Food for Thought

The referendum has seen an unprecedented level of engagement in social and political discussions across Scotland – Early Days came from our belief that we needed to keep this energy up, and channel that interest into making Scotland and the UK a place to be proud of. After all, if people turned out in the same numbers they did to vote last Thursday to do something self-less for their community, Scotland would be well on its way to becoming a better nation for us all to live in.

This week, Early Days is focusing on and raising awareness of food banks. That we have to have food banks at all is a disgrace, but they’re here right now, so let’s help make them full to bursting point. Two days after the referendum there was an impromptu donation in Glasgow’s George Square – why not make things like that a regular occurrence? Several of our members are already going to give their time as well – try to get along and donate or volunteer to help make things better for people who need help and support. Give some food; give some time; make a real difference for people who just need a break.

There was also a wonderful story about a 21 year old in Glasgow, who -instead of asking for gifts on his birthday – asked everyone to donate to food banks instead. This student’s selflessness and compassion are an example to all of us, and shows the impact just one person can have. Have you got a birthday coming up? Use it to help others and inspire positive change.

Here is a list of just SOME of the food banks open around Scotland. Is there one near you? Take a small amount of time aside today contribute your small act to make a big difference.

Please SHARE this list to encourage individual altruistic action to inspire mass change.

“Work as if you live in the #earlydays of a better nation.”

Its only #earlydays but together we can make a difference.

#earlydays #bethechange

Glasgow

Glasgow NW Foodbank HQ,
Distribution Centre & Warehouse
Blawarthill Parish Church
Millbrix Avenue
G14 0EP
Open every Tuesday & Friday
12 noon – 2 pm

Dundee

Office & Distribution Centre
Full Gospel Church, 58 Constitution Street, DUNDEE, DD3 6NE
Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm

Perth

Perth (our main location and warehouse)

5 Back Wynd, Perth

Open Monday to Friday 2pm – 4pm
We are also open Monday to Friday 09:30am to 11am to receive donations.

Blairgowrie

St Catharine’s Community Centre, George Street, Blairgowrie

Open Tuesday 9:30am – 11am and Thursday 2:30pm – 4pm

Crieff
The Logos Youth Centre, 27b High Street, Crieff
Open Tuesday and Friday 9:30am – 11am

Kinross
Kinross-shire Day Centre, 64 High Street, Kinross
Open Tuesday 10am – 11:30am and Friday 10am – 11:30

Pitlochry
Atholl Centre, Atholl Road, Pitlochry
Open Monday to Friday 9:30am – 11am

Alness & Invergordon
Milnafua Hall
Milnafua
Alness
IV17 0YT
Tuesday 10am – 2pm
Thursday 10am – 2pm

Dingwall
Dingwall Free Chruch Hall
Tuesday 10am – 12noon
Inverness and Nairn
Free Church Hall
Madras Street

Inverness
Tuesday – Friday
12noon – 2pm

Thurso
13 Princes Street
Thurso
Tuesday 2pm – 4pm

Forfar HQ

43 Craig O`Loch Road,
Forfar
DD8 1BZ
Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri 1.00pm to 3.00pm, Wed 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Edinburgh NE Food Bank
Monday: 1.00pm – 2.30pm at South Leith Parish Halls, 6 Henderson Street, EH6 6BS
Tuesday: 10.00am – 12.00pm at North Leith Session Rooms, Madeira Place , EH6 4AW
and 1.00pm – 2.30pm at Leith St Andrews Parish Church, Foot of Easter Road, EH6 8HT
Wednesday: 4.30pm – 6.00pm at Pilrig St Pauls Parish Church, 1b Pilrig Street, EH6 5AH. Door opens onto Leith Walk.
Thursday: 10.00am – 11.30am at Leith St Andrews Parish Church, Foot of Easter Road, EH6 8HT
Friday: 10.00am – 12.00pm at North Leith Parish Session Rooms, Madeira Place EH6 4AW
and 3.00pm – 5.00pm at South Leith Parish Halls, 6 Henderson Street, EH6 6BS

Edinburgh NW Food Bank
Grassmarket based at:
Grassmarket Community Project
86 Candlemaker Row
EH1 2QA
07805 203 852
Tuesday 2pm to 4pm
Friday 2pm to 4pm

Tollcross based at:
Central Hall
2 West Tollcross
EH3 9BP
07805 203 744
Monday 2pm to 4pm
Thursday 10am to 12noon

Broughton based at:
Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church
Bellevue Crescent
EH3 6NE
07805 203 744
Wednesday 10am to 1pm
Thursday 1pm to 4pm

Rannoch based at:
Rannoch Community Centre
Rannoch Terrace
EH4 7ER
07805 204 009
Tuesday 1pm to 3pm
Thursday 1pm to 3pm

Pilton based at:
Room 6
The Prentice Centre
1 Granton Mains Avenue
EH5 2PW
07794 850 009
Monday 1pm to 3pm
Friday 10am to 1pm

South Queensferry based at:
The Priory Church
Hopetoun Road
EH30 9RA
07837 532 169
Thursday 11am to 1pm

Edinburgh SE Food Bank
Blythswood Care
47 Southhouse Broadway
Edinburgh
EH17 4AS
We are open
Monday: 11.00am – 2.30pm
Tuesday: 11.00am – 2.30pm
Thursday: 11.00am – 2.30pm

Midlothian Food Bank
Find us at:
Gorebridge Parish church
96 Hunterfield Road
Gorebridge
EH23 4TT
Tuesday: 10am – 2pm
Thursday: 10am – 2pm
Friday: 10am – 2pm

For more information on food banks near you and how you can donate or volunteer please visit the Trussell Trust website.

