16/11/2017 - 12:30


09/11/2017 - 12:42

FOTA are having a clear out of excess items from our office and kit store at Castlebrae High School. If you can make use of any of the following items please contact Neil, Pam or Sion: phone (0131) 467 4753 or email to arrange collection before Monday 4 December.

Everything is free, of course you are welcome to make a donation if you like!

25/10/2017 - 16:37

You might not think there’s a lot to choose from when it comes to torches, and you’d be sort of right. At the end of the day all you need is a light, right?

How Bright is Bright?

Although the statement above is true, there is a significant range of torches available on the market, and which one you chose will determine how far you can see. This is usually given as a lumen rating.

11/10/2017 - 16:51
Continuing the skills section at Rathbone. As you can see, this young person has a real talent for drawing, in these sessions she worked on her pattern making and design work – looking at collaborative drawings, mandalas and creating a small artist’s book out of her blind touch drawing experiments.
11/10/2017 - 16:14

When someone says to you “the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award” what comes to mind first? For many it will be the expedition, walking along with a huge rucksack that, despite its enormous size, still doesn’t fit everything inside! The one item that inevitably gets stuck on the outside is the humble rollmat, sticking out like the giant yellow* tube that it is (*colour not guaranteed)!

02/10/2017 - 08:53

The details of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of Friends of the Award in Edinburgh & the Lothians have been announced. To celebrate the 20th year of founding the charity, FOTA has been invited to attend a reception at the Scottish Parliament. This will take place on Thursday the 23rd of November, starting at 5.30pm.

24/09/2017 - 10:56


For the first time, the City of Edinburgh Council are arranging a city-wide Silver Presentation event. This is taking place on the 18th of January at the City Chambers. Participants that have recently completed (or are about to complete) their Silver Award are asked to book their space at this event as spaces are limited. Each Participant will be allocated one guest space for a friend or family to attend the event also.

07/09/2017 - 11:39

Sion was invited to attend the Sciennes Primary School P7 conference last week. The all day event was a fantastic way for pupils to engage with their Silver Award and try out some new activities too. 

05/09/2017 - 12:02

Youth Development Project Update.

30/08/2017 - 11:04

Friends of the Award are pleased to announce a partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity to offer a range of volunteering opportunities for young people who are participating in the Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) or the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).