free counselling services; services for children & families
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!
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)
Brilliant - loads of free stuff for kids to do
"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."
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.
"“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"
"spaces and facilities for artists to make and develop work"
- Residencies, professional development, training and networking opportunities to support artists in their careers.
- Our sculpture courses offer a route to understanding artistic processes and contemporary approaches.
- Artists can benefit from access to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s specialist facilities and international networks
"Coburg House is a thriving hub of artists, designers and makers in the heart of Edinburgh’s Leith. This former granary has housed studios for over 10 years now and is home to a dynamic creative community with a well established reputation for excellence.
Studio space is highly sought after."
"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."
"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 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."
"Poldrate Arts & Crafts Centre, located in Haddington in the wonderful Elizabeth Hamilton Buildings, offers a wide variety of arts and crafts classes and self-help groups for adults (16+ year olds).
Classes are affordable, small and friendly and accommodate a range of abilities. It’s a great place to meet other people interested in arts and crafts and spend time improving your skills, learning a new craft or just enjoying time doing something different."
"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."
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."
"We are delighted to announce that we have a variety of elegant and practical studio spaces available for hourly, daily, weekly or monthly hire all at very competitive rates.
Studios are available in a variety of sizes, located in the historic Hanseatic Barn.
We have artists, architects, health and beauty practitioners, why not join our community?"
Also: Gallery, venue for events, Cadells Cafe
"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."
"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."