Issue #2: Aftermath

Aftermath (n) originated in the 1520s to mean the second crop of grass which is grown on the same land after the first had been harvested. From after- + –math (which meant ‘a mowing, cutting of grass’. Figurative language came about in the 1650s.

Similar to the French regain, from re- + –gain (which meant ‘grass which grows in mown meadows’.

Aftermath is now defined as ‘the consequences or after-effects of a significant unpleasant event’, but really, it can mean so much beyond this as well.

While the world collectively stands on the precipice of an aftermath, Epoch Press presents works of creative non-fiction that explore how beginnings reshape themselves into aftermaths, for survival, for growth, for recovery, for solidarity. The twenty-nine pieces included in EPOCH’s second issue look beyond the assumed to investigate the spectrum of emotions, both negative and positive, to highlight the nuances of the after. Aftermath is the call for solidarity, for a renewal of community that will not turn away from hurt and injustice but face it with compassion and integrity

Charity Collaborations for Issue 02

The First Nations Development Institute believe that when armed with the appropriate resources, Native Peoples hold the capacity and ingenuity to ensure the sustainable, economic, spiritual, and cultural well-being of their communities.

Their work focuses on six key areas:

  • Stewarding Native Lands
  • Nourishing Native Foods & Health
  • Advancing Household & Community Asset-Building Strategies
  • Strengthening Tribal & Community Institutions
  • Investing in Native Youth
  • Achieving Native Financial Empowerment

Since their founding, they have successfully managed 1,928 grants totaling more than $40.2 million to Native American projects and organisations in 40 stat3es, the District of Colombia and U. S. territory American Samoa.

To date, they have distributed over $2.5 million in grants directly to Native populations in need through our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. This investment continues to be imperative due to the inequities and vulnerabilities in Native communities that have led to devastating outcomes throughout Indian Country.

Fresh Start is an Edinburgh based charity that supports people following a period of homelessness and assists them in setting up their new tenancy through the provision of goods and services. Their services have developed over the years to meet a growing need, and all focus on ‘helping people make a home for themselves’. Being given a set of keys is a big step forward on the journey out of homelessness, but settling into a new home and feeling part of a community again is where Fresh Start supports people at such a vulnerable time.

The services they provide include our ‘starter packs’. These are packs of essential household basics such as bedding, curtains and kitchenware to help some set up their home.  Last year they distributed 12,000 starter packs throughout the city. They also provide practical help in the form of our cooking classes, helping people to cook low cost, healthy meals on a budget and through the provision of our ‘Hit Squad’ painting and decorating service, turning old stained walls into liveable homes. 

For them, home isn’t just about the four walls you have, but it is a wider concept, and home is also the community that you live in and feel connected too. To combat that social isolation and create inclusion, they have three gardens throughout the city of Edinburgh where people come and volunteer and make meaningful connections.  They are also currently developing the premises next door to them to open their community Hub, a place where people will be able to come and enjoy both socially and practically and be able to seek greater access to the services that they offer.

Refuweegee set out in late 2015 to provide a warm welcome to all refugees arriving in Scotland. As a result of the overwhelming support of the existing community they grew swiftly into a key service provider in Glasgow and beyond. Beginning with community-built welcome packs, each personalised with a welcoming ‘letter fae a local’ written by someone a little more familiar with Scotland than the pack recipient, Refuweegee have not welcomed thousands of people recently arrived in Scotland.
Over the past year Refuweegee has responded to the pandemic by expanding into critical food support. Setting up a text message request service in March 2020 Refuweegee have reached over 14,000 people with deliveries of essentials; including food, toiletries and entertainment. What was expected to be temporary support service swiftly became critical and 10 months on we are still making 150 zero-contact deliveries a week.