Staff Vacancies at CHAI

Please note that applications for the positions of  Development Worker – Employability have now closed.

Applicants will shortly be notified if they are to be called to attend for interview.


A beacon of successful partnership working


SWOP (South-West Edinburgh Outreach Project) is a collaborative partnership between Prospect Community Housing, CHAI, the City of Edinburgh Council’s South-West Neighbourhood Office and local support providers.


SWOP delivers Advice, Information and Representation on a wide range of social security benefits, income maximization, housing and debt issues to social rented sector tenants across the South West of the City – via weekly drop in and appointment sessions at local venues:

  • Monday mornings:  Clovenstone Community Centre
  • Tuesday mornings:  WHALE
  • Wednesday mornings:  Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre
  • Thursday mornings:  alternating between Wester Hailes and Oxgangs Libraries

Prospect Community Housing led a successful bid to the programme, with CHAI as a partner, and the award allowed the employment of a dedicated Welfare Rights Worker by CHAI – who have been delivering the new SWOP Project since November 2013.

In that period the project has:

  • Advised 742 individual clients
  • Dealt with 1,201 issues raised by them
  • Recorded £591,137 in income gains for these clients through the claiming of new benefits or accessing charitable trust funds.  
  • Represented, or referred on for representation to EHAP colleagues, in 118 Tribunal or Sheriff Court Cases

Demonstrating a clear need for the service and its ability to deliver.

For more information read the living well wester hailes blog

Further information on SWOP  (and how to access appointments at the local venues) can be obtained from Jim Henderson or Lorena McLaughlin at CHAI Advice Service (0131 442 1009), or Caroline Richards at Prospect CH (0131 458 5480).

You can also follow the Project’s twitter account @SWOPAdvice

Don’t be lonely this Christmas


Christmas Lunch with the Salvation Army

This festive period, The Salvation Army will be holding a Christmas lunch.

The lunch is open to all those who are lonely and would like company for Christmas. There will also be a Church service at 11.00am, open to anyone who would like to attend.

Lunch will be from 12.30pm to 3.00pm, with coffee which will be served from 12.00pm.

The lunch is free but booking is essential. Help with transportation can be arranged. Please contact Kathy Betteridge on 0131 346 2875 or 07769 224667.

Christmas at Crisis Skylight

Crisis Skylight Edinburgh support single people who are homeless or vulnerably housed.

They are holding a Christmas event at the Southside Resource Centre at 117  Nicolson Street which people can drop-in into. The event will run on:-

Christmas Day and Boxing Day from 8.00am to 8.00pm

New Year’s Day from 12 noon to 8.00pm

For more information contact the Christmas team at

Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week runs from 16th – 22nd November this year.

So why do people drink?   It often starts out with using alcohol as a way of unwinding after a stressful week or having a few drinks whilst socialising with friends. This can easily get out of hand because whilst men are not meant to regularly drink more than 3-4 alcohol units a day, women should not drink more than 2-3 units and a lot of people don’t know what units actually mean in terms of what they drink; and therefore don’t know when they’re drinking too much! You can find out how much you are drinking by using a drinks unit calculator or on the go with a drinks tracker app or alternatively you could try using the alcohol demotivator.

Alcohol concern are keen to encourage people to talk about the health risks (alcohol facts sheet), social problems and stigmas associated with drinking.

For more information relating to alcohol use and its effects visit the Alcohol Concern website.


If you, a friend or family member are struggling with alcohol issues it is never too late to reach out for help.

South West Recovery Hub Drop-In

Monday - ELS House, 555 Gorgie Road -  10am-4pm
Tuesday - HLC, 30 Harvesters Way - 10am-4pm
Wednesday - HLC, 30 Harvesters Way -  10am-4pm
Thursday - HLC, 30 Harvesters Way -  10am-4pm
Friday - ELS House, 555 Gorgie Road -   10am-4pm




An excellent turnout at Solace!

The first pop up recovery café had an excellent turnout on Wednesday 4th November.  With 18 attendees resulting in a couple of new board members and plenty of great suggestions and enthusiasm for taking the café forward in the New Year.

The hope is to encourage meeting attendance with a view to holding a regular recovery café from January 2016Startup Stock Photos

The next open board meeting will be held at The Healthy Living Centre on Thursday 19th November at 6pm please come along (meet at the Green Reception) to show your support and share your ideas.


CHAI Annual General Meeting & Open Day 1pm – 4pm

Startup Stock Photos

Friday 30 October 2015 1pm to 4pm

CHAI are delighted to announce that the guest speaker at their AGM will be :


Marco Biagi, MSP for Edinburgh Central, and The Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment.


Please come and join us for our AGM and Open Day

There will be a number of stalls each showcasing the work of the  teams at CHAI and the other organisations that we work in partnership with.

Refreshments will be available.

The AGM and Open Day will be held at :



ELS House (First Floor)

555 Gorgie Road


EH11 3LE

CHAI Annual General Meeting and Open Day

CHAI will be holding an Open Day on Friday 30 October 2015 between the hours of 1pm and 4pm.

This will take place within our main office  at :

ELS House (First Floor), 555 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 3LE.

During the open day, our Annual General Meeting will also take place at 1.30pm in the CHAI meeting room.

CHAI are delighted to announce that the guest speaker at our AGM will be :

Marco Biagi, MSP for Edinburgh Central and the Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment.

Please come along and join us on the day.

Refreshments will be available.


VOCAL Christmas 2015

Do Something different…

For many carers the festive season can be a time of additional stress as they can find themselves without the usual support from friends, family and public services.

This year, VOCAL is going to do something different

The VOCAL carer centre will remain open on 28th, 29th and 30th December 2015 for a special programme of events and services to ensure that carers have somewhere to go, access to support and someone to talk to when they need it.

Monday 28th December

9am-5pm Telephone/face-to-face support from VOCAL staff

10am-noon Arts & Crafts workshop

12-4pm Carers Café – hot drinks, nibbles, music, games

2-2.30pm Meditation taster session

Tuesday 29th December

9am-5pm Telephone/face-to-face support from VOCAL staff

10am-2pm Carers Café – hot drinks, nibbles, music, games

11-11.30am Meditation taster session

2-4pm SMART Recovery meeting (for friends and family affected by someone else’s addiction)

Wednesday 30th December

9am-5pm Telephone/face-to-face support from VOCAL staff

10am-4pm Carers Café – hot drinks, nibbles, music, games

11am-noon Laughter Yoga session


For telephone support call 0131 622 6666

Carers Cafe & workshops will take place at:

VOCAL Carer Centre, 8-13 Johnston Terrace

Edinburgh EH1 2PW

Visit for more information


UK SMART Recovery: Family & Friends

UkSmartHelp for Family & Friends affected by addictions


SMART Recovery Family & Friends helps those who are affected by the substance abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or other addictions of a loved one.


The meetings are designed to help those affected by a loved one’s addictive behaviour to learn new ways of dealing with the challenges, thoughts and emotions that they experience.


Open Meetings – All Family & Friends Welcome


Time 6pm – 7:30pm 
Venue North East Recovery HubTurning Point Scotland

5 Links Place, Leith


Tel – 0131 554 7516

Dates of Meetings Tuesday 20th OctoberTuesday 17th November

Tuesday 15th December



“I came to SMART to get help dealing with my partner’s addiction. What I got are tools that help me deal more effectively with every aspect of MY life.”