Warm and welcoming spaces activities

A Warm Welcome Events and Activities

Activities taking place this week

Updated 27 June 2023

The Wash House - Warm and Welcome Space

Thursdays 10am to Midday

Come along to our warm space at the Wash House.  Each week we will open a cosy room and welcome everyone in for tea, coffee, biscuits and chat.

All welcome and completely free.

3 Adelphi Grove, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1AP

Visit the Wash House website

Royal National Institute of Blind People classes and activities

12 - 14 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh

Scottish Highland Dancing -  every fortnight from 10:30am to midday

RNIB Café - Monday to Friday from 10am to 3:30pm

Craft class - Every Thursday 10.30am to 12.30pm in the RNIB Basement

Dominos Group - Every Friday 1:30pm to 3pm, in the RNIB Café small charge £2.50 for Tea and biscuits served during the break

Telephone 0131 652 3140

Library Family Fun Days

Free events and activities for all the family with snacks and refreshments provided.

Craigmillar Library

Friday 24 March 12 noon to 4pm

the event will enclude, musical workshops, art workshop, seed sowing, face painting and badgemaking, community support and advice and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Wester Hailes Library

Wednesday 5 April 11am to 4pm

The event will enclude, Bookbug at 11am (no need to book), Community information, family support and advice, Citizens Advice Edinburgh, Children’s arts and crafts, Library scavenger hunt, Drumming and percussion workshop (contact the library to book) and Creative writing workshop (contact the library to book)

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available at both events

Hibernian Community Foundation Lunch Clubs

Monday Lunch Club - Easter Road Stadium – West Stand - Every Monday 12.30 to 2pm Open to all

Wednesday Lunch Club - Easter Road Stadium -  North Stand - Every Wednesday 12.30 to 2pm Open to all

Visit the Hibernian Foundation website

Age Well - Edinburgh Leisure

Activities across the city for older people

Board Games - Meadowbank Sports Centre

Our Ageing Well volunteers will meet you at the cafe and introduce you to new games and new friends. You are welcome to bring a game along with you, but not a requirement to join in the fun. No need to sign up, just come along and give it a try!

Singing - Christ Church, Morningside

Join the fun and sing like no one is listening! No auditions, previous experience or music reading skills required, just come along, and join us for a sing song.

New Age Indoor Kurling - Meadowbank Sports Cent

A form of the original curling game but adapted so that it can be played on any smooth, flat surface, rather than on ice. This activity is suitable for all abilities and can be played from a standing or seated position.

Buddy Swimming - Glenogle Swim Centre, Royal Commonwealth Pool, Drumbrae Swim Centre

Buddy Swimming is for older adults who would like to swim but who have either lost their confidence, or perhaps due to ill health, are no longer able to swim on their own. Ageing Well volunteers lead the session.

Dancing - Newhaven Church

Our dance classes are a fun and social way to keep fit and active. Sessions are led by a qualified Dance Instructor and supported by Ageing Well volunteers.

Visit the Age Well website for more information

Coffee Morning - Greyfriars Charteris Centre

Greyfriars Charteris Centre, St. Ninian’s Hall, 138-140 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9RR

Every other Thursday 10:30am to midday

 offee, tea and refreshments by donation, open to all

Visit the Greyfriars Charteris centre website

South Edinburgh Cluster - Free Community Lunch

St Catherine’s Church Hall, 21 Gracemount Drive, Gracemount, Edinburgh, EH16 6QP

Every Monday Doors open 11:30am and Lunch is served 12 noon to 1pm

Free lunch for the community – soup, bread, cake, tea and coffee

Visit the South Edinburgh Cluster website

Tasting Change, The Health Agency - Community Lunch

The Healthy Living Centre Café Space, 30 Harvesters Way, Edinburgh, EH14 3JF

Every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30pm

Free Hot Soup and Bread and Teas and Coffees. Open to all

Visit the Health Agency website

Scottish Storytelling centre - Easy Sundays

Monthly (second Sunday of the month) 12 noon to 3pm

Easy Sundays is a monthly session of stories, music, community and friendship, where warm welcome awaits with a variety of activities for all the family to enjoy. So, come find a space to relax amongst friends, old and new, or take part in our rolling programme of events throughout the day, whatever the mood takes you.

All sessions are free to attend, but some events may require advance booking.

Supported by the Thrive Network alongside the Scottish Storytelling Centre to create a warm and welcoming space for the community

Visit the Scottish Storytelling centre website

Keep Warm and Carry On! at Liberton Kirk Centre

Every Friday during January to March 1pm to 5pm

Café area with free wifi, tea and coffee, IT clinic, knit and natter, quiet space to do your own thing! Open to all.

