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

ART group                                   MON 11.45 – 1.45PM

ART for you                               TUES 12.30 – 2.30PM

CREATIVE WRITING                      WED 12 – 2PM

Drama Group                            Thur 11am-2pm

Textile art                                Thur 1pm – 3pm

All groups held at  Craigentinny Community Centre

Art Group – Monday 

A relaxed, friendly art group where you can do your own thing but where the group will occasionally be shown techniques and ways of working with a variety of media.

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.

Drama Group – Thursday

If you like playing you will love drama!  A chance to play drama games, exercises  improvisations and creating plays.  The plays will be performed at community festivals and in the Edinburgh fringe.

Textile Art – Thursday

An opportunity to try out textile art and create textile banners for an exhibition as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival in May 2019.

alma brochure – inside – jan

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.  Please phone to find out if we have any spaces.  (0770 36 39 334)  If we have spaces, you may want to phone to arrange a visit to meet with us first.   You do not need to visit but everyone needs a professional referrer to fill in our referral form.  A referrer can be a support worker, CPN, GP or other health worker.

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.