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February 2017

All Together Edinburgh Graduation 2017

We are please to announce that all of our 2016/17 trainees graduated at the White House, Craigmillar on Wednesday 22nd February. They enjoyed a great evening including a slideshow, certificate presentation, rendition of "Love me Tender" by Gordon (our very own Elvis) and a superb buffet provided by the White House Kitchen.

The graduates addressed the audience and said that they had gained confidence, retail and work skills They said they enjoyed working in the shop and look forward to moving on to work or college. They were presented with their certificate by the All Together and Skills Path staff:

Hamza  Raza - Ready for Retail
Joanne Dickie - Basic Work Skills (r4r)
Alisha Dickson - Work Skills 1
Emily Aikman - Ready for Retail
Gordon Duncan - Ready for Retail
Shaun Rodgers - Work Skills 1
Shaun Stoddart - Work Skills 1
David Martin - Work Skills 1
Matthew Power - Ready for Retail
Ovik Choudhury - Work Skills 1

Well done!!  A big thank you to everyone who attended the event or helped make it a great night. A special thank you to Darren, Michael, Noel, Caroline, Angie and Brian

Click below for pictures



October 2016

Broomstick Challenge

THANK YOU

To all the volunteers who cycled for 30 minutes each in our 9 hour Broomstick cycle challenge on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st October. Everyone got dressed up in Halloween outfits, cycled in our shop window and we managed to cycle 93 miles over the 9 hours. We raised a whopping £175 for our charity.

The All Together Team


September 2016

WELL DONE PEDAL FOR SCOTLANDERS!

THANK YOU

to Jessica, Ashleigh and Euan for completing the 46 mile cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh and to Debbie and Robyn who completed the Wee Jaunt from Linlithgow to Edinburgh.

It was a lovely day and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. We raised just over £300 for our training centre in Leith. Thanks to the cyclists who took part, to everyone who sponsored the cyclists and to those who came along to support them.

The All Together Team


July 2016

Clearance Event

THANK YOU

We would like to thank everyone that came along to our annual clearance event on the 8th and 9th July. We had two amazing days and made a whopping £1510. These much needed funds help us run our training centre/charity shop in Leith Walk.

We would also like to thank the volunteers who helped to set up the event, worked on the stalls and helped clear things away. We couldn't do it without you! We also couldn't do it without the South Leith Parish Church staff who allow us to use their hall for 3 days and were very helpful and supportive.


June 2016

5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

We celebrated our 5 year anniversary on 25th June 2016 with a buffet and refreshments every day for the whole week! We wanted to ensure that past and present trainees, volunteers, customers and other supporters had a chance to come along and enjoy the celebration. We have had continued support from volunteers and organisations over the last 5 years. These include HSBC, Health and Social Care (Edinburgh City Council), Intowork, First Port, Edinburgh College and Borders College and of-course the Skills Path team.

I would like to thank the people who have supported ATE throughout the last 5 years:

• Darren and Carroll from HSBC who have helped with donations, our graduation and volunteer days

• James Duncan from Intowork/Project Search who helped set up the website/logo, e-bay, I.T expertise and supported and assessed trainees in the shop

• Ronnie Grocock who supported the shop from day one, helping set the shop up, training/assessing trainees, collecting stock,involving ATE in the faashion show and Christmas Fairs and supporting weekly football sessions

• Gill Smith, Bill Ewen and Jane Gillespie from Health and Social Care who gave me the key contacts for setting up ATE and supported our project from the onset.

• Noel Guy from Skills Path who has been part of ATE for the whole 5 years training, assessing and moving trainees on, for his computer, retail, networking skills and his sense of humour

I would like to give a special thank you to:

• Michael Stubbings from Skills Path who helped get the project off the ground, helped with funding applications, staff support in the shop, stock collections, storage, printing leaflets and knowledge/skills in the social care field.

Debbie


May 2016

Funds Raised in the Edinburgh Marathon

A big thank you to Martin Brownjohn who donated £84.00 to All Together after running 8 miles as part of a relay team in the Edinburgh marathon on Sunday 29th May. Martin wanted to donate funds to help support a much needed and valued service for people with learning disabilities.