Warm Hub in Liberton Kirk Centre, Kirkgate EH16 6RY (opposite the church)

Visit the Liberton kirk Website

6VT – Edinburgh City Youth Café

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6 to 10pm

Drop In Service for ages 12 to 21. Hot food available, internet access, Free Health & hygiene products and staff available for advice

Visit the 6VT website


Sandy Community Centre - Lets Get Cosy

Tuesdays 12 noon to 2.30pm at Sandys Community Centre

Free soup, teas and coffees every

Telephone: 07504627853 email sandyscommunitycentre@gmail.com

Visit Sandy community centre webpage

Blackhall library coffee morning

Thursdays 10.30am to 12 noon

Escape the cold at Blackhall library. Join us for a hot beverage, a biscuit and a blether. All welcome.

Visit Blackhall library webpage

The Cosy Cuppa - Northfield Willowbrae Community Centre

Thursdays 1pm to 3.30pm

Your warm welcome space for a cuppa and a chat. Free and open to all.

For more information call 0131 661 5723.

Central library Knit and Natter

Wednesdays 2 to 4pm

Bring along what you’re working on, learn and share a hobby or just join us for a chat and a cuppa. 

Visit Central library webpage

St. Mark's Church Portobello warm space

Wednesdays 10am to 12 noon

Space for refreshments, chat, Wi-fi, games, Open to all.

Visit St Mark Church webpage

Kirkliston library Events

Cosy Corner

Tuesdays 10am to 1pm and Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm starting 6 December. Enjoy a tea/coffee and meet other people. We’ll have jigsaws, board games and colouring in books available for you to enjoy, or just sit and read a book or you can read a digital newspaper or magazine on our iPad.

Visit the Kirkliston library webpage

Pilton Equalities Project

  • The Neighbourhood Group 

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10.30am to 2.30pm - A day-care service for adults with mental health issues and/or learning disabilities in North West Edinburgh. A full lunch is provided.

  • Older People’s Lunch Clubs

Every Monday 12pm to 3pm, Friday 10am to 1pm, Saturday 11am to 4pm, and Sunday 12pm to 4pm - Lunch clubs providing a full lunch and a range of social activities. Minibus transport is available.

Call 0131 315 4466 or email pepequalities@btconnect.com

Visit the Pilton Equalities webpage

Corstorphine library winter activities

  • Bedtime stories

Wednesdays 6 to 6.30pm - come along to the library to hear some children’s bedtime stories- pyjamas encouraged.

  • Coffee & Conversation

Thursdays 10.30am to 11.30am - Pop along to the library for a cuppa and meet new people.

  • Its Story time!

Saturdays 10.30 to 11.30am - Children’s story event followed by easy craft activity.

  • Board Games Afternoon

Saturdays afternoon 1 to 5pm - open to all ages. Enjoy board games and puzzles with the whole family. Drop in any time in the afternoon.

Visit Corstorphine library webpage

Salvation Army Toasty Café and Drop-In

Thursdays 10am to 2.30pm

Simple hot food. soup, toasties, things on toast, hot and cold drinks.  Also available at the same time and place: Digital Skills and employability service and Debt Advice.

The Salvation Army, 1 East Adam Street, Edinburgh

Telephone 0131 667 4313 or email edinburgh.city@salvationarmy.org.uk

City Art Centre and Museum of Edinburgh

  • Family Art Cart in City Art Centre

Drop in Daily from 10am to 5pm to explore art as a family and explore our self-led worksheets and activities.

  • Family Learning Space in Museum of Edinburgh

Drop in Daily from 10am to 5pm to explore art as a family and explore our self-led worksheets and activities.

Visit the Edinburgh Museums website

Gilmerton Community Centre

  • Cuppa and a chat

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2.30pm to 5pm - Starting Tuesday 6 December free refreshments, open to all.

Wednesdays 11am to midday - Cyrenians group with Nordic Walking after.

  • Soup Time

Thursdays 2.30 to 5pm - Starting Thursday 8 December, free and open to all.

  • Gilmerton Food Pantry

Open 15 December, 12 and 26 January 1 to 3pm - Mainly non perishable food items to help make ends meet. Open to all.

Coorie-In Café at Southside Community Centre - Golden Oldies Lunch Club

Every Thursday 12.30 to 4pm - Hot Meal and free refreshments followed by chat, creative crafts and entertainment.

Open to all but particularly our valued elders.

Visit the Southside Community centre website