LEAD – Scottish Charity Awards Finalists

LEAD, A national charity based at Edinburgh Palette, which focuses on supporting disabled people, as well as their carers by giving personalised learning sessions, advice, and information, are finalists in the Scottish charity awards 2024.

The staff at LEAD Scotland, aim to provide skills and knowledge to disabled people and their carers, in order to aid them in the future. By providing skills and support such as computer loans, one to one discussion, university application help and small group support. Aiming to introduce you to like minded people and create lasting bonds, while providing relevant support. LEAD’s most recent cyber project has allowed over 3000 disabled people, carers, and practitioners to learn about online safety.  

The Scottish charity awards ran by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations take place on the 20th of June in Glasgow. The shortlist of finalists includes 39 different organisations and projects, with the intention to showcase the value of the sector as well as the diversity and uniqueness of each organisation. 

You can vote for LEAD to win the public choice here


Willow Brea Council drop in session

Northfield and Willow Brae council have organised a drop in session in the 3rd floor drawing room at St Margarets house, as they are producing a Local Place Plan and they are looking for community opinions. 

To have a say and share your views, come along to St Margarets house on Wednesday the 22nd and Thursday the 23rd of May from 12pm – 2pm. 


Open Day at Studio 6.02

COME AND JOIN US! We are having an Open day @ Studio 6.02 on the 6th floor this Saturday.

You can book here or cash on the day if you just wish to try a class, or two.

Let your friends know 🙂

Stay Tuned! Tickets, Sat 7th October 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Mates rates for Edinburgh Palette tenants if you decide to join a class block. Speak to the relevant teacher/facilitator.

We hope to see you on Saturday or soon.

Annamaria Alan Lisa Bernardetta Kirsten


2022/23 Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Thursday 22nd: 9am – 9pm.
Friday 23rd: 9am – 5pm.

Saturday 24th: CLOSED.
Sunday 25th: CLOSED. 
Monday 26th: CLOSED. 
Tuesday 27th: CLOSED. 

Wednesday 28th: 9am – 5pm. 
Thursday 29th: 9am – 5pm. 
Friday 30th: 9am – 5pm. 

Saturday 31st: CLOSED. 
Sunday 1st Jan: CLOSED. 
Monday 2nd: CLOSED. 
Tuesday 3rd: CLOSED. 

Back to normal
Wednesday 4th: 9am – 9pm. 
Thursday 5th: 9am – 9pm. 


Northfield and Willowbrae Community Environment Fair

Northfield Community Centre, 10 Northfield Road, Edinburgh, EH8 7PP
Saturday 24th September, 12 – 3.30pm

– Tool sharpening – Bring your secateurs, loppers, shears, hoes, lawn edgers,  etc to be sharpened and adjusted (no knives or saws). Run by Edinburgh Tool Library

– Repair Cafe – Our volunteers offer you free help with repairing items such as toys, small electricals, laptops, lamps, toasters… so if you’ve got something that you want to fix, you can email us at repaircafeedinburgh@gmail.com to confirm suitability and to reserve your place. Or just turn up on the day and we’ll take a look.

– Cargo bikes and trikes, electric bikes and even cycle trishaws. Courtesy of Cycling Without Age Scotland, Duddingston Community EBikes, Porty Community Energy

– Puppet shows and art fun

– Talks and workshops:
– Saving on heating – home insulation
– Planning for a Net 0 Community in Willowbrae
– Our local greenspaces
– Growing more food
– Information stalls about environmental issues and projects and local issues.


World Fair Trade Day

A wee message to invite Edinburgh Palette residents and friends to an awesome, high energy World Fair Trade Day Concert this Saturday at The Usher Hall, with Skerryvore, Peatbog Faeries & Bombskare. https://www.usherhall.co.uk/whats-on/world-fair-trade-day-gathering-2022 Tickets available by phone or online and with discount code WFTRADE22 at checkout, tickets are just £12 between now and Friday 🎸🪕🥁🎻🎺🎻🎸🥁😃


Scottish Charity Award Featuring Tenants from 525 Ferry Road

Four tenants from our  525 Ferry Road building were recently shortlisted for the Scottish Charity Awards including People Know How, Scran Academy, Lead Scotland, and Edinburgh School Uniform Bank.

The building is home to many charities, small start-up organisations and social enterprises which thereby promotes a space where people can share space, interact, collaborate and exchange ideas. The environment in which we work, create, and operate in is a crucial part of success.  Edinburgh Palette’s ‘incubator hubs’ are vibrant, well cared for and fully inclusive.

You can read the news piece by People Know How here: https://peopleknowhow.org/news/four-525-ferry-road-tenants-shortlisted-for-scottish-charity-awards/

Congratulations to you all!


St Margaret’s House Tenants Interviews, The University of Edinburgh

My name is Coll and I’m 4th year Architecture student at the University of Edinburgh and am currently researching for my dissertation which explores secondary use of buildings. St Margaret’s House is an incredible example of utilising a space and creating a thriving economy out of a forgotten building.

The strength, to me, lies in its huge diversity of tenants. I hope to document and understand the nature of the spaces that you all have and your stories and experiences at St Margaret’s House. To do this, I would love to have a chat with you about your experience here and document the space you are currently in, both through a few photographs and, if possible, a 3D LIDAR scan of the room – I’m doing this to get a cross section of the community here in as rich a way as possible. This is by no means prescriptive and I am happy to work with you to best get the information I’m looking for, I also understand that time is precious and so I will make sure to be as quick as possible in chatting and getting the photos/scans, around 30-45 minutes tops!

If you are interested in being involved then please get in touch, my contact details are:

Email: colldrury@gmail.com

Instagram: @coll_dis_arc