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My, how far we have come!

9 Sep 22

My, how far we have come!

 

The Centre’s long term vision – to offer a place of welcome, safety, warmth and community for all those who are seeking to grow and develop spiritually, psychologically and creatively – is still being fulfilled with the sorts of meditation, reflection, movement, and creative events the centre has always held, along with supporting the offering of various therapies. However these offerings are now being augmented with actions and activities to help us all live lighter on our Planet, nurturing both our local human and non-human community and helping to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies.

How?
With funding from various sources we have been able to focus more on ‘living lighter’ on the planet and on social justice issues, learning more about how to foster equality, diversity and inclusion at the centre. And we are struck by the intersection between social justice and actions to protect our planet, recognising the causes of both injustice and the climate and ecological emergencies have the same roots.

What?
A new accessible toilet! We were told by some of our community about how hard it was for them to be at the Centre due to the lack of a disabled toilet. Various Edinburgh festival events that they couldn’t be held at the centre as we didn’t have disabled toilet access.
A new boiler! The hard-working almost 30 year old boiler has been replaced by a modern, efficient boiler which will help decrease our impact on global warming through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduce our costs, and ensure the building stays warm.
Double-glazed windows! Thanks to a grant from the Scottish government’s Climate Challenge Fund, our building is now much more energy efficient, again decreasing our impact on global warming as well as our costs. This and other measures are helping keep our building warm.
Kitchen refurbishment! A generous donation of pre-loved kitchen units has allowed us to start the improvement of a centrally important space in the Salisbury Centre. At every stage we have considered ways of refurbishing and re-using rather than buying brand new.
Increased focus on the gardens! Thanks to various funders over the last few years we have been able to pay a member of staff part-time to look after the garden as a space for wellbeing and to increase our welcome to the non-human world, doing what we can to lessen the ecological emergency. Garden volunteers are welcome on Friday afternoons.
If you would like to know more about volunteering in the garden or with the care of the building, please contact alan@salisburycentre.org
After the Living Lighter CCF funding finished, more funding has been obtained from the People’s Postcode Trust to keep the Centre living lighter, and we are now working on our Net Zero action plan, an ecological wellbeing programme, and installation of green energy.

We continue to host Edinburgh’s first seed library, established in 2021-22 with support from City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Seed Network. We continue to incorporate events with an ecological focus into our events programme, including a Tree Sisters Grove and Climate Café. If you would be interested in contributing to any of this work please contact brenna@salisburycentre.org

Following our 2021 joint project with BlackEd (Black Lives Matter – 1 year on events: a dialogue series, an Art Exhibition, and the Peer Support BME Wellbeing group), we continue to look for ways to keep our focus on ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in the way the Centre works. As part of our Lottery-funded Community Empowerment Project, we have established an Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Steering Group, run an anti-oppression group for our community (Self in the Systems), and added a social justice section to our library. We also recently received funds from Bruce Wake Charitable Trust that will enable us to make our kitchen and garden wheelchair accessible.

In a recent trustee meeting we recognised how important it is for the Centre to continue and increase our efforts toward social and environmental justice matters to continue to meet our vision statement in the current times’ context. The trustees feel inspired by the deep connection between the spiritual and the ecological and see working towards the healing of the Earth to be an intrinsic part of our spiritual journey.

The Salisbury Centre Trustees: Cathie, Colin, Neil, Neill, Pam, Patrick, and Sara

If you have any questions about, or would like to get involved with our ecological or social
justice work, or have suggestions about how we can continue to grow in these areas, please
contact volunteers@salisburycentre.org

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