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.
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
Explore Printing 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 plays will be performed at community festivals and in the Edinburgh fringe. This year the theme is Home. Held in McLaren Halls, 48 South Restalrig Road.
Explore Printing – Thursday
An opportunity to try out different methods of printing, and possibly create some of your own!
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.
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.