Join us! Everyone's welcome

Become a Member

Everyone is welcome at GCP

Please note, New Member registrations will re-open from September 2024.

At GCP, we believe in a world where people reach their full potential, feel positive, valued and connected to others and the wider community.

Whether you are dealing with difficult issues yourself and would like some support and friendship, or you’re looking for somewhere to get involved, a wide variety of groups and activities are available.

We ask everyone to complete a membership form, so we can support any particular needs. Every new member is invited to an induction session, where we show you around the Centre and explain how things work.

You can register online (below). Or simply pick up a form at the Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QA.

Members Programme

Fund and Sponsor GCP Member Activities

GCP’s Members Programme is at the heart of what we do. Choose from a dynamic range of free activities, classes and supported groups.

Our Young Members

GCP Young Members

Aged between 16-30 years? Become a Young Member. There’s lots of opportunities, plus you can join in with GCP’s Members Programme.

Volunteer with us

Duncan Tori and Faith - Door Open Meal

From 2 hours a month, the volunteer commitment varies depending on the role. All volunteers receive ongoing support and access to free training.

Sponsor GCP Members

HSBC Corporate Partnerships at the Grassmarket Centre - Grassmarket Community Project

Directly support our Members. We make sure your relationship with us is the best fit for you and your organisation. You will be in very good company!

Our Members Programme

GCP Members take part in the many free in-person and on-line activities and workshops, covering a wide range of interests. Here’s a taste…

Poetry Group

This term GCP is delighted to launch our new Poetry Group for our Members, led by award-winning author and poet, Janis Mackay

Creative Writing Group

Painting pictures with words, Creative Writing is a very popular Members group, it is a relaxed and safe place to explore and express

GCP Learning Hub

ALL welcome. Do you want to earn an accredited qualification, learn new skills or work towards employment?

Reading and Writing Group

GCP’s popular Reading and Writing Group builds the confidence of Members who wish to improve their literacy levels.

Music for health and wellbeing

Let’s make some noise! Creating music and art together is extremely good for heath and wellbeing. It’s also great fun…

Online Coffee Breaks

Wherever our Members are, they can take a coffee break with Tommy online! Another popular highlight of our Members Online Programme.

Open Book Reading Group

GCP’s Open Book Group is very popular with our Members. Our own story-catcher Caroline went along to see why…

Dancing with Dance Base

YES, DANCE WORKSHOPS here at GCP!! An exciting NEW partnership with Dance Base. We’re dancing with joy, literally!

Our Guitar Group

In our Guitar Group ‘We let the music rule!’ You only need three chords to join in the jamming session.

Our Art Group

A picture paints a thousand words… Members come along to our Art Group to relax and let their creative spirit run free

Wild Swimming

Our wild swimmers take the plunge once more, as we welcome cold water lover Emma, the group’s new leader. Brrrrrr!

Long Walks

The many benefits of long walks are well understood (and greatly enjoyed) by the GCP’s Walking Group. Find out more…

The IT Group at GCP

Join the IT Group at GCP. Held twice a week, these groups are VERY popular with our Members.

Our Women’s Group for phenomenal women

Our Women’s Group is a safe and welcoming space for Members who identify as women. Phenomenal women us!

Meadows Walking Group

Our Meadows Walking Group enjoy their weekly time together. Join them for all four seasons and more in beautiful Edinburgh

Welcome to our LGBTQIA+ Group

Welcome to our LGBTQIA+ Group, find out all about our newest support group for our Members

Meditation for your health and wellbeing

Meditation is good for your mental and emotional health and you can do it any time, any place, (almost) anywhere for free!

Singing Out Loud

Celebrating Better Times and a Merry Little Christmas, our volunteer Caroline captured the heart and soul of a recent session.

Make and Mend

Discover more about our ever-popular Make and Mend classes.

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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