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

September Social: Home Turf

September Social: Home Turf

20th September 2019
Kick-start your weekend with our fantastic Friday socials throughout September. Enjoy great company, music, games and lots of fun!
Take One Action Film Festival present: System Error

Take One Action Film Festival present: System Error

23rd September 2019
Through candid conversations with advocates of “business as usual”, director Florian Opitz reveals the absurdities behind our current system and asks if it may be time for a radical re-think.
September Social: Home Turf

September Social: Home Turf

27th September 2019
Kick-start your weekend with our fantastic Friday socials throughout September. Enjoy great company, music, games and lots of fun!
The Wind Beneath Us

The Wind Beneath Us

30th September 2019
This gentle family drama about two young brothers Vihanga and Kasun, who go on a quest to find their family’s prize bull, Sudda, is screening at Grassmarket Cinema on 30th September.
Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

7th October 2019
Comedian Bo Burnham’s superb feature debut, is a carefully nuanced coming of age tale, about Kayla Day’s journey from middle to high school. Watch it at Grassmarket Cinema on 7th October!
Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

14th October 2019
Captain Marvel is the origin story for Marvel’s most popular female superhero, Carol Danvers. Catch it at Grassmarket Cinema on Monday 14th October!
Toy Story 4:  Half-Term Screening

Toy Story 4: Half-Term Screening

15th October 2019
Bring the kids along to this free screening of Toy Story 4 on Tuesday 15th October at Grassmarket Cinema!
Aladdin: Half-Term Screening

Aladdin: Half-Term Screening

17th October 2019
Will Smith and Mena Massoud star in John August’s live-action reworking of the Disney family favourite 'Aladdin'. Watch it at Grassmarket Cinema on 17th October!
If Beale Street Could Talk: Black History Month Screening

If Beale Street Could Talk: Black History Month Screening

21st October 2019
Beautifully shot, on location, by James Laxton, this is a rhapsodic romance that seems to truly believe that love can indeed conquer all.
Africa in Motion 2019 Short Film Showcase

Africa in Motion 2019 Short Film Showcase

28th October 2019
Grassmarket Community Project is pleased this year to be partnering with this important festival for an evening of short films from the continent.

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