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Scotland Loves Local: Edinburgh’s lockdown heroes

Like most people, the cats at HTR have been working from home over the last six months, taking our news stories out to the world from kitchen tables and bedroom corners.

Whilst we’ve been busy getting used to our new makeshift offices, a handful of businesses have been doing incredible work to support their local communities during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Inspired by this show of solidarity, we decided to showcase a small selection of Edinburgh’s #lockdownheroes, spotlighting the independent businesses and organisations that have gone above and beyond during these unprecedented times. 

With the launch of the Scottish Government’s national campaign Scotland Loves Local, we thought it timely to pull together a quickfire roundup of just a few of the brilliant initiatives we’ve loved sharing on our social channels this year.

Scran Academy

Scran Academy is a social enterprise dedicated to combating food poverty in Edinburgh. As well as providing those in need with hot meals, they are passionate about working alongside young people to help them overcome the effects of social inequality. Offering supportive work experience placements, the team at Scran help empower young adults to realise their full potential and confidently enter the world of employment.

In March, the team began a lockdown meals project, delivering hot food to some of Edinburgh’s most vulnerable residents, many of whom were shielding. Delivering over 110,000 meals and counting, Scran Academy is a true lockdown hero.

Edinburgh Remakery 

Edinburgh Remakery is a zero-waste charity which fixes and upcycles tech/digital devices to prevent them ending up in landfill. Based on Leith Walk, they accept donations in the form of unused devices, homewares and furniture. They also offer workshops in sewing, bookbinding, woodwork and upcycling, as well as 1:1 sessions on how to mend your own tech.

Edinburgh Remakery pledged to help tackle the digital skills gap and deliver upcycled tech to several disadvantaged communities across the city enabling families to keep in touch during lockdown.

If you’re unsure what to do with your old IT equipment, you can reach out to the team here.

Stag Barber Co.

Stag Barber Co. is an independent barber shop which offered free haircuts throughout July and August to unemployed locals ahead of job interviews. They extended this support to those who faced financial difficulties as a result of Covid-19, helping boost the morale of Edinburgh’s workforce at a difficult time.

You can check them out over on Stag’s Instagram.

The Edinburgh Craft Club

As the pandemic put a stop to most social gatherings, The Edinburgh Craft Club took its practical ‘how to’ classes – on everything from lampshade making to tie-dying – online.

Business owner and chief-crafter Amy helped ease lockdown boredom and boost the artistic skills of the city by sharing free crafty DIY videos that helped keep kids (and adults!) entertained for hours at home.

Got a bit of spare time on your hands this weekend? Amy’s videos can still be found here.

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