We want to improve the lives and opportunities of residents in Scotland’s disadvantaged communities.
Charity supporting families with children through befriending, short-term hosting, and provision of skills and resources.
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."
"Promotes the facilities available to the people in the area and the positives of being a resident in a lovely part of South Edinburgh."
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.
“Our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Edinburgh through providing opportunities to participate in community growing activities.”
Allotments are involved!
The project is also open to anyone who wants to get involved, and share in the experience of growing, cooking and eating healthy food in the great outdoors.
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)
"This bright, colourful and independent sandwich shop and cafe donates all profits to social causes.""
Gives leftovers away at the end of the day?"
Benches to come & sit on & enjoy the views;
Becomes a Fringe Venue in the summer.
What's not to like?
"Work by local people and volunteers from the Woodland Trust has resulted in the creation of a diverse habitat to include woodland planting, managed grassland, and planted orchards and apple tree nursery."
"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."
"The Garden Globe Project is Jack Kane Centre’s beautiful food garden. Everyone is welcome to come and get involved.
There is a drop-in session every Friday, and a range of events planned for 2017."
Do you want to learn more about gardening or cooking? Fresh Start is developing a new project called Helping Hands, which includes a community growing space and cooking classes in South East Edinburgh. The activities are free and very relaxed; no gardening or cooking experience is needed and all are warmly welcomed. If you want to get involved with our community growing space, this is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-4pm; no gardening experience required. We meet at the Robin Chapel just off Niddrie Mains Road. Fancy learning some basic cooking skills? Come along to our cooking classes on Mondays and Wednesday’s from 2-4pm. These are run at the Hearts Community Supporters Club in Craigmillar. If you have any questions or want to get involved please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0131 476 7741.
Providing bikes free to refugees/asylum seekers and families.
"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."
"A garden where volunteers from the wider community work together to gain gardening skills, life skills, increase their social networks and access fresh food.This fresh food is also used in Fresh Start’s cooking classes which are run for clients. The space has several beds, raised beds and fruit bushes, and is generating lots of fresh produce."
"The White House Kitchen is a community café and venue run by the Community Alliance Trust for the benefit of the Greater Craigmillar Neighbourhoods."
"Using a model of holistic support, DASS assists refused asylum seekers who are ARE (Appeal Rights Exhausted) and NRPF (with no recourse to public funds) to find a route out of destitution and resolve their situation."
Also access to education & employment grants.
"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."
accessed via Manse garden.
Beautiful garden for anyone to visit, free; welcomes volunteers; occasional events.
"Dr Neil’s Garden is so much more than a garden. It is a friendly place that welcomes all to its peace and beauty and at the same time offers comradeship and training to volunteers. The Garden stimulates change through play, learning, the arts, healthy activity, and by addressing the special needs of people. It is open to all, free of charge 7 days a week."
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.
"The Centre programme is Youth Work focused with a comprehensive range of activities taking place for young people. It has links with the Boys Club Movement with an emphasis on sport. It is also home to various community groups addressing local issues and needs."