We are owned and managed by the local community.
We aim to achieve the sustainable regeneration of a community or address a range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues within a community.
We are independent but seek to work in partnership with other private, public and third sector organisations.
We aim to reduce dependency on grant support by generating income through enterprise and the ownership of assets. All trading surpluses are principally reinvested in the organisation or 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)
"This bright, colourful and independent sandwich shop and cafe donates all profits to social causes.""
Gives leftovers away at the end of the day?"
"6VT opened 18 years ago to provide a safe social space for people aged 15 and over in Edinburgh. It now provides a drop-in service which is open three nights a week, providing a range of personal development support, educational workshops, advice and information. Over the years, 6VT’s areas of expertise have grown and it now also provides housing services and an integrated community support service for young people facing the prospect of foster care, residential care or being housed in a secure unit."
young people, young parents support and friendship; employment support; foodstore, meals; crisis support.
"We are an independent Social Enterprise with Local Enterprise Agency status. Our aim is to build strong, sustainable communities in areas of regeneration.
We do this by helping people to set up and develop their own businesses, providing affordable workspace, supporting people into employment, and providing support to existing businesses.
As a social enterprise, any surpluses we make from our trading activity are re-invested to help support our social aims."
Great veg shop run and staffed by friendly recent arrivals. They have moved into the wholesale trade recently - a loss to Portobello High Street - but still well worth getting in touch with.
"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.
New arrivals are just as likely to be entrepreneurial as established natives, and once the proverbial kitchen table is no longer the best place from which to run your new business, then TribePorty is one of a number of shared workspaces across the city that offer various and flexible opportunities for rental - see http://tribeporty.org/coworking/ for details.
When setting out on this sort of thing, a supportive community is a great help, and TribePorty offers a great 'ecosystem' - people who are facing the same sort of issues and challenges, and finding imaginative solutions for them, as you are - it's very helpful to be able to compare notes