Providing bikes free to refugees/asylum seekers and families.
"Relaxed coffee hangout with comfy sofas and rustic wooden tables, serving panini, soups and snacks."
Reviews suggest friendly staff.
"The Mason Institute is dedicated to providing internationally-recognised academic and policy leadership in the socio-legal, medical and life science governance, and bioethics fields through the identification of issues and the pursuit of original research. Our research takes place under three broad themes:
Life Science Research, Technologies and Regulatory Frameworks
Oversight and Control of Medicines, Treatment and Experimentation
Ethics, Law, Arts and Culture"
Brilliant - loads of free stuff for kids to do
• Baptist Church
• Debt Counselling Service
• Youth Group
• Play Group
The EAP provides open access to a range of primary healthcare services.
"classes, gym, fitness studios.
Inclusive, family friendly.
Clambers: soft play for children."
"We are a mosque of Sanctuary & Compassion. We aspire to this vision through a dedicated ethos of serving Edinburgh through our space, our facilities, in our outreach activities and especially through knowing and understanding each other."
"Intention for post is to increase support to those living in BME communities (in particular the Arabic Community across Edinburgh) and their families with, or at risk of, heart, stroke or respiratory illness.
Based in in both the MEHIS office (Craigmillar Medical Centre) and the CHSS office (Rosebery House, Haymarket)"
"Communities Served: Meadows/Morningside, Southside/Newington"
Advice, tickets and travel cards, information on routes and trips.
Based on Waverley Bridge, in Hanover Street, Haymarket, and Dalkeith.
This is an affordable, friendly, informal curry restaurant offering simple and delicious dishes. It is family friendly and very central.
Grassmarket Community Project
• Grassmarket Centre
• Grassmarket Café
• Grassmarket Furniture
• Grassmarket Tartan
• VOLUNTEERING & TRAINING
7 days a week - Free lunches, range of groups/activities - all free but must become members (which is free, accessible and open to everyone) - activities include gardening, art, therapies, exercise & yoga classes, hill walking & residential trips
FOR NON-MEMBERS: FREE 2 course dinner (weekly-Mondays); Pet Clinic, Haircuts, Confidential Housing & Benefits Advice every week plus FREE COMMUNITY CINEMA (every Monday)
"This bright, colourful and independent sandwich shop and cafe donates all profits to social causes.""
Gives leftovers away at the end of the day?"
"Established Indian vegetarian dining in striking, exotic decor with buffet, thali and lunch deals."
"Established in 1967 as the first open access studio in Britain, Edinburgh Printmakers is an organisation dedicated to the practice of fine art printmaking. We are committed to providing high quality, low cost printmaking facilities for artists.
Edinburgh Printmakers’ mission is to support artistic excellence in the medium of print through inspiration, education, innovation and facilitation. We work at the cutting edge of contemporary visual art, producing critically acclaimed and engaging artwork that is key to the cultural life of Scotland.
For almost 50 years Edinburgh Printmakers has supported artists to expand the practice of fine art printmaking. At the heart of our business is the provision of a printmaking studio, a place where artists share knowledge, expertise and creativity, researching and developing excitingly fresh artwork in print. Our artist users produce wonderfully original, engaging visual arts experiences that travel to hundreds of venues throughout the UK and abroad every year benefiting the lives of thousands of gallery visitors."
"Open Monday to Saturday, the Cafe provides an opportunity for outreach to our community and beyond just by being there. We aim to glorify God in our service to Him through baking, serving and caring for the community in such a practical manner."
The Centre's Mission Statement is “To develop a centre that will be a hub for the community, run by the community. The centre is for both residents of Dumbiedykes and the wider community and aims to be a warm, friendly and accessible place to meet, share, learn and have fun.”
"“An indie arts centre housed in a former Government office block which, despite its daunting exterior, is a hive of creative energy.”
– ArtWork, on St Margaret’s House"
"We’re a community of 300-odd people exploring faith, hope and love in Edinburgh in the 21st century. In seeking to follow the way of Jesus we commit ourselves to loving service of God and neighbour.
Come and explore with us – join us for worship, come along to one of our events or just drop into our award-winning Undercroft Café for great home made food and friendly company. We’d love to see you!
St Andrew’s and St George’s West is an Affirming Congregation, affirming the rights of LGBTQ people to play a full part in the life of the Church; a member of Edinburgh Interfaith Association seeking to build understanding between people of all faiths and none, and an Eco-Congregation, striving to reduce its environmental impact and to care for the world."
Book groups, book-bug sessions, venues & meeting rooms
ebook surgery; sip & stitch - monthly meeting for embroidery and chat.
