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Tollcross Christmas Light Switch-On!

Events Posted on Tue, December 26, 2017 12:01:58

Merry Christmas from TCAN we hope you are all having a wonderful break so far!

We would just like to thank everyone who performed and attended the Tollcross Christmas Light Switch-On, the event went really well and we had a great turn out. Its always great to get the community together and have the chance to make new friends and to reacquaint ourselves with old ones.

We all enjoyed the performances so a big special thanks to:

– The singers of Tollcross Primary School
– The Pipe and Brass ensemble from James Gillespies’ High School
– Guitar players from Boroughmuir High School
– The Samba Band
– And all of our wonderful community Carol Singers!

Have a lovely New Year!

We are Hiring!

Community Hub Posted on Fri, October 20, 2017 18:07:36

TCAN have received funding from the One City Trust to recruit a part time development worker on a freelance basis for 6 months.

Following the successful opening of the Community Hub, we are looking for someone who can help us recruit more volunteers, build relationships with organisations and individuals in the community and expand the hub’s current offer.

You’ll need great communication and organisational skills, an enthusiasm for working within a small team and bring lots of ideas about how to move TCAN forward and grow our activities.

If you think you can help us please send your application by 5pm on Friday 10th November.

To download the application pack please visit

The Tollcross Community Hub is a big success

News Posted on Thu, August 03, 2017 16:39:55

After 4 weeks, the Tollcross Community Hub, in partnership with Citizens Advice is proving to be a huge help to local people. Where previously residents had to travel across the city to get professional advice on things such as housing, benefit issues and employment, they can now access these services close to home. Organisations from around the Tollcross area are starting to refer people to Allan our Citizens Advice worker and feedback on the service so far has been positive.

The hub is located in the same place as a food bank and we are also finding that food bank clients are benefiting from being able to access information and advice at the same time as collecting their food. We are now working on getting better signage for the hub and more information about the services out into the local community.

We are currently exploring new partnerships with other local community organisations to see if there are other services we can provide in the Hub. If you know of a local service or group who would like to get involved in our work please get in touch on

AGM and members forum

Events Posted on Mon, June 19, 2017 17:16:08

Join us for the
Annual General Meeting and members forum.

6:00-7:00pm, Wed 12th July, Tollcross Community Centre.

The AGM is your chance to hear about the network’s current projects and influence plans for the year ahead. After the formal business of the meeting we will be facilitating and informal discussion about what’s next for TCAN, especially how you would like us to further develop the Tollcross Community Hub in 2017/18. We hope you will be able to join us.

The AGM is also where members of TCAN choose the charity’s trustees. We currently have several spaces on board. If you or someone you know might be interested in joining the board, please get in touch by Tuesday 11th July at We are particularly interested in hearing from people who have experience in fundraising.

Draft Agenda

  • *Formal business including the Chair and Treasurer’s report
  • *Election and re-election of trustees
  • *Update about the Tollcross Community Hub
  • *What’s next for TCAN?

TCAN needs your support

Community Hub Posted on Sat, June 03, 2017 11:52:49

This week TCAN has launched a fundraising campaign to help us promote our new community advice service to local people.

We are really passionate about making this project work but we need help to make our vision a reality. Thing we would like to buy include: online advertising of the service, printed materials and leaflets to tell people more about our work, some on street signage and other materials for the launch of the service in July 2017.

Our crowdfunder page will be open for the next 6 weeks, if you would like to contribute you can do so here

The TCAN team

Introducing your new City Centre Councillors

Democracy Posted on Thu, May 25, 2017 17:26:12

In the haze of another general election, it is easy to forget that Edinburgh held it’s city council elections less than a month ago. Changes to constituency boundaries mean that many Tollcross residents have 4 new councillors. Over the next few months, TCAN will be talking to each of the people who represent you about our work and plans for our community hub. If you have questions you would like us to ask them, get in touch with us on or tweet us @TCAN_Edinburgh. In this blog we introduce each of the councillors and how you can contact them.

Karen Doran
Karen Doran is your Labour councillor and has lived in Edinburgh all her life, some that time in Tollcross where she went to primary school. She was first elected as a councillor in 2012 after having worked as the office manager of a labour MP and MSP. The labour party pledged to deliver a breakfast club at every school who wanted one, increase funding for potholes and roads and make parking more flexible for residents

Karen’s surgery times are: 5pm on the first Monday of each month in Edinburgh City Chambers. Her email is and she regularly tweets from @karendoran3

Claire Miller

Claire is a newly elected Green Party councillor. Previously a Community Councillor, for New Town and Broughton, she has volunteered for groups such as the Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust who are about to open a new community centre. During the election Claire spoke about priorities such as housing and homelessness, green spaces and safer cycling in the city centre. Claire can be contacted at and @clairehimiller

Joanna Mowat

Joanna Mowat is a Conservative Party councillor. She has been a councillor for a number of years previously in the city centre ward. In the election, the conservatives said their priorities would include: housing, improving roads and pavements and improving waste collection. like many of our politicians, Jo is a very keen tweeter. You can follow her views on all sorts of local issues @jomowat

Alasdair Rankin

Alasdair is your SNP Councillor and was first elected in 2011. He is the Convener of the Finance and resource committee who are responsible for setting the budget of the council. The SNP manifesto promised to expand the amount of money which communities themselves decide how to spend, address congestion and build new affordable and social houses. Alasdair is available to contact at

Vacancy: TCAN board members

Volunteering Posted on Tue, April 25, 2017 10:42:56


TCAN are
looking for enthusiastic, pro-active individuals to join the Board of TCAN. We
are particularly interested in recruiting people who have experience of
fundraising or business development.