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Let Scotland flourish

wakeupscotland

After a momentous night, a new day.  In every street of every town and city in Scotland there is likely to be a mix of deeply conflicting emotions. Relief, anger, grief, disappointment, jubilation, maybe even despair as the reality of the referendum result sinks in.  It will take time to recover a sense of balance after such a long, passionate and often divisive campaign. But hope has not died. Today, the day after Scotland’s historic decision, brings a dawning reality: we have woken in a different country. Scotland is still part of the United Kingdom but both are changed forever.

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Its only #earlydays but together we can change Scotland.

We hope we are in the early days of a better nation. Let’s make it one.

Last week people turned out in their droves to change their country for the better. What if people turned out in those numbers to do something for their fellow citizens?

Early Days is an attempt to take the energy and hunger for change in Scotland following the results of the referendum on September 18th and put it to action. Whether yes or no, people power prevailed during the referendum, and this is a medium for people to channel their passion through mass actions. We encourage change from the bottom up to make Scotland a more socially just nation, without the need for politicians. Fuelled by the quote made famous by Alasdair Gray ‘work as if you live in the early days of a better nation’ Early Days is just a starting point.

Its only #earlydays but lets be the change by enacting one or more of our 10 calls to action:

1. #earlydays. Give in body: it’s clear from recent debate the NHS is dear to us all and blood is a vital commodity. If 1200 more people in Scotland donate each week, we’d be in surplus. The Government cannot help with this, only you can! If you can help to reach this target get on it and you’re at it sign up for organ and marrow donations. Or campaign for opt out organ donation

https://www.scotblood.co.uk

http://www.anthonynolan.org/

https://www.organdonationscotland.org/

2. #earlydays. Feed. That we have to have  food banks is a disgrace, but they’re here right now so help make them full to bursting point. Two days after the referendum there was an impromptu donation in Glasgow’s George Square why not make things like that a regular occurrence? Several of our members are already going to give their time as well. Or combat the larger problem and campaign to make them a thing of the past. Increases in minimum wage, adoption of the living wage, improvements to benefits, and increased levels of employment could all reduce this need.

http://www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-projects

http://www.byc.org.uk/news/join-byc%E2%80%99s-campaign-to-raise-the-national-minimum-wage-to-a-living-wage.aspx

http://www.livingwage.org.uk/

Current minimum wage is £6.31 p/h (set to rise to £6.50 in October) but living wage is £7.50 outside London.

3. #earlydays. Invest in children: It may be a cliche but our young people are our future, and if the 16-18 year olds who engaged in this debate are anything to go by, the future’s in safe hands. But many children and young people are in need of help. A campaign is already underway to donate to Aberlour: Scotland’s Children’s Charity. Sign up on facebook,  Text BUILD to 70660 to give £3 per month to Aberlour. (You can opt out at any time by texting STOP) and invite your friends. Other children’s charities are available.

https://www.facebook.com/events/309412892563820/

http://www.aberlour.org.uk/

4. #earlydays. Bring the politicians to account. Write to your MPs and MSPs to request they stick by the promises made over the last few weeks by the major party leaders. The changes which have been promised are not what everyone wanted but they are an improvement on the situation right now.

Sign the petition to hold Cameron, Clegg and Milliband to account https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/promise-for-Scotland

Sign the Electoral Reform Convention http://action.electoral-reform.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1754&ea.campaign.id=31898

Contact your MP http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/

Contact your MSPs http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/help/32438.aspx

This Guy writes to No 10 every day to highlight issues facing the nation http://www.keithordinaryguy.org.uk/

5. #earlydays. Keep voting: These last weeks have been a triumph for democracy, wouldn’t it be great if we could keep voter registration and turnout high for the upcoming General and Scottish elections? Over the last few days people from both campaigns have been aligning themselves with political parties who most closely fit what they were campaigning for. You should consider it  and fight to keep the democratic process alive(following list is alphabetical to remove bias)

Conservative Party http://www.scottishconservatives.com/

Green Party https://www.scottishgreens.org.uk/

Labour Party http://www.scottishlabour.org.uk/

Liberal Democrats http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/

Respect http://www.respectparty.org/

Scottish Nationalist Party http://www.snp.org/

Scottish Socialist Party http://www.scottishsocialistparty.org/

Or if you don’t like any of the above, think about Bella Caledonia’s suggestion to stand for election yourself.

