Sometimes it isn't easy to talk about difficulties we are going through, even to people we are close to.
Speaking to a counsellor may help.
CoCo Counselling in Communities is a social enterprise that provides a safe and confidential space to support people through one to one counselling.
All our counsellors are registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA) and follow the BACP ethical guidelines.
Edinburgh Social Enterprise supports, promotes and develops social enterprise in Edinburgh while also serving as a hub for creating social and economic growth.
We do this by providing services (such as training, networking, navigating legislation and bureaucracy) to a wide range of prospective, new and existing Social Enterprises throughout the Edinburgh area - whether they be individuals looking to set up or expand an idea, or large companies and organisations looking for the best way to move forward.
Edinburgh Social Enterprise has key partnerships both locally and nationally, including collaborations with:
Telephone: 0131 241 1928
ESE is a partner in the Edinburgh Third Sector Interface, together with Volunteer Edinburgh, and EVOC.
Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network is a Community Benefit Company (registered in Scotland: 2726RS) and a Charity (registered in Scotland: SCO44030)
Edinburgh Street Pastors have been listening, caring and helping on the streets of Scotland’s capital since 2009. We believe in being part of the practical solution to urban problems within the city’s nightlife. However we're not just there for the issues, we are also there to engage with the night time community by being a listening ear, or someone to lean on.
New volunteers are always welcome to be feet on the streets of Edinburgh with us.
Edinburgh Street Pastors is an independent registered charity in Scotland, No. SC043582
The University of Edinburgh
An independent comedy production company which has been part of the Edinburgh Fringe for over 20 years.
If you're looking to host a private, corporate, charity or fundraising event, we can help. From simply booking comedians to full event management, including venue hire, PA, lighting, tickets, catering, and finding suitable venues.
We have all sorts of vacancies from ushering, promotional work, tech work. We can also offer work experience to people that may be interested in getting involved with press and media, or would like to gain some experience in production.
If you are interested then go to our staff application page for more information.
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We act as a grassroots training ground for up and coming talent allowing them to experiment, develop and grow through a network of comedy clubs throughout the UK.
KWISA was established for the development and empowerment of African women and their families so they may achieve their full potential within Scottish, UK and African society.
While our focus is primarily aimed at African people within Scotland, we believe solidarity across geographical and ideological divisions is important for the advancement of fairness, justice and the human rights of all people regardless of race, colour or social status.
For over 21 years we've worked with local partners to help fund and support ‘grassroots’ projects throughout India, providing the highest quality of care and education to empower vulnerable children and young people to change their lives.
We regularly give talks and presentations across Scotland about our work in India. We’re always delighted to hear from companies, schools, groups, organisations and churches who would like hear more about what we do.
Scottish Love in Action is a registered Scottish Charity
Charity Number SC030516 / Company Number SC280397
Telephone: 07938 725654
The Assembly is made up of a growing number of individuals who support and facilitate accessible politics and active political engagement for Scotland’s community of people with learning disabilities and/or autism.
Charteris Community Coffee Mornings
Every Other Thursday 10.30am to noon.
A long-established event open to all. Pop in every other Thursday for good coffee and even better conversation!
Tuesdays 7.30pm to 10.00pm - Thursdays & Fridays 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
An historical fencing group dedicated to the study and practice of historical European swordsmanship as a martial art.
New members are always welcome – our only requirement is that you are over 18. We provide classes designed to cater for experienced fencers while providing newcomers with a solid introduction so that all may progress at their own pace.
We're a not-for-profit community organisation founded in 2006 which offers classes, workshops and social dancing opportunities.
We have regular classes in Lindy Hop & Charleston, Blues dances and Balboa and occasionally also offer Jazz Steps, Collegiate Shag, Laminu / Slow Balboa and more. The classes are drop in and everyone is welcome.
