Edinburgh hotel partners with social enterprise to give guided tours with a difference

first_img An Edinburgh hotel has teamed up with a social enterprise to offer guests guided tours around the city, led by people who have experienced homelessness there.Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel has partnered with Invisible Cities, which has created the tours for hotel guests, starting at Charlotte Square and making their way through the sights of Edinburgh. During the tours guides will share some lesser known stories about how the city was built and why the names were chosen for some of the city’s most historical streets. Tours are conducted with physical distancing in mind and in line with local guidelines. Melanie May | 21 October 2020 | News Tagged with: Fundraising ideas AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4  338 total views,  2 views today  339 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4center_img Zakia Moulaoui, Founder of Invisible Cities, said: “We are lucky enough to be able to offer visitors a truly special walking tour of the city from unique voices who have experienced the best and worst of the streets where they live.“At the moment it feels important to regain a sense of community after everything that the tourism industry has gone through during the pandemic. Working with Kimpton Charlotte Square is an incredible opportunity for two businesses to come together and champion each other as well as the inspirational tour guides we have the pleasure to work alongside.”Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel is one of four Kimpton Hotels in the UK, including Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, Kimpton Fitzroy London and Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester. Last year, Airbnb invited charities to offer ‘social impact experiences’ through its platform to encourage travellers to engage in social causes, with people visiting a particular location seeing these experiences listed for them as a relevant local attraction. While it charged a 20% service fee for commercial experiences, it said would charities receive 100% of the proceeds from these experiences. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Invisible Cities trains and supports people affected by homelessness to become walking tour guides in the city where they live, enabling them to create their own family-friendly tours highlighting famous landmarks whilst also sharing their own stories and experiences. It also offers the tours in Manchester, Glasgow, York and Cardiff. As well as receiving training, the guides are also referred to other organisations and supported towards the career paths they have chosen. They use part of their profit to support them through personal projects.Invisible Cities aims to raise awareness and change perceptions about homelessness through the tours. The social enterprise also runs other events for a wider audience, and in its local communities to support people experiencing homelessness.Kieran Quinn, General Manager at Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, said: “In the last few months the tourism industry has gone through an incredibly difficult time but it has been heart-warming to see our community in Edinburgh come together in support of one another. The partnership with Invisible Cities feels like the perfect way to support an extremely important enterprise and also welcome guests back to Edinburgh in a meaningful way.” “Our communities and neighbourhoods are the fabric of who we are. Now more than ever, people are looking for deeper connections when travelling Invisible Cities has created tours specifically for our guests that are not only a true insider’s guide to Auld Reekie but are also a chance to support an innovative business who are striving to change people’s lives for the better.” Advertisement Edinburgh hotel partners with social enterprise to give guided tours with a differencelast_img read more

Inquiry severely critical of McManus/Brosnan hospital company

first_imgNewsLocal NewsInquiry severely critical of McManus/Brosnan hospital companyBy admin – August 9, 2012 804 WhatsApp Email Facebook Print Advertisementcenter_img Previous articleMayor asked to take 50% cutNext article“It’s the stuff dreams are made of” Pat Purcell admin Twitter A PRIVATE hospital, owned by Irish investors including J.P.McManus, Denis Brosnan, Dermot Desmond and John Magnier, where vulnerable patients were allegedly encouraged to commit suicide, “failed to address corporate responsibility’ an inquiry has found. The BBC’s Panorama programme uncovered a litany of abuse at the now closed Winterbourne View hospital in Bristol owned by the Castlebeck company. Eleven former staff are awaiting sentencing having pleaded guilty to charges of beating patients with autism and learning difficulties, dousing them in water and encouraging some to consider suicide.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to a report in the Irish Times newspaper, an inquiry by the Serious Case Review has this week found that Castlebeck “appears to have made decisions about profitability, including shareholder returns, over and above decisions about the effective and humane delivery of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation”.“It is clear that at critical points in the wretched history of Winterbourne View, key decisions about priorities were taken by Castlebeck which impaired the ability of the hospital to improve the mental health and physical health and well-being of its patients,” the report continued.Commenting on the matter last year, Denis Brosnan said that the investors had been “shocked and appalled at what happened and determined that this will never happen again”. Linkedinlast_img read more