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Social and Educational Foraging and Gleaning: Only free open access events and activities get listed on the website…

 

Click on the event to get more information.  If you have an event or activity in Edinburgh which you want to put on the calendar email in the details.

 

Please check external event websites to confirm details and get tickets

 

Dec
12
Wed
Foodbank: Broomhouse @ Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS)
Dec 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Foodbank: Broomhouse @ Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS)  | United Kingdom

Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS) 3 Broomhouse Market EH11 3UU.
Monday to Thursday: 9am – 5pm, Friday: 9am – 12pm.

Self-referral. Telephone: 0131 443 6223. E-mail: [email protected]

There is also a CAB adviser and employability worker present for support and help.

 

For more information on foodbanks you can access through referral and guidance on how you get a referral visit:

www.thistle.org.uk/looking-for-support/need-urgent-help/getting-free-slash-cheap-foo

Employment & Business Guidance for Migrants and Refugees @ The Welcoming
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Employment & Business Guidance for Migrants and Refugees @ The Welcoming

The Welcoming supports migrants and refugees to build new lives in Edinburgh. We provide a wide range of classes and activities, all available on a free of charge, drop in basis. We also create opportunities for locals and newcomers to come together, so that we can share experiences, celebrate diversity and learn together.

Around 10,000 foreign nationals come to live in Edinburgh every year. We want them all to be welcomed and provided with the support they need in order to realise their economic and social potential, and become active members of our community. Through this, Edinburgh and Scotland, can unlock the talents they bring, expand our economy, enrich our cultural capital and become a welcoming new home.

 

Employment & Business Guidance

Practical help with CVs & all types of job application forms & interviews. Advice and info on setting up your own business.

Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen @ Guru Nanak Gurdwara
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Building a better community by fighting hunger together  Inspiration: Guru Nanak Dev Ji Was the first Sikh guru who established Langar (free open kitchen).

Langar is a vegetarian meal made by a Sikh congregation and is served to all who visit a Sikh temple (Gurdwara), whilst sitting at the same level on the floor.  This eliminates any type of caste system, showing no difference between the rich and poor.  The Edinburgh Sikh community are offering this service to provide a free hot meal to the needy and bring the whole community together despite religion or race

The Kitchen

Most ingrediants if not all are purchase from donation. The food is bought, prepared and cooked by the chefs that is served at the stalls of Guru Nanak Kitchen. Please see pictures below of Sewadars that diligently serve the meals every wednesday undeterred by the weather.

Guru Nanaks free kitchen chefs

All work is done by volunteers. If you want to take part please contact Committee member Kulbeer Singh on 0131 553 7207.

The Chefs for Guru Nanak Kitchen from left to right: –
Ronak Singh, Raman Singh, Subeg Singh, Kulbir Singh, Gurcharan Singh, Daljit Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Kulwant Singh.

Welcoming Choir – Come and sing with us! @ Stockbridge Church
Dec 12 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Welcoming Choir - Come and sing with us! @ Stockbridge Church

The Welcoming supports migrants and refugees to build new lives in Edinburgh. We provide a wide range of classes and activities, all available on a free of charge, drop in basis. We also create opportunities for locals and newcomers to come together, so that we can share experiences, celebrate diversity and learn together.

Around 10,000 foreign nationals come to live in Edinburgh every year. We want them all to be welcomed and provided with the support they need in order to realise their economic and social potential, and become active members of our community. Through this, Edinburgh and Scotland, can unlock the talents they bring, expand our economy, enrich our cultural capital and become a welcoming new home.

 

Come and sing with us!

 

 

Dec
13
Thu
Foodbank: Broomhouse @ Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS)
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Foodbank: Broomhouse @ Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS)  | United Kingdom

Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS) 3 Broomhouse Market EH11 3UU.
Monday to Thursday: 9am – 5pm, Friday: 9am – 12pm.

Self-referral. Telephone: 0131 443 6223. E-mail: [email protected]

There is also a CAB adviser and employability worker present for support and help.

