News Archive 2018


13 December 2018

An Exhibition of Photographic Illusions

Prepare to be mesmerised by the uncanny illusionists from Edinburgh Young Carers. In collaboration with MagicFest and Professor Richard Wiseman they will be creating Magic in a Photo! How? You might ask, well join us on a journey of discovery where the old history of Edinburgh and the magic of young minds collide! Witness the magic at Storytelling Centre, unlock the secrets at Museum of Childhood.


Date  Thur 13 Dec –  Sat 26 Jan

Venue 1  Photo exhibition
Scottish Storytelling Centre

Opening Times  
Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm
Mon 24 & 31 Dec 10am – 3pm

CLOSED Dec 25, 26, 30 and Jan 1, 2

Venue 2  Behind the scenes
Museum of Childhood

Opening Times  
Daily 10am – 5pm

CLOSED Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1, 2

Carers Rights Day – Friday 30th November

22 November 2018

To mark Carers Rights Day on Friday 30th November, our Schools Project is hosting a professional event which will bring together key members of staff for young carers across Edinburgh’s schools, colleges and universities. 


At this event, the Young Carer Co-ordinators will be joined by the Enquire service who will facilitate a workshop on the rights afforded for young carers who have an additional support need.  Many young carers face practical or psychological barriers to achieving their full educational potential, as recognised in the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2014. 


New powers are in place for 12-15 year old young carers under this Act, and to celebrate Carers Rights Day, we will make sure that education staff across the City are aware of these rights, and can support young carers to exercise these.

EVOC Carers Rights Day Wellbeing Drop-in

21 November 2018

EVOC will be marking Carers Rights Day on Friday 30th November from 11am – 3.30pm by hosting a drop-in wellbeing event for paid and unpaid carers across Edinburgh. There will be a small spa space, a chance to try Reiki, Indian Head Massage and yoga, and a free lucky dip with prizes donated by businesses across Edinburgh.

Anyone who has caring responsibilities is invited to attend and this event is open to young carers and adults alike.

Unfortunately, there will be no respite service at this event but carers are welcome to bring the person(s) they care for. The more the merrier! This is a drop-in event and you can join us at any point during the times listed, but we would be grateful if you could register to help us have a sense of numbers to expect.

The theme of Carers Rights Day this year is Caring for Your Future. The day is organised by Carers UK annually to:

  • Make carers aware of their rights

  • Let carers know where to get help and support

  • Raise awareness of the needs of carers

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EVOC has been supporting Edinburgh’s residents for 150 years and we are celebrating this anniversary by promoting charity, kindness and the work and achievements of the third sector through a range of events. You can read more about our project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, on our website at


Travel and Location Information

Our new office at 525 Ferry Road is fully accessible with plenty of parking, and is easily reached by public transport. The EVOC offices are on the second floor and reached by lift or stairs.


There are 125 parking spaces including disability spaces.

Lothian Buses 21 and 27 stop in front of the building and there are additional bus services that stop nearby on Crewe Road.

Further venue information is available at

Additional Information

For any questions related to this event, please contact Lucy Ridley, Programme Manager – EVOC 150 by email at or phone at 0131 555 9104.

Edinburgh Carer Support Team will also be holding an information stall.



'I was a child carer – it made me who I am today'

20 July 2018

Excellent article from the BBC website regarding the experiences of being a young carer.

See link below

Celebration for Young Carers at Central Library – We Care Do You

26 June 2018

We are delighted that young carers from Young carer services across Edinburgh were involved in making this film which was launched at the Central Library on 21st June 2018. The film was made for and by Young Carers.

The Young Carers in this film completed this work with the filmmaker Gavin Bryce and his team but make no mistake regarding whose film this is – over five Monday evenings the young people wrote the message they wanted to give and drove the direction and final cut of the film. It is their voices and it is their film – our responsibility is to watch it and hear the message and call for action.

This is best watched Google Chrome

YOYP 2018 & Carers Act launch

21 June 2018

Almost time for the Year of the Young Person (#YOYP2018) and Carers Act launch event at The Central library. 5:30pm for a 6pm start.

See you there!!!

Carers Week 2018 & Year of the Young Person updates…

25 April 2018

#sharingourcaring #yearoftheyoungperson #carersweek 3rd session preparing for a future exhibition stay tuned…@StillsEdinburgh

EYC Book group update…

28 March 2018

On the last Tuesday of the month Edinburgh Young Carers Book Group meet at Portobello Library. Every month we read and review a different book.

Our book of the month for April is The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies

Get involved!
We want to hear what you think.
What are your thoughts on the book?
Do you have a favourite character?
Let us know what you think.

