Providing bikes free to refugees/asylum seekers and families.
Vegetable garden; welcomes volunteers to garden together. Also family-friendly. Work-days last Sunday of the month.
"Everyone is welcome to community land workdays. Forthcoming workdays: Last Sunday of the month, starting at 10.30 am. The garden has a ‘drop in’ every Thursday, and people are welcome to come along to garden, share knowledge and skills and good company."
"Relaxed coffee hangout with comfy sofas and rustic wooden tables, serving panini, soups and snacks."
Reviews suggest friendly staff.
Community Centre in Muirhouse
The Columcille Centre
• Activities for adults with learning disabilities
Wester Hailes Education Centre (WHEC)
• Leisure Facilities
• Swimming Pool
• Mellow Bumps (Young Mums)
• Nothing for muslim women
Scots Music Group
• At Boroughmuir High School
The Welcoming supports newcomers to Edinburgh, providing a wide range of classes and activities, 6 days a week, 50 weeks of the year.
• English language classes at all levels
• Advice and information on everyday living in Edinburgh
• Weekly Conversation Cafe
• Employability support
• Visits out and about to get to know Edinburgh and meet new people
• Home energy advice - find out how to keep cosy at an affordable price at home
• Digital skills
• Befriending opportunities
• Creative arts and health and well-being activities
Everything is free of charge and drop in! Visit www.thewelcoming.org to access the timetable and find latest details of what's on.
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!
Tynecastle Community Wing
• Breast Feeding Support Group (Wednesday 2 - 3:30 pm)
• Free shop and food sharing
• Welcoming folks and chat
"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."
• Community Choir
• At The Columcille Centre
North Merchiston Club
• With Kids Play Therapy
St Bride’s Community Centre
• Yoga classes
WHALE Arts Agency
• Drop-in activities
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)
2 Art galleries across the road from each other.
FREE ENTRY. Cafe. Gardens outside.
Close to the Water of Leith footpath.
North Edinburgh Arts offers local residents a place to relax, explore, learn, meet, share, volunteer and have fun in. Over 17 hours of creative workshops are on offer each week, most with a family focus, alongside a wide range of other events from singing groups, to dance shows, circus skills workshops, community theatre to film clubs.
Incorporating a community garden and a community cafe.
The venue is also home to Licketyspit Theatre Company and Muirhouse Youth Development Group, both reaching out to the most disadvantaged children and families in the area.
Benches to come & sit on & enjoy the views;
Becomes a Fringe Venue in the summer.
What's not to like?
Clovenstone Community Centre
• Wide range of activities for all ages
A group of local people, growing crops together in community garden spaces. Everyone welcome to come along and join in - no experience necessary! Contact us on facebook more more information.
Beautiful country park with trees, parkland, river and picnic area. Great day out. Family friendly.
A group of local individuals who meet and grow crops together at a garden on Pilton Brae.
Everyone welcome, no experience necessary. See our facebook group for more information.
"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."
"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."
"Something of a hidden gem to the west of the city centre, our beautifully preserved Victorian 'baths' at Dalry Swim Centre have a real community feel and provide the main ingredients needed for a healthy, active lifestyle."
swimming for children.
Big park with children's playground, picnic area, trees.
"A social enterprise seeking to encourage, support and promote the creative skills of Craigmillar residents, through the running of arts workshops, plays and community concerts, and by providing a venue for exhibitions and touring productions. Run with the help of many volunteers, the organisation also promotes the annual Craigmillar Community Festival."
Saughtonhall Community Association Hall
• Available for Hire
• Very welcoming
• Weekly get-togethers every Wednesday for women from the Syrian community in Edinburgh - contact the Welcoming for more info (firstname.lastname@example.org - 0131 346 8577)
"Muslim Scouts is for both boys and girls aged 6 to 14 years. It provides fun, educational and practical skills for the children while in a Muslim community."
Scottish Country Dancing; Boys Brigade; Brownies; Thursday Lunch Club for elderly; Film nights; Sewing Club (Monday evenings); Cooking Club from time-to-time; Fully equipped catering kitchen; Parent & Toddler Group.
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."
"Active in: Prestonfield and Kings Meadow bounded by Peffermill Road and the bottom end of Dalkeith Road.
Meet monthly to discuss local issues."
Community High School, with community education classes and excellent sports facilities, including swimming pool
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.
• Very friendly
• Arabic speaker works there
"...and teas, coffees, meals too.
A really original, but thoroughly Scottish too, pub. And does it still have the skittle alley? Do go along and report back!
• Great place to run groups!
• Friendly Cafe
"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."
"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."