 

For more information on foodbanks you can access through referral and guidance on how you get a referral visit:

www.thistle.org.uk/looking-for-support/need-urgent-help/getting-free-slash-cheap-foo

Welcoming English Intermediate Classes For Migrants and Refugees @ The Welcoming
Dec 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Welcoming English Intermediate Classes For Migrants and Refugees @ The Welcoming

The Welcoming supports migrants and refugees to build new lives in Edinburgh. We provide a wide range of classes and activities, all available on a free of charge, drop in basis. We also create opportunities for locals and newcomers to come together, so that we can share experiences, celebrate diversity and learn together.

Around 10,000 foreign nationals come to live in Edinburgh every year. We want them all to be welcomed and provided with the support they need in order to realise their economic and social potential, and become active members of our community. Through this, Edinburgh and Scotland, can unlock the talents they bring, expand our economy, enrich our cultural capital and become a welcoming new home.

The Welcoming’s English language classes are free of charge and drop-in i.e. there is no need to book a place – just come along and join in. The only requirement is to register with us. You can do this on our Register page, or at the Welcoming office.

 

www.thewelcoming.org/register

 

Our classes are taught by our team of friendly and dedicated English language teachers. All of them are qualified to teach ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language) and many have years of experience teaching English all over the world. Most of them are volunteers, freely giving their time and expertise to help people who are new to Edinburgh.

The focus at The Welcoming is on English for everyday living and we aim to help you develop the skills and confidence to enjoy speaking in English so that you can make the most of the opportunities available to you in Edinburgh and Scotland. We stay open all year round, closing only for the public holidays at Christmas, Easter weekend and May Day.

Everyone is welcome, though very occasionally we have to close the class if there is no more space in the room. Check our Timetable page to have a look at which classes are running at the moment. If you would like to check your level of English, we suggest the following free online English tests:

The British Council – Find out your English level
ILS English – Test your English level

 

Foodbank: Leith @ Destiny Church Edinburgh
Dec 13 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Foodbank: Leith @ Destiny Church Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

Destiny Angels:  Destiny Church Leith Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm. No referrals needed.

 

For more information on foodbanks you can access through referral and guidance on how you get a referral visit:

www.thistle.org.uk/looking-for-support/need-urgent-help/getting-free-slash-cheap-foo

 

Foodbank: Gorgie @ Destiny Church
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Foodbank: Gorgie @ Destiny Church | Scotland | United Kingdom

Destiny Angels:  Destiny Church Gorgie Thursdays 4-5pm. No referrals needed.

 

For more information on foodbanks you can access through referral and guidance on how you get a referral visit:

www.thistle.org.uk/looking-for-support/need-urgent-help/getting-free-slash-cheap-foo

 

Free Repair Surgery at The Edinburgh Remakery @ The Edinburgh Remakery
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Free Repair Surgery at The Edinburgh Remakery @ The Edinburgh Remakery | Scotland | United Kingdom

The Repair Surgery is a FREE weekly drop-in event that takes place at The Edinburgh Remakery every Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm. The purpose of the Repair Surgery is to help people mend their belongings, primarily textiles (such as clothes) and IT equipment (such as laptops).

How does it work?

  • The Repair Surgery is a drop-in, which means you do not have to make an appointment, just come along with your item and our expert volunteers will help you from there!
  • We run on a first-come first-serve basis and we’re open to everyone, so if it is a busy evening you may have to wait a short while. We advise that you arrive before 8pm if you are bringing along any IT.
  • This is a free service but we wouldn’t be able to keep it running without donations. We ask that if possible, you donate
    ​whatever you can afford and feel is appropriate
    ​for the help you have received.
    ​All donations are gratefully received.
  • We love repeat customers, however we are limited for space and the Repair Surgery is not a weekly club, so please only come along if there are specific items you need help with.

What can we help with?

