CARDS volunteer team award

Our team of almost 40 volunteers with CARDS has been awarded one of the 2015 Inspiring Volunteers awards. Here’s what it said in their citation. “The team of volunteers provide a one-to-one support service to vulnerable people in Edinburgh who are identified as having, or being at risk of developing, Alcohol Related Brain Damage. They […]


CARDS to Scottish Parliament

Jim Eadie, MSP for Edinburgh South, hosted an event at the Scottish Parliament which involved CARDS service users. Here’s what he said in the debating chamber. “I had the privilege of hosting an exhibition in the members’ lobby, and last evening I hosted an event in the Parliament. The theme of the exhibition and event […]


Breaking the Taboo

Freddie is among one in six men in the country who reports physical or emotional harm by a partner, according to the NHS – and one of a lucky few to have access to specialist support. So how much and what sort of support is out there for male victims of domestic abuse, like Freddie? An Inside […]

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Thumbs up

Yet another very positive Care Inspectorate report, this time for our Thorntree Street service. With six stars for quality of care and support, and five stars each for quality of staffing, management and leadership, it’s a well-deserved well done to the entire team!


Community yoga

Our friends at Edinburgh Community Yoga have produced this great video on how yoga can contribute to good mental mental health. We appear to explain how it benefitted Rowan Alba service users!   @RowanAlba thanks @RowanAlba and Julie! — Laura Wilson (@EdCommunitYoga) February 27, 2015


Book your holiday – help prevent homelessness

This year, your holiday can raise over £100 in free donations for Rowan Alba services! All you need to do is book via, and Rowan Alba will automatically get a donation from them. What could be simpler? Here’s how to do it… Go to and support Rowan Alba Limited. Now shop with over 2,700 […]


Six for the best!

Our accommodation and support service for women, Stramullion, has been an ‘excellent’ rating by the Care Inspectorate, following an unannounced inspection in early December. The quality of care and support, staffing and management were all rated 5, ‘very good’, with our excellent 6 also relating to the quality of care and support. Here what some […]

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Cash for Kits

Our CARDS service has received a grant of £500 from the Bank of Scotland Community Fund. A huge thanks to everyone who voted for us! Your votes mean we will be able to buy five aid kits for clients with alcohol related brain damage (ARBD). These kits contain practical aids like post-its, diaries, memory aids […]