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2014/09/20/what-we-need-now-is-evolution-not-revolution/

6. #earlydays. Want real journalism. There have been many complaints about mass media bias of late. The protests at the BBC last week were one of many proofs of this. Sign the petition for an enquiry into bias, or contact ofcom direct?
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/independent-enquiry-into-bbc-bias-regards-scottish-independence-referendum
There are strict rules in place for media outlets about how they report on elections, we should make them stick to them.
http://www.ofcom.org.uk/

We can’t find a group talking about print media was skewed during the election? Have you found one, or will you set one up.

www.Fayyoung.org/sometimes-the-facts-get-in-the-way-of-a-good-story is a pretty good breakdown of how one story in the referendum got away from the facts and the implications this has.

Many people are talking about getting rid of their licence fee following the last few weeks, is this the best plan? Or do you still want to fund the things they do that you enjoy? Can we campaign to get journalists to concentrate on the 99%? Do we need an initiative for lobbying, media training, visits to newsrooms, meet and greets to foster mutual understanding between the media and the many?

7. #earlydays. Fight for peace. Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003 the distance between the international ideals of people of Britain and the Foreign Policy of the British Government appears to have widened considerably. During the Referendum Campaign, this disconnect coalesced specifically around the UK’s nuclear weapons program and the housing of Trident at Faslane, for many people it became one of (if not THE) major issue.

Scottish CND have been fighting on this issue since the 1950s, you could join today http://www.banthebomb.org/

Here is a massive list of other campaign groups that are fighting for peace in different ways http://www.theguardian.com/antiwar/subsection/0,,884056,00.html

Choose the one you love the most and then dance away!

8. #earlydays. Bank ethically. Since 2008 our trust in the banking system has disappeared. The phrase ‘too big to fail’ became the mantra, and justification for increasing our national debt, but it doesn’t mean you have to prop up a company you don’t trust, or one which invests in things you don’t agree with. So why not move your money out of the banks you don’t trust? For a long time the co-op bank was the easy option on this front, so instead you’re going to have to do some work and decide amongst the other banks by preference, there’s some good advice here:

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/oct/23/ethical-alternatives-co-operative-bank

and a good bank search engine here:

http://moveyourmoney.org.uk/

Campaign for the regulation of asset based finance http://www.rabf.org.uk/about.html

Carbon Capital Campaign http://www.wdm.org.uk/carbon-capital

Get the banks out of coal http://action.wdm.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1784&ea.campaign.id=25274

9. #earlydays. Act internationally

Working just to make Scotland and Britain better, is not enough, we have to work as if we are living in the early days of a better nation

http://www.marysmeals.org.uk/tag/scottish-international-relief/

10. #greatscots change the climate: Stop Fracking, Reduce dependency on oil, increase use of renewable, buy energy saving lightbulbs, start a veg patch,

http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/scotland

And finally…. keep the fire alive

Throughout the campaign people wrote, talked and shared coming up with countless ideas to make a better Scotland. Keep this fire alive by continuing what’s already been done and coming up with new ways to improve our nation.

We’re keeping a list of writing on a better nation, here’s what we have so far:

A list of groups working to make scotland better https://www.facebook.com/StayEngagedScotland/posts/1546773905555788?fref=nf

Evolution not revolution http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2014/09/20/what-we-need-now-is-evolution-not-revolution/

Let Scotland Flourish! http://wakeupscotland.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/let-scotland-flourish

The commonweal project and what it does next

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2014/09/19/wipe-your-eyes-on-your-feet/

52 small things for equality http://www.pinterest.com/citizensadvice/52-small-things-for-equality/

Public lecture on the result http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/research/politics/stevensontrustforcitizenship/lecturesseries/lectureseries2013-2014/

After the referendum, what now event

http://glasgowskeptics.com/event/after-the-referendum-what-now-2

A positive way forward?

http://robertmorrisonpoetryandwriting.weebly.com/writing-blog/scotland-and-the-united-kingdom-a-positive-way-forward

New songs for a new Scotland http://bit.ly/XtVjAT

A political minorclass where everyone is welcome http://www.theguardian.com/news/bush-mail/2014/jun/16/voices-for-indi-give-political-minorclass-where-everyone-is-welcome

 

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‘work as if you live in the early days of a better nation’

Alasdair Grey said ‘work as if you live in the early days of a better nation’, and last week the people of Scotland turned out in their millions to change their country for the better. In the aftermath of the historic referendum, we aim to ask a simple question: what if people turned out in those numbers to do something for their fellow citizens?

Early Days is an attempt to take the energy and hunger for change in Scotland following the results of September 18th and put it to action. Whether yes or no, people power inspired action and engagement during the referendum, and this is a medium for people to channel their passion through mass action. 

We aim to encourage change from the bottom up to make Scotland a nation of energy, political engagement and social justice. 
Early Days is just a starting point. Change is the future.