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Greyfriars Kirk Spring Magazine is out – featuring Grassmarket Community Project

Get an online or printed copy of Greyfriars Spring Magazine and here all about Greyfriars outreach, lunchtime concerts, the Charteris Centre and much more – the online version is available here

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Love Thy Nature Screening with Q & A Monday 12th December 7pm! FREE

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Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature points to how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature – and takes us on a mesmerizing cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world.

Neeson is the voice of “Sapiens” (our collective humankind) who, in the past few thousand years, has come to believe that we have transcended nature. Yet, experts uncover how a new era of nature-connection might just be dawning: “Biomimicry” scientists look to the natural world for the most brilliant cutting edge inventions, ecologists unveil how nature restores our communities, and doctors are finding new ways in which nature heals the body, mind, and brain.

The winner of 26 awards, Love Thy Nature shares the dazzling spectacles of our planet, while showing that a renewed connection with nature is key – not only to our well being, but also to solving our environmental and climate crises. And Sapiens’ journey reveals how a relationship with nature ignites a sense of meaning and wonder so profound that it touches us at the very core of what it means to be human. www.lovethynature.com

The film will be followed by a Q & A  audience and panel discussion with:

Award winning designer Lesley McMillan who designs interiors using our own Grassmarket Furniture inspired by nature.

Lesley McMillan Interior Designer at City of Edinburgh Council and Scotland Regional Director of The Society of British and International Design. I am particularly interested in Biophilic design which is building nature into the built environment by use of natural materials, improving natural light and views onto nature, which can help in strengthening the human connection with nature increasing feelings of happiness and well-being.

Forest school practitioner, Andrea Fisher

Andrea Fisher, is German and lives in Glasgow with her husband and three daughters. She studied social ‘pedagogy’ in Germany, with the main emphasis on community and youth work. A qualified Forest School level 3 practitioner, she works for the Children’s Wood and the Goethe Institut, both based in Glasgow. All of her work, including voluntary work, is outdoor based. She is passionate about nature, growing up as she did in rural Germany where nature and the outdoors played a major part in her life. Considering the many benefits outdoor play and learning has, her work is focused on giving children, young and older people, the chance to connect (or re- connect) with nature and use the outdoors in every season.

Wilderness Guide, Rhyddian Knight 

With 20 years experience of reconnecting marginalized youth to Nature, Rhyddian supports regenerative cultural design through his passion for outdoor learning.  He currently lives and works at Camas Tuath, the Iona Community island centre on Mull. His diverse interests in cultural repair can be found at www.rhyddianknight.net

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Launch of our new Photography Group’s Collection Book

Our stunning collection of member’s photographs from our weekly photography group are now available to browse at your leisure over a delicious coffee or cup of tea in the Grassmarket Cafe or you can purchase a copy by clicking here or you can browse the book here Grassmarket Community Project Photography Book Vol.1 Purchase of the book supports our work even further.

Our members are very proud of their work and so please feel free to feedback via facebook, twitter or directly to nicky@grassmarket.org

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Edinburgh University Social Work Students do themselves, the uni and the profession proud !

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We were delighted to host 14 Edinburgh University Social Work Students today as part of our on-going partnership to inspire the best of practice in community social work and showcase the power of social enterprise to transform the lives of our most vulnerable.

We didn’t just inspire them through talk – they heard the stories of our members and, better still, actively engaged in the project across our social enterprises and members programme including: woodwork, Tartan, the cafe and decorating our events space. We worked them hard and in their reflections with us at the end were nothing short of inspired and overwhelmingly impressed by the difference social enterprise makes. By volunteering alongside our members, our trainees and staff they gained valuable insight and people opened up to them, took care of them like any other member and taught them practical skills. It was highly beneficial to everyone involved and a special thanks goes out to our members across the project that welcome the students into the project, shared their experiences and gave up their time. Both groups learnt loads about eachother.

Today is the first of a three week partnership that will see all Community Social Work students experience first hand the ability of social enterprise to engage people and changes their lives as well as provide vital support services and activities that reduce people’s dependency and social isolation.

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Grassmarket featured in Plans & Presents Wedding Blog

Entitled “The Grassmarket Centre ~ Unique Edinburgh wedding venue with an ethical twist” our wonderful centre is attracting attention as a fabulous city-centre venue thanks to Alison – wedding blogger (also known as Mr & Mrs P). The blog highlights the setting, the great value venue itself, the opportunities for fantastic photos with the Edinburgh Castle backdrop and of course that we are a little different and support our programme for vulnerable adults through the income generated by the weddings. And at no extra costs and no compromise on quality! If you haven’t already considered booking our venue and engaging the support of our highly experienced catering team then read the Blog and contact sarah@grassmarket.org or go to www.grassmarketweddings.com

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