Charity supporting families with children through befriending, short-term hosting, and provision of skills and resources.
"Early years centres offer support, advice, groups and classes for families with children up to age eight.
Contact the centre to find out what's available."
Some 20 mosques across the city, catalogued and mapped by the Muslims in Britain organisation
We are owned and managed by the local community.
We aim to achieve the sustainable regeneration of a community or address a range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues within a community.
We are independent but seek to work in partnership with other private, public and third sector organisations.
We aim to reduce dependency on grant support by generating income through enterprise and the ownership of assets. All trading surpluses are principally reinvested in the organisation or the community.
Citizen’s Advice Bureau
• Money, Employment, Benefits
• Family, Health, Housing
• Communications, Consumer Affairs, Travel
• Interpreter Service
Just as many people born and brought up in the United Kingdom might struggle to answer many of the questions set in the UK Citizenship Test, so it is possible to live in a city for years and be quite unaware of all sorts of interesting things about it.
Using this resource, new arrivals of all sorts can enjoy amazing and bemusing the natives with their knowledge of arcane bits of Edinburgh's history!
"Walking with a group is a great way to explore the city and make new friends while keeping yourself fit and healthy.
Follow our guide to the best Edinburgh walking groups that cover routes including Arthur’s Seat, the Innocent Railway track and Cramond Beach, it’s easy to find one that suits your walking ability."
Webpage below has onward links to several organisers/organisations that run groups - varied capabilities."
"classes, gym, fitness studios.
Inclusive, family friendly.
Clambers: soft play for children."
Edinburgh Tenants Federation (ETF) is the umbrella organisation for local tenants and residents groups around the city of Edinburgh.
We welcome all.
Our network of local tenants and residents groups are run by local people in communities to affect change in their areas.
ETF brings people together in the city to represent and influence mainly housing issues as well at topics that affect all of us.
We are run by tenants for tenants.
Our staff provide information, advice and development support to tenants' groups. we run training sessions on committee skills and other topics.
"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)"
"We provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK."
Advice, tickets and travel cards, information on routes and trips.
Based on Waverley Bridge, in Hanover Street, Haymarket, and Dalkeith.
• Hours open, Mon – Fri, 9am to 4:45pm
• Central Booking to arrange midwife appointment
• As soon as you know you are pregnant
A network of churches seeking to develop Edinburgh as a welcoming city for refugees and asylum seekers
"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."
"PEEP (Parents Early Education Partnership) groups are held in venues across the city. They are open to families with children aged 0 to 5. Bring your child to a PEEP session to take part in learning actvities such as singing, story and rhyme time. The groups also offer advice about learning and you can borrow play resources."
"Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (CBCS) exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people in Scotland. We seek to help anyone experiencing bereavement to understand their grief and cope with their loss. We work primarily through volunteers, providing free care to bereaved people. We also train and educate individuals and organisations who may in turn be able to contribute to the well-being of bereaved people."
"Meal on Me is a community based charity (SCIO) started in July 2013. It is inspired by the Suspended Coffee scheme originated in Italy. Our aim is to ensure that vulnerable people needing a hot tasty meal can get it. Rather than having a café(s) run the scheme with individuals coming and asking for a meal, our vouchers are given to our partnering organisations who distribute them to individuals."
Can provide vouchers for certain cafes across the city for those in need of a meal - see list of cafes on link below.
Can you beat Netmums' description?!
"For a variety of indoor and outdoor fun, most of which is free, you can't beat Portobello Promenade. On sunny days the kids can play on the beach, the toddlers park or the swing park, all within a few minutes walk of each other along the prom. For eats and treats the traditional fish-and-chips or ice-cream are available, or there are a number of child-friendly cafes, pubs and hotels along the prom - including the 'Espy' with its gigantic portions of fresh tasty fare.
There's a host of sporting fun along the Prom too including the new sailing school. And if the weather's not so good you can take your swimming indoors at the Swim Centre, bowl at the bowling centre or simply spend some loose change having fun in the seaside arcades."
Well it doesn't mention the volleyball (it's always pleasant to watch other people taking exercise!), right next to the excellent Little Green Van coffee stall.
Almost any day of the year, you can meet people of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds enjoying the fresh air and sea breezes.
The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church is an inclusive church in the heart of the city where we share God’s love through working with and for others, to transform our community and the world. We are involved in the community throughout the year in a number of ways, from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to small business incubation. We host local and national organisations who meet in our premises, and we have a strong interest in working with community groups and charities.
All our rooms have access to audio visual equipment, wi-fi and are fully accessible (lift and stairs).
The Well Café is situated in the building on the ground floor and provides hot food and drink everyday from 9am – 3pm. The cafe is part of the Edinburgh Community Cafe network.
We host a creative project called The Dream Factory, which includes support for small business incubation.
Our outreach project, Hope's Garden, is an aromatherapy clinic situated in the basement. As well as treatments available to the general public, Hope’s Garden works with the church to develop links with agencies across the city, and operates a referral system to individuals accessing the services of those agencies.
"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."
"What does it mean to belong? Where do you belong? When do you belong?
As women who both fled home as children, we’ve spent many hours talking about our early experiences of flight, journey and assimilation. We’re interested in using those experiences to draw parallels between journeys like ours and the journeys we all take.
The Belonging Project is a series of creative writing workshops and readings that considers journeys, what we carry with us (and what we leave behind), how we start anew and what it means to belong, alongside similar stories and experiences of refugees and migrants.
Through The Belonging Project, we hope to inspire you to remember and reconsider your own stories, from journeys as monumental as moving country to the daily act of leaving the house. We want to know where, whether and when you’ve come to belong.
Here, we hope you’ll engage with the journeys of others, and share your own."