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Edinburgh City Society and Culture

Canongate Community Forum

Campaigns against plans to demolish listed buildings and homes on the Royal Mile in the Edinburgh World Heritage site; with news, resources, and contacts.

Cockburn Association

Edinburgh's Civic Trust working to conserve and improve the build environment of the city; includes a guide to their campaigns and projects, publications, events, and membership.

Columcille Centre

Provides day care and support to adults with learning disabilities based on the principles of Rudolf Steiner; with details of their activities and projects, and contacts.

The Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh

Founded over 300 years ago as a guild for the city's merchants. Includes a history, information about their modern focus on charitable works and schools, and their Merchants' Hall available as a prestigious venue for corporate or private events.

Cruelty Free Guide to Edinburgh

Explores the shopping and dining options for vegans and cruelty free shoppers in Scotland's capital.

Cyrenians Farm

A community enterprise growing organic fruit and vegetables and cultivating livestock, as well as providing residential care to vulnerable young people; describes the project, with details of outlets, volunteer opportunities, and contacts.

The Dove Centre

Dedicated centre for the over 50s in the Wester Hailes area offering socially inclusive transport, learning, social welfare, activities, health and volunteering opportunities. Contains news and contacts, with their schedule of regular activities.


Offers a wide range of support and practical help to people with physical disabilities, from classes, through grants, to enabling initiatives. Describes their services and projects, with news and how to get involved.

Edinburgh Cyrenians

Works across Lothian and Falkirk to prevent homelessness, support people who have become homeless; also operates a number of social enterprise workplaces; describes their activities and services, with news, contacts, and how to support them.

Edinburgh Riding of the Marches

Formed in 2008 to promote and facilitate the annual re-enactment of the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches and all its associated traditions, commemorating Randolph Murray’s return with the ancient Blue Blanket and the tragic news of the defeat of the Scottish Army at the Battle of Flodden.

Edinburgh Students’ Charities Appeal (ESCA)

Supports student involvement in charitable activity throughout the city; includes information about their fundraising events, resources, news, and how to volunteer.

Edinburgh the Fur-Free City

Aims to stop the use of fur throughout Edinburgh. Features information on fur-free sporrans, plus details of events and campaigns.

Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations' Council

Established to support and represent the city's voluntary and community sector; includes details of their services and facilities, specialist networks, events, and contacts.

Edinburgh World Heritage Trust

Champions and represents the World Heritage Site and monitors its state of conservation as required by UNESCO. Includes advice for both visitors and homeowners, plus news and a House Histories trail.

Edinburgh Young Carers Project

A voluntary organisation working with and on behalf of young carers throughout the Edinburgh region; provides a profile and contacts, with details of services and activities.

Four Square

The city's charity for the homeless; provides a guide to their advice, training, accommodation, and support services, with contacts. http://www.facebook.com/efiedinburgh efiedinburgh

Fresh Start

An Edinburgh charity that helps people who have been homeless get established in their new home; includes details of their activities and services, with an invitation to get involved and/or support.

Garvald Edinburgh

Provides day, accommodation and support services for adults with disabilities; includes details of their programmes and services, news, contacts, and how to get involved.


Provides advice and information on services available to children with additional support needs and their carers; based within the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Includes resources, contacts, and an events diary.

One City Trust

Formed to promote and support social inclusion in the City of Edinburgh. Includes details of their grants programme, news and events, contacts, and an audio-visual gallery.

One o’Clock Gun

An organisation promoting understanding and awareness of Edinburgh's heritage.

The One o’Clock Gun & Time Ball Association

Founded in 1998 and established a three-month long exhibition at Edinburgh Castle as part of the Millennium celebrations, the exhibition is now a permanent fixture within the Castle, located at the Mills Mount Battery.

Shakti Women's Aid

Offers support, advocacy and information to all black/minority ethnic women, children and young people experiencing and/or fleeing domestic abuse. Provides details of their helpline, services, and public awareness campaigns and outreach.

The Shrub

Provides an opportunity to swap or buy second-hand items, as well as facilities to fix and learn how to give things a new life.

Thistle Foundation

Provides a range of support services for people with disabilities and health conditions, training and consultancy, and conference facilities. Describes their services and offers opportunities to help.

Volunteer Centre Edinburgh

Provides resources and services for people looking for volunteer opportunities, and for organisations looking to recruit and use volunteers. http://www.facebook.com/VolunteerEdinburgh volunteeredi

West Blacket Association

Works for the preservation and improvement of the general amenity in an area of Newington; with newsletter, contacts, and local history.

The Yard

A purpose built indoor and outdoor play facility and adventure playground for children and young people with additional support needs; provides a guide to their activities and sessions, and how to get involved.

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