  • Our sewing tutors can help with repairs and minor alterations; such as replacing a button, sewing on a patch, mending a rip,
    ​and taking up trousers.
  • We have a small supply of replacement buckles, buttons, Velcro, darning wool, and zips, but cannot guarantee to have the right size, type and colour.
  • Our computer tutors can help with any kind of broken electronics including laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones, printers, monitors, TVs e-readers, Macs, Iphones, Ipads, Ipods, and game consoles.
  • They cannot help you with electrical goods like irons, food processors, radios, hair straighteners etc.
  • We do not teach people how to use software (for example programmes like WordPress, Photoshop, AutoCAD, etc),
    ​and there is no public wi-fi available
If you have any further questions about the Repair Surgery,
​you can contact [email protected]
Glory and Dismay @ Adult Learning Project, Tollcross Community Centre
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Glory and Dismay @ Adult Learning Project, Tollcross Community Centre | Scotland | United Kingdom

Share your football stories and memories. Build your writing skills, improve your communication skills and meet other fans through the game you love. These courses will include guest speakers, recording methods and occasional events.

The Adult Learning Project runs free courses in women’s studies, politics, economics, culture and community, literacies, the arts and community development.

Based on the philosophy and practice of educationalist and activist Paulo Freire, ALP believes in learning as part of our daily lives: things of interest, things of personal use and things to help us make our communities better and stronger. Together we can investigate the world; educate and empower ourselves and each other; learn from ‘experts’ / professionals and from people with more experience – through dialogue, on equal terms, and in a co-operative way.  

If you’re interested in getting involved or finding out more about the project, you’re welcome to come along to one of our monthly association meetings. The ALP Association is an independent body made up of adult learners and supporters of ALP. Members meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 18:45 in Tollcross Community Centre. 

alpedinburgh.btck.co.uk

Dec
14
Fri
Re:Connect Digital Drop-ins @ Norton Park
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Re:Connect Digital Drop-ins @ Norton Park  | Scotland | United Kingdom

People Know How run drop-in sessions in the community for people who want to expand their horizons and develop digital skills. This service supports people wondering where to start when finding what they want from the internet. Our team of friendly volunteers help and support people who don’t have regular access to the internet and computers with things that interest them.

 

Often this includes things like writing a CV, job searching, using email / social media, listening to music, finding out what’s on, shopping online and entertainment online. Our volunteers are skilled are finding people’s “spark of interest”.

Find out more about the Drop-ins we offer at StreetworkDr Bell’s Family Centre, Starbucks Leith Walk, Ripple Restalrig and Social Bite by checking out our website and the film.

http://peopleknowhow.org/digital-drop-ins/

Norton Park

Drop ins at Norton Park are from 10am to 12noon on a Friday where you are free to use the computers to brush up on your digital skills or bring your own devices to get help. Our volunteers are there to answer any questions you may have.

Nearby buses
1, 13, 34, 49 SkyLink 300

Edinburgh Central Mosque: Jumu’a Prayer @ Edinburgh Central Mosque
Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Edinburgh Central Mosque: Jumu'a Prayer @ Edinburgh Central Mosque | Scotland | United Kingdom

Jumu’ah is a congregational prayer (ṣalāt) that Muslims hold every Friday, just after noon instead of the Zuhr prayer

Everyone is welcome to visit the Mosque, groups or individuals, Muslims or not. The Mosque is open for visits all day long, usually from 9 am to 7 pm.

Aye Write! @ Adult Learning Project, Tollcross Community Centre
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Aye Write! @ Adult Learning Project, Tollcross Community Centre | Scotland | United Kingdom

Have you been writing away on your own for a while or do you just need a bit of focus to get started? This project offers you the chance to write, share and develop through poems, stories, and monologues, as well as practical ways to get your words out to the public. No experience is necessary.

The Adult Learning Project runs free courses in women’s studies, politics, economics, culture and community, literacies, the arts and community development.

Based on the philosophy and practice of educationalist and activist Paulo Freire, ALP believes in learning as part of our daily lives: things of interest, things of personal use and things to help us make our communities better and stronger. Together we can investigate the world; educate and empower ourselves and each other; learn from ‘experts’ / professionals and from people with more experience – through dialogue, on equal terms, and in a co-operative way.  

