Rachel Berry

Rachel Berry is a writer, editor, ex-expat, tea drinker and tennis fan. She lives and works in Edinburgh, where she is a charity communications officer, and freelance writer. She loves sharing stories of people and organisations doing good things in their communities.

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by Rachel Berry

Addressing debt and debt stigma in the cost of living crisis

We’re experiencing a cost of living crisis. Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert, says the worst time for people financially wasn’t the 2008 financial crash. It wasn’t during COVID. It’s right now. Food, energy and housing costs continue to rise. Incomes aren’t keeping up with inflation. As prices rise, more people from across society are being tipped into poverty. People…

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Post-pandemic mental health of children & young people: Three projects paving the way in Scotland

Mental health can be hugely challenging for children and young people. The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) says that, by the time they’re 16, three children in every classroom will have experienced a mental health problem. And post-pandemic, those working with children and young people identify one issue as presenting more commonly than any other: anxiety. In Scotland, the…

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Bridges Project: Co-production with young people in Scotland

For almost 40 years, Bridges Project has been supporting some of the most vulnerable young people in Midlothian and East Lothian in Scotland. For some, working with Bridges Project is the first time they’ve had a supportive adult in their lives. “A lot of our clients have said they feel like no one has shown faith in them, or believed…

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Smalls for All Supplies a Growing Number of UK Organisations

We talk about poverty more than we used to. What was once considered something that happens elsewhere is now undeniably a part of everyday life in the UK, for a growing number of families. And West Lothian-based charity Smalls for All (Smalls) can trace the line of this change from when it was founded as an African aid organisation in…

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Jingle Bags: Christmas at East Lothian Foodbank

East Lothian Food Bank are making sure that families have a festive meal to tuck into this Christmas. Find out more about their Jingle Bags appeal, the difference it can make to families, and how they are working in partnership to address the root causes of food poverty.

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Making Scotland “the best place in the world to grow up” through cross-sector collaboration

We look at Soil Association’s Food for Life Scotland programme and Scottish Book Trust’s BookBug programme, two examples of how Scottish Government, local government and the third sector are working together to deliver positive outcomes for children in Scotland.

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Community building with refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

Read about how the idea of a handwritten "letter fae a local" has sparked a huge community endeavour to welcome and embrace asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow. In the face of attacks on the rights of asylum seekers, these community-led organisations are trying to support new arrivals and connect them with their neighbours.

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Inverclyde Shed: improving wellbeing, tackling social isolation and reducing waste

We learn about a group helping older men talk and connect whilst maintaining repair skills and how members co-design and influence the design and development of the Shed.

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“The Hub acts as a glue bringing together people and organisations who are doing so much to positively disrupt their local systems.”

Burcu Borysik, Mayday Trust