Report from March 11 organising meeting

The organising meeting on Saturday 11th March discussed the next steps in our campaigning.

Advocacy Training

The plan is to launch the training with a Saturday event in the UNITE offices in York Place with 4 or 5 trainers leading workshop groups. The proposed day is Saturday 29 April. More local training days are also being planned. Local groups can coordinate support and more easily organise rotas etc. One local group is already discussing trying to get a drop in centre.

UNITE Day of Action against Benefit Sanctions, Thursday 30 March.

We decided to holda protest outside High Riggs Jobs Centre over Government changes to Personal Independence Payments.  UNITE the Union may have other events in the course of the day.

ECAP Stall

ECAP (Edinburgh Campaign Against Poverty) will have a stall outside the High Riggs Job Centre from 10.30 – 12noon on Friday 17 March. You are welcome to come along if you can.

Organising update

Our group have had 17 screenings so far with 7 still to come. Where we have had reports they events have been extremely successful. Please do send reports of your screening!

We are aware of there screenings in the pipeline.  UNITE funding for the screenings will continue until the end of March. Thereafter, you can, of course, have screenings but you will need to apply directly to the distributors for a license for a public screening.

UNITE are supporting us on to the next step by allowing us to use the UNITE office in York Place for our Advocacy Training event. The date for that is not set yet but we have lots of people keen to come to that.

We have an organising meeting on Saturday 11 March from 10.00am in the Augustine Church, George 1V Bridge.

This will be an opportunity to discuss our next steps. Everyone is welcome.


The UNITE the Union’s Day of Action Against Benefit Sanctions will be on March 30. Do let people at your screenings know about this. we will have more details nearer the time.

One in Five

Great video by Scottish School Students looking at poverty in Scotland today

Updated list of forthcoming screenings

Confirmed events – entrance free


Saturday 25th March, Doors open at 11.30 at the Magdalene Community Centre, 106B Magdalene Drive, Edinburgh EH15 3BE. YES Craigmillar & Niddrie,

Tuesday 28 March 12 – 3pm at the Citadel Youth Centre, 175 Commercial St, Leith EH6 6JE

Thursday 30 March 7.30pm at The Society Hall, 27 Drum Street, Gilmerton, Edinburgh EH17 8RQ

Friday 31 March 6pm – 9pm at Tranent Loch Community Centre, Loch Road, Tranent EH33 2JX



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
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