Today is the day that Caledonian Brewery’s unique collaboration with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, is to kick off and is set to transform community centres in Edinburgh and provide support to much-needed groups.
The collaboration, called Brewing Good Laughs,has been campaigning for people to volunteer as much or as little time as they can over the past few weeks for the one-day event today.
Some of the projects that the volunteers will be regenerating are the Broomhouse Centre, a charity that provides personal, social and community development opportunities for disadvantaged groups, and a local food bank and the local church, St David’s.
As a reward for all their hard work, the volunteers will be treated to an exclusive performance from Edinburgh festival artists.
Bridie Ashrowan, CEO of the Broomhouse Centre says, “We have over 500 people who use our centre and services on a regular basis. It’s a lifeline for them – we’ve seen people develop, make friends, and their lives enriched, and seen this community develop. But it all costs money, and we rely on volunteering (we’re lucky to have 100 regular volunteers), grants, donations and help from local people.
Andy Maddock, MD of the Caledonian Brewery added, “This is a great way for people to get involved with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and to also help the local community. There will be a number of the brewery team involved on the day as it gives us an opportunity to give something back to our local community in Edinburgh.