Become a member

PLEASE NOTE: Referrals for new members to GCP will re-open from January 2024. In the meantime, please follow this link to additional support services in Edinburgh >> 

We will re-open our referrals in the new year, when there will be 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.

Looking for opportunities to support GCP?

There are many opportunities for you to support the essential work we do, from donating, to funding and sponsorship, to volunteering.

Whichever way you choose to support us, we will make sure your relationship with us is the best fit for you and your organisation.

We’re THE good place to be and you will be in very good company!

Our Members Programme

GCP Members are welcome to take part in the many free in-person and on-line activities and workshops, covering a wide range of interests. Here’s our current programme to give you a taste!


Every week day, a fantastic mix of classes to boost your practical and creative skills. Plus social events and a chance to catch up


Enjoy a great mix of online classes to help you relax or boost your skills. Plus Zoom coffee breaks for a chance to catch up!


A breath of fresh air! Boost your wellbeing with our great outdoor programme, from walking, to gardening, to wild swimming…


Take a look at our extra services and support, from events for the Over 60’s, to free meals. benefits advice and more

Free member activities & guides

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:

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 above or call 0131 225 3626 to find out more about what is currently on offer. We also email out a Bulletin at least every week, with the up-to-date news, events and information about classes and opportunities.

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 option 1, email: 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.

We sensitively and respectfully collate and fully anonymise all information obtained from the components of our Evaluation Framework


The Grassmarket Community Project’s Members Programme relies on the generosity of our customers, funders and donors. Our key funders for this area of our work are Nationwide Community Grants, The Robertson Trust and EVOC/Scottish Government Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund. We thank them for their essential continued support.

Nationwide Building Society Community Grants
The Robertson Trust
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