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Edinburgh landlord furnishes flats with reused EFI furniture

About 3 times a week, Mrs Forsyth (not her real name) walks into the EFI Sighthill store and occasionally our Canonmills store, sometimes for a bit of a browse but usually to buy something. Not many people need to buy furniture on an almost daily basis, but Mrs F is a landlord and likes to […]

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Things you should—and shouldn’t—say to the homeless

HAVE you ever approached a homeless person on the street? If you have, then you’re already doing more than most to help them. But what should you do after? Last year, more than 36,000 homelessness applications were submitted to local councils across Scotland; 29,326 of those applications were adjudged to be either homeless or verging […]

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Do you take your bed for granted?

In today’s hectic world it’s easy to take things for granted as we rush around from work, to social events and home. Many people in Edinburgh would love to be as lucky as you are; to be able to have a job, and a home to go to afterwards where they feel comfortable and safe. […]

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Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Awards

We are delighted that Heather Arni, CEO of Foursquare Scotland has reached the Scottish final of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Awards. Now in its 30th year globally and 18th in the UK, Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates the spirit and contribution of exceptional entrepreneurs who can see the future, and through […]

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EFQM Quality Scotland Validation

On the 19th of May, 2016, EFI went through the last stage of the Revolved Re-accreditation – the EFQM Quality Scotland Validation. This validation determines how committed EFI is as a business in continuous improvement and excellence. The validators looked at three projects. The aim of these three identified projects was to demonstrate the breadth […]

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2016 CRNS Partnership Award

CRNS (Community Renewal Scotland) members submitted nominations for the 2016 CRNS Partnership Award. Three were shortlisted for the finals. The CRNS Award Dinner was hosted on the 29th of April in the Balmoral Hotel and whilst we did not win we do have a Commendation Award displayed in our awards cabinet at the front desk […]

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Social Enterprise Study Visit

EFI was selected by CEIS to host a Social Enterprise Study Visit to Scotland on behalf of the British Council and twenty representatives from Asia and Africa visited Logie Green on the 20th of January, 2016. The aim of the visit was to learn as much about the Project and Organisation and see if this […]

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Visit to the Scottish Parliament

A group from Four Square’s Foyer Project recently visited the Scottish Parliament and spent two hours with Marco Biagi MSP. Mr Biagi gave the group a guided tour of the parliament building before he took part in a question and answer session with the Foyer Group. The MSP answered questions on a wide range of […]

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Four Square open their new Training Centre at Logie Green Road

On Thursday 12th November Four Square opened their new training centre at their Head Office in Logie Green Road. The launch of this new facility was made possible through a very generous donation from our benefactors and we are very grateful for the opportunity this gives us to develop and improve our learning education and […]

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Heather Arni – Fellow of the RSA

We are delighted to announce that Four Square’s CEO Heather Arni has been invited to become a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) with her invitation stating it is: ‘in light of your exceptional work at Four Square, and longstanding contribution to the health and social care […]

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Care Inspectorate Inspections and Grades

Four Square, Follow Up tenancy support service had an unannounced inspection on the 18/09/15. The inspection was carried out over several days measuring the quality of the categories belo Quality of care and support 5 Very Good Quality of staffing 5 Very Good Quality of management and leadership 5 Very Good “We respond to service […]

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Zoo Snooze

Edinburgh’s Lord and Lady Provost were joined by 126 local fundraisers as they braved a cold night at the Zoo. The sleep out, which took place outside, close to the popular Penguins and Lemur Walkthroughs, was compered by Grant Stott. Featuring talks with charity workers, some of the city’s youngest rough sleepers and comedian Susan […]

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Foursquare: Help young homeless people off streets

(Published in the Edinburgh Evening News, Monday 17th August. 2015) Imagine being 17 years old and think about what it would be like to have to move from place to place “sofa surfing” or having to sleep rough – out in the wet without even the price of a cup of tea to warm you […]

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Edinburgh’s Lady Provost cuts the ribbon at the opening of Stopover’s refurbishment

On Thursday 23rd April this year the Lady Provost officially opened the newly refurbished facilities in Four Square’s Stopover Residential Unit. The 5 week refurbishment project was jointly funded by Landaid and St James’s Place Foundation and will have a significant improvement on the quality of accommodation for the young residents. The work includes new […]

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Scottish Chamber of Commerce article

Heather Arni is chief executive of Edinburgh based homelessness charity Four Square. Heather is passionate about helping people overcome disadvantages in order to turn their lives around, and took up her current position with Four Square in early 2013, having worked in other areas of health and social care for over 20 years. Four Square […]

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NGO visit from Sweden

In early September we had ‘Mötesplats Maggan’- a Swedish NGO that promotes regional development by helping immigrants in the local area to improve their language skills, find employment, startup businesses and expand their social networks. They were looking to gain inspiration for a 3 year-project and wanted to learn about Four Square and how we […]

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Danny Bhoy: 12 Nights 12 Charities!

Four Square is delighted to be part of Edinburgh-based comedian Danny Bhoy’s 12-night run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. ‘12-nights 12 charities’ runs from 31st July to 11th August at the Assembly Rooms, Music Hall, with all proceeds going to local charities, including Four Square. A number of Four Square service-users are volunteering as ‘bucket-shakers’ […]

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