EVOC 150 team make contact with long lost Edinburgh protester

Through the power of community and social media, the EVOC 150 team has made contact with its poster girl for protesting and civic action. The team had been using an image of a young girl protesting in Edinburgh about the state of damp housing in Pilton, in the north of Edinburgh as an integral part of the EVOC 150 project. After a powerful and moving piece of digital storytelling was made based around the image by 150 Communications Intern Alea Ibrahim, the decision was taken to try and find the…

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EVOC achieves cross party support for Parliamentary Motion acknowledging 150th anniversary

A Scottish Parliament Motion to recognise EVOC’s commitment to supporting Edinburgh’s charity and voluntary organisations has achieved support from over 20 MSPs, representing a range of parties. The motion was lodged with support from Gordon Macdonald MSP, SNP member for Edinburgh Pentland. He said: “I am delighted to be able to recognise EVOC’s 150th anniversary. EVOC has been at the heart of charity in Edinburgh for 150 years, making life fairer for people from all walks of life and fighting for social justice. The contribution of EVOC’s staff and volunteers…

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EVOC to marks Carers Rights Day with wellbeing event for carers

EVOC will be marking Carers Rights Day on Friday 30th November from 11am – 3.30pm by hosting a drop-in wellbeing event for paid and unpaid carers across Edinburgh. There will be a small spa space, a chance to try Reiki, Indian Head Massage and yoga, and a free lucky dip with prizes donated by businesses across Edinburgh. The event will be held at our premises at 525 Ferry Road, Edinburgh, EH5 2FF which is easily accessible by public transport and has 125 parking spaces, including accessible parking. Please visit our…

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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 the 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…

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EVOC lends support to campaign for statue of Elsie Inglis

Edinburgh Voluntary Organistions’ Council (EVOC) is delighted to publicly announce its support for the campaign to erect a statue of medical pioneer Dr Elsie Inglis. As part of events and activities to mark its 150th Anniversary, EVOC has been simultaneously uncovering its own heritage and the history of the campaigns for social welfare in Edinburgh. Through this research, connections to Dr Elsie Inglis have been rediscovered and celebrated. Joan Fraser, EVOC Convener, said: “Elsie Inglis made an enormous contribution to the city of Edinburgh. Her work in establishing hospitals and…

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