get involved

The Grassmarket Community Project offers a variety of opportunities for people to participate in and engage with our community

Become a Member

We welcome anyone who is interested to joining our community, whether they are homeless, vulnerable or just interested in helping out in their spare time. We invite everyone to join our community on an equal footing and believe this is a true expression of community.

MEMBERSHIP FORM: To become a member please complete a membership form. Clicking on Membership form takes you to our online membership form. Alternatively click here to download a word version. We will then be in touch once you have submitted the form or we can complete the form together at our first meeting.

VOLUNTEER: To find out how to volunteer within our community please check out our volunteer information here. Everyone joins our community on the same basis, which is why we become a truly diverse, mutually supportive community. If you would like to volunteer with us please complete an application form (see above) and speak to a member of staff. – Here are our current volunteering opportunities

FREE ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME: Once you are a member or volunteer you are welcome to take part in any of the Programme of Activities and Workshops we currently offer. You can see our current FULL free activities programme here. We also have a one page SUMMARY programme here. We are always looking for new groups to add to our programme so if you have an idea for an activity please let us know!

For more information on becoming a member or if you are interested in running a group please contact us on our contact form or call 0131 225 3626.

COMMUNITY BULLETIN: Our latest community news bulletin is available here! If you would like to receive this by email, please let us know:


All new members receive a handbook at their induction which summarises our key policies and the code of conduct; however, the policies in full can be downloaded here.

Privacy and Information Policy

We respect the privacy of our members, volunteers and wider network of supporters. We only collect information we consider necessary to help us achieve our charitable purposes and ensure the success of our social enterprises that support these. You can read our privacy and information policy here.

Activities and Groups

We run a huge range of social integration and educational activities for our members, including cookery and baking classes, art, aerobics, table tennis, yoga, drama, IT, reading and writing, sewing, gardening and photography. To download a current 7 days a week FREE programme of activities, click here: here. Many of our activities run on a termly basis with a one week break (two weeks at Christmas) during which an alternative programme runs. You can see next years dates and other Key dates here.

Financial Contributions

These contributions help us ensure that our drop-ins, classes and workshops remain free and open. We are also eligible to receive gift aid. As an organisation we work with JustGiving to help ensure the security of donations, and also to give us the ability to help our supporters organise fundraising activities such as cycle trips, marathon runs and other activities. For more information on donations please visit our Just Giving page.

Commissions and Gifts

Purchasing gift items produced by the woodwork and tartan textiles group is very easy – simply drop into the workshop or café to browse the items we have for sale. We can also create commission pieces of furniture in the workshop and bespoke items handmade by our tartan group – speak to Tommy (Furniture) or Tartan team on 0131 225 3626 or via our contact form.