His commitment and support is sincerely appreciated and without support we would find it difficult to exist. Each year All Together Edinburgh continues to create training and employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities. Through our charity shop/training centre in Leith we have seen many lives change for the better. All of our trainees have grown in confidence, gained transferrable skills and achieved a recognised qualification.

To date, 54 of our graduates have moved into retail/customer facing environments or further education with 5 graduates securing paid employment.


November 2015

Star Troupers

All Together have donated musical instruments to White House Star Troupers in Craigmillar. These workshops are for kids aged 8-12 who are learning drama, drums and the guitar with the aim of forming a band next year.


November 2015

All Together Football

The All Together Football sessions (for people with learning disabilities) were set up in October 2014 with a "goal" of getting past and present trainees fit, learn football and basketball skills, build confidence and to work as a team. Other people have now joined and there are now around 20 people who take part every week. A big thank you to Leith Communiity Centre who have allowed us to use the Sports Hall for another year to enable us to continue these popular football/basketball sessions. A big thank you to the staff from Edinburgh Council who help run it each week. We couldn't do it without them.


November 2015

Broomstick Challenge

The Broomstick Challenge was on 30 October and we raised £155. Staff, trainees and volunteers from a cycle club dressed in Halloween outfits and cycled on an exercise bike in the shop window for 30 minutes each from 10 to 5pm and cycled an amazing 101 miles. Customers guessed where we would finish and the correct guess won a hamper. A big thank you to Sarah who organised this event.


September 2015

Pedal Scotland

The Pedal Scotland Event in September raised £350. There were 5 of us from the shop (Debbie, Ottilie, Robyn, Kevin and Lucas) who cycled the Wee Jaunt from Kirkliston to Murrayfield Stadium and all helped each other on the way. We crossed the finishing line together. Well done guys and thank you for your support.


Late 2014

Fundraising Fun

Recent fundraising by our staff and fans has raised over £500. Between September and November our staff and fans have taken part in a number of fundraising events to raise funds for our organisation. Michael and his daughter Rosina raised over £300 taking part a charity cycle ride between Glasgow and Edinburgh shortly before James and Edith took the Icebucket Challenge outside the store. Finally 28 volunteers rode the equivelant of 160 miles on an exercise bike in the front of the shop. Alltogether would like to thank everyone who took part in these activities to raise much needed funds for our charity.


July 2014

Record Breaking Clearance Event

Our recent clearance event in July 2014 raised a record £1275 for our charity. It was staffed by over 40 helpers over the 2 days. Alltogether would like to thank everyone who attended both as staff and customers.


October 2013

All Together secures £10,000 funding from Santander

All Together Edinburgh has received £10,000 of funding through Santander’s Social Enterprise Development Awards to expand its business.

The company runs a charity shop in Edinburgh providing practical work experience and training for adults with learning disabilities, helping them to develop skills for employment including team building, communication and self-confidence. Participants work on an accredited training programme which helps develop basic work skills, health and safety, stock and display, cash register use, customer care and interview skills. Placements last for a year and once they’ve ended All Together Edinburgh supports its trainees by helping them move on to further employment or educational opportunities.

Graham Silcock, Regional Director, Santander, said: “At Santander we are committed to supporting communities and the Social Enterprise Development Awards were set up to help enterprises in Scotland looking to expand. All Together Edinburgh is running a very successful social business and their plans to expand to a second site impressed the judges. We’re very pleased to be able to help them realise their goals.”

Debbie Douglas, Project Manager, All Together Edinburgh, said: “Charity shops are currently performing exceptionally well in the Edinburgh area and opening up on high streets around the city. Over the last two years of trading we’ve experienced repeat and new custom and our sales have increased. With the Santander award we’ll now be able to progress with our plans for growth and look for a suitable second site.”

Santander’s 2013 Social Enterprise Development Awards saw a further eight awards given to social enterprises in Scotland. Grampian Credit Union won the £50,000 prize whilst Giraffe Trading CIC, New Caledonian Woodlands, Fly Cup Catering and Wigtownshire Community Transport each received £20,000 awards. Kidz-Eco, Borders Scrap Store and Iceberg Print and Design were each awarded £10,000 alongside All Together Edinburgh.

