Pilton Community Health Project has been working in the Pilton area since 1984. PCHP supports and enables local people to improve their own health and create a healthy community and environment. They are rooted in the community and have always worked using a community development approach to tackle ill health in the Pilton area. This is a process that includes:
- promoting learning, knowledge, skills, confidence and the ability to act collectively
- taking positive action to address inequalities in power, access and participation
- strengthening organisation, networking and leadership with and between communities
- working for change through increased local democracy, participation and involvement in public affairs.
LGBT Health and Wellbeing (LGBT Healthy Living Centre) was set up in 2003 to promote the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland.
Their key objectives are:
- Provide a programme of activities which tackle the life circumstances that contribute to the ill-health of LGBT people
- Reduce levels of isolation and social exclusion experienced by LGBT people
- Strengthen the capacity of the LGBT community to promote the health of individuals
- Support individuals to adopt and sustain healthy lifestyles
- Ensure that LGBT people have equity of access to mainstream health services and information which are responsive to their needs.
Sikh Sanjog was set up in 1989, under the name ‘Leith Sikh Community Group.’ In 1999, the Group became Sikh Sanjog. ‘Sanjog’ means ‘linking’ in Punjabi and is an apt description for the way they work.
Their key objectives are:
- To build the capacity, confidence and self-esteem of individuals in the Sikh and other Minority Ethnic communities, enabling them to have their voices heard
- To enable women who otherwise would be unable to do so, to enter the employment market
- To achieve these goals through acting as a portal to mainstream services and through bespoke training and provision of volunteering opportunities
- To provide a safe space for young people to take part in learning and leisure activities to promote self-confidence and a sense of pride and belonging, as Scottish Sikhs
- To promote the values and awareness of the Sikh culture within the broader Scottish society and among other service providers, policy makers and statutory agencies.
Get2gether has been operational since 2013 and now has almost 400 members. The organisation was created to respond to the social isolation regularly reported and experienced by people with disabilities who want opportunities to find friendship and love in adult relationships.
At get2gether there is a belief that everyone has the right to love and friendship. Get2gether also believes that people meeting each other shouldn’t be difficult or complicated. To achieve this they arrange social activities for people with disabilities in safe and friendly places in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The members tell get2gether what they’re interested in and that’s what they do.
CHAI was formed in 1997 as part of a planned amalgamation of a number of small urban programme funded projects then operating in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh. From these beginnings CHAI has gone on to grow and now provides a range of advice, support and development services across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
CHAI’s aims and objectives are:
- To relieve poverty
- To provide social welfare assistance
- To provide practical help
- To provide information, advice and support.
People Know How was established in Autumn 2012 as a non-profit Social Innovation Organization. Based in Edinburgh the organisation is founded upon the principles of social innovation. The main focus of the organisation is helping and supporting people to discover and develop their strengths and assets, in the belief that this is key to promoting positive social change.
Their creative process involves:
- Consultation. We consult people from our community on where they see challenges, opportunities and what they are looking to achieve in order to create positive change
- Research. Our team then conducts Social Research and examines existing publications following a systematic plan
- Solutions. We compare and study our findings to build innovative and creative solutions to modern social issues
- Sharing. After developing services and projects that meet diverse social needs, we pass them on to other organisations so we can continue developing and creating solutions with people, for people.
Positive Realities began in early 2013 to promote an effective transition into adulthood. Although this is a relatively new service, Positive Realities was established in 2004 to provide research, training and development consultancy to organisations.
They aim to improve the health and wellbeing of young people and young adults aged 12-25 years living in Lothian. The organisation works to improve life outcomes and aim to increase resilience and confidence of young people and adults as they move into adulthood. They offer one-to-one and group based emotional support, coaching, advocacy and also lead projects in partnership with individuals and organisations.
Pilmeny Development Project (PDP) has been operating in the Lorne Area of Leith since 1979. The overall aim of the project is to support local residents and groups and to encourage appropriate self-help initiatives towards the identification and resolution of their problems. This means they work with local people to identify and deliver actions which contribute to the sustainable development of both individuals and groups in this part of Edinburgh to improve their quality of life.
- Children and Young People. To improve the range and provision of services with children and young people which enables them to meet their social, educational and recreational needs and to develop their capabilities
- Older People. To improve the range and provision of services with older people which maintains and improves the quality of their lives and enables them to remain independent and active for as long as possible
- Adults. To improve the range and provision of services which enables them to meet their social, educational and recreational needs and improves the quality of their lives.
