Grassmarket Community Project

Grassmarket Community Project

About Grassmarket Community Project

86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2QA
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Grassmarket Community Project has been developed in partnership by Greyfriars Kirk (Church of Scotland) and the Grassmarket Mission. The Grassmarket Mission was founded in 1890 and has historically provided a variety of services to homeless people in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh where they traditionally gathered. The two partners have been working alongside each other since 1982 and have developed the joint Project over the last 30 years working out of the building previously used as Greyfriars’ church halls. Grassmarket Community Project was formed as a stand-alone charity in 2010 by the two partners, to take forward the work they had established.

Grassmarket Community Project takes an innovative approach to creating community and providing sanctuary and support to participants, many of whom are amongst the most vulnerable of our citizens. Through mentoring, social enterprise, training and education in a nurturing environment, the Project develops skills which enable participants to develop to their full potential and move away from cycles of failure.

For us Social Enterprise is core to our sustainability as an organisation. Although our roots are in working with people who were traditionally homeless, we have realised that community has a wider definition and we now work with people who experience mental/physical health issues and learning support needs.

As well as operating a community café and woodwork and tartan social enterprises, the Grassmarket Community Project offers a range of social integration and educational activities for members aimed at enhancing life skills and developing confidence. These include cookery and baking classes, art, drama, IT, reading and writing, sewing and photography.

The project also offers a drop-in free meal service on a Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm which is open to anyone in the wider community.

Upcoming Events at Grassmarket Community Project

Matinee of the Month: Film: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Matinee of the Month: Film: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

28th October 2018
Kicking off this season’s series of monthly matinees at Grassmarket Picture House is the 1971 Disney film 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks'.
Halloween: Day of Dead Screening: Coco

Halloween: Day of Dead Screening: Coco

29th October 2018
Coco, Pixar’s latest original film, is an engaging, spectacular animation about a boy named Miguel who whats to be a musician but is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead.
FILM: Nae Pasaran

FILM: Nae Pasaran

5th November 2018
This powerful documentary looks at how unionised Scottish factory workers in the 1970s, refused to help their companies supply warplanes to the Chilean dictator General Pinochet.
Film: A Tribute to Harry Patch

Film: A Tribute to Harry Patch

12th November 2018
This film, a tribute to Harry Patch (1898 – 2009), last surviving soldier of WW1, asks the question: “Has their sacrifice been betrayed by our failure to end war?”
FILM:  Leave No Trace

FILM: Leave No Trace

19th November 2018
Debra Granik finally follow-ups her award-winning 2010 feature Winter’s Bone, with this quietly observed road movie about a veteran soldier suffering from PTSD.
Matinee of the Month: The First of Few

Matinee of the Month: The First of Few

25th November 2018
This is a rare screening of Leslie Howard’s account of aircraft designer R.J. Mitchell (played by Howard himself), who created the iconic British fighter aircraft the Spitfire.
A Ciambra (The Chamber)

A Ciambra (The Chamber)

26th November 2018
This hard-hitting drama focuses on a small Romani community where a teenage boy called Pio, is drawn in to a life of crime despite trying to resist this fate.
Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS: Heal the Living

Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS: Heal the Living

3rd December 2018
Don't miss 'Heal the Living' a gripping and emotional medical drama, screening at Grassmarket Picture House on 3rd December to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the NHS!
FILM: Florida Project

FILM: Florida Project

10th December 2018
The 2017 film 'Florida Project', a drama about the darker side of Disney’s dreamland, is screening on 10th December at Grassmarket Picture House.
Donkeyote

Donkeyote

17th December 2018
Donkeyote, Last year’s EIFF Best Documentary Award winner, is screening on 17th December at Grassmarket Picture House.
Christmas Eve Special: Swimming with Men

Christmas Eve Special: Swimming with Men

24th December 2018
Kick-off your festive fun with the crowd-pleasing comedy 'Swimming with Men', starring Rob Brydon, at Grassmarket Picture House on Christmas Eve!
School Hols Special: A Christmas Story

School Hols Special: A Christmas Story

27th December 2018
Kid's bored already? Bring them along to Grassmarket Picture House on 27th December to see 'A Christmas Story', a 1983 perennial festive favourite, about one boy’s quest to get his very own BB Gun.
School Hols Special: Basil The Great Mouse Detective

School Hols Special: Basil The Great Mouse Detective

28th December 2018
Ripe for rediscovery the 1986 Disney film 'Basil The Great Mouse Detective' is a real treat for young and old alike and it's screening at Grassmarket Community Picture House on 28th December.
Matinee of the Month: Mildred Pierce

Matinee of the Month: Mildred Pierce

30th December 2018
If you have never seen a Joan Crawford performance on the big screen before, then this film screening at Grassmarket Community Picture House is the perfect introduction!
A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place

31st December 2018
Don't miss this free screening of the 2018 horror film 'A Quiet Place' at Grassmarket Community Picture House on Hogmanay!

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Fireworks and Bonfire Night 2018
Saturday 3rd November sees Hopetoun House host ‘The Greatest Fireworks Show on Earth’ and it’s bound to be another sell out event.
Samhuinn Fire Festival 2018
Edinburgh’s most unique Hallowe’en event returns to the capital this October with one of their biggest Winter festivals yet.
Halloween Trail
Bring the children along to the Royal Botanic Gardens this October for a special Halloween Trail through the Garden.
Edinburgh Diwali - 2018
The City of Edinburgh presents the 2018 Diwali on 3rd November with music, dances, food, drink and fireworks!
Dracula
The World Première of a brand-new multi-sensory stage adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula comes to the King's Theatre and is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

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