to retire with dignity and decency and I want the same for my friends and family. This is what you are campaigning for. You are here to make demands as it is your right. Solidarity to you.”

With the concerns the older generations have to face alone, retiring with dignity is challenging which is why older peoples’ voices need to be supported to be louder, stronger and more confident.

Heatin’ and eatin’

The atmosphere in front of the Scottish Parliament is fittingly grim with an overcast sky and a freezing wind announcing the colder months. Winter is just around the corner and so is the daunting prospect of fuel poverty. The speakers raised their worries of having to choose between food and heating. Years of hard work and paying into the system deserves more than being abandoned in old age by that system to fend for yourself.

Pension Poverty

Sarah Wiktorksi, the Campaigns and Communications Officer from the Trade Union Congress (STUC), voiced the young people’s support for the campaign.

She said: “A lot of people think that the interests of older and younger people are very different but a lot of the rights of the people here are now destroyed through precarious work, Zero-Hour-Contacts and low pay.

“The Youth Committee is really keen to support the work of the Scottish Pensioners’ Forum and the retired members and Affiliates of STUC to rebuild that intergenerational solidarity that has always been there in the movement.”

It is not only the current youth, however, that is concerned with being pushed to the brink of poverty in their pension years through fragile work-contacts and low pay.

Amanda Gregory
from Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) who spoke at the event explains that the government's decision to delay her retirement got her involved in fighting for older people’s rights and recognition.

She said: “I had stopped work early with the expectation I was going to retire when I found I have to work another year.

“That was a terrible blow. You made your plans and all of a sudden you find yourself in that difficult situation. I was lucky as I had support from my family, but women who are on their own, divorcees and others who find themselves in the terrible predicament having to go job hunting in their 60s after years of hard work and paying into the system in order to pay rent, pay heating and buy food, is unacceptable. This is why I am here today and with WASPI.”

For more information on how EVOC has supported protesting and campaigning over the last 150 years, visit the website at www.evoc150.org.uk

 

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Challenge Poverty Week

 

By Alea Ibrahim, EVOC 150 Communications Intern

The Poverty Alliance will be hosting Challenge Poverty Week from 1st October – 7th October. Various organisations will be in attendance to discuss, highlight and raise awareness of poverty in Scotland, with a diverse programme ranging from workshops and training to talks, podcasts and film screenings.  

The many faces of poverty

The engaging programme promises to cover various angles in the discussion of poverty and kicks off on the 29th of September with a Campaigning Day for a fairer deal for hospitality workers who face low pay and instability with the constant threat of falling into poverty. The campaign starts an overdue discussion about workers in the hospitality sector who often face irregular, exhaustingly long shifts, exploitation and disrespect in low-paid positions with often unpaid overtime and effectively being pushed into poverty.

Various organisations address food insecurity as a common denominator in cases of poverty. The number of people having to rely on foodbanks in Scotland have been record-high as the recent stats by the Trussel Trust reveal.  Within the last year, 17,328 three-day emergency packages were distributed in Edinburgh alone many of which went out to children.
Fermentations Podcast will be hosting a session reflecting the relationship between food insecurity, poverty and gender which ties in with the #FoodOnTheTable campaign by Citizens Advice Scotland.

What is happening in Edinburgh?

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations will be holding a couple of events in Edinburgh. On the 3rd of October SCVO will be holding a small conference: Solutions to Poverty and is asking organisations and MPs from across the country to showcase their actions against poverty. On the 4th of October SCVO hosts their event Framing Poverty in Edinburgh to analyse the public attitude towards poverty and discuss strategies to implement change and increase awareness of poverty within the public.  

The Poverty Alliance will be holding an information stall at the Scottish Parliament on the 4th of October providing details on actions undertaken to tackle poverty.

Poverty is now

The poverty levels in Scotland have been consistently rising in the past years and have been hitting already vulnerable parts of society even harder. Low income, caps on working-age benefits and the high-living cost drastically affect the staggering numbers. The Child Poverty Scotland Act, introduced in 2017, aims to reduce poverty levels by 2033 ambitiously.
EVOC has been campaigning to reduce poverty in Edinburgh for 150 years and was initially founded as an organisation against poverty. Clearly the issues still persist and the imminence of poverty in Scotland is as present as ever and affects everybody.