If you’re interested in getting involved or finding out more about the project, you’re welcome to come along to one of our monthly association meetings. The ALP Association is an independent body made up of adult learners and supporters of ALP. Members meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 18:45 in Tollcross Community Centre. 

 

alpedinburgh.btck.co.uk

Dec
15
Sat
Foodbank: Free Meal a Safe Space & a Warm Welcome @ St Paul's & St George's Church
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm
Foodbank: Free Meal a Safe Space & a Warm Welcome @ St Paul's & St George's Church | Scotland | United Kingdom

Saturdays, from 5:30 pm. Offering a free meal, a safe space & a warm welcome.

 

For more information on foodbanks you can access through referral and guidance on how you get a referral visit:

www.thistle.org.uk/looking-for-support/need-urgent-help/getting-free-slash-cheap-foo

Dec
16
Sun
St John’s Church: Sung Eucharist with activities for children
Dec 16 @ 10:30 am
St John's Church: Sung Eucharist with activities for children @ Scotland | United Kingdom

Join us for this our main service of worship. It’s followed by refreshments and we have a range of special activities available for children during the service.

St John’s is at the west end of Princes Street, in the heart of Edinburgh. It is about 10 minutes walk from either Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket station and many bus routes stop near to the church in Princes Street or Lothian Road. For information on reaching St John’s by public transport see Lothian Buses or Traveline Scotland.

Leith Conversation Cafes @ Santosa Yoga and Meditation Café, off the Leith Walk
Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Leith Conversation Cafes @ Santosa Yoga and Meditation Café, off the Leith Walk | Scotland | United Kingdom
Ragged University: ‘Civil War; Ranters, Quakers and Revolution’ plus ‘Loneliness and Social Isolation’ @ St John’s Church Hall
Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Ragged University: 'Civil War; Ranters, Quakers and Revolution' plus 'Loneliness and Social Isolation' @ St John’s Church Hall

Come along to the St John’s Church Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ) at 5.30pm for two talks, a bite to eat and some company. Join this friendly and informal gathering to discuss topics with food in good company. It is entirely free and open to everyone

Civil War; Ranters, Quakers and Revolution by Richard Gunn

My aim is to share with you the riches of a historical period. In the mid seventeenth century, Britain was plunged in a revolution. In the course of the revolution, ‘church courts and the censorship broke down. The result was an upsurge of popular and radical thinking – much of it thinking of an apocalyptic kind. (The term ‘apocalyptic’ is one which I shall explain but, in this note, I pass over it in silence.) Not the least important feature of the uncensored period of the civil war period is its impact on generations of subsequent radical thought.

Frequently, commentators on radicalism look back only to the early decades of the twentieth century, when Lenin and Luxemburg debated what was termed the ‘problem of organisation’. It is assumed that, beyond Lenin and Luxemburg, only nineteenth-century social democracy was worth considering. My proposal is that such a view of radicalism’s sources is too narrow.

The talk will be exploring the history of mid 17th century, Britain during a time of revolution, commentators of radicalism and the origins of radical and grassroots thought Ranters and Quakers.  There is an accompanying essay as a handout which gives people a deeper insight.

 

 

During the break there will be a chance to have some food and conversation.  You are invited to bring along an item of food to put on the table to share and help take it away at the end so that nothing goes to waste.  It is a bring your own bottle event.

 

Loneliness and Social Isolation by Alex Dunedin

There has been a great increase in the attention which has been paid to loneliness in the last few years.  Lots of research and charities has been formed around studying this social phenomenon as it badly impacts people’s health and wellbeing.  Lots of different factors seem to be involved in creating social isolation in the United Kingdom as the means for people being able to socialise and create social connections are becoming sparse.

The social and economic landscape of the UK has suffered from various kinds of fragmentation and this is now being seen in increases in the mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction, a spike and rise in deaths due to overdose.  If we look at the rises in these problems their increase seems to be connected with the austerity policies, the rise in the costs of living, and the diminishment of social spaces available to people.

