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Community

Our hope is that the Lothian Diary Project can be of benefit to our local community during these difficult times.

On this page we showcase our community partners and describe the opportunities for you to help us support Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Our charity collaborators!

In recent months, we have also begun to work closely with a number of community and charitable organisations, who have been helping us to hear the “hidden” stories, of more vulnerable, marginalised or digitally excluded members of our community. 

These include:

  • People First (Scotland): The National Disabled People’s Organisation of adults with a Learning Disability in Scotland
  • Redwoods Caring Foundation: also supports people with learning disabilities throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.
  • Streetwork – supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Leith Police Box Popup Space – a community popup space owned by Monty Roy, who has helped us greatly in recording the stories of local community members.
  • Carr Gomm –  a leading Scottish social care and community development charity supporting about 2000 people across Scotland to live safe and fulfilling lives
  • Edinburgh Direct Aid – an all-volunteer charity currently working in Lebanon, Kurdistan, Gaza, Kenya, Bosnia and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

If you would be interested in collaborating with us, register your interest on our charity registration page!

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Working with Museums and Galleries Edinburgh

The Lothian Diary Project is working with Museums and Galleries Edinburgh to integrate the video and audio diaries of willing participants into their collections, to preserve our experiences of the pandemic for posterity.

Museums and Galleries Edinburgh are also investigating and documenting the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the people of Edinburgh in their ongoing project, Covid-19 Contemporary Collecting. The project seeks to create a collection of objects that have been of significance to Edinburgh residents throughout the lockdown, to create a tangible, physical record of this period in our city’s history.

Reporting to the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament is working to assess the impact of Covid-19 on the lives and livelihoods of people all across Scotland. At the completion of our project, we plan to prepare a report which we will submit to the parliament’s Covid-19 Committee. It is hoped that our findings will be valuable in helping inform future decision-making, as we continue to deal with the fallout of the pandemic.

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#givingback - How you can help!

The pandemic has hit local businesses and non-profit organisations hard. Despite governmental support, many have suffered financially. Many have been working tirelessly throughout lockdown to support those in need, and are, themselves, in need of support. 

You can make a difference to these organisations, simply by participating in The Lothian Diary Project. You can choose to receive your payment for taking part in the form of a £15 voucher for a local business, to support them as they begin to reopen to the public. Or, you can request that we donate your payment directly to support the work of your favourite charity.

Plus, if you refer the project to someone else you know, you can also earn a further £5 to help those in need.

Let’s start #givingback to our community together!