"Filmhouse is a world-class, three-screen independent cinema showing a wide range of films from all over the world, from quality crowd-pleasers and family films to esoteric arthouse works, via restored classics, retrospectives and themed seasons and festivals."
Keen to welcome refugees to enjoy films and committed to programming films of interest.
"A vibrant arts venue located on Edinburgh's Royal Mile showcasing Scotland's Culture. We have live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, family events and workshops happening all year round. Visit us to discover Scotland’s rich story heritage, find our dragon’s nest, enjoy our storywall or simply relax in our venue and soak in the atmosphere.
Let’s start a new story together."
"Welcome to St Columba’s by the Castle – a small, vibrant church, right at the centre of Edinburgh.
Whether you are looking for a progressive, open-minded community to belong to; a service of worship to drop into; a church for a christening, wedding or funeral; a venue for an event, a concert or a project serving human need; or simply a peaceful space to be still and reflect – a warm welcome awaits you."
Hall available for welcoming refugees visiting from other cities, and for the new weekend club (SFAR), for Burns Night ceilidh?, and for night shelter.
"It is fair to think of Princes Street Gardens as the punctuation mark that divides Edinburgh's Old Town from its New Town and this helps give the Gardens its role as an integral part of the underlying structure of the city. This is no afterthought city park added on for a bit of greenery: in a very real sense Princes Street Gardens is the beating heart of Edinburgh, offering opportunities for relaxation and recreation, and forming the frame for the iconic views of Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street."
"Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh's main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline." More good brief notes here: https://www.edinburghguide.com/parks/caltonhill
It's a nice place to go for a walk, and you get wonderful views across the city - a good place from where to make sense of how the parts of the city fit together. The top of Arthur's Seat is maybe best for this, but is a tougher walk!
This one is on the list because "a kind and helpful Arabic speaker works here" (autumn 2016).
A Google 'Local Guide' says (spring 2017) "A good phone network shop. Small shop with quite a small selection of devices to actually play around with. Good staff with reasonable data based deals."
"St Paul's & St George's (Ps & Gs) is a Scottish Episcopal (Anglican) church with a congregation of around 1000. Based in the centre of Edinburgh, the church is made up of people from all over the city and beyond, and benefits from a wide range of ages, backgrounds and personalities.
More importantly though, we are a group of people connected by a desire to build relationships with each other and with God, to explore what life's about, and how faith can impact on who we are and what we do. Our aim is to build up a lively, culturally-relevant and Christ-centred church, worshipping and serving here in the centre of Edinburgh."
Fun activities (including excursions, followed by meal) on first Saturday of each month - contact Wendy.
"6VT opened 18 years ago to provide a safe social space for people aged 15 and over in Edinburgh. It now provides a drop-in service which is open three nights a week, providing a range of personal development support, educational workshops, advice and information. Over the years, 6VT’s areas of expertise have grown and it now also provides housing services and an integrated community support service for young people facing the prospect of foster care, residential care or being housed in a secure unit."
young people, young parents support and friendship; employment support; foodstore, meals; crisis support.
Good sources of cheap clothing, household goods etc
"Tower Power is an emerging community-led alternative to standard customer and supplier relationships, where the community has control to negotiate cheaper energy for everyone and benefit from local, sustainable generation.
The project is supported by the Scottish Government's Local Energy Challenge Fund, and following the implementation of the project for a community in Edinburgh, Tower Power aims to become a replicable model for communities seeking a local energy solution."
"Over time, the aim is for the Dumbiedykes community to take full control of the project by forming a Board and gain the skills and experience required to service Tower Power members and sustain the project."
Comas is a community development agency tackling poverty, of which fuel poverty is an important
dimension. In Dumbiedykes Tower Power will be backed by 20 More, a project aiming to make every
household better off, so it is embedded in activity which is already tackling poverty in the area.
Scotland's first Recovery Café, run by people in recovery for people in recovery, and public customers who want good value, good quality food in a relaxed space. A safe zone for women in recovery, space for hire, a great venue for events, training, meetings and performance.
"Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees is a project which seeks to co-ordinate and promote action by faith communities in Scotland to support asylum seekers and refugees...In September 2015 the Church of Scotland resolved to establish a refugee co-ordination project as a response to the situation and a way to harness the outpouring of goodwill and desire to act which was being expressed by many congregations across the country. The Church of Scotland then approached the other major faith groups in Scotland, who have agreed to share in the work of co-ordination and support.
We are working with Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Interfaith groups, and through our commitment to each other seek to demonstrate that building on common values by acting in partnership we have our own story to tell of hospitality and welcome."
