Regular users of the centre


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 and serves as a hub creating social and economic growth.


We are always available to discuss, explain and help prospective, new and existing Social Enterprises whether its individuals looking to set up or expand an idea, or large companies and organisation looking for the best way to move forward.


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 cities’ 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.


We take an innovative approach to creating community, as well as providing sanctuary and support to people dealing with multiple complex issues.


Through mentoring and education, we create opportunities for those furthest from main-stream employment and education systems. Individuals develop skills and confidence, re-connect with themselves and their community, and improve their overall health & wellbeing.


Grassmarket Projects is a Theatre Company that specialises in working with untrained actors.

Artistic Director Jeremy Weller and Producer Mark Traynor collaborate with individuals and communities to devise and create performances from their experiences that they then perform in. The Telegraph: “A visionary Company…”  The Stage: “Amazing, moving visceral work for the stage”.


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 ‘grassroot’ projects throughout India which provides 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.

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Charteris Coffee Mornings

(normally) Every Other Thursday 10.30am to noon.

As always, everyone is welcome to pop in and join us for a cuppa.
The next confirmed dates are


29th September     13th October            27th October           

10th November       24th November       8th December


Every Other Monday 2.00pm to 3.00pm.
A community singing group for people living with long term respiratory conditions such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Asthma, Bronchiectasis - in fact any respiratory condition that causes long term breathlessness.
If you are interested in discovering how singing can help those with respiratory conditions or want to join in, then pop along to our website for more details.


Tuesdays 7.30pm to 10.00pm - Thursdays & Fridays 7.30pm top 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.  


Tuesdays during term time 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Edinburgh University Music Society Chorus


Thursdays 7.00pm to 9.00pm

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.


Thursdays 7.00pm to 9.00pm

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 interested in ceilidh and Scottish country dancing. Join us. It’s good fun.... and the first evening is free.

Saturdays 11.00am to 1.00pm

GOGIM Church.


Fridays 2.30pm to 4.30pm

La Jolie Ronde - Language Classes with Amel


Sundays 9.30am to noon.

Loveworld Church


Mondays 7.00pm to 9.30pm

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. 


Wednesdays 7.00 to 9.00pm

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. 

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Tuesdays 12.30pm to 2.00pm

Southside Elderly Lunch Club


Fridays 8.00pm to midnight

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.