Edinburgh Development Group was set up in 1991. Since then, their work has constantly evolved to keep up with (and often ahead of!) the times. They still mainly work with people who have learning difficulties and their families, but they also now work more widely with community groups, including others who may feel at risk of marginalisation.
EDG believe that everyone has something to offer. They believe in focusing on people’s and communities’ strengths and capacities, and they use learning from Asset Based Community Development to complement their person centred working.
The organisation has a strong reputation for an innovative and creative approach, and pride themselves on their development work. Individuals and families see EDG as allies and professionals see them as an invaluable resource. EDG believe in working alongside people rather than doing ‘to’ or ‘for’. Some people they have worked with in the past have become colleagues and advisers to them, lending further credibility to their work and training.
Ecas is an Edinburgh based charity which was established in 1902 to help those who have a physical disability. They provide grants for individuals, run a range of therapeutic, social and learning activities (also referred to as classes), conduct research and campaigning, and run a befriending service.
Art, craft, swimming, yoga, seated tai chi, music therapy and computing are all run by qualified and experienced Group Leaders. These activities operate for 43 weeks per year.
They also have an internet café, classroom and computing facilities which are available by prior arrangement for clients to use without support from the staff.
Edinburgh Access Panel was originally formed in the 1980s and works with Council partners and local businesses to improve accessibility for physically disabled and sensory impaired people, predominantly in relation to the built environment. We believe that full access should be incorporated into every facet of Scottish life and our aim is that Edinburgh should become a model of what a fully accessible city should look like.
Edinburgh Access Panel members meet on a regular basis, usually once a month. Their main business is to consider current planning applications for public buildings, and make comments in relation to any accessibility issues. They frequently act as consultees in relation to large development projects in Edinburgh, and advise the developers, at an early stage, about improvements in access arrangements.
Lothian Community Transport Services (LCTS) is one of the UK’s oldest community transport projects that provides, promotes and supports high quality accessible passenger transport services in Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian. LCTS runs a number of scheduled Community Bus Routes in Midlothian. The LCTS minibus hire services operate from bases in Edinburgh and Dalkeith and are available to not-for-profit organisations in Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian. Their services include:
- Accessible minibus hire services to approximately 250 member organisations
- High quality training for transport operators
- Advice and Information.
Multi-cultural Family Base (MCFB) promotes the wellbeing, life opportunities and social inclusion of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their families. As an agency most of their workers have a wealth of experience in cross-cultural work; anti-racist practice; group work with children and therapeutic work. Many of the workers are also practice teachers and have considerable experience in supporting people in their learning, whether on a one-to-one basis or in group settings. A couple of their workers have also completed post-qualifying training in therapeutic work. They are able to provide training or consultancy to individuals and groups on the above issues.
The Rock Trust was established in 1991 and works in Edinburgh and the Lothians with young people between the ages of 16- 25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. This includes young people who are in transitions, leaving care or home and those involved in offending, alcohol or drug misuse.
The Rock Trust aims to prevent youth homelessness and support young people to build better futures. Their role is to advise, educate and support young people. They want to enable them to build the personal skills and resources required to make a positive and healthy transition to adulthood, while avoiding or moving on from homelessness.
The Rock Trust provides :
- an emergency advice (duty) service
- one to one support at their offices or at the young person’s accommodation
- group programmes, employability work, volunteering and work experience
- respite places to stay.
Feniks (Phoenix) is a charitable organisation supporting the Central and Eastern European Community (CEE) in Edinburgh. They provide psychological support (counselling and support groups) and activities promoting cultural bridging, and integration. They apply a community development approach to address health inequalities affecting immigrants in Edinburgh. They run a mother and toddler group, language café and community cafés to address health inequalities and promote support services provided by other community health initiatives.
FENIKS also tries to tackle stigma related to help-seeking and mental ill-health by training community champions. They also provide cultural awareness trainings to professionals and organisations interested in working with the CEE community.
The Junction was set up in 2005 in response to a piece of action research around sexual health provision/health inequalities for young people in Leith.
The Junction is a safe, friendly, confidential centre which offers health-related services, education and support for young people in Leith and North East Edinburgh aged 12-21. They think it’s important to listen to young people, which is why young people have been consulted from the start of the Junction and continue to be so today.
