A big thank you to the capital’s charities

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EVOC is elebrating its 150th anniversary.

Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council staff will deliver thank you cards to third sector organisations across the city

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27th August 2018 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

Voluntary groups are set to receive a special thank you – on International Day of Charity.

On Wednesday, 5 September, Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council (EVOC) staff will deliver thank you cards to third sector organisations across the city.

The team will broadcast their journey, in a series of live Twitter video streams and provide information and insights into the charities that will be featured.

It will take place on International day of Charity, which falls on the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa and is, in part, a tribute to her work and dedication to charitable causes and encourages charitable acts within communities to raise public awareness.

This event is part of a yearlong programme of activities and events to mark EVOC’s 150th anniversary.

During this time, EVOC has gone from providing poor relief and improving sanitation in Victorian Edinburgh to supporting charities, community and voluntary organisations to make life fairer for people from all walks of life.

Many of the charities that will form part of the route, have their origins in EVOC and as part of uncovering Edinburgh’s rich heritage of benevolent organisations, the team will be uncovering and explaining these links.

Lucy Ridley, EVOC 150 programme manager, said: “EVOC has been supporting Edinburgh’s residents through its work with charities for 150 years. What a lot of people don’t know is that organisations such as Volunteer Edinburgh and the Edinburgh branch of Citizens Advice Bureau were originally projects within EVOC. This journey is a great way to recognise these special relationships, and also to thank the people in these organisations for the work they do.”

The journey will start at the EVOC offices on Ashley Place from 9.30am and the route will cover charities based in Leith, Stockbridge and the New Town.

You can watch the journey on Twitter at @evoc_edinburgh and using the hashtag #EVOC150.

More information about the EVOC 150th anniversary project can be found here.