The Poverty Alliance aims to raise awareness of poverty and what is already being done to combat it, as well as challenging the public perception and stigma around poverty.

For the full programme of Challenge Poverty Week, click here.

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Past, Present and Future: My journey along EVOC’s 150 year-old road

As I approach my three-month anniversary at EVOC, I’ve decided it’s important to pause for a moment to reflect on what we have achieved so far with the EVOC 150 project and what’s in store over the next six months.

What is EVOC 150?

EVOC turned 150 years-old in March 2018 and was awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver a programme of events, communications and initiatives to celebrate this milestone.
Originally established as the catchily-named Edinburgh Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor, the organisation has morphed and developed over the last century-and-a-half to what it is today. You can find out more on our website.

Through the EVOC 150 project we will excavate the heritage of Edinburgh’s voluntary sector, celebrate the work and individuals involved so far, and look ahead to what could or will be in store for the sector over the next 150 years. No mean feat! Our project is focused on four themes: organising, tackling inequality, protest and campaigning, and working together.

This project has the exciting potential to make a major contribution to the profile of the third sector in Edinburgh and beyond, and as we face a period of transition and uncertainty in the UK it is a fantastic opportunity to research and document the importance of the sector. Sometimes the opportunity to simply explain what the third sector actually is, is enough, but I have bigger dreams than that!

What have we been working on?

Media Education has a team of young filmmakers creating a documentary on the history of EVOC. I’ll say no more on that as I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but it’s going to be fantastic! Young people from their Friday film club produced two short, silent films about the life of Elsie Inglis (see below).

 

The Living Memory Association have digitised thousands of archive photos and are recording an oral history of EVOC and community/civic action in Edinburgh. We have been attending events and meeting individuals across the city to spread the EVOC 150 word, and to consider ways to collaborate. We celebrated International Day of Charity by touring a small number of the thousands of charities based in Edinburgh to deliver thank you cards and profile their work with short videos on social media. We have also recently appointed three professional researchers who are soon to say goodbye to loved ones as they venture deep into various archives to interrogate the history of the organisation. They hope to be allowed to surface before Christmas to share some initial findings.

What are we planning?

We will focus on some of the causes central to EVOC’s mission by making a splash on various awareness days. I say this with a full appreciation that for anyone involved with: older people, young people, mental health, volunteers, eradication of poverty, human rights…to name a few, every day/year is their day. We will present the research mentioned above in a public format early next year. This might be a touring exhibition, an interpretive dance or a projection onto the castle (some of these suggestions are definitely in jest). Watch this space! We are busy planning for the EVOC conference in November and are hoping to deliver an event as part of the Fire Starter Festival 2019.

We are also working with a volunteer storyteller who is deeply passionate about the importance of the third sector and the transformative potential of volunteering. I am delighted he found us and can’t wait to schedule his first engagements.

How can you get involved?

We would love to hear from anyone with an interest in this project and are open to all ideas and possible collaborations, creativity is encouraged! If this is too broad, below are some suggestions of who this might appeal to.
• You are involved with a school in Edinburgh looking for an interdisciplinary learning project
• You are involved with a youth group, community centre, care home, sports club, art group or similar and would like to host our storyteller at one of your meetings/events
• You would like to run an event for a relevant awareness day but would like some support
• You have a story of volunteering, fundraising, campaigning or similar that you would like to contribute to our Memory Box
• You would like us to feature your organisation or community in a case study
• You have a noticeboard we could display an A4 poster on, or a space to host some promotional postcards.

Get in touch by emailing me at lucy.ridley@evoc.org.uk and follow our hashtag, #EVOC150, on social media.

 

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

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#EdinburghRemembers

By Alea Ibrahim, Communications Intern for EVOC 150 Heritage Programme

The Edinburgh City Archives are launching a consultation of 4 surveys that questions residents and visitors of the city on their engagement with the archives and what, in their opinion, should be preserved for future generations.

The More The Merrier

The Archives are interested to hear as many voices as possible. Organisations, communities and individuals can take part from 13th August – 26th October. The aim is to improve the archives and match them with the needs of its users. The outcome of the consultation will be drafted into an Archives Development Plan and proposed to the Culture & Communities Committee of the Council to be put into action.  