There is a parallel in behaviour and health when we look at what happens with animals that are kept in captivity.  The impact on cognitive function and the development of the brain is striking when we compare wild animals to domestic ones.  The development of stress behaviours and stress related illnesses is well known and understood in the context of keeping animals in zoos and aquariums; put simply, if they do not have the space and features of the environment which allow them to express their natural behaviours then they become ill and suffer behavioural problems.

 

 

Dec
17
Mon
Foodbank: Broomhouse @ Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS)
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Foodbank: Broomhouse @ Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS)  | United Kingdom

Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS) 3 Broomhouse Market EH11 3UU.
Monday to Thursday: 9am – 5pm, Friday: 9am – 12pm.

Self-referral. Telephone: 0131 443 6223. E-mail: [email protected]

There is also a CAB adviser and employability worker present for support and help.

 

For more information on foodbanks you can access through referral and guidance on how you get a referral visit:

www.thistle.org.uk/looking-for-support/need-urgent-help/getting-free-slash-cheap-foo

Leith Conversation Cafes @ Out of the Blue Drill Hall Cafe
Dec 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Leith Conversation Cafes @ Out of the Blue Drill Hall Cafe | Scotland | United Kingdom
Re:Connect Digital Drop-ins @ Craigentinny Community Centre
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Re:Connect Digital Drop-ins @ Craigentinny Community Centre | Scotland | United Kingdom

People Know How run drop-in sessions in the community for people who want to expand their horizons and develop digital skills. This service supports people wondering where to start when finding what they want from the internet. Our team of friendly volunteers help and support people who don’t have regular access to the internet and computers with things that interest them.

 

Often this includes things like writing a CV, job searching, using email / social media, listening to music, finding out what’s on, shopping online and entertainment online. Our volunteers are skilled are finding people’s “spark of interest”.

Find out more about the Drop-ins we offer at StreetworkDr Bell’s Family Centre, Starbucks Leith Walk, Ripple Restalrig and Social Bite by checking out our website and the film.

http://peopleknowhow.org/digital-drop-ins/

Craigentinny Community Centre

Drop ins at Craigentinny Community Centre are from 3pm – 5pm on a Monday where you are free to use the computers to brush up on your digital skills or bring your own devices to get help. Our volunteers are there to answer any questions you may have.

Nearby Buses
15, 19, 25, 34

The Democracy Group @ Adult Learning Project, Tollcross Community Centre
Dec 17 @ 4:45 pm – 6:45 pm
The Democracy Group @ Adult Learning Project, Tollcross Community Centre | Scotland | United Kingdom

The Democracy Group creates a space for democratic participation, with content negotiated by the group, and discussion and dialogue used to develop a critical understanding of the issues. This year we have been looking at Human Rights, Scottish Elections, The EU Referendum, Government Finance and Local Tax and Nuclear Deterrent or No.

The Adult Learning Project runs free courses in women’s studies, politics, economics, culture and community, literacies, the arts and community development.

Based on the philosophy and practice of educationalist and activist Paulo Freire, ALP believes in learning as part of our daily lives: things of interest, things of personal use and things to help us make our communities better and stronger. Together we can investigate the world; educate and empower ourselves and each other; learn from ‘experts’ / professionals and from people with more experience – through dialogue, on equal terms, and in a co-operative way.  

If you’re interested in getting involved or finding out more about the project, you’re welcome to come along to one of our monthly association meetings. The ALP Association is an independent body made up of adult learners and supporters of ALP. Members meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 18:45 in Tollcross Community Centre. 

alpedinburgh.btck.co.uk

Art Space for Women @ Adult Learning Project, Tollcross Community Centre
Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Art Space for Women @ Adult Learning Project, Tollcross Community Centre | Scotland | United Kingdom

Art Space for Women is a space for learning, reflection and action! No previous experience or knowledge required. If you like learning and thinking critically about the world – ART SPACE FOR WOMEN IS FOR YOU!

The Adult Learning Project runs free courses in women’s studies, politics, economics, culture and community, literacies, the arts and community development.

