About us

ESUB “makes an enormous difference to children and parents
across the whole of the city of Edinburgh”

– Joanna Cherry QC, MP for Edinburgh South West

We’re a small organisation doing big things. ESUB is run by a group of core volunteers, with the crucial support of a wider volunteer team.

Our charity number (SCIO) is SC047524. Please click here to find our contact details.

We are available to deliver talks to groups and organisations about our work, e.g. at schools, charities and members’ clubs. Please contact us at community.esub@gmail.com to discuss setting up a talk.

Our aims

We aim to promote pride, dignity and self-esteem in children from families experiencing financial hardship in Edinburgh.

By providing good-quality school uniform and other important clothing and equipment, children living in poverty can attend school without stigma.

We hope our uniform packs can help improve children’s attendance, self-esteem and ability to engage with education, rather than worrying about not fitting in with their peers, or being inappropriately dressed for the weather.

We’ve even been told that by supplying school uniform to Edinburgh families in need, we’ve freed up the money they need to put food on the table.

Our board of trustees…

Julia Grindley


Julia has been actively involved with ESUB since April 2017. As a Trustee, Julia is keen to help ESUB serve the local community in an effective, efficient and sustainable way. On a day-to-day basis, she looks after communications and social media, as well as co-ordinating volunteers and sourcing funding.

She has done a variety of things in previous decades including working as a consulting engineer, raising a family, and selling greeting cards and stationery. These days she can often be found walking her crazy dog or volunteering at the foodbank warehouse.

Penny Baillie


Penny has been with ESUB since it started. She currently holds the post of Treasurer although she also does collections and deliveries and enjoys making up packs of school uniform. She works in a primary school so understands why it is important to wear the right clothes to school. She also volunteers at the local youth club and community cafe and if she has any spare time she enjoys tea and craft.

Louise Kowalska


Louise is a Civil Servant working for the Scottish Government and has a strong interest in social justice. She has been involved with ESUB since it began in summer 2015. She has forged strong partnerships on our behalf as well as being actively involved in the day-to-day operations of ESUB.

Linda Russell


Linda has been involved with ESUB since it began in summer 2015 and has been a Trustee since its incorporation as a SCIO in June 2017. In this time Linda has felt rewarded to see how ESUB has grown and evolved from a fledgling charity to an established and respected service. ESUB continues to grow and more work is required to ensure it continues to deliver uniform in a way that respects and supports young people, as well as working effectively with other services.

Linda coordinates referrals. She liaises with the professionals who refer to us, logs the incoming referrals and makes sure they progress through the system and are delivered. Linda enjoys being active in management and planning for ESUB, drawing on more than 15 years of experience working in an engineering design team and managing projects and engineering groups.

Roger Horam


Roger has over 25 years’ experience in business development and business start-up advice and support. He heads up Red Lynx, a private sector consultancy that doesn’t quite manage to keep its social aims in check. He is also a “Dragon” without money, throwing his drive and expertise into start-up social innovation organisations to get them up and running, investing up to 2 years in their gestation, incubation and flight. He is hardworking and passionate, quite ingenious and offbeat, and always good for a surprise.

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Registered charity number SC047524 (SCIO)