‘Alma feels like the sun coming up – it is that vital’

Alma group member

The Alma Project aims to improve the mental health and well-being of the inhabitants of Edinburgh and Lothians through the use of the arts as a therapeutic tool.  

We provide free, quality arts groups to people who would like support with their mental health.  Our aim is to offer a welcoming, safe, restorative space where people can reconnect with themselves, others and nature through the creative process.

We are involved in many public exhibitions, performances and workshops that give mental well-being a platform, and help to educate about mental health.

There are many benefits of engaging in creative activities:

  • art improves mental health and general wellbeing
  • creativity relaxes the mind and the nervous system
  • the art-making process reduces stress and anxiety
  • the simple act of creating can improve self-confidence and self-esteem
  • creating art in a group can promote a sense of community
  • making art helps us to be in the present moment
  • exploring the creative process can generate a sense of freedom and joy

Our in-person arts groups are based at Craigentinny Community Centre, 9 Loaning Road, Edinburgh EH 7 6JE.  It is partly housed in an old castle in the lovely, peaceful, village-like area of Craigentinny.


Art in the Castle Hall

See Service Provision page for information about current groups and how to join us.

For general enquiries email Margaret Allan at thealmaproject@gmail.com or phone 0770 36 39 334

For enquiries re. referrals and volunteering email Eveyln Jardine at contact.thealmaproject@gmail.com  

Your donations will help us to support more people!

Scan QR code or click on the link to Invest My Community site https://app.investmycommunity.com/the-alma-project-2788 

Many thanks to all our funders and supporters

Scottish Government Community Based Adult Learning Fund

Scottish Government Mental Health and Well-being Fund

The Baring Foundation


Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Our project received funding for an art and writing project.

Kpe4 Charitable Trust       


Thrive Arts

Corra Comic Relief Port of Leith Housing

W M Mann Foundation                    Hugh Fraser Foundation

Christ Church, Morningside                  Virgin Money ‘Heart of the Community’


                                                 Scottish Government
255 city funded by Cordis Trust