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ETF office update

Protecting staff and service users

If you've been following the work of ETF, you'll know that the Federation office remains closed and staff continue to work from home.  Although there has been a gradual easing of restrictions, there is still no change in the current situation with regards to ETF.  The Federation is still operating on a daily basis and staff can be contacted via email by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509.

ETF staff and volunteers will shortly be meeting to discuss how the Federation will operate once further restrictions have been lifted and we will provide an update when we have more information.  In the meantime, stay safe and take care.  

Federation Meeting

Review of Scottish Social Housing Charter

Are you interested in helping to shape future Scottish housing policy and meet online with other tenants?  Then be sure to attend our next Federation Meeting, which will take place on Wednesday 23rd June 2021, 7.00pm-9.00pm, Zoom.  The topic of the meeting is 'Review of the Scottish Social Housing Charter' and you will have the chance to:
  • Find out more about the review of the Charter and help to formulate ETF's response;
  • Hear about the work of ETF over the last few months;
  • Discuss ETF's quarterly Progress Report.
To book a place, please email ETF's Development Worker Mark Henry by clicking here or phone 07918 742468 by Monday 21st June 2021 and you will be sent an email invitation with the link to join.  You can also take part in the meeting by phone, contact us as above and you will be given a number to phone in order to join at no cost to yourself.  

Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2021

Celebrating Volunteer's Week

This week (Tuesday 1st June 2021-Monday 7th June 2021) is Volunteer's Week.  As part of Volunteer's Week, nominations for the Inspiring Volunteer's Awards for 2021 are now open.  Run by Volunteer Edinburgh, organisations are able to nominate:
  • Up to three individual volunteers;
  • One team of volunteers;
  • Three nominations for the Ian McInnes Award;
  • One nomination for the new Paul Bennett, Volunteer Manager of the Year Award.
Organisations can complete the new online nomination form and find out more information by clicking here.  If you require any further information, please email Jason McCann, Volunteer Edinburgh, by clicking here or phone 07587 034535.  

A planned date of Wednesday 28th July 2021 has been pencilled in for the Awards Ceremony.  It is hoped that this will be a live-in person event.  However this is subject to change as a result of any restrictions which may be imposed due to the pandemic.  Watch this space for further details.   

Don't forget that Federation Matters, along with other Federation publications, can be downloaded from our website by clicking here.

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Working online
Although restrictions are beginning to ease, it is likely that online work will remain in place for ETF for the foreseeable future.  As a result, digital working, training and participation are priorities for the Federation.  ETF staff can offer you any support you need.  If you have a computer, smartphone or tablet and would like to take part or know more, please email ETF's Development Worker Mark Henry by clicking here or phone 07918 742468. 
ETF Blog
For this month, we are delighted that Nicola Hazelton, Edinburgh Community Hub Manager, Shelter Scotland has written about Shelter's campaign 'Fight For Home' .  You can read Nicola's blog by clicking here.  If you wish to discuss Nicola's blog with her in more detail, please email by clicking here or phone 0344 515 1368.  

If you're interested in contributing a blog or would like more information, please contact the Federation Office by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509.  Some useful hints and tips for writing blogs can be viewed by clicking here
Tenants Voice
The deadline for articles for our next edition of Tenants Voice is fast approaching, so if you have anything you'd like to share, we would love to hear from you.  The deadline for material for our next issue is Monday 28th June 2021.  Articles and letters for publication should be sent into the Federation Office at Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY or emailed by clicking here.  Alternatively give us a call on 07918 742468 if you'd like help to pull an article together.   

A copy of the March edition of Tenants Voice is available to read by clicking here
Utilita is a pay as you go energy provider that works with social landlords across the UK.  As part of its work with the City of Edinburgh Council, Utilita is providing funding to help support community-based projects.

One of the first projects included planting trees in a green space at Firrhill Crescent, in South West Edinburgh.  Three beautiful birch trees and three cherry trees were bought and planted by the City of Edinburgh Council to benefit future generations.


Plans are also underway to provide new computers to sheltered housing residents and community event equipment to a community group in North East Edinburgh.  What about your area?  Do you have ideas for a community project that would benefit tenants? Email by clicking here or phone 0131 529 7805.
Citizen Rights Project
The Citizen Advice Project offers advice to EU citizens living in Edinburgh and is offered in Polish and Spanish as well as English.  The Citizen Rights Project covers the following areas:
  • Housing and homelessness; 
  • Welfare Benefits;
  • Employment. 

The Citizens Advice Project welcome any referrals from people who are suffering from homelessness, would like housing advice, have issues with their benefits and have difficulties in their employment.  You can find out more about the Citizens Advice Project by clicking here.  

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