Social/community connections: the Scotmid Co-op chain of local stores takes community support seriously, and every store has its display board of local initiatives that are supported - often with small grants - it's well worth applying (more details at http://www.scotmid.coop/community-and-charity/supporting-local-communities/ ) - aprt from anything else, this is a good way to develop connections across the community.
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)
The Centre's Mission Statement is “To develop a centre that will be a hub for the community, run by the community. The centre is for both residents of Dumbiedykes and the wider community and aims to be a warm, friendly and accessible place to meet, share, learn and have fun.”
"Welcome to St Columba’s by the Castle – a small, vibrant church, right at the centre of Edinburgh.
Whether you are looking for a progressive, open-minded community to belong to; a service of worship to drop into; a church for a christening, wedding or funeral; a venue for an event, a concert or a project serving human need; or simply a peaceful space to be still and reflect – a warm welcome awaits you."
Hall available for welcoming refugees visiting from other cities, and for the new weekend club (SFAR), for Burns Night ceilidh?, and for night shelter.
Good gathering space;
the venue for a wide variety of multi-ethnic events and gatherings