Support for families

Health and wellbeing

A family of two adults and two children smiling at the camera.

North East

Dr Bells Mindful Moments

This mindfulness group is an opportunity for parents with children under five in the Leith area to explore different mindfulness techniques and exercises. Allowing them to take time for themselves and learn ways to protect their mental health and wellbeing. Sessions take place on Mondays at 9.30 am at Dr Bells Family Centre. Childcare is provided.

For more information contact

0131 553 0100.

Dr Bells Mindfulness Dips

These mindfulness dips aim to support parents' and carers’ mental health and well-being through cold water swimming (no previous swimming experience needed). The group allows parents to have time to themselves and gain support from their peers and Dr Bell staff. Informal chats take place around a fire afterwards with a cuppa. Please bring a swimming costume, all other equipment is provided. Sessions take place on Thursdays at 9.30 am at Wardie Bay, Newhaven. Transport and crèche spaces for children from 6 months can be provided.

To book contact

0131 553 0100.

Carr Gorm project Craigmillar Community Grows walking and foraging group

This walking group runs on Tuesdays from 9.30 am from the top of Craigmillar Castle Gardens to different places around Craigmillar. Booking is essential, there is no obligation to come weekly.

For more information visit Craigmillar Community Grows on Facebook or contact 

07824 838 364

Bridgend Farmhouse

Bridgend Farmhouse runs many cultural, craft and activity sessions for adults such as on Wednesdays - a walking group at 10 am, a lady's wellbeing group, an arts and crafts session between 2 pm and 4 pm, and woodcraft from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Gardening and cooking sessions are also available. Donations for some groups are welcome. Sessions are free and run at 

Bridgend Farmhouse
41 Old Dalkeith Road
EH16 4TE

To book or for more information contact

07706 674 108.

For other online activities and events visit the Bridgend's Farmhouse Facebook page.

Craigmillar Voices

Craigmillar Voices is an ongoing vocal project for local adults. The songs and histories of the Craigmillar community act as a starting point and inspiration for participants to enjoy a weekly shared singing experience, under the guidance of vocal animateur Moira Morrison. Sessions take place every Friday afternoon (January to June) at

Richmond Craigmillar Church
229 Niddrie Mains Rd
EH16 4PA

For more information, please contact  

Seen and Heard

Seen and Heard is a cross-art form project for adults led by composer Jay Capperauld, musician Lewis Banks and artist-musician Kirsty Matheson. For six weekly sessions, offered at regular points throughout the year, participants have the opportunity to explore their creativity through a series of activities that blend music-making with art-making. No musical or artistic experience is required. Sessions take place on Thursdays 11 am-1:30 pm between April to June 2024 at

Craigmillar Now Arts Centre 
58 Newcraighall Road
EH15 3HS

For more information, please contact or

Come bake with us

A friendly informal group helping people to get together, bake simple biscuits or scones and chat about life, sitting around the table with a cuppa. A donation of £1.00. Sessions run on Tuesdays from 12.30 to 2.30 pm during the school term at 

Sandy’s Community Centre
76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue  
EH16 4DW  

For more information email

Out and About – Woodland Thai Chi 

Join Out and About for Woodland Thai Chi. The group meets weekly at the adventure playpark in Craigmillar Castle Park. The group runs on Mondays from 10 am to 11 am. 

For more information or to book email 

Out and About – Outdoor Thai Chi 

Join Out and About for outdoor Thai Chi. The group runs on Fridays from 2 pm to 3 pm at 

23 - 24 Hopetoun Crescent 
EH7 4AY 

For more information or to book email 

North West

Pilton Community Health Project- Women’s Gardening Club/ Woodworking workshops 

Sessions where women can learn and share gardening, woodwork and crafting skills while making something special for the community or themselves. These sessions will develop depending on what the group wants to do and where we want to go. Children are welcome to stay and play with their mums. Booking essential. Sessions run on Fridays from 9.30 am to 11.30 am at

Granton Community Garden
10 Wardieburn Rd

For more information contact  

0131 551 1671.

Women’s Wellbeing in Nature

This women-only group focuses on learning together and enjoying the outdoors. Activities include tea ceremonies, natural arts and crafts, seasonal yoga, green gym, and mindfulness sessions. Sessions will also take place on the beach with campfire cooking and a dip in the sea, for those who want to. Booking is essential. Sessions run every Thursday from 12 pm to 2 pm at 

Pilton Community Health Project  
73 Boswall Parkway,  
EH5 2PW 

Contact email  

0131 551 1671. 

Out and About – Bangholm walking group 

The walking group meets for a walk around the local area. It allows connecting with others and nature in a friendly environment.  The group meets on Thursdays at the Bangholm Medical Centre from 1 pm to 2 pm. 

