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Corporate Support #Passitonweek

Capability Scotland has 15 shops all over Scotland.  Some in city centre locations like Nicolson Street in Edinburgh and some in pretty market towns like Haddington.

Every shop is unique but what they all have in common is their reliance on your donations to help raise vital funds to support disabled adults and children across Scotland.


With that in mind we want to make it as easy as possible for you give us your preloved clothes, books, toys and bric-a-brac.  We know that if you’re walking or using public transport or if there’s no handy parking spots available close by it can be tricky to get a bag of clothes or crockery to your local Capability Scotland shop.

Which is why, during this year’s ‘Pass It On Week’ – Scotland’s National Week for encouraging people to keep things in use for as long as possible –  we’re coming to you, or more accurately, your workplace.

We’re asking organisations and businesses to consider arranging an on-site donation drive so that you can take your donations into work and we will pick them up from there.

Bags of Support from Standard Life

bags of support week 5

We first realised the potential in this method when we launched our Bags of Support campaign last year.  We put out a call to action to try and collect 10,000 bags of donations throughout January.  Our offices and services are hard wired to support us but we noticed what a great response we got when we asked for donations to be brought into work during a certain week while we did the rest.  Taking the hassle out of donating seemed to be the answer.

Buoyed by our theory we asked Standard Life, our Charity Partner, to get involved across their Edinburgh offices.  Standard Life was more than happy to take part but the test was on as their employees don’t drive to work, so we weren’t sure how it would work out.  We needn’t have worried though, in just a week we had over 100 bags waiting for us.  We had everything from small carrier bags, bags for life, bin bags and boxes crammed with donations all of which totalled well over £2,500 – a fantastic sum which will really help us support disabled adults and children in Scotland.

What Next?

So, you want to make a difference to disabled people in Scotland by organising a workplace donation? What do you need to do now?

It couldn’t be easier just follow these three easy steps;

  1. Ask your boss’ permission, how could they say no? it’s for  such a good cause and ticks the CSR box.
  2. Find a spare corner/cupboard/area to stash donations. Under your desk will do it’s only for a week.
  3. Let us know what you’re doing. We can provide you with posters, postcards, collection boxes to help you spread the word and make bringing in a bag as easy as possible, hec we’ll even provide the bags which come with a handy Gift Aid sign-up sheet to make your donations worth an extra 25%.

We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to organise a workplace collection for us.  If you have more than one office you can turn it into a competition to see who can bring in the most bags.  Go on, give us a call, your wardrobe will thank you for it.

For more information or to arrange a workplace collection place call Sophie Wilbraham on 0131 347 1075 or email

12/12 for Andrea as she completes fundraising challenge

Capability Scotland Support Worker and fabulous fundraiser, Andrea Gavin, set herself a unique challenge at the start of 2015.  Andrea decided she would take part in a different running event every month of the year to raise funds for Capability Scotland.  Throughout the year Andrea, who only started running in 2014, participated in runs including the Glasgow Women’s 10k, the Edinburgh Half Marathon and the Great North Run finishing up with a Santa Dash in Glasgow in December.

Below Andrea tells us more about her 12/12 challenge.

This time last year I was looking at my calendar for the year ahead and it was slowly but surely filling up, averaging at least one run per month. I decided to make it a personal challenge to make sure I did one run every month and realised that this would be a great opportunity to raise some vital funds for Capability Scotland at the same time.

How did it go? I’ve conquered ice storms on Arthur’s Seat, stoated around the trails at Tulliallan Police College; completed a run on the Murrayfield turf; ran 5.2 miles uphill (and the subsequent 4.8 miles downhill) in Edinburgh; ran the Women’s 10k in Glasgow, a race I’ve always wanted to do; ran for a beer and a burger; and then for an ice cream; ran trails where I grew up; became a Great North Runner; completed a half marathon in Glasgow; ran in the dark up and over Arthur’s seat and dashed around Glasgow with lots of other Santas.


It’s been amazing, tough, but amazing. I’ve learned so much about running, my body and just what someone can do when they put their minds to it. Knowing that this challenge was not just a personal challenge for me but that it would help the families using Capability Scotland’s children’s services inspired me to keep going over the 12 months.

And it doesn’t stop there, next year it’s a marathon!

You can still donate to Andrea’s Just Giving page on