Last week, Pilton Community Health Project held a fundraiser, coinciding with the 35th anniversary of our work in the area. Joining us for the celebration was Tom Kitchin, who provided canapés for the guests.
The fundraiser was a great success, and saw the launch of a new way to support PCHP: our Friends of PCHP campaign. To find out more about how this works, and the important services we run, please download the information pack or visit the Friends of PCHP page on this website.
Thank you again to everyone who attended last week’s event, everyone who donated to PCHP, and everyone who has supported us in other ways. We wouldn’t be here without you.
You can read our full press release below, or download it here.
Pilton Community Health Project Celebrates 35th Birthday
Pilton Community Health Project (PCHP) celebrated more than just its 35th birthday last week. It was also an opportunity to recognise the extraordinary efforts to keep the project open to support people living in some of the most vulnerable areas of Edinburgh. After receiving devastating funding cuts in December 2018, dedicated and tenacious local people, staff and partners launched a campaign to Save PCHP.
The Project launched a successful crowdfunding campaign in February, and soon raised enough money to help continue services throughout this year.
Services offered include supporting people on low or no income, adult counselling, support for women who are survivors of gender-based violence, and creating welcoming spaces for new and settled immigrants to meet. PCHP’s food team has identified more dignified approaches to accessing food and tackling food poverty issues: initiatives including increasing access to food through Sharing Shelves and community fridges, cooking groups and community meals. PCHP aims to build social capital and reduce isolation, with many people gaining confidence and skills through the wide range of support and services delivered through the project.
With an eye to serving the community for the next 35 years, PCHP launched its Friends of PCHP campaign at its birthday party catered by Tom Kitchin on Thursday 5 December. This fundraiser was a great success, with nearly 70 people in attendance and over £10,000 raised to sustain the Project’s work in the area. PCHP would like to thank everyone who donated.
PCHP aims to tackle and reduce health inequalities in North Edinburgh, and served over 2,000 people this past year.