The 12 Charities we are supporting in 2021
Edinburgh City Mission


Our dream is that as many people as possible, particularly those in Edinburgh’s most deprived communities, experience God’s love and hear the amazing gospel. 

Our vision is to do this by creating an unstoppable mission movement in by growing our outreach team with 30 new Mission Strengtheners, “to stimulate and strengthen the church’s mission in Edinburgh’s most deprived communities.”

Edinburgh has five huge housing estate areas and three smaller ones. We particularly help churches who are working with people from these areas. Many churches could benefit from our help, as our Mission Strengtheners come alongside and get practically involved in community engagement activities and outreach. 


Erskine’s strength lies in the very special blend of dedicated care, compassion and understanding we offer to residents and their families.

Erskine care for nearly 1,000 residents each year; our care homes provide veterans with the companionship of like-minded people.  Erskine not only care for their veterans – we care about them.

Our person-centred care is tailored to the needs of each individual veteran.  All bedrooms open to a general living space with dining areas and are fully accessible with en-suite facilities. The dedicated activities team provide social activities, entertainment and organise day or evening trips which are of huge importance to resident’s health and wellbeing.

For veterans who need help to begin the next chapter of their lives, Erskine offers social, recreation and training facilities at the Activity Centre, single and family accommodation and employment opportunities in partnership with Scotland Bravest Manufacturing Co.- all within a Veterans Village setting supporting veterans of all ages.

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has been part of the fabric of our city since 1883, working in partnership with local authorities and police services by welcoming lost, stray and abandoned pets from all corners of Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Fight Against Cancer Edinburgh

FACE is a cancer fund established in 1990 and is based at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre of the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. The funds raised through FACE provide the “little things” that make a difference to patients and families who have been affected by cancer. FACE is run entirely by volunteers, who have directly or indirectly been impacted by cancer. There are no paid members of staff and no offices to maintain. This allows FACE to keep administration costs down to a minimum and maximise the funds that are available to provide help.

British Heart Foundation

Our vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. We raise money to research cures and treatments, so we can beat heartbreak forever.

Scotish Women's Aid

Scottish Women’s Aid is the lead organisation in Scotland working towards the prevention of domestic abuse. We play a vital role coordinating, influencing and campaigning for effective responses to domestic abuse. We work with a network of 36 specialist local Women’s Aid groups toward a shared vision of a Scotland where domestic abuse is not tolerated.

Scottish Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the United Kingdom concerned with the creation, protection, and restoration of native woodland heritage. It has planted over 43 million trees since 1972. The Woodland Trust has three key aims: i) to protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable, ii) the restoration of damaged ancient woodland, iii) plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife. The Woodland Trust maintains ownership of over 1,000 sites covering over 24,700 hectares (247 km2). Of this, 8,070ha (33%) is ancient woodland. It ensures public access to its woods.


Saheliya supports and promotes the positive mental health and well-being of black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+) in the Edinburgh and Glasgow area.

We believe that there are a number of factors in the lives of our client group which can contribute to stress, anxiety and depression. Some of these factors are:

  • Social isolation

  • Racism

  • Unemployment

  • Abuse

  • Ill health

  • Bereavement

  • Relationship issues


We aim to develop our clients’ self-esteem and confidence and reduce barriers such as isolation and depression, by using a holistic range of services including counselling, practical support, befriending, complementary therapies, outreach, group work and Young Saheliya.

Stonewall Scotland

We're here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone.

We believe we're stronger united, so we partner with organisations that help us create real change for the better. We have laid deep foundations across Britain - in some of our greatest institutions - so our communities can continue to find ways to flourish, and individuals can reach their full potential. We’re here to support those who can’t yet be themselves.

But our work is not finished yet. Not until everyone feels free to be who they are, wherever they are.


Every seven seconds, Samaritans answer a call for help.

We’re here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, we’re taking action to prevent the crisis.

We give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. And we encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives.

We offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need.

In prisons, schools, hospitals and on the rail network, Samaritans are working with people who are going through a difficult time and training others to do the same.

Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide.

That’s why we work tirelessly to reach more people and make suicide prevention a priority.

Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity

We exist to transform the experiences of children and young people in hospital so they can be a child first and a patient second

Our values

Supportive - of children, young people and their families 

Dedicated - to achieving our outcomes

Encouraging - to all those who want to work with us

Friendly - towards everyone we deal with

Imaginative - in our approach to transforming children’s experiences

Fun - because having fun is important, no matter what your age

St John Scotland

St John Scotland was formed in 1947, and for more than 70 years we have helped improve the lives of people in need through our charitable work. Today, our teams of members, volunteers and supporters across the country run projects which help save and enhance lives every day. These include our volunteer-run Patient Transport services, which provide free, comfortable transport to help patients get to hospital, and are a lifeline for hundreds of people going through cancer treatment or dialysis each year. We work with local communities across Scotland to help save lives in the event of cardiac arrest, by training members of the public in simple bystander CPR so they can come to the aid of a loved one or stranger in an emergency. We also work with community groups, businesses and individuals across the country to increase access to publicly available defibrillators, helping to give more local communities access to vital life-saving equipment. Alongside our volunteer-led projects, we support Scottish Mountain Rescue teams by funding bases and vehicles, while our St John Scotland Mountain Safety Instructor scheme is helping to keep a whole generation of mountaineers safe on Scotland’s hills. Internationally, we are proud to support the sight saving work of the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem, as well as helping people across the world who need it most through our support for health projects run by St John Malawi.