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EYC Book Group

21 March 2018

On the last Tuesday of the month Edinburgh Young Carers Book Group meet at Portobello Library. Every month we read and review a different book. Our book of the month for March is Revolting Rhymes written by Roald Dahl.

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ChooseYouth Work Voting Open

8 March 2018

Just to let you know that the Choose Youth Work voting period for young people is now open and runs until 5pm on Friday 16th March. Young people aged 11 -25 can vote for projects in their locality and at a citywide level.

Young people can vote in one of three ways:
• online using their Young Scot card
This is the easiest way for young people to vote. All they need to do is enter their Young Scot number and then vote for their locality and citywide choices. About 70% of young people have a Young Scot card.

• online with a temporary number
If young people do not have a Young Scot card they can email and we will provide them with temporary numbers so they can vote. They will have to provide their name, date of birth, full postal address and email address. We will set out, in the email we send with the temporary number, why we need this information and how it will be stored and disposed of. We will issue the temporary number with instructions on how to vote and a disclaimer to the effect that young people using temporary numbers understand that they are only able to vote via this method.

• using paper ballots at locality events and roadshows
Paper ballots will be available at events and roadshows for young people who do not have Young Scot cards and wish to vote using a paper ballot.

Young people will have three votes in their locality and three votes for the citywide programme.

We hope that as many young people as possible will take part in Choose Youth Work and that you will encourage any young people that you work with to find out more about the projects and use their votes.

More information is available at:

Kilted Lobster of Edinburgh has won the 2018 Small Business Big Heart Award

5 March 2018

Edinburgh’s Social Conscience Restaurant wins National Small Business Big Heart Award

Kilted Lobster of Edinburgh has won the 2018 Small Business Big Heart Award in association with The ‘restaurant with a social conscience’ won against stiff competition from nine other regional finalists from all over the UK.

Kilted Lobster received the Small Business Big Heart Award for the many ways it helps those in need around Edinburgh including free meals for those facing financial hardship, vocational training for those overcoming barriers to work and education, and cookery classes for families on limited budgets or catering for special dietary needs.

Rufus Bazley, Director of Marketing at says, “All our regional finalists were worthy contenders for the top prize, but the judges decided Kilted Lobster and its ‘Cooking up a Storm’ social conscience had the edge. The impact the business makes to the wellbeing of locals on a sustained basis is amazing because as well as helping those communities directly it helps them to help themselves for the long term.”

Chef Patron, Colin Hinds says, “We are delighted with the recognition, and it will spur us even further on our mission to help those in need feeding those in need with food, knowledge and access to work.”

Kilted Lobster will receive £1,000 to put towards a good cause of its choice.

Of the eight other finalists four received special commendations from the judges:

Highly Commended Small Business Big Heart Community Spirit Awards went to:
• The Picturedrome Electric Theatre, Bognor Regis for its incredible support for local community events, organisations and sports clubs
• Sardaya Hair and Beauty, Swindon for its local fundraising activities and practical support for the elderly, homeless, children and babies in the community

Highly Commended Small Business Big Heart On-going Giving Award went to:
• Pearl’s Pet Care, Forres for its 36-year long work in animal welfare, environmental safeguarding, community care and regional business development

Highly Commended Small Business Big Heart Business Heart Award went to:
• Bluefin Living, Birmingham for a business ethos built on tackling the UK’s housing crisis

Rufus concludes, “For the second year running the Small Business Big Heart Awards have demonstrated the incredible impact the UK’s small business community has on individuals and organisations that might otherwise be overlooked. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every one of our entrants and congratulate every one of our finalists.”

The opening date for the 2019 Small Business Big Heart Awards will be announced in September.

Guest Blog: Young Carers Awareness Day

25 January 2018

We have a guest blog on the Cyrenians website today, to mark Young Carers Awareness Day...

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An exciting exhibition

16 January 2018

An exciting exhibition opening at one of our regular partners, see you there...

This involved a young person from EYC.


Happy New Year

3 January 2018

All the best for 2018...

Family Day at Dynamic Earth

14 December 2017

Thanks to Kiran's Trust and Dynamic Earth for a fantastic family day...

Emergency Contacts for Christmas

4 December 2017