Edinburgh Weekend Club (Once a month, across the city; fun events and activities; meeting people, making friends; practice English; learn about Scottish culture & history; day trips)
The “Edinburgh Weekend Club” is a new joint-faith initiative run by Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees. With the aim of enabling New Scots to become active members of society through the building of strong social relationships, as well as combating social isolation experienced particularly over the weekend, a joint-faith group of volunteers organises monthly weekend events. Participants have the opportunity to build friendships, improve their English in a relaxed and welcoming environment, as well as learn more about Scottish culture and history.
Past events have included a Burns Night and Ceilidh, Dalkeith Country Park fun, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle. All gatherings and events are only possible through the generous help of our local Edinburgh community. If your local faith community would like to contribute to such an event in future or if you would like to find out more please get in touch with Sabine Chalmers firstname.lastname@example.org. You might want to offer us a venue space or even make a financial contribution towards this project of welcome.
If you are seeking sanctuary in Edinburgh and would like to participate please contact Sabine for information on the next event.
• Independent Baptist Church
• Scouts and Guides on Friday Evenings
• All Nations English Language Café
"Positive Help is a registered Scottish charity which offers free volunteer-led practical help to those affected by HIV and Hepatitis C in Edinburgh and the Lothians."
"Our charitable objectives are: “to relieve the suffering and distress of adults and children in Edinburgh and the Lothian area who are infected or affected by HIV/ AIDS and Hepatitis C and their families, friends and carers”.
Without the support of our dedicated volunteers and our generous donors, we simply could not provide our range of life-changing services."
"Positive Help offers four free services to support those affected by HIV and Hepatitis C in the Edinburgh area:
Supportive Transport service
Home Support service
Children & Young People’s Befriending service
Study Buddies service (formerly homework club)
Our services are focused on helping people with HIV or Hepatitis C to live independently and have control over their lives."
Supporting Fair Trade with Palestine:
"Hadeel is a Fair Trade shop which aims to provide a sustainable source of income for craftspeople working with social enterprises in the West Bank, Gaza, as well as one in the Galilee and another in the Negev. Our work also helps to sustain infrastructures, as many of the producer groups also provide health, education and emergency services in their communities which lack any form of local government which might do this."
'What we do' at http://peaceandjustice.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/ says "The Peace and Justice Centre has worked since 1980 to promote nonviolence, human rights, conflict resolution, and ecological sustainability and to create a culture of peace across Scotland."
Advocacy; campaigns; newsletter (contribute articles for this); lending library; chat/cuppa.
"With two custom-built and versatile theatre spaces, the Traverse's home in Edinburgh's city centre is a powerhouse of vibrant new work for, and of, our time. Every August, it holds an iconic status as the theatrical heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Outside the theatre walls, it runs an extensive engagement programme, offering audiences of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to explore, create and develop. Further afield, the Traverse frequently tours internationally and engages in exchanges and partnerships - most recently in Quebec, Turkey and South Korea."
"We are lively, large Quaker Meeting. We strive to be an All-age worshipping community, with monthly All-age Worship and regular children's activities. We welcome many visitors each week, both from Edinburgh and from around the world. You are welcome to join us"
"The Pleasance is situated in the heart of the old town of Edinburgh and on the doorstep of Holyrood. It provides direct access emergency accommodation for males.
The Pleasance is only one of two Lifehouses in Scotland that provide a catered service, so during the year the service users, in partnership with Aramark, have held a variety of theme nights, ranging from Mexican to Chinese to traditional Scottish, where staff and service users alike have adopted the national dress and enjoyed the cuisine of that country."
"Very good service, meat is very clean! and reasonable prices"
Good place to aim for when out for a walk up Calton Hill - includes an open-air cafe (ww.cafemilk.co.uk/calton-hill/)!
"Established in 1984, Collective has been fundamental to the cultural vitality of Scotland by supporting new work by artists who are at a pivotal stage in their development. We provide artists with the opportunity to make new work and audiences the chance to see it here first.
Our programme of exhibitions, walks, events and off-site projects presents contemporary art in all its diversity. We create opportunities for participation, mutual learning and dialogue by opening out processes of art production, connecting with other fields and encouraging new developments."
An opportunity for an informal chat with a
Community Mental Health Chaplain and with other mental health service users over a cup of tea or coffee. After
the drop-in there is a short act of worship for those who wish to stay. Everyone is welcome.
walks, running, dog-walking, picnics, wonderful views, cycling
"If you’re less than 19 years old and interested in learning to code, or already know how and want to go even further, you’re in the right place! Computers let you create anything you can think of. Prewired is here to help enthusiastic young coders of any ability to do just that."
Along with the shop, of course:
Nice cafe on top floor;
you can charge your phone for free!
