Live Well in Later Life Interactive Map

Isabel Cayon
GIS Mapping Researcher Intern | Health & Social Care | The City of Edinburgh Council 

After six months working for EVOC in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council, as part of the pioneering European project URBACT, I am happy to announce the launch of a Web Map Interface of Older People’s services & activities in Edinburgh.

Finding out about the wide range of local activities and services available for older people will now be just a click away. All of this is supported in a user-friendly environment which allows users to find information by simply checking boxes; identifying items on the map by clicking on symbols, finding addresses and the option to zoom in and out to a street level and more!

The purpose of this map is to help anyone (including older people, volunteers, family, carers or social workers etc) access information of what’s happening nearby. It aims to help older people engage with their local community by making information easily accessible and getting ‘out and about’ as simple as possible.

To see the map click here.

Category Descriptions and a User’s Guide are also available.


ELTF Board Member Update


Geoffrey Lord OBE has now retired from his post of Trustee (and former Secretary) of The Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund.

Geoffrey had served in the role for an incredible 20 years, and brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board. Peter Raistrick will be taking over the role while Geoffrey enjoys his retirement.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Geoffrey for his long standing service and also welcome Peter into his new role.

Events: Adult Health & Social Care Integration – Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

The second in our series of opportunities to feedback and discuss the development of Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board’s Strategic Plan takes place on Monday 27 April, 9.30am.  

This meeting will focus on Edinburgh’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment – a key pillar of the Strategic Plan.

More information and booking for this and all our ‘Feedback, Engage and Create’ events can be found on our Health & Social Care Partnership pages.

Edinburgh Compact Third Sector Forum

Edinburgh’s inaugural ‘Compact Third Sector forum’ will be held on Monday 18th May from 10am – 2pm at Edinburgh City Chambers.

The intention is that this event will develop to be the primary opportunity for representatives of the communities & neighbourhoods committee to meet a broad cross-section of people from Edinburgh’s Third Sector, for a frank and open exchange of views.

 View the Third Sector Forum invite & the Event Programme

To attend, please contact Korstiaan Allan: email:

Integrated Plan for Children & Young People published.

The Edinburgh Children’s Partnership have published the Integrated Plan for Children & Young People 2015 – 2018.

The Edinburgh Children’s Partnership directs the strategic planning, development and delivery of children and young people’s services on behalf of the Edinburgh Partnership. 

The Partnership’s vision is that all children and young people in the city enjoy their childhood and fulfil their potential whatever their circumstances. To achieve this we place children, young people and families at the heart of all our services and provide support when it is needed throughout childhood and the transition to adulthood. The Edinburgh Children’s Partnership comprises representatives from City of Edinburgh Council (CEC), Voluntary Sector (through EVOC), NHS Lothian (NHS), Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA), Police Scotland and Edinburgh College

Read the Integrated Plan for Children and Young People 2015-2018.

EVOC Localities thinkSpace

Over-centralised services simply do not deliver for people. A blanket, one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t meet people’s needs – and that leads to citizen dissatisfaction as well as to waste in the system.

The evidence is clear, localised services are more effective (leading to better outcomes) as well as more efficient (reducing wasted effort)

In Edinburgh, the twin drivers of Health and Social Care Integration and the BOLD (Better Outcomes, Leaner Delivery) programme are moving us towards a localised way of working, with the city divided into four quadrants or ‘localities’.

The city’s Third Sector must both prepare for this shift to localities as well as influence the shift to localities.

To engage, inform, and gather views EVOC is hosting a series of thinkSpace events during April and May. We’re keen for as many Third Sector voices as possible to come together. Please follow the link below to find out more and to register to attend.

Register via Eventbrite





EVOC Voluntary Sector Led Training Programme – Spring 2015

Working in Partnership to support Children and Young People  

The Edinburgh Voluntary Sector – Led Training Programme will take place over the months of April/May. The events will have a GIRFEC focus and include the following sessions:

2nd April – GIRFEC, the Voluntary Sector and Culture Change
23rd April – Families Outside – Out of the Shadows
24th April – The Work of Counselling Children
1st May – Joint Seminar dedicated to adolescent development
5th May – Working with Children and Their Families Affected by Child Sexual Abuse/Exploitation
14th May – Supported Parenting – Getting it right for parents with learning disabilities
21st May – Sharing songs and rhymes with babies and young children – How to deliver a Rhymetime in any setting

These events are all free and are open to all working within Edinburgh Children’s Partnership, however please be aware spaces are limited and early booking is advised. More information about each course can be found by clicking on the relevant link above. You can also download and share the Voluntary Sector Led Training Programme.


EVOC Training Grants – Update

EVOC Training has reached the end of a three year grant fund.  This fund helped provide access to training for Voluntary Sector staff at EVOC for free. Due to high demand, the funding has now come to an end.

We plan to reapply for more funding in April, but please note that for the moment we are unable to accept any further training funding applications. We will advertise as soon as future funding becomes available.

Should you have any queries regarding this update, please contact Julie Anne on 0131 555 9100.

EVOC Board Member Opportunity

Do you have a background in charity finance, and want to play a key role in helping shape Edinburgh’s Third Sector?

Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC) is a registered charity working in Edinburgh to further our strategic objectives:

  • Consulting, supporting and representing the Sector
  • Building the capacity of and developing the Sector
  • Developing partnership approaches, principles and practice
  • Providing improved services by supporting and developing our people
  • Being a high quality, effective and developing organisation

We are seeking an experienced Accountant to join our Board of Directors this year. Candidates should ideally have a good knowledge of charity finance and an understanding of the Third Sector.

It is intended that the successful applicant will in due course assume the role of Treasurer when our current long serving Treasurer stands down in the course of this year. The Treasurer has responsibility for oversight of finance and resources, delegated appropriately to the Chief Executive, the Finance Manager and the staff team. As a member of the Board you will be involved in strategic planning, compliance with statutory financial requirements, and governance.  We hold four Board meetings per year and four Finance and Resource Committee meetings per year. The Treasurer is also the chair of the Finance and Resources Committee. The post is unpaid but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

For further information and to apply, please contact our Chief Executive, Ella Simpson