Befrienders Beat Loneliness

Befrienders Beat Loneliness Loneliness costs lives. It is linked to a range of chronic conditions, including high blood pressure and depression, and more than doubles the risk of developing dementia. On average, 10% of the population aged over 65 is chronically lonely. Nor is it just an issue for elderly people-research shows that up to […]

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Could you give us 10 minutes of your time to support our 10th Anniversary? Since we started our work 10 years ago we have supported thousands of homeless people to have a safe and stable home of their own. In 2014/15 35,764 people were registered as homeless in Scotland and only a quarter of these […]


Creating a Fairer Scotland

“Scotland is a great country to call home. But we can make it an even better place. Achieving this will require a strong competitive economy and a fairer, more equal society. The two go hand in hand. Right now people across Scotland are working to that end. Working together we can do even more to […]

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Wine Tasting Quiz Tickets – Fundraising Event

Our Fun Quiz doesn’t require you to be an expert! We would like to invite old and new friends to enjoy fine Wine, fresh Bread, and delicious Cheese & Pate, and take part in our quiz! We have so much fun every year! *** LIMITED TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE *** When: Friday, 2nd October, 7pm […]

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Looking good with Lloyds

Staff at Lloyds Banking have adopted Rowan Alba as their charity this year. Their first job is to find the means to redecorate Stramullion lounges and create a therapy space. In the meantime, they have delivered donated toiletries for the ladies. Thanks!


We are investing in our volunteers

Rowan Alba has been awarded an Investing in Volunteers Quality Assurance award. This nationally recognised award signifies that Rowan Alba volunteers are assured the highest standard of training, support, development and recognition. Volunteer Scotland’s IIV assessors interviewed volunteers, staff and a trustee in the course of their rigorous assessment – one which resulted in a […]


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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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!