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Ancient Trust, Modern Purpose

04 February 2013

Live Well Edinburgh Fund

Joseph Thomson was a saddletree maker.  His settlement in 1774 set up a perpetual fund, the interest from which was to be used to buy oatmeal to be distributed among “poor householders” in the City of Edinburgh.  Despite these terms being externded in the last century to allow the awarding of grant relief to a maximum of £15 to any family any one year.  By the 1980s the trust fell dormant, with trustees struggling to  distribute funds.

Working with Morton Fraser Solcitors, the Foundation an application was made to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) which enabled the original trust to be closed  and the assets transferred to the Foundation under the revitalised Live Well Edinburgh Fund. 

The Fund now supports Edinburgh based groups providing food or food education.



Clovenstone Community Centre – Family Food Club

The food club is attended by around 54 families per week and provides an important health and social facility for families on low income and families who need extra support. The centre was awarded £500 to stock the cupboards with ingredients to allow the club to continue to provide this excellent service which so many people depend upon.


Shandon Local Food Group

Shandon Local Food Group is a relatively new organisation. It was awarded a grant to help run the Shop Local campaign. The £680 which was awarded went towards covering the costs of printing two newsletters, two events and towards the costs of the campaign itself. The idea behind the campaign is to improve the availability and accessibility of local, seasonal and healthy food in the community.


West Craigie Local Food Project

West Craigie Local Food Project is a social enterprise gardening project supplying locally grown vegetables and providing meaningful work, horticultural training and employment support to individuals on community service orders and to prisoners preparing for release. Last year, a new habitat for birds, bees and butterflies was created, after a group of women secured a grant from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to design and build a new wildlife garden at the popular site.

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