We arrange various events throughout
the year, including the Winter Festival and Christmas Light’s switch on.
Recently, we have organised ‘hustings’ for elections and an evening with the leader
of the opposition at the Scottish Parliament.

We are a community organisation and
strive to improve the lives of people living and working in Tollcross. To those
ends, we are working hard to open our Community Hub on a more regular basis,
with access to a Citizens Advice Bureau adviser, as part of our service.

If you join our board, you will have
the opportunity to be part of an exciting and growing organisation, with an
ability to influence and shape our future direction, to the betterment of the people
of Tollcross.

If you think you have the skills and experience to make a valuable contribution to our work please email outlining how you think you could help us


duties of a TCAN trustee are:

· To ensure that the organisation complies with
its governing document, organisation law, and any other relevant legislation or

To ensure that the organisation pursues its
objectives as defined in its governing document

To ensure the organisation applies its
resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives, i.e. the organisation
must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own
objectives, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are

To contribute actively to the board of
trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting
overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance
against agreed targets

To safeguard the good name and values of the

To represent the company at functions and
meetings as appropriate

To declare any conflict of interest while
carrying out the duties of a trustee

To be collectively responsible for the actions
of the organisation and other trustees

To ensure the effective and efficient
administration of the organisation

To abide by the equal opportunities policy

To ensure the financial stability of the

To protect and manage the property of the
organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the organisation’s funds

To make sure the organisation is properly
insured against all reasonable liabilities

To appoint and support the employees and
monitor their performance

In addition to the above statutory
duties of all trustees, each trustee should use any specific knowledge or
experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions.

This will involve scrutinising board
papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, and providing advice and
guidance requested by the board on new initiatives, or other issues relevant to
the area of, the organisation’s work in which the trustee has special

to attend meetings, and to read papers in
advance of meetings

to attend sub-committee meetings as

to participate in other tasks as arise from
time to time, such as interviewing new staff/volunteers, helping with

to keep informed about the activities of the
organisation and wider issues which affect its work


trustee must have:


a commitment to the organisation and its

an understanding and acceptance of the legal
duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

a willingness to devote the necessary time and
effort to their duties as a trustee

strategic vision

good, independent judgment

an ability to think creatively

willingness to speak their mind

an ability to work effectively as a member of
a team

board of Trustees are looking for a range of skills and experience, including,
but not limited to, the following areas:

setting targets, monitoring and evaluating
performance and programmes in commercial and non-profit organisations

financial management and fundraising

marketing and communications


education and learning

The Trustee board seeks to maintain a
membership that has a wide-ranging level of experience so that the Board as a
whole has the skills and experience to draw upon in its governance and decision
making roles. At your first meeting, you will be given the contact details of
the other trustees in order that you may contact them independently. You will
also be able to gain an insight into the specific skills and experience
individual members have so that you can seek guidance from individual members
if required.

that this is a ‘volunteer’ position and not a paid role.

Vacancy: Community Hub Volunteers

Volunteering Posted on Sun, April 02, 2017 14:59:30

In response to the needs of local people, TCAN is in the process of opening a community information and advice hub in Tollcross. Working with Citizen’s Advice Edinburgh and a local foodbank we are going to be opening the Hub from Spring 2017 on Thursday mornings 10am-12pm at the shop in Central Halls Tollcross. People will be able to access to a Citizens Advice Bureau adviser, as part of our service.

We are currently recruiting volunteers to welcome people using the service. If you join want to be part of an exciting and growing organisation, with an ability to influence and shape our future direction, to the betterment of the people of Tollcross, then volunteer today.

Community Hub Volunteer: what is the the role?

• To welcome people to the Community Hub and sign post them to relevant services

• To act as an ambassador for TCAN

• To help identify local residents who may benefit from our services

• Keep up to date a library of local services, that may benefit visitors to the Hub

• Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Hub

• Help shape TCAN services, by providing feedback to the Board from users of the Hub

What we are looking for?
• Good communication skills and ability to empathise with our clients and build trust with them is essential
•Excellent people skills and ability to be friendly and wellcoming to service users
• People who will respect the confidentiality of people visiting the service

• Knowledge of the local area would be helpful

How many hours do I need to volunteer?
• Someone who would be able to commit to volunteering at least one Thursday morning (10am-12pm) a month for a period of at least 6 months and attend relevant training sessions.

Whilst the role is predominantly volunteering at the Community Hub on Thursday morning’s, you will have the opportunity, if you would like, to volunteer in our wider activities, gaining experience in events management, communications and fundraising.

How do I express interest?
If you are interested or would like more information please send us a short email (of not more than 300
words) outlining how you think you could help us to

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