The store is open, even though the area around is being seriously re-developed.
"We are a community of people seeking to follow the teaching and example of Jesus, drawing our energy and inspiration from Him through worship and prayer. As we do this, we seek to be transformed and to transform our families, friends, the communities where we live and work, and the city of Edinburgh."
"Today, we run a Swap Shop on Edinburgh’s Guthrie Street which is open four days a week for the whole community to shop and swap. Our Food Sharing project collects excess food from cafes and bakeries across the city and redistributes it to people who need it, while connecting thousands of individuals to share food with one another. And we run hundreds of skill sharing, reuse, repair and upcycling workshops on everything from bike repair to screen printing and from transforming clothes to creative writing."
"Our members come from all parts of the city, as well as the parish itself - which takes in the community from Princes Street to West Tollcross and High Riggs.
St Cuthbert's has a long tradition of caring involvement, with current examples being our active ministry among the business community - OASIS -and our working to help relieve HOMELESSNESS in the city.
A Parish Residents' Team is working to establish links with people who live in the area and we are ecumenically linked to our neighbour, St John's Scottish Episcopal Church.
The area is the hub of the international financial centre and a magnet for thousands in search of entertainment in cinema, theatre, pubs and clubs. Around two thousand people live within our parish (SEE MAP)and we play host to a steady procession of tourists from all over the world.
We serve a community on the move: a river of people swirling around the ancient rock on Edinburgh's skyline. As a Christian Church we are trying to learn how to ride the rapids of the Spirit and point to the Rock who is Jesus Christ. You'll find a bit of both on your visit."
"St John's is a thriving Scottish Episcopal church at the heart of Scotland’s beautiful capital city. Here we aim to express love for God and neighbour in all that we do. And to help people discover for themselves the significance of Jesus Christ.
You would be very welcome to join us for worship at one of our Sunday services. And if you would like to be involved in other ways you will find plenty of opportunities... If you want to know more please contact us."
Always oriented towards the international community.
"In the 21st Century Augustine United Church is a progressive and inclusive Christian community based in the heart of Edinburgh city centre and a member of the United Reformed Church."
We are involved with a mental health weekly drop-in service, which 'offers an opportunity for an informal chat with a chaplain and with other mental health service users, over a cup of tea or coffee. After the drop-in there is a short act of worship for those who wish to stay.'
You can hire rooms for meetings, ceilidhs etc
[Spring 2017] "Since we began our work for refugees in Edinburgh, with the support of, and information from, the team at The Welcoming organisation, we have been able to supply electric heaters, cooking pots, tea pots and duvets and covers, pillows and pillowcases.
We still have more to supply and hope to have completed what is needed by the beginning of March.
The next stage of our project is to take groups of refugees on Edinburgh tour buses to see the city and then bring them back to St Giles’ for food and to socialise with us and to practise their conversational English. This will need more funds and we applied to Police Scotland’s fund to counteract Islamophobia."
"We organise and run weekly shared reading sessions for adults in the community, young adults in community programmes and the elderly in Scotland. Part of a book and a poem are read aloud during these relaxed and informal sessions, with an Open Book Lead Reader on hand to help guide the discussion. We also regularly run creative writing sessions for our readers, using the material the group is reading as inspiration to create new writing. We also arrange and fund visits by these groups to the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August, linking the authors we see on the visit to the reading materials we use in our sessions. In 2015 and 2016, Open Book also presented three shared reading sessions for the public at the Edinburgh International Book Festival as a part of their workshop programme."
A really nice warm place to read a newspaper! Also good cafe.
[Wikipedia] "The National Library of Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Leabharlann Nàiseanta na h-Alba, Scots: Naitional Leebrar o Scotland) is the legal deposit library of Scotland and is one of the country's National Collections. Its main base is in Edinburgh city centre. The headquarters is on George IV Bridge, between the Old Town and the university quarter. There is also a more modern building (1980s) in a residential area on the south side of the town centre, on Causewayside. This was built to accommodate some of the specialist collections (e.g., map library, science library) and to provide large-scale extra storage.
The National Library of Scotland holds 7 million books, 14 million printed items and over 2 million maps. The collection includes copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the letter which Charles Darwin submitted with the manuscript of Origin of Species, the First Folio of Shakespeare and numerous journals and other publications. It has the largest collection of Scottish Gaelic material of any library."
"The Usher Hall is Scotland's only five-star concert hall hosting a range of concerts from rock, pop, classical, jazz, world and folk music. The venue has hosted concerts and events since it opened way back in 1914! A beautiful Edwardian building with a modern twist, which is well loved by performers and audiences all over the world due to its magnificent acoustics."