Based on the philosophy and practice of educationalist and activist Paulo Freire, ALP believes in learning as part of our daily lives: things of interest, things of personal use and things to help us make our communities better and stronger. Together we can investigate the world; educate and empower ourselves and each other; learn from ‘experts’ / professionals and from people with more experience – through dialogue, on equal terms, and in a co-operative way.  

If you’re interested in getting involved or finding out more about the project, you’re welcome to come along to one of our monthly association meetings. The ALP Association is an independent body made up of adult learners and supporters of ALP. Members meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 18:45 in Tollcross Community Centre. 

alpedinburgh.btck.co.uk

Leith Conversation Cafes @ Santosa Yoga and Meditation Café, off the Leith Walk
Dec 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Leith Conversation Cafes @ Santosa Yoga and Meditation Café, off the Leith Walk | Scotland | United Kingdom
Film Night at Grassmarket @ Grassmarket Community Project
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm
Film Night at Grassmarket @ Grassmarket Community Project

The Grassmarket Community Project regularly show films on the Monday nights to which all are welcomed along.  The events are free and you dont need a ticket.  To find out which film visit their website to see the listing for the given date:

Dec
18
Tue
Foodbank: Broomhouse @ Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS)
Dec 18 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Foodbank: Broomhouse @ Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS)  | United Kingdom

Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS) 3 Broomhouse Market EH11 3UU.
Monday to Thursday: 9am – 5pm, Friday: 9am – 12pm.

Self-referral. Telephone: 0131 443 6223. E-mail: [email protected]

There is also a CAB adviser and employability worker present for support and help.

 

For more information on foodbanks you can access through referral and guidance on how you get a referral visit:

www.thistle.org.uk/looking-for-support/need-urgent-help/getting-free-slash-cheap-foo

Open Book: A weekly shared reading group @ Cafe
Dec 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Open Book: A weekly shared reading group @ Cafe | Scotland | United Kingdom

This shared reading group is open to everyone. Drop in to our café to explore fiction and poetry in a relaxed, informal setting. There is no need to read or prepare anything in advance. Each session is facilitated by a volunteer from the Open Book project.

Support and solidarity session for benefits hassles, debt woes, and similar poverty problems @ Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh
Dec 18 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Support and solidarity session for benefits hassles, debt woes, and similar poverty problems @ Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

EDINBURGH COALITION AGAINST POVERTY was set up by people on low incomes: unemployed, too sick to work, lone parents, on low wages…. On Tuesdays, 12pm – 3pm at the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh,  ECAP and Edinburgh Claimants run an open support and solidarity session for benefits hassles, debt woes, and similar poverty problems.

Fayre for Women @ Adult Learning Project, Tollcross Community Centre
Dec 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Fayre for Women @ Adult Learning Project, Tollcross Community Centre | Scotland | United Kingdom

We are a self-educating group of mostly retired women and we plan our own programme of classes and events. We invite speakers, have talks given by members, and also visit interesting places. We support each other and share useful information.

The Adult Learning Project runs free courses in women’s studies, politics, economics, culture and community, literacies, the arts and community development.

Based on the philosophy and practice of educationalist and activist Paulo Freire, ALP believes in learning as part of our daily lives: things of interest, things of personal use and things to help us make our communities better and stronger. Together we can investigate the world; educate and empower ourselves and each other; learn from ‘experts’ / professionals and from people with more experience – through dialogue, on equal terms, and in a co-operative way.  

If you’re interested in getting involved or finding out more about the project, you’re welcome to come along to one of our monthly association meetings. The ALP Association is an independent body made up of adult learners and supporters of ALP. Members meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 18:45 in Tollcross Community Centre. 

alpedinburgh.btck.co.uk

Foodbank: Wester Hailes @ Holy Trinity Church
Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Foodbank: Wester Hailes @ Holy Trinity Church | Scotland | United Kingdom

Wester Hailes Holy Trinity Church, Hailesland Place, Wester Hailes EH14 2SL. Telephone 0131 442 3304. Tuesday: 2pm – 3pm. No referral needed, not specifically for Wester Hailes. Fortnightly packages up to 10 times.

