Service Provision

‘We can be original and unique at Alma, free from labels and judgements’ 


We offer free, arts-based groups for adults who would like support with their mental health.  Groups are 1.5 – 2 hour sessions that people can attend each week.  We use a mixture of in-person groups and online video sessions.  You will need a referral for most groups (see below) except Alma Theatre and some online courses.  

Our groups run throughout the year.  The Monday and Tuesday groups are on at the same time and place throughout the whole year, only the themes and projects changing.

Current Groups

Elemental Art – Mondays 1-3pm

(18 weekly sessions, 18 July – 14 Nov 2022) 

Craigentinny Community Centre, 9 Loaning Road, EH7 6JE.  Enter by a flight of 11 steps at the back of the building

Elemental Art will be art sessions based around the theme of the four elements – air, water, fire and earth.  You will have the chance to create your own artworks and collective artworks inspired by these themes. There will also be the opportunity to try out some techniques such as paper-making and collage.

Funded by City of Edinburgh Council

Art Group – Tuesdays 12-2pm (ongoing)

Held at Craigentinny Community Centre (entrance as above)  

A relaxed, friendly art group offering time and space for you to develop your own art.  Practical help or tuition is on hand if you would like help.  


Inspiring Edinburgh – Wednesdays 1.30-3pm

(6 sessions,  20th July – 24th Aug)

Online video zoom sessions

(A referral may not be necessary if you only want to attend these zoom sessions.   Email info about why you would like to join to: or phone 0770 36 39 334)

We will take a look at what’s going on in Edinburgh, focussing on community places such as galleries, museums, libraries and community gardens.  We will use these cultural and natural inspirations to create our own artworks or writing during the zoom session.  There will be the opportunity to go on outings to a couple of the places that we will explore. 

Funded by Thrive Arts

(Coming up – starting 31st Aug for 11 weeks, Stories for Well-being on zoom)


Alma Theatre – Thursdays 10.30am – 1.30pm (Closed to new participants after end Mar 2022)

Held at Out of the Blue, Dalmeny Street, Leith (a referral is not necessary if you just want to join Alma Theatre.  This group is in partnership with Active Inquiry and funded by Creative Scotland)

If you like playing you will love drama!  A chance to play drama games, exercises, improvisations and to create pieces of Forum Theatre  (audience participation sketches) that will be performed across Scotland.  Please email for more info. about the group and to join:

Peer chat  – Online video Google Meet session – Fridays 12 -1.30pm

An unstaffed Google Meet session giving you a chance to chat with your fellow project users.  


What you will need

Groups are free, but we ask that you bring along a suitable pad of paper for art or creative writing and any art materials you wish to use such as paint or pastels.  We will provide any craft-based materials and materials for specific artforms such as printing, mosaic, batik etc.  You will need to bring along money for tea/coffee (20p/30p)

Service-user Referral Procedure
The groups are aimed at adults who would like support for their mental health.   For groups that need a referral, we ask that before you join, you get our referral form filled in by a professional such as a support worker, CPN, GP or other health worker.  Forms can be downloaded 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 or email 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 or zoom call.

Referral Procedure – Clients

Referral Procedure – Professional ref

Service-users’ leaflet