Service Provision


We offer arts based groups for adults with mental health problems.  Groups are normally 2 hour sessions that people can attend each week.  Groups such as open studio art groups, creative writing and mixed media groups based on a theme are often on offer.

Current Groups

Sculpture Group                      MON 11.45 – 1.45PM

ART for you                                TUES 12.30 – 2.30PM

CREATIVE WRITING                       WED 12 – 2PM

Alma Theatre                            Thur 11am-2pm

Mosaic Group                            Thur 1pm – 3pm

Groups are mainly held at Craigentinny Community Centre.

Alma Theatre sometimes meet at places other than Craigentinny Centre.  Currently meeting at McLaren Halls, 48 Restalrig Road South, EH7 6LE

 Sculpture group – Monday

An opportunity to try different media to create sculptures.

On Mondays 11.45am – 12.45pm, 1st April – 20th May 2019

Art for You – Tuesday 

A relaxed, friendly art group offering time and space for you to develop your own art.  Practical help or tuition are on hand if you would like help.  The group goes  on occasional outings to galleries and museums.

Creative Writing – Wednesday

These are structured, workshop style sessions for people interested in playing with words and using their imagination.  Each session focuses on a theme, technique or writing style.  You don’t need any experience of creative writing.  We are working towards creating a manual that will have creative writing sessions plans and examples of the group member’s writing in it.

Alma Theatre – Thursday

If you like playing you will love drama!  A chance to play drama games, exercises  improvisations and creating plays.  The play is performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and then at other venues.  Please email or phone to find out if Alma Theatre company is open to new members at this time.

Mosaic Group – Thursday

An opportunity to learn how to create a mosaic for yourself and contribute towards a large mosaic for Craigentinny Community Centre’s ancient fireplace.

Alma brochure – inside – aug 2019

What you will need

Groups are free, but we ask that you bring along a suitable pad of paper for art or creative writing.  Other materials are provided.  You will need money for tea/coffee (20p/30p)

Service-user Referral Procedure
The groups are aimed at adults with mental health problems.   We ask that before you join a group, you get our referral form filled in by a professional such as a support worker, CPN, GP or other health worker.  They can download the form from the link below.  The referrer should email or post the referral form to us and we will then discuss whether we are able to support you in the group or not.  We will phone you with our decision.

If you are not sure whether you want to join a group or not, you can phone or email for more information, or arrange a visit.

Blank Referral Form

Referral Procedure – Clients

Referral Procedure – Professional Referrer

Service-users’ leaflet

Privacy notice – referral form


Current Service User profile
Our present service user group consists of adults with reactive, and severe and enduring mental health problems, some of whom also have dual diagnosis – physical disabilities, long term physical illness, autistic spectrum, learning disabilities, substance misuse.  People live in a range of accommodation – hospital, supported housing, social and private housing.