The Grassmarket Community Project has been developed in a partnership by Greyfriars Kirk (Church of Scotland, www.greyfriarskirk.com) and the Grassmarket Mission (www.grassmarketmission.org). The Grassmarket Community Project was formed as a stand-alone charity in 2010 by the two partners, to take forward the vision, mission and work they had established. Although the partners’ roots are in working with people who are homeless or destitute, a wider definition of community came to be realised and the Project works with people who are dealing with a wide range of complex issues including mental and physical health problems, learning difficulties, poverty, substance misuse, social isolation and more. We support people in our community who are in transition in life. We welcome and support people going through change, coming to terms with or dealing with new or challenging circumstances, looking to acquire new skills or new ways of approaching difficulties. We are a family of people who have or still do feel isolated and need to share with, learn from and connect to others.
We provide a space, a place, activities, social enterprises and services and most importantly a group of people wherein everyone can feel a sense of belonging, of ownership and feel valued. We ask all our members to contribute their time, their insight and their humanity. Members can also, if they wish, contribute formerly to the project by volunteering. Whether its peeling a potato, washing dishes, making soup, serving people, cutting fabric, sewing zips, designing products, drawing on wood or making exquisite furniture, we need people to contribute to the wellbeing of others as well as help sustain the building and our services. By listening we have learnt that even when life is at its most challenging, even when people feel at their lowest, they can contribute something precious to our lives.
The Grassmarket Centre on Candlemaker Row was officially opened by John Swinney, MSP on 25 April 2013. The centre has won architectural awards for its design and is home to our community, which is supported through a combination of our award-winning social enterprises, charitable grants and donations.
Grassmarket Community Project
86 Candlemaker Row
0131 225 3626