Into the 2020s
Since the first lockdown started on 23rd March 2020, we have:
• opened The Storehouse food and distribution centre in Sighthill
• launched a new weekly Soul Food meal at Carrubbers Christian Centre on the Royal Mile, in partnership with Soul Food Edinburgh (now on temporary hiatus)
• opened a new Foodbank+ in Prestonpans, in partnership with Lighthouse Central Church
• opened a new Clothesbank+ in Tollcross, in partnership with Central Church
• launched Nations, a racial justice project
• launched An Open Hand, a new toy delivery service, in partnership with Greenbank Parish Church
• run online conversational English classes over the summer as part of Salaam, our support work for refugees and asylum seekers
• initiated a drop-in cafe for refugees, in partnership with Liberton Parish Church
• launched The Salaam Weekend Club, an events programme for refugees
We are planning to launch Two’s Company – Edinburgh, a new befriending scheme for older people, in partnership with Linking Lives UK in May 2022.
We continue to run our Foodbank+ network providing food for people who are going through a period of food crisis. If you are experiencing food poverty and would like to get support from our network, you need to get a referral from a social worker or other professional who can refer using our website.
We started our first Soul Food meal in partnership with Soul Food Edinburgh in October 2019, providing a weekly meal for people experiencing homelessness and others in isolation. This is based at Central Edinburgh Methodist Church in Newington. If you are in need of a meal, please contact us for details or go to Soul Food Edinburgh.
The van goes out five lunch-times and seven evenings a week, providing a hot drink and takeaway meal for people experiencing homelessness. The Care Van is run in partnership with Bethany Christian Trust and 40 local churches.
Wide-ranging Refugee and Asylum Seeker support work. Please contact us if you are a refugee or asylum seeker and are impacted by the Covid-19 Crisis. We want to help you.
We are a small charity who put our energy and resources into providing support through these programmes. If you need spiritual or emotional support during this difficult time, you may wish to contact a local church or Trypraying. May God bless and keep you and yours safe.
Thank you for your prayers and support,
Duncan Cuthill (CEO) and the Edinburgh City Mission team