Edinburgh University Music Society Chorus
Tuesdays during term time 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Founded in 1867, Edinburgh University Music Society (EUMS) consists of 3 ensembles with almost 400 members, regularly performing major classical works in venues such as Greyfriars Kirk and McEwan Hall. The society consists of three ensembles: Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia, and Chorus.
Chorus is a non-auditioned, large choir of up to 200 members, conducted by Neil Metcalfe on Tuesday evenings at Greyfriars Charteris Centre.
The Forth Act
Thursdays 7.00pm to 9.00pm
The Forth Act is a new community theatre group, and a SCIO based in West Edinburgh but embracing the whole city, with the intention of creating drama by the people, for the people.
We use the Charteris Centre for rehearsals of our first production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will be performed in the sunken garden at Saughton Park in June 2023.
Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling.
We have meetings throughout Edinburgh throughout the week. Within the Charteris Centre they’re on Thursdays between 7pm and 9pm. All are welcome.
Our meetings are for anyone who has been affected by a loved one’s gambling problem. We have been where you are now. By sharing in our rooms you will find that you are not alone!
GamAnon and GA meetings are usually held on the same nights but separate rooms. What's said in each is kept confidential so members don’t need to worry about sharing their problems or concerns. Within the Charteris Centre meetings are on Thursdays between 7pm and 9pm.
Mondays during term time 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Gay Gordons Edinburgh is a LGBTQI not-for-profit, community-run Scottish country dance group, formed in 2009. The emphasis is on fun. All we ask is, if you come to one of our dance evenings, you’re happy to dance with everyone – man with man, woman with woman, or man with woman!
We meet Monday evenings from 7.30pm at St Ninians Hall within Greyfriars Charteris Centre. If you're interested in ceilidh and Scottish country dancing, join us. It’s good fun.... and the first evening is free.
We share God’s word every day. As we minister the word of God takes root in each person and then you become exactly what God wants you to be. That is the reason we like people to come to Loveworld, that’s the reason we invite people because you are being a part of something that is more than a church, it’s a vision, God’s Vision.
The Society of Recorder Players
The Edinburgh Branch of The Society of Recorder Players meets from September to June on Monday evenings, playing all sizes of recorder from sopranino to contra-bass. Repertoire ranges from medieval to modern, with a Christmas and Summer concerts.
There's no auditions and new members are always welcome. Yearly subscriptions are £83 full member, £153 household, £30 student, and includes a quarterly magazine.
A mixed voice community choir with around 50 members. Founded by Seonaid Lynn, our Musical Director, our accompanist is Donald Thomson - who is also a published composer of piano music. We sing a wide range of songs and hold two main concerts each year in December and May.
A diverse friendly group, we don’t hold auditions; new members are welcome when rehearsals start each September and January. We offer potential members a 2 week free trial.
Southside Elderly Lunch Club
Tuesdays 12.30pm to 2.00pm
A lunch club organised by a local resident.
A not for profit, volunteer run, Argentine Tango practica where tango dancers of all abilities can come dance or practice in a safe, friendly environment. We also encourage our upcoming DJs to play their tango tunes for us.
Happening every Thursday evening in St Ninians Hall at 7.15-9.45, the entry fee (including teas, coffee and snacks) is £4. On the first Friday of each month the same TDJ team host our ‘Milonga del viernes’ in the recently refurbished, beautiful Binks Hall. The entry fee is £8 and we are always ready to welcome our regulars and visitors alike.
Vintage Vibes - Vocal Vibes Singing Group
2nd and 4th Friday of each month - 11.00am to 1.00pm (St. Ninians Hall)
At Vintage Vibes, we love to get together for a cuppa and a blether. But sometimes we all look for a different way to meet new friends.
In our singing group you can feel the benefit of singing in a fun, relaxed way. Rediscover beautiful popular and traditional music & song. Our group is supported by our talented volunteers. No previous experience necessary. Suggested donation for participating is £3.00 (inc. refreshments) with the first session being free