This booklet has been written to celebrate EVOC’s 150th Anniversary and to record its origins in 1868 and some of our key achievements since then. Our Convenor Joan Fraser constructed a timeline of key people and events in EVOC’s 150 years of campaigning for social justice, and also wrote about our plans for the next 150! You can read the booklet online or download a copy to keep. To request a hard copy of the 150th Anniversary booklet please email

Alan Rees MBE and former Deputy Director of EVOC has produced his own personal history of the Organisation, which captures the voices and stories of former staff and colleagues in the sector.

A message from Alan: "I have very much enjoyed putting it together over the past nine months with the help of many people including former colleagues and friends. I hope readers will find things in it which they didn't know before and will appreciate the efforts of so many people over the 150 years. It does not pretend to be a complete account and there is still scope for further research. And of course, there is still work to be done to address the many needs that were highlighted all those years ago."

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EVOC’s 150th anniversary was a milestone celebrated with a reception at the Scottish Parliament. It marked the start of a year-long programme of research, events and communications designed to discover and celebrate the work of the third sector in Edinburgh. This publication is just one accomplishment of the project, and to be appreciated by anyone who has ever been part of a community.

The reflections have something for everyone and there are many parallels that can be drawn to contemporary issues, some explicit, others less so. You may choose to digest each piece in turn in the order they are compiled, sample them independently or use them as a springboard for your own research. 

If you would like a print copy of the publication please email