They are working to promote long-term prevention of health problems, to raise young people’s awareness and self-esteem and to enable them to make informed choices about their health and well-being. The aim is to help them help themselves which if successful will ultimately have a positive effect on the community as a whole.
Tollcross Community Council is a fully constituted Community Council within City of Edinburgh Council. It is a locally elected body which aims to further the interests of its electorate. Tollcross Community Council comments every month on Planning Applications and new licensing proposals. Local councillors and Community Police go to their meetings and Council Officers give regular reports.
Community Councils exist to keep Councils, Police and the NHS informed about the concerns of local people regarding the services provided and other local issues such as:
- Litter, street cleaning, graffiti, pavement and road repairs, and waste recycling with the City of Edinburgh Council
- Policing matters, such as antisocial behaviour, graffiti, and drug dealing
- Changes to social care arrangements.
Hollaback! Edinburgh is made up of various committee members, volunteers, advisors and supporters.
Hollaback! is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world. They work together to better understand street harassment, to ignite public conversations, and to develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces.
They envision a world where street harassment is not tolerated and where we all enjoy equal access to public spaces.
At the core of their model lies the belief that movements start with people telling their stories – and they succeed with people taking action. By collecting women and LGBTQ stories and pictures in a safe and share-able way with their own mobile phone applications, Hollaback! is creating a crowd-sourced initiative to end street harassment.
Streetwork is a registered charity that works with vulnerable and disadvantaged people in need in Edinburgh.
Streetwork go out, seek, find and connect with people who are in such trouble that they find themselves on the street. Regardless of whatever brought this about, they work to enable them to bring safety and stability to their lives. They aim to get it right first time, to bring an end to the recurring problems that living without a home can bring. But homelessness is often a symptom of other underlying issues. A bed for the night is just the starting place. Working in a partnership based on respect and trust, they help people to find their own solution in ‘your terms, your pace, your place’.
Edinburgh Plan Advisory Group
We are a multi agency group that meets on a quarterly basis to monitor the implementation and recommendations from the Edinburgh Learning Disability Plan.
The group includes adults who have a learning disability and their support workers, third sector representation , City of Edinburgh council officers and NHS Lothian representation. The group has an interest in equality and human rights issues.
Scotland based equality, diversity and inclusion consultancy working with organisations in all sectors to help support the design and delivery of their EDI strategies.
Heavy focus on delivering training to challenge discrimination, promote equality and inclusion and to raise awareness about difference. Provide consultancy around policy development, equality consultation and fulfilment of equality duties.
Children’s Hearings Scotland is a public body. We were established in 2011 by the Children’s Hearings ( Scotland) Act 2011 and became fully operational in 2013. The Act aims to improve the lives, outcomes and opportunities of Scotland’s most vulnerable children and young people.
As an organisation established under this Act we have a number of duties which include the recruitment, appointment and training of our volunteer panel members.
Clear, free and impartial advice on the issues that matter: care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility.
A charity founded over 150 years ago, we’re independent so you can be.
Edinburgh Tenants Federation (ETF) is the umbrella organisation for tenants and residents groups in the City of Edinburgh. We represent tenants to influence housing issues with the City of Edinburgh Council and work to improve housing conditions. We provide independent advice, training and support to tenants and residents groups.
People First (Scotland) provides the voice of Learning Disability in Scotland. Established at a member conference in 1989 People First (Scotland) is the unique, Disabled People’s User Led Organisation (DPULO) run by and for people with an intellectual impairment (Learning Disability) in Scotland. There are 3 things People First works to change: 1. The way people with learning disability see themselves. 2. The way the world sees and thinks about people with learning disabilities. 3. The law and policy as it affects people with learning disabilities.
We support migrants and refugees in Edinburgh, helping them to feel at home and to achieve their potential in Scotland. Our activities are designed to help people learn English, find jobs, make friends and enjoy a better quality of life here. We also provide volunteering opportunities for local people who are keen to welcome and support newcomers and celebrate diversity.
We aim to offer support to people in need, including aid appeals for elderly and homeless, support to refugees with aid and integration, signposting, general informal befriending and we also carry out school workshops to educate children on equality and diversity, multiculturalism, integration and respect for all. we also have plans to work with disabled people and high school children through community development workshops.
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