For more information email 

South East

Out and About – Garden Activities 

Garden activities run for all on Fridays from 10 am to 12 pm at 

Gilmerton Community Centre  
4 Drum St 
EH17 8QG 

For more information contact  


Out and About – Morningside Walking Group 

Meet on Wednesday 10 am – 11.30 am outside Morningside Medical Practice at

2 Morningside Place,
EH10 5ER 

For more information contact  

Out and About – Community Gardening

Community Gardening is a group that meets to garden in a friendly environment, no experience required. The group meets on Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm at  

Inch Nursery  
Old Dalkeith Rd 
EH16 5UF 

For more information contact 


Out and About - Ambling adventures Holyrood walking group 

Ambling Adventures is a free group activity that meets for a walk in Holyrood Park to enjoy nature. It gives the option to have a friendly cuppa and chat at the end. It is free and suitable for all. The group meets on Thursdays from 10:30 am to 12 pm apposite at The King's Gallery at

Horse Wynd,
EH99 1SP

For more information contact


Out and About - Goodtrees Get Togethers

Goodtrees Get Togethers is a group that gives the chance to meet with others and enjoy different activities that meet the needs and interests of the group. The group meets on Wednesdays from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. Just pop along for a cuppa and a friendly catch-up. The group meets at

Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre
5 Moredunvale Place 
EH17 7LB  

For more information contact


Out and About - Move and Groove

Move and Groove is a free group activity that improves your strength and balance by gentle exercise. The group meets on Fridays at 11 am at

Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre 
5 Moredunvale Place  
EH17 7LB   

For more information contact


Out and About - Gilmerton Community Gardening

Gilmerton Community Gardening is a group that meets for gardening in a friendly environment, no experience required. Just drop there is always plenty to do. Gloves, equipment and hot drinks will be provided. The group runs on Fridays from 10 am to 12 pm at  

Gilmerton Community Centre  
4 Drum St,  
EH17 8QG

For more information contact


Out and About – Wellbeing walk

Come along to enjoy a nature and wellbeing session in Dumbiedykes on Thursdays (fortnightly) from 1 to 3 pm at 

Bauk’s View Park  
5-4 Brown St,  
EH8 9RP 

For more information contact  


Out and About – South Edinburgh Adult Bike Club 

A group for building your confidence on two wheels, going for fun bike rides in a friendly relaxed group. Bikes and helmets can be provided. Hot drinks included. The group meets on Mondays from 12 pm to 2.30 pm at  

Bridgend Farmhouse 
41 Old Dalkeith Rd 
EH16 4TE 

For more information contact 


South West

Eco-therapy Social Group 

This is a free, mindful weekly group run by Health All Around, that uses nature to promote mental health and wellbeing. The group meets in different green spaces in the Gorgie area.

For more information or to come along contact

0131 337 1376.

B Healthy Together

This project is based in and around Broomhouse, Sighthill and Parkhead. Sessions include seated yoga, chair exercise, buggy gym, walking groups, yoga Groups and Stress relief. Cooking classes and ‘Good Food for Little Ones’ infant nutrition classes run for new parents. Creative groups such as knitting, art, and community gardens also run. All activities are free. 

For more information visit the B Healthy Together websiteB Healthy Together Facebook page or contact 

Book Buggy Gym via the Eventbrite website. 

Let’s Create

This therapeutic art group runs for women with poor mental health. Participants can enjoy a creative activity followed by a shared meal. Sessions run on Tuesdays from 10 am to 1 pm at

WHALE Arts   
30 Westburn Grove
EH14 2SA

For more information contact

0131 458 3267

Wester Hailes Growing Communities Weekly community garden sessions

Participants can take part in food growing and help maintain the gardens in a friendly, welcoming space at 

  • Greenway Garden (Next to Michael’s shop) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm,
  • Clovenstone Community Garden (Next to Clovie Primary) on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm, 
  • Calders Greenshoots Garden (next to Sighthill Primary) on Saturdays from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

For more information contact   

For additional information on what else is going on please visit Wester Hailes Growing Facebook page.

Broomhouse Growers

Help to grow food for the local people and look after the community orchard. The garden is located behind the bakers at the One Stop Shop on Broomhouse Place North. Sessions run on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12 pm.

For more info visit the Broomhouse Growers Facebook page or contact 

Out and About – Walking Group (Redhall)

The walking group meets for a walk around the Redhall walled garden and the local area. It allows connecting with others and nature in a friendly environment. The group meets on Mondays at the Redhall Walled Garden from 10 am to 11 am.  

For more information email 

Out and About – Walking Group (Colinton Mains)

The walking group is run by a walk leader volunteer and meets for a walk around the local area. It allows connecting with others and nature in a friendly environment. The group meets on Monday mornings at Tesco Colinton Mains at 10 am and Monday afternoons from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm. 

For more information on the morning group email 

For more information on the afternoon group email  

Out and About – Conservation Group

The conservation group helps with woodland maintenance, tree planting, path maintenance, and habitat creation. The group meets at Redford Woods from 10.30 am to 12 pm.  

For more information email

Out and About – Nordic Walk

Nordic Walking is an enhanced all-body workout using poles to work your upper body as well as your legs. The group starts on Thursday 6th June 2024. The group will meet from 10 am to 11.30 am at Redhall Park.  

For more information or to book email  

Young Carers services

This service provides support to children and young people aged from five to 25 in South West Edinburgh who care for their family members. For one-on-one support, school-based support, group support and other opportunities for young people with a caring role, please contact