0131-553-7016 All Together Edinburgh, 87 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8LX

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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 minutes 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.

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.