Organising meeting 18 February

Our next organising meeting is on Saturday 18 February 10.00am in the Augustine Church, George 1V Bridge.

It is a chance to catch up with how things are going and talk about “what next”.

Everyone is welcome.

Outstanding British Film – BAFTAs 2017

Congratulations to Ken Loach and everyone involved in making the film.  Receiving the award Ken said

“Thank you to the Academy for recognising the message of what the film says, that the most vulnerable people are treated by this government with a callous brutality that is disgraceful. It’s a brutality that extends to keeping out refugee children that we promised to help, and that’s a disgrace too.”

Report from organising meeting on 4 Feb

We now have 15 community showings confirmed with 3 more that we don’t yet have full details for.  Organisers of local events have invited speakers for the discussion after the film and some are planning to reinvigorate local anti-cuts groups.  There are plans to organise advocacy training – watch out for more details on this.  We will soon have leaflets for planned UNITE day of action against new benefit sanctions planned for 30 March.

Thursday 9th February 9am to 10am
More information from Edinburgh TUC:


Community Screenings

Plans are underway for community screenings of I, Daniel Blake from the end of January though into February and March. The list of events organised from the meetings we’ve been holding in Edinburgh is below. You can also find a full list of all the community screenings around Scotland supported by Unite Community here.

Fixed dates so far are:

Friday 28 January, 6pm at WHALE Arts, 30 Westburn Grove EH14 2SA

Thursday 2 February, 7pm at Edinburgh University, Room 2.12 Appleton Tower

Tuesday 7 February, 6.30pm at Northfield Community Centre, Northfield Road, Edinburgh, EH8 7PP

Wednesday 8 February, 6.30pm at North Edinburgh Arts Centre, 15A Pennywell Court, EH4 4PX

Thursday 9 February, 7pm – 9.30pm at Broughton High School

Thursday 9 February, 7pm at the Stafford Centre, Broughton Street, EH1 3RZ

Saturday 11 February, 10.30am at The White House, 70 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4BG

Monday 13 February, 12.30pm and again at 5.30pm at Norton Park Conference Centre, 57 Albion Road, EH7 5QY

Thursday 16 February, 7 -9pm at Selkirk Victoria Hall, Selkirk, TD7 4LN

Friday 17 February, Berwickshire High School, Duns, TD11 3QQ

Tuesday 21 February, 7pm at St Ronan’s Primary School, St Ronan’s Road, Innerleithen

Tuesday 21 February, 6pm at Lecture Theatre 5, Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE

Thursday 23 February, 6.30pm for 7pm at Cabaret Voltaire, 36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR

Friday 24 February, 7pm at the Fisherrow Centre, South Street, Musselburgh, EH21 6AT

Friday 24th February 6.30pm at St Martin’s Hall, High Street, Tranent, East Lothian, EH33 1 HJ, East Lothian Poverty Commission

Friday 24th February 8.00pm at Partners in Policy Making Conference, Dunblane Hydro, Perth Road, Dunblane FK15 0HG

Tuesday 28 February 3.30 – 5.30 pm at Stafford Centre, Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3RZ

Friday 3 March 6pm – 9pm at Leith Community Centre, Kirkgate organised by Greater Leith Against Cuts and Disability History Scotland

Monday 20 March 6.30pm at Restalrig/Lochend Community Hub, followed by curry and discussion

Wednesday 22 March 2pm (and evening screening to be confirmed) McRobert Centre, Main Auditorium, Stirling University


Community screenings across Edinburgh

The film distributors will give us pre-release DVD’s of the film later this month and we plan to have Community Screenings all over the city in the last week of January and the first week of February. Planning for these is well underway in a number of communities including Westerhailes, Notrhfield, Craigmillar and North Edinburgh.

We have organised another meeting to plan and discuss how things are going. 

It is on Saturday 14 January from 10.00am to 12noon in the Augustine United Church, George 1V Bridge, EH1 1EL

Everyone is welcome to attend.

We look forward to seeing you on the 14th.


Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty have created a useful A5, 4 sided leaflet that covers some of the issues raised by the ‘I, Daniel Blake’ film.  You can read the leaflet here.  If you’d like to use the text go to our Resources page to access an editable version.