 

For more information on foodbanks you can access through referral and guidance on how you get a referral visit:

www.thistle.org.uk/looking-for-support/need-urgent-help/getting-free-slash-cheap-foo

 

Local Economy Group @ Adult Learning Project, Adult Learning Project, Tollcross Community Centre
Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Local Economy Group @ Adult Learning Project, Adult Learning Project, Tollcross Community Centre | Scotland | United Kingdom

The Local Economy Group is a space for learning about Edinburgh’s economy. It explores issues such as Council funding, austerity, housing and political exclusion and asks the question, ‘how do changes in the Old Town affect local people?’

The Adult Learning Project runs free courses in women’s studies, politics, economics, culture and community, literacies, the arts and community development.

Based on the philosophy and practice of educationalist and activist Paulo Freire, ALP believes in learning as part of our daily lives: things of interest, things of personal use and things to help us make our communities better and stronger. Together we can investigate the world; educate and empower ourselves and each other; learn from ‘experts’ / professionals and from people with more experience – through dialogue, on equal terms, and in a co-operative way.  

If you’re interested in getting involved or finding out more about the project, you’re welcome to come along to one of our monthly association meetings. The ALP Association is an independent body made up of adult learners and supporters of ALP. Members meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 18:45 in Tollcross Community Centre. 

alpedinburgh.btck.co.uk

Hacklab Open Night @ Edinburgh Hacklab
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm
Hacklab Open Night @ Edinburgh Hacklab | Scotland | United Kingdom

One of our regular drop in open nights, no need to call ahead, just turn up! We’ll be tinkering with hardware, hacking some code and probably eating. Feel free to come along with a project or idea for some help, use some tools, or just hang out.

Edinburgh Hacklab is a hackerspace in Edinburgh. We were founded in 2010 and run regular open nights at our space at Summerhall, have an active mailing list and a good bunch of members and regular visitors.

 

Anyone is welcome at our Tuesday open nights, just drop in and say hello! Subscribe to our discuss mailing list (edinburghhacklab.com) for last minute changes to open nights and to see what’s going to be happening.

Bring along a project to tinker with, ask for some electronics help, hack some code or just have a chat and see what’s happening.

Dec
19
Wed
Foodbank: Broomhouse @ Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS)
Dec 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Foodbank: Broomhouse @ Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS)  | United Kingdom

Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS) 3 Broomhouse Market EH11 3UU.
Monday to Thursday: 9am – 5pm, Friday: 9am – 12pm.

Self-referral. Telephone: 0131 443 6223. E-mail: [email protected]

There is also a CAB adviser and employability worker present for support and help.

 

For more information on foodbanks you can access through referral and guidance on how you get a referral visit:

www.thistle.org.uk/looking-for-support/need-urgent-help/getting-free-slash-cheap-foo

Employment & Business Guidance for Migrants and Refugees @ The Welcoming
Dec 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Employment & Business Guidance for Migrants and Refugees @ The Welcoming

The Welcoming supports migrants and refugees to build new lives in Edinburgh. We provide a wide range of classes and activities, all available on a free of charge, drop in basis. We also create opportunities for locals and newcomers to come together, so that we can share experiences, celebrate diversity and learn together.

Around 10,000 foreign nationals come to live in Edinburgh every year. We want them all to be welcomed and provided with the support they need in order to realise their economic and social potential, and become active members of our community. Through this, Edinburgh and Scotland, can unlock the talents they bring, expand our economy, enrich our cultural capital and become a welcoming new home.

 

Employment & Business Guidance

Practical help with CVs & all types of job application forms & interviews. Advice and info on setting up your own business.

Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen @ Guru Nanak Gurdwara
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Building a better community by fighting hunger together  Inspiration: Guru Nanak Dev Ji Was the first Sikh guru who established Langar (free open kitchen).

Langar is a vegetarian meal made by a Sikh congregation and is served to all who visit a Sikh temple (Gurdwara), whilst sitting at the same level on the floor.  This eliminates any type of caste system, showing no difference between the rich and poor.  The Edinburgh Sikh community are offering this service to provide a free hot meal to the needy and bring the whole community together despite religion or race

The Kitchen

Most ingrediants if not all are purchase from donation. The food is bought, prepared and cooked by the chefs that is served at the stalls of Guru Nanak Kitchen. Please see pictures below of Sewadars that diligently serve the meals every wednesday undeterred by the weather.

