We are proud to support Cash For Kids as our main charity. Santa's Grotto is a highlight of the year, with hundreds of wide-eyed youngsters meeting Father Christmas to tell him what they would like to find under the tree on Christmas morning.
Since 2004, all the money raised from Santa's Grotto at Gyle has been donated to Cash for Kids, and to date that amounts to £129,994.20! During the year, we have Cash for Kid’s day with staff participation in various mall activities to raise funds and the radio show is live from Gyle. We also work together with Currie and Balerno Rotary Club all year round with craft workshops as well as the annual Christmas Gift Wrapping Service. All money raised is distributed to local charities. Each year they manage to raise £8,000!
Other community events and charities that we help include:
Joint venture with Edinburgh Council high schools was Citrus Saturday - school enterprise initiative, through which young people (of secondary school age) are given the opportunity to plan and set up their own business - a lemonade stand - for a day. The young people did set up their stall and sell the Citrus flavoured drinks, which they themselves have made.
Corstorphine Fair: Every 2nd year Gyle sponsors the Children’s Fun Fair.
Stenhouse PS and East Craig PS both work with Gyle with our design a light competition. Pupils can win the chance to be a VIP for the night at the annual turning on of the Christmas lights and opening of the grotto in November.
RSPB : Awareness/workshops days in the mall. Gyle teams up throughout the year to do wildlife workshops and awareness days.
RDA: this year has recycled old books by setting up a stall asking for donations to purchase used books which have been very well received. The funds help to keep the riding school for disabled children going.
Guide Dogs For The Blind, Breast Cancer, Dog Trust to name a few have bucket collection days at the Gyle.
During the year Gyle supports a great many of local schools and group by given Gyle gift cards as raffle prizes.
Static cycles events take place during the year with donations to charities are asked for.
Gyle works with the local chaplain, anyone with any work & life issues he is happy to help.
Come along to Gyle on the first Tuesday of each month and join in our Book Bug sessions with the Scottish Book Trust. Book Bug sessions are free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families to enjoy together. Sessions are at 10am and 11am, and each one lasts around 40 minutes and includes songs, stories and rhymes, and there is no need to book.
New for 2013, Gyle is sponsoring a Forth One Community Venture Award; this award looks for a school, home for the elderly or a community group who have improved their facilities or outdoor space for the benefit of the area.
Gyle works with Riverside Kids were some unclaimed lost property is giving to the charity and they raise funds.
In the past:
Gyle has supplied Gylemuir P S, Juniper Green PS, Broom house PS and St Josephs with school football strips.
Gyle has allowed local dance club, local brass bands and carol singers to perform to raise funds.
Project/competition with 5 local schools to design on paper, bird boxes for the trees around the grounds of the Gyle . The winning boxes now hang proudly in the trees.