Useful Links

Consultation hub –  http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/archivesurvey 
Campaign website – http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/edinburghremembers
Council Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/edinburghcouncil/
Council twitter –  https://twitter.com/Edinburgh_CC
Youtube video – https://youtu.be/hWs3LxVu6Jg

 

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EVOC attends Social in the Gardens 2018

By Alea Ibrahim, Communications Intern for EVOC 150 Heritage Programme

The EVOC150 team seized the uncharacteristically tropical Edinburgh weather last Friday and visited Social in the Gardens, organised by Edinburgh Social Enterprise.

Locals and people from all over the world enjoyed family activities and a jam-packed entertainment programme of Highland dancing, storytelling and music until late in the evening. Social enterprises are set up like other businesses but use the profits to reinvest into causes with a social impact. Some of Edinburgh’s social enterprises joined the event to showcase their work and volunteers from across the city were socialising with the visitors.

Cooking Classes with Cyrenians Good Food

Manning the Cyrenians stall Viki Fox, Cookery Tutor, of Cyrenians’ Good Food Programme said that since Prue Leith from the Great British Bake-Off opened the brand-new, purpose-built Good Food kitchen in Jane Street at the beginning of the year, they have had a busy programme.

Viki said: “We are teaching cooking classes funded by the council and we are doing evening classes for adults, the money made from that goes back into the service. We do kids classes during the summer holidays and there is a supper club for refugees trying to get a business going.” Cyrenians is currently celebrating their 50th anniversary of supporting Edinburgh’s vulnerable citizens with a large network of services.

Business Advice to Ice-Cream

Michelle Craig, from Citizens Advice Scotland attended the event to promote the organisation’s services, but also ended up giving some fairly unusual advice. She said: “Many were interested in advice and services on how to set up their own business but we give advice on anything really. Someone needed advice on where the nearest ice-cream was.”

Invisible Cities taking a stand

Invisible Cities trains homeless citizens as guides who create their own tours around the city while the organisation helps them back on their feet, into employment and housing.

Alice from Invisible Cities, explained how one of their trained guides had recently turned his situation around, she said: “ The guide and his son had been homeless and on benefits due to a range of unfortunate circumstances when they came to Invisible Cities but it was really important for him to come off benefits. He became a tour guide and recently started a new job as a chauffeur, he was working until 3 o’clock this morning before coming here. That’s dedication for you!”

In keeping with Edinburgh’s other festivals, this year’s Social in the Gardens had an international focus. Alice continued: “We receive inquiries from all over Europe, a lady from Australia approached us today and wants to do something similar there.”


A call for social justice

Edinburgh Social Enterprise has been organising this event since 2014 but this year has been a remarkable success with over 30 stalls and 160% more visitors than in previous years.

Chatting to people on the stalls reflects that while a lot of organisations are working to tackle social inequality, poverty and homelessness, the problems still prevail. Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council grew out of concern over the health and social inequalities between people in the city. Founded in 1868, it is now celebrating its 150th year.

EVOC150 is marking this year with a series of collaborations and events, to strengthen the third sector and continue the fight for social justice

Follow our programme, find out how to be involved and spread the word. Twitter: @evoc_edinburgh and use the hashtag #EVOC150

 

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

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Work with us! Researchers Required

Overview

Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council (EVOC) is looking for up to four researchers in the fields of, but not limited to: heritage, civic action, democracy, social history, inequality, poverty, social science, archives, and employability.

Researchers are required to support us to deliver the EVOC 150 project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, telling the story of EVOC’s first 150 years of campaigning for social justice in Edinburgh. We want to interrogate the various archives held in multiple locations across the city, such as libraries, museums etc.

EVOC 150 - Project Summary

EVOC started its journey as the Edinburgh Association for the Improvement of the Conditions of the Poor in 1868. As we turn 150 this year, we want to tell the story of EVOC, how and why it formed, how we got to where we are today, and how our history can inform our future as an organisation.

EVOC has been at the forefront of supporting civic action and promoting social justice in the City, from alleviating the impact of mass un-employment in the 1930s, fighting for tenants’ rights in the 1980s, to challenging the public sector to engage in serious collaborative work in the 2000s.

