Become a member

There are lots of opportunities for individuals to participate and join in! Everyone is welcome. 

Whether you are dealing with difficult issues yourself and would like some support and friendship, or you are looking for somewhere to get involved and help out in your spare time, a wide variety of groups and activities are available.  Everyone is on an equal footing and we believe that is a true expression of community.

We ask everyone to complete a membership form so that we can facilitate your membership of the community and support any particular needs. You can either:

  • complete this form online (using the “Register Now” button above);
  • download our registration form (here) and bring this in or post it to us;
  • or pick up a form at the Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QA.

Every new member is invited to an induction session, at which one of our friendly team will show you around the Centre and explain how you can join in with many of our great, free member activities and events. An optional free two-course lunch is available on the day, for members attending activities or enterprises.

Free member activities

Once you are a member you are welcome to take part in the many free in-person and on-line activities and workshops we offer covering a wide range of interests, including:

  • Practical activities: reading and writing, cooking, sewing, gardening, IT skills
  • Wellbeing activities: walking groups, mindfulness & meditation
  • Creative activities: art, music, drama, choir and creative writing
  • Group-work: mental health, discussion groups, film-chat and focus groups

Whether you are looking to improve your confidence, make new friends, increase your employability or meet some other personal need, our community provides opportunities to learn new skills and socialise, receive support and have fun in a friendly, safe environment.

You can find our latest programme here. or call 0131 225 3626 to find out more about what is currently on offer. We also email out a Bulletin at least every 2 weeks with the latest news, updates on classes in the light of COVID-19, advice and details about events coming up in our community. The latest Bulletin is here. Helpful advice on resources more widely is here

Every month we hold a members meeting, during which we discuss how things are going, news and developments. Ideas for new activities and events are raised and considered at these meetings, and every member is warmly encouraged to come along to find out what’s happening and have their say.

If you would like to talk to someone to find out more, or to decide whether you would like to join, please get in touch! Tel: 0131 225 3626, email: info@grassmarket.org or drop in to the Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QA.

What our members say about our activities…

I’ve had the best day ever.                         I made that all by myself. I am so proud.           This project changed my life. 

I am so glad I joined the Grassmarket.                   This group means everything to me.

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.