The Awards are part of Santander’s commitment to supporting small businesses in the UK. Social enterprises play a vital role in local communities by helping to deliver social regeneration and the SEDA scheme aims to help those with potential to expand their work.

Alongside the prize money, winning social enterprises receive access to support from Santander including mentoring programmes, funding for internships and bespoke training.

Winning organisations will also receive valuable input from Scottish Community Foundation which will work with them to assess the social impact of their business and the prize fund on local communities.


September 2013

Seans Charity Cycle

Sean Cook, Retail Assistant at All Together Edinburgh successfully completed the Pedal Scotland event on Sunday 8th September 2013. He pedalled 47 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh in 5 hours and 2 mintutes beating his last attempt of 6 hours. He raised £246 in donations which was donated to All Together Edinburgh.

We really appreciate the effort he put in and his contribution which will be re-invested back into the All Together Edinburgh charity shop to support our work.


June 2013

All Together's Debs Wins £1000

Debbie Muir Douglas, Project Manager for All Together Edinburgh recently won £1000 for the charity. Pricewaterhousecoopers recently held a competition for social enterpreneurs in their Glasgow office. They asked people to stand up for one minute to talk about their social enterprise, the work they do and what the £1000 would be used for. This was called an "elevator pitch"

Debbie was up against 7 other social enterpreneurs and managed to win first prize. The £1000 is going to be used for a new laptop, printer, ink and paper which is used daily for printing off evidence for the trainees Borders College qualification.


December 2012

New trainees arrive

Our new intake of trainees started recently and have now settled in to their training places and have completed the first of 3 sets of assessments in their Ready for Retail award.


October 2012

Our first trainees move on

Our first set of trainees have now successfully finished their Ready for Retail awards. They were presented with their certificates during a ceremony at Llloyds TSB Edinburgh offices. The trainees have now moved on to pastures new including paid employment and voluntary work.


March 2012

Meadows Marathon Success

Alltogether Manager Debbie Muir, Skillspath's Mark Brown and Alltogether Trainee Sean Cook took part in the Meadows Marathon on Sunday 4th March to raise money for Alltogether.

Mark successfully completed the event in 35 minutes with Debbie and Sean coming in together in 39 minutes. Congratulations to Debbie, Mark and Sean for their efforts and thank you to everyone who supported them.

If you would like to sponsor our runners you still can by visiting our online donation site HERE


10/02/12

Fantastic News for our Trainees

I’m pleased to say that all of our 16 trainees have undergone their first assessment for the Ready for Retail Award or Skill Accreditation Programme and have done very well. They have been gaining knowledge and skills in Health and Safety, Customer Care, Stock and Display, Recycling, Interviews preparation, Using a Cash Register and Basic Work Skills. We have collated evidence by taking photographs, observing or asking questions and these have been placed in the trainees’ personal portfolio.

I have noticed that there has been a significant increase in confidence in all of our trainees and they all have taken part in every task in the shop. Each trainee seems to have a favourite task that they enjoy. We are now starting to get a clearer picture of suitable areas of employment for each candidate or the next most suitable step on their employment path. All of the trainees seem to be enjoying their time in the shop.

Val said “ I like working sorting and getting the stock ready”

Brett said “My favourite task is on the till as I like helping customers”


25/06/11

All Together Edinburgh’s Grand Opening




The All Together Edinburgh charity shop was opened on Saturday 25th June by stand- up comedian and Edinburgh Evening News columnist Susan Morrison.

The trainees excitedly held the ribbon ready for Susan to cut and announce the shop officially open. The massive queue of people hurriedly entered the shop to look around for quality items at bargain prices. Most customers bought several items and were very pleased with the prices.

The trainees loved the buzz of the opening day and all took a turn to serve customers and bag their purchases. They managed to keep calm even though there was a queue of people to be served throughout the day .I was so pleased with the way they handled the pressure and how they managed to enjoy the occasion. They were all eager to stay the whole day and could not wait to come back in on their training day.

Thank you to Susan for opening the shop, to the staff for helping on the opening day and a special thank you must go to the trainees who came in to help on their day off.



All Together Edinburgh
Registered in Scotland - Registered Number SC377787 - Scottish Charity Number SC041816
7 New Tower Place, Edinburgh EH15 1TS