EVOC is an integral part of Edinburgh’s social fabric and history. By partnering with organisations that use inclusive approaches to capture shared heritage, we are delivering an exciting programme of collaborative research, events, presentations and publications recognising the power of participation – reaching hundreds of organisations and thousands of people, using themes of ‘organising’, ‘tackling inequality’, ‘protest and campaigning’ and ‘working together’.

As Scotland celebrates the Year of Young People we want to engage the next generation of policy-makers, campaigners and social entrepreneurs who will shape the next 150 years of civic action. 

Hours of Work and Term

Hours and duration of work to be agreed. This is a fixed-term opportunity available immediately through until Spring 2019.

Fee

To be agreed. It is anticipated that researchers will be appointed on a freelance/self-employed basis. Location It is anticipated that this role will be completed remotely. The project office base will be EVOC, 14 Ashley Place, Edinburgh. The base location has full disabled access.

Accountability

Researchers will be supervised by the EVOC 150 Programme Manager.

Area of Work

• Within area of expertise, investigate history of Edinburgh’s voluntary sector heritage.
• Complete research as contribution for a book, publications, exhibitions, communications etc.
• Coordinate volunteers to support the research in ways that enhance their employability, for example, to foster skills in analytical thinking, or to learn methods of interpreting, assimilating and communicating complex information.

Researchers must have experience of:

o communicating with and presenting information to non-expert audiences
o working with various stakeholders
o appropriate research and data collection methods
o working independently
o working to deadlines
o best practice for accessibility

This role is likely to appeal to and be most suitable for current PhD students and early career researchers, or those with previous experience of researching at this level.

Application process

Please submit your CV with a covering letter including reference(s) to relevant similar work. Applications should be sent to lucy.ridley@evoc.org.uk, Programme Manager – EVOC 150.

Closing date

5pm on Monday 20th August.

 

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

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Film Club make Dr Elsie Inglis the star of the show

EVOC has been supporting charities and voluntary organisations for 150 years. Throughout that time, we’ve crossed passed with some notable individuals who, in their fields, have made significant differences to the lives of people in need.

One of these people was Dr Elsie Inglis, who aside from being one of the first women to obtain a medical degree, campaigned to improve the care given to mothers and babies, set up hospitals for allied forced during WW1 and campaigned alongside Millicent Fawcett for women’s suffrage.

As part of a Heritage Lottery funded project, EVOC is delivering events and activities to a diverse group of people across Edinburgh to engage with the heritage of civic action and that of the third sector in the city.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Last Friday, we joined Media Education’s Friday Film Club, armed with a bag of hats, to deliver a workshop designed to get a group of young people to make a silent film about the life of Elsie Inglis. The club meets every Friday to watch, discuss and make films, creating a welcoming social space for young people with a wide variety of skills and abilities, including those with additional support needs.

The club builds young people's skills and confidence, giving them essential aptitudes for education, socialising and work in the wider world and so we delivered the workshop with World Youth Skills Day firmly in mind.

Why a Silent Film?

We decided to introduce some creative limitations to the group and get young people thinking about what life was like and what making films was like in the early 1900s. To get thinking, we watched some Buster Keaton clips, which gave an insight into how actions could be used to tell a story.

The two groups storyboarded their films and shot a sequence of scenes which will be edited and shown at the next club. One group’s film focused on Eslie Inglis’ funeral which was attended by both Serbian and British Royalty and the other took an interesting angle on her work in frontline hospitals.

The edited films will be available shortly on the Dalry Film Club YouTube channel. 

Sean Glowa from Media Education said: "The workshop with EVOC went really well. It was a fantastic opportunity for the young people to learn about the amazing life of Elsie Inglis through using and developing their own skills.

"Alea, Yasmin and Lucy brought a wealth of knowledge and supported the young people to interpret Elsie's amazing achievements and life into film. It was a great experience for the young people to try something new and test their skills in different ways."

 If you would like us to deliver a workshop centred on the heritage of Edinburgh’s third sector to a group or organisations please contact comms@evoc.org.uk

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

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Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council launch Memory Box in community museum

Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council (EVOC) has launched its ‘Memory Box’ project at the Living Memory Association as part of celebrations to mark 150 years of civic action in Edinburgh.

From today (4th July 2018) people will be able to write down and submit their memories of campaigning, volunteering and protesting and post them into a physical box.

