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Charity hub reveals new city centre premises


The Melting Point is moving into the former The Venue nightclub building in Calton Road

A charity hub has revealed its new city centre premises.

The Melting Pot has found a new much bigger home where charities, social businesses, campaigners and freelancers will lead the recovery from the Covid crisis. Delivered in partnership with Foundation Scotland, The Melting Pot will reopen in May at 15 Calton Road, next to Waverley station.

Following a fun and playful social media campaign The Melting Pot unveiled their new home at a live virtual event last night (8 March). The new hub, double the size of the Melting Pot’s previous home, is situated in the former The Venue nightclub building, which then became Ingleby Gallery and was most recently Foundation Scotland’s Edinburgh office.

The Melting Pot’s founder and chief executive Claire Carpenter said, “We’re thrilled that we are finally announcing our fantastic new location – the secret is out!  We have all worked so hard to make sure this larger space is safe and ready; we know how much it is needed. Our community have told us how constant working from home has had a detrimental impact on their health and well-being, as well as their work.”

Foundation Scotland will become one of The Melting Pot’s first new members.  Giles Ruck, chief executive of Foundation Scotland, said: “Like most organisations during the pandemic, Foundation Scotland needed to adapt how we work and evaluate how to meet our future workplace needs. Since the first lockdown, we’ve become fully digital, with our staff working from home across Scotland. This virtual approach has worked well for us and we will build on this by adopting a new flexible approach, including a mix of home working and using a range of regional co-working hubs and meeting spaces, across Scotland.

“We’ve known The Melting Pot for almost 15 years, awarding them their first grant from the foundation back in 2006. Since then, they’ve played a significant role in harnessing social innovation in the city, and we’ve continued to support their vision and growth over the years.

“Their search for a new home in Edinburgh was in parallel with Foundation Scotland’s decision to move away from having any fixed office premises. We are changing to a new blended approach of home-working, using co-working hubs and meeting spaces. Our large offices in central Edinburgh offered The Melting Pot the perfect location in the city for their growing enterprise. Their creative and effective use of the space in our Edinburgh premises will be sustainable, benefit many organisations and lead to even greater social impact.”



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Hogg Jamie
5 months ago

Great news for an amazing organisation. Well done Claire for everything you do and all the very best in your new location!

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Geoff Leask
5 months ago

Fantastic news Claire - I am sorry that I was not able to be at the online launch due to a Board Meeting.

Looking forward to visiting soon!!

Best wishes for all who sail in the ship new Melting Pot!

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Derek Marshall
5 months ago

Congratulations Claire and very well done. Best wishes for the Melting Pots future from all at Dundee Social Enterprise Network (DSEN)

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Pam Judson
5 months ago

Brilliant news Claire - a see a great future in this expansion

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Donna McArdle
5 months ago

Fantastic news Clare and everyone at the Melting pot.