Collaboration to boost community wellbeing
The University has launched a partnership to enhance wellbeing and enterprise services for local communities.
Students and staff will work with the Greyfriars Charteris Centre to develop a hub offering support services for the most marginalised and vulnerable people in Edinburgh.
The partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will enable the community centre to draw from the skills and expertise of the University’s staff and student community.
The Greyfriars Charteris Centre was established in 2016 to provide a place of connection for people.
The Centre has launched a £2 million re-development project to bring full accessibility and upgraded facilities to open in 2020.
The development will give local people the opportunity to reach their potential through gaining new skills, building on existing abilities, and developing self-confidence.
One aspect of the University’s support will be the digital ambassadors’ scheme, where students volunteer to help older people improve their digital skills.
An extension of the University’s psychological therapies clinic will provide the community, students and staff access to therapy, seminars and training grounded in the research and practice of the School of Health in Social Science.
The clinic also gives students studying psychological therapies the opportunity to get involved in delivering these services.
The University has a historical connection through the Very Reverend Archibald H Charteris.
The Centre occupies the former Charteris Memorial Church, which commemorates the theologian.
The Reverend attended the University at 14-years-old and later worked as a professor of biblical criticism.
The work carried out within the Centre is a continuation of the legacy of the founder Reverend Charteris, who more than 120 years ago offered support to the community. This Memorandum of Understanding is a welcome commitment to continuing and enhancing our community work.
With the combined history, the presence of so many students living in the locality, and the desire for both organisations to serve the community in a more visible and purposeful way, this important partnership is a very positive step.