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Small Charities Week: Recognising the value of small charities in Edinburgh South West

Small charities are the beating heart of our communities. They provide food, safety, shelter, mental health support and more, every day, to millions of people.

Joanna said: “I am so grateful to the small charities across my constituency who work tirelessly for local communities.  I have visited many of them over the last few years, and I see how they contribute so much to our community. A new community charity run by Pentland Community Space is the Hub@531, which used to be a disused public toilet on Lanark Road at Juniper Green and is now a newly refurbished room running workshops and interest groups. On Fathers’ Day I popped in to a Dads Rock community event with games and food for children and their dads. I recently visited the impressive COSS in Broomhouse who run a food pantry and offer advice and support for people who live nearby.”

But small charities are facing incredibly challenging times – just as the support they offer is needed more than ever. We need a strong and resilient small charity sector.  A small charity is a voluntary or community organisation with an annual income of less than £1m. The NCVO Voluntary Sector Manifesto asks the next government to work with charities to make a positive difference and think about how they can support charities and volunteers. The manifesto offers a starting point for thinking and planning. It’s informed by voices across the voluntary sector. They also urge us to remember to support these charities, as they support us. Charities underpin the country’s social infrastructure, deliver public services, meet needs, connect communities and individuals, and help address systemic inequality. 

The NCVO, and in Scotland, the SCVO, work on behalf of charities, offering lots of information on how to run a small charity. 

Small Charity Week is a chance to say thank you. And it’s also an important time to remind people to support their local charity by offering donations or volunteering. 

Here are some more hard-working small charities in Edinburgh South West

The Welcoming supports asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Edinburgh by supporting them to learn English, find jobs and build friendship groups: 

Health All Round offers support via groups, workshops and support workers in exercise and weight management, mental health, chronic pain, social isolation, creative activities and complementary therapies.