"Active in: Prestonfield and Kings Meadow bounded by Peffermill Road and the bottom end of Dalkeith Road.
Meet monthly to discuss local issues."
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."
The Columcille Centre
• Activities for adults with learning disabilities
"Promotes the facilities available to the people in the area and the positives of being a resident in a lovely part of South Edinburgh."
Community Centre in Muirhouse
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.
• Community Hub
• English Classes
• Young Mums
• Free shop and food sharing
• Welcoming folks and chat
North Merchiston Club
• With Kids Play Therapy
“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)
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.
Clovenstone Community Centre
• Wide range of activities for all ages
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.”
• Community Centre, especially supporting older people
• Home of S Edinburgh Quakers (10:30 am Sundays)
• Ecumenical (for older people)
"“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
Beautiful country park with trees, parkland, river and picnic area. Great day out. Family friendly.
Book groups, book-bug sessions, venues & meeting rooms
ebook surgery; sip & stitch - monthly meeting for embroidery and chat.
"It is fair to think of Princes Street Gardens as the punctuation mark that divides Edinburgh's Old Town from its New Town and this helps give the Gardens its role as an integral part of the underlying structure of the city. This is no afterthought city park added on for a bit of greenery: in a very real sense Princes Street Gardens is the beating heart of Edinburgh, offering opportunities for relaxation and recreation, and forming the frame for the iconic views of Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street."
PCHP is a community health project which offers: physical activity classes, cooking classes,
A CHAT CAFE to help English learners, counselling services, a women's support service, GP surgery link workers.
Creche available for service users.
"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."
• Great place to run groups!
• Friendly Cafe
• Toy Library (https://vimeo.com/134929658 - film about toy library)
"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."
Good gathering space;
the venue for a wide variety of multi-ethnic events and gatherings
Saughtonhall Community Association Hall
• Available for Hire
• Very welcoming
• Weekly get-togethers every Wednesday for women from the Syrian community in Edinburgh - contact the Welcoming for more info (firstname.lastname@example.org - 0131 346 8577)
"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."
Indoor shopping centre. Wide range of shops, including a supermarket.
Can be reached by train (South Gyle station) and bus.
"The White House Kitchen is a community café and venue run by the Community Alliance Trust for the benefit of the Greater Craigmillar Neighbourhoods."
• Christian Hospitality
• Bed and Breakfast
• Conference Centre
'What we do' at http://peaceandjustice.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/ says "The Peace and Justice Centre has worked since 1980 to promote nonviolence, human rights, conflict resolution, and ecological sustainability and to create a culture of peace across Scotland."
Advocacy; campaigns; newsletter (contribute articles for this); lending library; chat/cuppa.
"We are lively, large Quaker Meeting. We strive to be an All-age worshipping community, with monthly All-age Worship and regular children's activities. We welcome many visitors each week, both from Edinburgh and from around the world. You are welcome to join us"
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
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.
Community High School, with community education classes and excellent sports facilities, including swimming pool
"St John's is a thriving Scottish Episcopal church at the heart of Scotland’s beautiful capital city. Here we aim to express love for God and neighbour in all that we do. And to help people discover for themselves the significance of Jesus Christ.
You would be very welcome to join us for worship at one of our Sunday services. And if you would like to be involved in other ways you will find plenty of opportunities... If you want to know more please contact us."
Always oriented towards the international community.
"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."
"In the 21st Century Augustine United Church is a progressive and inclusive Christian community based in the heart of Edinburgh city centre and a member of the United Reformed Church."
We are involved with a mental health weekly drop-in service, which 'offers an opportunity for an informal chat with a chaplain and with other mental health service users, over a cup of tea or coffee. After the drop-in there is a short act of worship for those who wish to stay.'
You can hire rooms for meetings, ceilidhs etc
"We organise and run weekly shared reading sessions for adults in the community, young adults in community programmes and the elderly in Scotland. Part of a book and a poem are read aloud during these relaxed and informal sessions, with an Open Book Lead Reader on hand to help guide the discussion. We also regularly run creative writing sessions for our readers, using the material the group is reading as inspiration to create new writing. We also arrange and fund visits by these groups to the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August, linking the authors we see on the visit to the reading materials we use in our sessions. In 2015 and 2016, Open Book also presented three shared reading sessions for the public at the Edinburgh International Book Festival as a part of their workshop programme."
A really nice warm place to read a newspaper! Also good cafe.
[Wikipedia] "The National Library of Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Leabharlann Nàiseanta na h-Alba, Scots: Naitional Leebrar o Scotland) is the legal deposit library of Scotland and is one of the country's National Collections. Its main base is in Edinburgh city centre. The headquarters is on George IV Bridge, between the Old Town and the university quarter. There is also a more modern building (1980s) in a residential area on the south side of the town centre, on Causewayside. This was built to accommodate some of the specialist collections (e.g., map library, science library) and to provide large-scale extra storage.
The National Library of Scotland holds 7 million books, 14 million printed items and over 2 million maps. The collection includes copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the letter which Charles Darwin submitted with the manuscript of Origin of Species, the First Folio of Shakespeare and numerous journals and other publications. It has the largest collection of Scottish Gaelic material of any library."