Quakers have run Venue 40 as part of our community involvement since 1989. From this time all our profits have gone to charity. Each year we support registered charities which work in at least one of the following areas: social service, ecology, a 'Majority World' nation, Scotland. We usually support each for a period of three years and in recent years have supported each with amounts in excess of £1000.
This year's charities are:
Mary’s Meals is focused on one goal – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education. These life-changing meals attract hungry children into the classroom. The food fills their empty bellies so they have the energy and opportunity to learn, giving them the chance of a brighter future. The meals also support families struggling to feed their children, while boosting the country’s wider economy. The school feeding programmes are owned and run by community volunteers in the countries where they provide food.
Quaker work in Britain and abroad
Quakers are active in work for peace and justice and reconciliation and relief work both in this country and around the world. As a relatively small and non-hierarchical organisation, much of our work is done on a voluntary basis, but we also employ staff both to administer our work and to deliver it. Religiously, we are a non-evangelical, open and tolerant community, believing that actions speak louder than words.
Grassmarket Community Project
The Grassmarket Community Project takes an innovative approach to creating community, providing sanctuary and support to many of Edinburgh and the surrounding area’s most vulnerable citizens. As well as operating six social enterprises that provide work-related placements to its vulnerable members, including a café, events, woodwork and tartan gift-making, the Project offers a range of social integration and educational activities aimed at enhancing life skills, developing confidence and increasing employability. The project also offers a drop-in free meal service on a Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm, open to everyone, which aims to support the local homeless and vulnerably housed community.