"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"
Charity that provides grants to asylum claimants and refugees living in Scotland. Grants made by RST either alleviate poverty and destitution, or help refugees and asylum claimants to overcome obstacles in accessing educational and employment opportunities.
Referrals for grants can be made via Edinburgh-based partner organisations. These include The Welcoming and Saheliya (see respective entries for contact details)
Community Centre in Muirhouse
Wester Hailes Education Centre (WHEC)
• Leisure Facilities
• Swimming Pool
• Mellow Bumps (Young Mums)
• Nothing for muslim women
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.
Tynecastle Community Wing
• Breast Feeding Support Group (Wednesday 2 - 3:30 pm)
Tollcross Community Centre
• Adult Learning Project
• Gaelic playgroup
• English classes
• Wide range of other activities
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)
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.
• Youth Group
• Film making Friday
• I would like to join in but don’t have the language
"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."
Out of school care for 5-12 yr olds. Pick ups from Brunstane Primary School, Castleview Primary School, Lismore Primary School, Newcraighall Primary School, Niddrie Mill Primary School, Prestonfield Primary School, St Francis' Primary School, St John's Primary School
Monday to Friday: 07:00 - 18:00
Granton Library is a friendly community library where all are welcome. There are lots of activities for all ages (for example, a Bookbug group for small children, a knitting group, and a homework club.. amongst other things) as well as a good selection of books. The staff are very friendly.
"Castlebrae is a High School at the heart of our community and we provide a fully comprehensive education to all of our young people.
We have a diverse student population and we welcome and celebrate the values and culture all our young people bring to our community. We have a range of adult provision and an associated family centre and if you are interested in our adult classes please see the appropriate section of our website."
[Community High Schools have a special brief to be inclusive]
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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.
Tollcross Community Centre
• Adult Learning Project
"Active in: Prestonfield and Kings Meadow bounded by Peffermill Road and the bottom end of Dalkeith Road.
Meet monthly to discuss local issues."
"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."
Community High School, with community education classes and excellent sports facilities, including swimming pool
• Very friendly
• Arabic speaker works there
Portobello Pakistani Educational & Cultural Centre (the Madrasah)'s charitable objectives:
"To promote any charitable purpose for the benefit of Pakistanis resident in Portobello and surrounding areas, including the advancement of education, the relief of poverty, the furtherance of health and the provision of facilities, in the interest of social welfare, for recreation and other leisure time occupation with the object of promoting racial harmony, alleviating isolation and improving the conditions of the life of the aforementioned community."