Why we need your support

Learning new skills at Minecroft
Learning new skills at MineCroft

Since it was established back in 2013 Leith Community Crops in Pots has been doing amazing work with projects such as  Leith Community Croft and Edible Schoolyards, in educating people to lead a more sustainable life and reconnect with the land by growing vegetables and flowers in our crowded urban space. During the Covid-19 Epidemic, the Croft was a haven for nature and play when all other places were shut due to restrictions.

Projects with schools education and lately the Croft Carbon College and Holiday School Clubs/MineCroft are very successful in bringing everyone to the environmental cause through learning new skills with the benefit of social interaction. Our Hingabootery Café provided free meals for those who needed it most during the height of the epidemic and served as a social focal point for the area. Our Sunday Farmers’ Market has proved very popular, supporting local businesses and rekindling (safely spaced) social activity as the lockdown eases.

But… to do all these wonderful things we need to have an efficient office to run things. We also need extra resources to support the people who are mostly volunteers who organise and carry out the work behind the scenes. To continue with the charity’s positive educational, social and environmental impact we need any help possible, so thank you for visiting this page and considering giving us your support.

Some of the various ways you can support us

Volunteering

Hingabootery Cafe the focal point of the Croft Hub

We’re always looking for trustees and other volunteers to help us with our work. You won’t get paid, but reasonable expenses can be covered and we trust the experience will be valuable for you personally, as well as for ourselves! Read more…

Fundraise for us on Facebook

Example: Johnny decided to fundraise for us to mark his 50th birthday. He asked his family and friends to donate to our Leith Community Crops in Pots.

He registered here and decided on the goal and, wow, what a gift to mark this special occasion!

Fundraise for Leith Community Crops in Pots here:
https://www.facebook.com/fund/LeithCommunityCropsInPots/. (Note: you must be logged into Facebook for this link to work properly.)

Send an E-card and save the planet

One of our original E-cards – photograph by Pam Baker

Click here to go to the ‘Don’t sent me a card’ website and send an E-card instead of a traditional greeting card for a special occasion and donate a minimum of £1 for our charity. Sending traditional greeting cards costs time, money, and our planet. You can choose our own wonderfully designed eCards or from a range of other designs.

Shopping online

First, we would stress that we encourage all our supporters and members to shop locally as a first option, supporting all Leith/Scottish businesses. Find more information about ethical local shops here and, not least, please support Edinburgh’s fabulous independent bookshops!

However, if you have decided to shop online, we have the following suggestions:

  • If you decide to use Amazon, then please shop with https://smile.amazon.co.uk/. Simply log into your Amazon account through smile.amazon.co.uk and choose us as your supported charity. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price to us.
  • Another great way is to register with easyfundraising.org.uk which is the UK’s biggest charity shopping fundraising site. It’s free to use and you can raise funds in aid of Leith Community Crops in Pots every time you shop online. Simply go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/leithcommunitycropsinpots and create a free account. Start your online shopping there first, and then shop as normal. You can shop with over 4,000 retailers, including many high street names*. Our charity receives donations from the retailers you have shopped with. The donation per purchase will generally be between 0.5% and 10%. Some retailers – including insurance and broadband providers – will pay a set fee which can be in the hundreds of pounds.

* These include big names such as John Lewis, M&S, Boden, Expedia, Amazon, eBay, all the major supermarkets, holiday operators, insurance providers, plus a wide range of smaller and more niche online shops and stores.