WELCOME TO OUR CURRENT MEMBERS IN-PERSON PROGRAMME
Everyone is welcome at The Grassmarket Community Project!
There are always FREE activities, workshops, events and so much more here within our community. This is our Members-only programme BUT becoming a Member is also FREE and straightforward. Simply visit the Members page to find out more.
Once you’re a Member, you can book as many activities as you like from the programme below.
A workshop facilitated by Jon
Volunteer and train in our recycled wood workshop furniture social enterprise. Make a huge difference to the lives of others, by contributing to the income of the charity, learn valuable skills as well as build your confidence and be part of a fantastic and committed team. Again, its great fun and no previous experience needed—just a willingness to learn, be safe and be a team player!
Book your place – [email protected] or call 0131 225 3626 (option 3)
Mon 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm
Facilitated by Usman
Come along and give your IT skills an overhaul or if you have never used IT come and learn the basics for your PC, tablet or even your phone. This is a great chance to build up your skills and learn new and exciting ways to use your devices. All levels are welcome.
Facilitated by Calum
Ever wanted to learn to play the guitar or improve your playing? Join Calum on Monday evenings to learn chords and jam with fellow guitarists of all levels. If you do not own a guitar, we may be able to help.
GCP Learning Hub
Facilitated by Derek
Do you want to earn an accredited qualification, learn new skills or work towards employment? Join us in our supported, focused study space every Tuesday in the IT room to develop skills and
gain accredited certificates
Tue, Wed, Thu 10am-4pm
Facilitated by Volunteers
In this social enterprise group we design and make Scottie dogs, bags and pillows and more out of our very own Greyfriars tartan. We make up and ship orders for customers from all over the world. If you think you have the skills to be part of this exciting enterprise, please get in touch with Janie – [email protected]
Make and Mend
Tue 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm
Facilitated by Liz
In this group, we work towards developing existing skills and introducing new skills in sewing, quilting, and embroidery. No experience necessary. We have a great laugh and good chat. This is a great opportunity to develop your new skills and potentially work towards put them to use in our Tartan social enterprise.
Reading and Writing
Facilitated by Nick
This fun group enhances reading and writing skills. Whether you are looking to learn to read and write or an accomplished reader and writer there is something here for you to learn. Maybe you can
even earn a qualification!
Health and Wellbeing
Facilitated by Susan
This activity helps us to relax, deal with stress and have an overall positive view on life. Learn about how to use techniques for self help and how to deal with everyday events. Take what you learn here and use it in your own life. It’s always good to have these important skills to help us through.
Community Music Group
Wed, 2pm -3:30pm
Facilitated by Calum & Students
Come and join our music group run by Music in the Community students. Sing songs, create our own music while learning about different instruments and styles of music from blues, jazz and classical to Pop and world music!
Wed, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Facilitated by Dance Base (Takes place at Dance Base)
A fun and relaxed class to enliven your body and destress your mind. With great music, various dance styles, and breathing techniques to enhance your health—come along and join the fun!
Grassmarket Community Picture House
An Open Door to Great Cinema for Everyone in the heart of Edinburgh
Please check listings and book your seats. Tickets are FREE, though if you are able to, we ask that you make a £3 donation via the contactless pay point by the front doors upon exiting the screening.
Facilitated by Perry and Usman
Each week there is a dedicated part of the programme offering one to support to members. The support is delivered on a 1st come 1st served basis and members can access direct support from Perry and Usman to focus on practical and emotional or digital support.
Open Book Reading Group
Facilitated by Jess and Volunteers
Enjoy reading? Then come and join in our group. It is a great opportunity to read new material and meet new people.
Thu 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm
Facilitated by Kevin
Come along and give your IT skills an overhaul. If you are a beginner, come and learn the basics for your PC, tablet, or even your phone. This class is structured to your learning and helps you progress at your own pace. You even have the chance to get an accredited qualification.
Facilitated by James
Come along to Creative Writing and express yourself through the written word. Whether you are an experienced writer or new to the craft, come along to let your creativity shine through short stories, poetry, or narrative fiction.
Facilitated by Staff and Volunteers
Join us for soup, tea and coffee, and a blether. Stay for a game of table tennis, pool and the occasional fun quiz! This is a great opportunity to get to know the other members of the Grassmarket Community Project.
Fri 10am-1pm, 2pm-4pm
Facilitated by Jon
Come and try woodwork skills at our weekly Friday drop-in session (booking is essential). Learn about how we recycle church pews and learn about the tools and the types of wood. Make something beautiful on your first day! Please be aware there is a waiting list for this activity.
Facilitated by Janis
Poetry can make us laugh and cry. It can help us see the world with new eyes, and give words to feelings. Poetry is good for the heart!! Poetry is fun!
In these Friday morning workshops we will listen to poems, play with words, and write poems. Feel free to bring along a favourite poem to share. Everyone is welcome.
Fri 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm
Facilitated by Staff and Volunteers
Come along to our Art Class and ignite your creativity. This is a chance to let all your creative spirit run free. We use pens, charcoal, fabric, paints, and clay among other things to let our inner artist come out and express itself.
Facilitated by Kirsty
This is a great chance to learn new numeracy skills and update your knowledge of how we use numeracy everyday of our lives. This can be paying bills or checking our change in shops. Come along and have fun with numbers and figures.
More about booking:
Q – How do I sign up for activities?
A – You can phone 0131 225 3626 (option 1) OR email [email protected] OR text 07520 667354 and we’ll add you. You can also sign up in an activity or class and at reception. If you do not sign up, you cannot attend the class. Make sure your contact details and emergency contact details are correct.
Q- How do I sign up for lunch?
A – You can sign up for lunch when you book a class or phone before and let us know. You must do this before 11am on the day of the activity.
Q- What if I need to cancel?
A – We are aware that things may come up and you are no longer able to attend a group. We ask that you phone reception 0131 225 3626 or you can email [email protected] to let us know you are unable to make it. Thank you.
Keep in touch
Weekly Activities Bulletin
Please keep an eye out for the Weekly Activities Bulletin every Friday, via email/text, to keep up-to-date on the activities running the next week. If you do not receive one via email and/or text, please contact [email protected] or call 0131 225 3626 (option 1) and we will get it sorted!
If you ever have any complaints or feel as though you have been mistreated or discriminated against while at the Grassmarket Community Project, please reach out to our CEO, Helene van der Ploeg at [email protected].