The Memory Box and collaboration with the Living Memory Association is part the EVOC 150 programme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Lucy Ridley, Programme Manager for EVOC 150: “The EVOC 150 project is a celebration of civic action in Edinburgh through the delivery of all sorts of different interactive activities. As part of this, we are working in partnership with the Living Memory Association and they have already begun looking at archive material from our heritage and making these accessible.

“The next phase of their work is to investigate who the people in the photos are and what the story is. From there, they will help us create a rich oral history of EVOC for future generations.

“We would welcome people to submit a memory, a short story or poem about their memories of voluntary and civic action in Edinburgh. Our job will then be to interpret them and communicate them with the wider community.”

The Chance to Reflect

The Living Memory Association, located at Ocean Terminal, provides a range of services aimed at giving people the opportunity to reflect and reminisce on the past.

Miles Tubb, Project Worker at the Living Memory Association, said: “We are a reminiscence oral history project, we’ve been going for 32 years and we work largely with older people using reminiscence to get people more socially active.

“I think the EVOC 150 Memory Box is a great idea because people in here like to share memories. They are not just picking things up but they are also giving information.

“The fact that we can put a box out there specifically about protest and campaigning is great, people like to contribute and that’s what we are about.

“I think to reminisce is a basic human instinct and it’s nothing to do with age, young children reminisce and it’s surprising how it brings people together.”

The EVOC Memory Box will be available during Living Memory Association opening hours (weekdays - 10.30 to 4pm and 11am to 4pm weekends) people can also submit their memories online here.

 

 

 

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Never Afraid to Challenge: EVOC attends World Refugee Day in Glasgow

18-24th June marks Refugee Week, which is the UK's largest festival that recognises the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. As part of this, a whole programme of events has been taking place across the country. 

To join in commemorating World Refugee Day on 20th June, EVOC made the trip to a gathering in Glasgow's George square. 

Currently there are 25.4 million people classed as refugees, 40 million people that have been internally displaced and 3.1 million asylum seekers worldwide. It's difficult to imagine the scale of the global refugee crisis but here are a few facts from the UN Refugee Agency.

- 44,000 people a day are forced to leave their homes because of conflict and persecution

  • - 57% of the worlds refugees come from three countries: South Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria

Third Sector and Refugees

Despite millions of people around the world being displaced, Britain resettles less than 1% of refugees but third sector organisations are working to influence that. Glasgow based charity, Refuweegee provides refugees with essential information and aims to make people feel welcome, in true Glaswegian style. 

Speaking at the event held on World Refugee Day, Founder and Director of Refuweegee, Selina, said: “We’re here in George Square to celebrate World Refugee Day, which sounds a bit bizarre because it’s not really something to celebrate that 68.5 million people are currently displaced from their homes. However, what we are celebrating is the welcome that Scotland has displayed to forcibly displaced people. We want to make sure that people are aware of that welcome and know how they can get involved with it.

“We want to send the message to the Government and to UK politicians that Scotland loudly and proudly welcomes refugees and wants to stand and do our bit. We have some amazing organisations here and so many things during Refugee Festival happening across Scotland.


“There are so many ways that people can help us put Glasgow and Scotland on the map as being the welcoming and warm city and country that it is.”

As part of Refugee Week, Oxfam and Amnesty International Scotland held a travelling exhibition entitled ' The Museum Without a Home' which displays everyday items, usually found in the home that were given to refugees as acts of kindness. 

Rebecca Menzies, Volunteer with Amnesty International Scotland, said: “The Museum without a Home is very eye opening and touching for people that to see the gifts that people have given.  It’s things that people think don’t make a big difference, there’s a kettle, nappies, there’s everyday things that we take for granted.

“It’s nice to have this exhibition travelling about to show people the little things that can be done to make people feel welcome. It not always a big act."

Edinburgh Refugee Services 

EVOC has been campaigning for social justice in Edinburgh for 150 years. Over the last century and a half, that has meant a lot of different things whether that be sanitation, to tenant's rights to provisions for mothers and babies. We are please to support organisations that fight, like us, to achieve social inclusion and tackle inequity in the city for everyone - including refugees.  There as a number of services for refugees in Edinburgh and beyond listed in our Redbook: http://www.evocredbook.org.uk/ 

 

The EVOC 150 project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with thanks to players of the National Lottery.

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