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Who R The Real Homeless? Event with Councillor Cammy Day


Who R the real homeless had its first showing in Edinburgh’s City Chambers on the 23 October 2013.  The event was hosted and chaired by Councillor Cammy Day, executive member for   housing and homeless services.  The film was shown to an audience of councillors, council staff, Ypeople staff and residents, representatives of many of Ypeople’s partner agencies in the city, including local community police, SACRO, Four Square and many others.  In the discussion that followed, Susan Bruce, head of homeless services in the City, said that she would want the film to be shown to all the staff in the homeless service, and if possible to all housing staff.   The council is reviewing its homeless services and both Councillor Day and Susan Bruce agreed that the film demonstrated the potential and worth of involving people with experience of homelessness in streamlining and improving the service in Edinburgh.  


Who Are The Real Homeless from Screen Education Edinburgh on Vimeo.


Guyz Barbers’ Charity Golf Day in Aid of Ypeople and The Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments


On Thursday 19th September, we’ll be heading to Cawder Golf Club in Bishopbriggs for the Guyz Barbers’ Charity Golf Day. The event is being sponsored by Guyz Barbers in Cumbernauld, and all money raised will be split between Ypeople and The Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments.

There’s still time to book a place on the event for you and a team. Not only will you get the chance to play on Cawder Golf Club’s challenging championship course, you will also be helping to support two hard working charities.

The Golf Day package begins with coffee and bacon and sausage rolls on arrival. You and your three team members will then head straight for the course for the 18 hole Stableford Team Competition. Take in stunning views of the Campsie Hills while you navigate lush fairways, woodland and water features.

You’ll be served refreshments on course, and afterwards there will be prizes for first, second and third teams as well as ‘nearest the pin’ and ‘longest drive’. The day will end with a dinner and formal prize giving, and you will all go home with goodie bags.

If you would like to take part in this excellent fundraising event, now is the time to book. The Golf Day package costs £300 per team of four. Please email Lynne at or call us on 0141 565 1204 to reserve your place.



Laura's Dresses Look Forward to the Yladies Lunch & Fashion Show

In less than a month's time, our annual Yladies Lunch & Fashion Show will be taking place in Glasgow. We're very pleased to have a range of fashion sponsors involved. Today Laura's Dresses, one of those exciting sponsors, have shared a guest post about how they're preparing for the event.

We're getting very excited at Laura’s Dresses, as it's now less than four weeks to go until the Yladies Lunch & Fashion Show at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on the 22nd of June.

We are honoured to be invited to take part in such a prestigious event, and to support Ypeople. There are lots of exciting things planned for the lunch but we don’t want to spoil any surprises, so you'll have to come along and see for yourself!

There is obviously a great deal of planning that goes into such an event, and here at Laura’s Dresses we're busy choosing which of our gorgeous gowns to showcase on the day, as well as putting together co-ordinating accessories to complete the outfits.

As a raffle prize, we are providing not one but two lucky winners with a voucher for £50 off dress hire from Laura’s Dresses. So that no-one feels left out, anyone who attends the Y Ladies Lunch will be entitled to 10% off any future dress hire from us.

So what are you waiting for? Buy your ticket today and come along and support Ypeople. You'll also get to have a beautiful lunch in the Radisson hotel, along with some fizz, some shopping and the chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fashion show.

We look forward to meeting you!

Laura’s Dresses


Clothes Swishing Event Raises £202 for Ypeople

Elaine Machray (right) with Maria MacKay, Director of Operations at Ypeople

Over fifty ladies turned out to swap clothes and raise funds for Ypeople on Friday night in Stirling. The Clothes Swishing event was organised by Elaine Machray, a Ypeople supporter and owner of the Re-invention Room.

The night was a big hit with the ladies. They took part by bringing along new or nearly new clothes that were clogging up their wardrobes and swapping them with the other attendees.

Many of the ladies also donated raffle prizes and in total we raised £202.80. This was a great result, and we'd like to say a big thank you to all who donated prizes or bought tickets.

Elaine founded the Re-Invention Room 6 years ago and has been de-cluttering clients’ wardrobes and providing personal shopping and image consultancy services ever since. In addition to organising the swishing event, she will also be taking part in this year's Yladies Lunch & Fashion Show.

Elaine will be working her magic on staff and service users from our Hamilton Rent Deposit Scheme who will all receive a full makeover on the day. To get an idea of the kind of transformation we can expect, you can take a look at the makeovers Elaine has carried out at her past two swishing events on the Re-Invention Room Facebook page.

Tickets are still available for our Yladies Lunch & Fashion Show. To find out more please read the full details about the event, and call 0141 565 1526 or email to book tickets.


Calm Service Drama Previews Today

Naomi, Stuart and Natalie with Amy MacDonald from Creative Training Unlimited

Towards the end of last year, we blogged about some exciting funding news. Thanks to Cashback for Communities and Glasgow City Council, members of our Calm Youth Advisory Group and some young people who have been through the Calm Project were set to produce a drama workshop; “See Me! - I’m No’ Mental” The purpose of the production was to raise awareness about mental health amongst young people and to break down some of the stigma attached to accessing support for mental and emotional well being issues.

The three young people have been working with Amy MacDonald from Creative Training Unlimited to produce the drama workshop. Together, they have created a play that they will be performing at local schools in order to reach out to their community and really make a difference.

Natalie, Stuart and Naomi have all been helped by Ypeople’s Calm Project in the past. Because of this, they all understand the stigma that is often associated with mental health issues. They are keen to help people in their community to recognise the signs and seek help.

After four months of hard work, these three members of the Calm Project will be previewing their drama workshop today, at the Ypeople head office in Dava Street. There will be an audience of twenty people, and we’re all very excited to see the project coming together.

Some of the organisations attending this afternoon’s preview include Aberlour Youthpoint, Glasgow City Council, South Sector CHP, members from Calm’s Project Advisory Group, Youth Counsellors and the Directorate team of Ypeople. They’re all in for a great evening, and a real surprise!

At Ypeople, we’re extremely proud of Natalie, Stuart and Naomi. They have invested so much time in this project, and shown great commitment to the cause. They have also created a drama workshop that is entertaining as well as informative - and we think it’s going to be a huge success.

Well done to everyone who has been involved, and thank you again to Cashback for Communities and Glasgow City Centre for the funding.

Break a leg guys!

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