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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”

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.