Edinburgh Blues Club is delighted to announce its nominated charity partner for 2016 as Rowan Alba.

Rowan Alba services work across Scotland today to support vulnerable people on their journey to a home of their own.

Rowan Alba works with those whose lives are chaotic often, but not exclusively, due to domestic abuse, drug or alcohol dependency or mental health issues. A combination of these factors can lead to homelessness, which makes the whole situation much more complex, and one not always solved by providing a roof over a head.

Rowan Alba services in Edinburgh, Perth and Kinross and Angus reduce the chances of people becoming homeless or, where this has happened, to provide people with the ongoing care and support they need.

All the Rowan Alba services described here are based on the following core values.

ACCEPTING people as they are – Rowan Alba’s work is built on the fundamental principle of the right of the individual to make choices about their lives in terms of health, relationships and lifestyle, challenging established practice based on the belief that services know what is best for people.

SUPPORTING those ready to move to a more independent life – Rowan Alba services offer a balance between independent, supported and communal living. Above all, staff and services are responsive to the changing needs, priorities and aspirations of each individual.

INCLUDING people in society – ongoing care for those who are not ready, or whose life experiences have left them unable to live independent of support.

The Rowan Alba concept is sound from so many angles – security of tenure, safety, choice, and respect. Dignity is achieved through the provision of cost effective quality accommodation, and care and support which recognises and values every single person as a unique individual.

The Edinburgh Blues Club will donate 20% of our merchandise profits and up to 25% of our community funded raffle proceeds and donations to Rowan Alba during 2016. We will also be hosting a fundraising concert ‘Blues for Rowan Alba’ in December featuring up and coming new blues acts.

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E Mathispn · January 10, 2016 at 11:31 am

All good causes. Hard to choose!

    Kirsty · January 11, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I agree fab causes

Gordon Hardie · January 10, 2016 at 5:15 pm

What a lovely idea

John Gordon · January 11, 2016 at 11:21 am

This is a great charity and I have witnessed first hand the dedication and hard work that goes into the success’ that this small chart has achieved. “So much hard work done by so few that helps so many”.

Iain · January 12, 2016 at 8:16 am

Great way to promote fund and spread good deeds

Ian Hunter · January 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm

All worthy of consideration. Whichever receives the support will make a difference.

jones property solutions · January 13, 2016 at 12:16 pm

great work being done by great people.

Maggie Yu · January 13, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Go Nordoff

P macleod · January 13, 2016 at 4:21 pm

This is a great charity, I have witnessed the dedication and hard work that achieves great results!

JOHN freefor · January 13, 2016 at 4:50 pm

All great charities, good luck to the winner.

Nina · January 13, 2016 at 5:56 pm

I know the people working and volunteering at Rowan Alba. They are hardworking, supportive and non-judgemental. Happy 2016 to them all!!
And good luck. !

    HELEN CARLIN · January 17, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    thank you Nina.


David Grant · January 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm

All great causes but Nordiff Robbins gets my vote!

yvonne · January 13, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Great cause 🙂

john Mcintyre · January 14, 2016 at 11:33 am

Nordoff robbins gets my vote

Nikkistewart · January 14, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Nordic Robbins

Lesley stratford · January 14, 2016 at 5:24 pm

What would we do without help Like this . Great work.

Ken Russell · January 14, 2016 at 8:05 pm

All unfortunately need support and good luck to the winner.

Bill semion · January 14, 2016 at 11:46 pm


Lyndsey · January 15, 2016 at 10:27 am

Go nordoff

Deeky · January 15, 2016 at 12:36 pm


Lesley · January 15, 2016 at 10:24 pm

Well done to all the charities, respect to all involved all worthy winners

stuart · January 16, 2016 at 1:05 pm

gl to whoever wins ..but think streetwork do a great job

carole tait · January 17, 2016 at 12:27 am

all good but I choose Royal Blind School

Robin Carrie · January 17, 2016 at 10:20 am


Cathy Dellar · January 17, 2016 at 3:47 pm

So much needed to be done by few people I will have to vote for Streetwork

C Bryson · January 17, 2016 at 6:14 pm

Rowan Alba above all

Kirstie · January 17, 2016 at 6:23 pm

All very worthy causes. My vote goes to Rowan Alba who support those often otherwise overlooked. Good Luck!

nUALA GORMLEY · January 17, 2016 at 6:52 pm

Rowan AlbA

Nicola · January 17, 2016 at 7:43 pm

Rowan Alba gets my vote.

Alison Douglas · January 17, 2016 at 7:45 pm

All of these organisations are making people’s lives better but as have to choose I go for Rowan Alba having visited Thorntree St and seeing at first hand the difference a secure home can make.

Donna Heeps · January 18, 2016 at 10:51 am

great job


daniel rowley · January 18, 2016 at 10:53 am

My Vote is for streetwork

collette Thain · January 18, 2016 at 11:54 am

Rowan Alba do fantastic work – so worthwhile for many

Babeth Lanoy · January 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm

Rowan Alba

Clare Roberts · January 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

All worthy but Royal Blind School is tops for me !

Duncan Grey · January 18, 2016 at 3:02 pm

All very worthy but Rowan Alba for me.

joel · January 18, 2016 at 5:05 pm

ROWAN ALBA. They offer great support to some very vulnerable

Dani · January 19, 2016 at 8:08 am


emma atkinson · January 19, 2016 at 10:20 pm

It would be Rowan Alba for me, a very worthy cause

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