Our book for February was Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl we gave it a ……… THUMBS UP!!!

Respitality Video featuring EYC

28 March 2018

Edinburgh Young Carers shared Respitality’s post

Our #Fridayfeature needs little introduction this week. We’re going to let @Edinburghyoungcarers speak for themselves in this fantastic film of their big adventure to St Andrews. We are super proud of this film and the young people who made it, we hope you love it too!

EYC Book Group

21 March 2018

On the last Tuesday of the month Edinburgh Young Carers Book Group meet at Portobello Library. Every month we read and review a different book. Our book of the month for March is Revolting Rhymes written by Roald Dahl.

Get involved!
We want to hear what you think.
What are your thoughts on the book?
Do you have a favourite character?
Let us know what you think.

ChooseYouth Work Voting Open

8 March 2018

Just to let you know that the Choose Youth Work voting period for young people is now open and runs until 5pm on Friday 16th March. Young people aged 11 -25 can vote for projects in their locality and at a citywide level.

Young people can vote in one of three ways:
• online using their Young Scot card
This is the easiest way for young people to vote. All they need to do is enter their Young Scot number and then vote for their locality and citywide choices. About 70% of young people have a Young Scot card.

• online with a temporary number
If young people do not have a Young Scot card they can email and we will provide them with temporary numbers so they can vote. They will have to provide their name, date of birth, full postal address and email address. We will set out, in the email we send with the temporary number, why we need this information and how it will be stored and disposed of. We will issue the temporary number with instructions on how to vote and a disclaimer to the effect that young people using temporary numbers understand that they are only able to vote via this method.

• using paper ballots at locality events and roadshows
Paper ballots will be available at events and roadshows for young people who do not have Young Scot cards and wish to vote using a paper ballot.

Young people will have three votes in their locality and three votes for the citywide programme.

We hope that as many young people as possible will take part in Choose Youth Work and that you will encourage any young people that you work with to find out more about the projects and use their votes.

More information is available at:

Kilted Lobster of Edinburgh has won the 2018 Small Business Big Heart Award

5 March 2018

Edinburgh’s Social Conscience Restaurant wins National Small Business Big Heart Award

Kilted Lobster of Edinburgh has won the 2018 Small Business Big Heart Award in association with The ‘restaurant with a social conscience’ won against stiff competition from nine other regional finalists from all over the UK.

Kilted Lobster received the Small Business Big Heart Award for the many ways it helps those in need around Edinburgh including free meals for those facing financial hardship, vocational training for those overcoming barriers to work and education, and cookery classes for families on limited budgets or catering for special dietary needs.

Rufus Bazley, Director of Marketing at says, “All our regional finalists were worthy contenders for the top prize, but the judges decided Kilted Lobster and its ‘Cooking up a Storm’ social conscience had the edge. The impact the business makes to the wellbeing of locals on a sustained basis is amazing because as well as helping those communities directly it helps them to help themselves for the long term.”

Chef Patron, Colin Hinds says, “We are delighted with the recognition, and it will spur us even further on our mission to help those in need feeding those in need with food, knowledge and access to work.”

Kilted Lobster will receive £1,000 to put towards a good cause of its choice.

Of the eight other finalists four received special commendations from the judges:

Highly Commended Small Business Big Heart Community Spirit Awards went to:
• The Picturedrome Electric Theatre, Bognor Regis for its incredible support for local community events, organisations and sports clubs
• Sardaya Hair and Beauty, Swindon for its local fundraising activities and practical support for the elderly, homeless, children and babies in the community

Highly Commended Small Business Big Heart On-going Giving Award went to:
• Pearl’s Pet Care, Forres for its 36-year long work in animal welfare, environmental safeguarding, community care and regional business development

Highly Commended Small Business Big Heart Business Heart Award went to:
• Bluefin Living, Birmingham for a business ethos built on tackling the UK’s housing crisis

Rufus concludes, “For the second year running the Small Business Big Heart Awards have demonstrated the incredible impact the UK’s small business community has on individuals and organisations that might otherwise be overlooked. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every one of our entrants and congratulate every one of our finalists.”

The opening date for the 2019 Small Business Big Heart Awards will be announced in September.

Guest Blog: Young Carers Awareness Day

25 January 2018

We have a guest blog on the Cyrenians website today, to mark Young Carers Awareness Day…

Click on the link

An exciting exhibition

16 January 2018

An exciting exhibition opening at one of our regular partners, see you there…

This involved a young person from EYC.


Happy New Year

3 January 2018

All the best for 2018…