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SWAF - Edinburgh & the Lothians

Learn more about Scotch Whisky Action Fund projects around Edinburgh & the Lothians being funded during 2020-21.

Edinburgh Young Carers

Awarded:   £9,600

Project:   Health and Wellbeing service provision

Edinburgh Young Carers (EYC) is Scotland’s largest independent young carers’ service, providing respite and support to young people aged 5-25 who care for or are affected by someone else at home – usually a parent or sibling.

Edinburgh Young Carers is receiving funding from the Scotch Whisky Action Fund for the second time, towards a dedicated project aimed at tackling the impact of COVID-19 on its service users. The SWAF funding will be used to support the work of the organisation’s Health and Wellbeing service, helping to give young carers quality time to take a break, talk about what is affecting them, and the opportunity to learn coping techniques.


Fast Forward

Awarded:   £9,985

Project:    Own it!

Fast Forward is based in Edinburgh and supports young people to make informed choices around risk-taking behaviours, including knife crime, substance misuse, gambling and gaming and alcohol related harm.

The SWAF funding will contribute towards the ‘Own It!’ project, created by Fast Forward’s Arts-Based Project Director Kai Peacock, which uses a virtual platform designed to teach young people that they have the power and autonomy to make good decisions around the use of alcohol.


Rowan Alba

Awarded:   £14,539

Project:   Hospitality outreach and training

Rowan Alba is a local Edinburgh homeless charity based in Leith which also provides alcohol-related damage support to people in the community.

The SWAF funding will support the charity’s outreach to bars and pubs across the city, providing training to staff that will make them better equipped to spot signs of alcoholism or problem drinking, and to point those who need it in the direction of professional help.


The Brock

Awarded:   £3,270

Project:   Sharing Lived Experiences

The Brock is a social enterprise in Broxburn which welcomes people with chronic mental health conditions to socialise with others and volunteer with gardening, woodwork and other outdoor crafts.

The Sharing Lived Experiences initiative, supported by the Scotch Whisky Action Fund, will host students from West Lothian college in outdoor activity sessions run by service users of the Brock. The purpose of the initiative will be to facilitate conversations and questions on the impact of alcohol misuse in a safe, supportive setting.