Guru Nanaks free kitchen chefs

All work is done by volunteers. If you want to take part please contact Committee member Kulbeer Singh on 0131 553 7207.

The Chefs for Guru Nanak Kitchen from left to right: –
Ronak Singh, Raman Singh, Subeg Singh, Kulbir Singh, Gurcharan Singh, Daljit Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Kulwant Singh.

Welcoming Choir – Come and sing with us! @ Stockbridge Church
Dec 19 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Welcoming Choir - Come and sing with us! @ Stockbridge Church

The Welcoming supports migrants and refugees to build new lives in Edinburgh. We provide a wide range of classes and activities, all available on a free of charge, drop in basis. We also create opportunities for locals and newcomers to come together, so that we can share experiences, celebrate diversity and learn together.

Around 10,000 foreign nationals come to live in Edinburgh every year. We want them all to be welcomed and provided with the support they need in order to realise their economic and social potential, and become active members of our community. Through this, Edinburgh and Scotland, can unlock the talents they bring, expand our economy, enrich our cultural capital and become a welcoming new home.

 

Come and sing with us!

 

 

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Foodbank: Broomhouse @ Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS)
Dec 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Foodbank: Broomhouse @ Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS)  | United Kingdom

Broomhouse Community One Stop Shop (COSS) 3 Broomhouse Market EH11 3UU.
Monday to Thursday: 9am – 5pm, Friday: 9am – 12pm.

Self-referral. Telephone: 0131 443 6223. E-mail: [email protected]

There is also a CAB adviser and employability worker present for support and help.

 

For more information on foodbanks you can access through referral and guidance on how you get a referral visit:

www.thistle.org.uk/looking-for-support/need-urgent-help/getting-free-slash-cheap-foo

Welcoming English Intermediate Classes For Migrants and Refugees @ The Welcoming
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Welcoming English Intermediate Classes For Migrants and Refugees @ The Welcoming

The Welcoming supports migrants and refugees to build new lives in Edinburgh. We provide a wide range of classes and activities, all available on a free of charge, drop in basis. We also create opportunities for locals and newcomers to come together, so that we can share experiences, celebrate diversity and learn together.

Around 10,000 foreign nationals come to live in Edinburgh every year. We want them all to be welcomed and provided with the support they need in order to realise their economic and social potential, and become active members of our community. Through this, Edinburgh and Scotland, can unlock the talents they bring, expand our economy, enrich our cultural capital and become a welcoming new home.

The Welcoming’s English language classes are free of charge and drop-in i.e. there is no need to book a place – just come along and join in. The only requirement is to register with us. You can do this on our Register page, or at the Welcoming office.

 

www.thewelcoming.org/register

 

Our classes are taught by our team of friendly and dedicated English language teachers. All of them are qualified to teach ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language) and many have years of experience teaching English all over the world. Most of them are volunteers, freely giving their time and expertise to help people who are new to Edinburgh.

The focus at The Welcoming is on English for everyday living and we aim to help you develop the skills and confidence to enjoy speaking in English so that you can make the most of the opportunities available to you in Edinburgh and Scotland. We stay open all year round, closing only for the public holidays at Christmas, Easter weekend and May Day.

Everyone is welcome, though very occasionally we have to close the class if there is no more space in the room. Check our Timetable page to have a look at which classes are running at the moment. If you would like to check your level of English, we suggest the following free online English tests:

The British Council – Find out your English level
ILS English – Test your English level

 

Foodbank: Leith @ Destiny Church Edinburgh
Dec 20 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Foodbank: Leith @ Destiny Church Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

Destiny Angels:  Destiny Church Leith Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm. No referrals needed.

 

For more information on foodbanks you can access through referral and guidance on how you get a referral visit:

www.thistle.org.uk/looking-for-support/need-urgent-help/getting-free-slash-cheap-foo