Edinburgh Crisis Centre is based in Leith. We are a mental health charity supporting Edinburgh residents aged 16 years and over who are in mental health distress. We are the only crisis centre in Scotland that provides 24hr support via phone, email and text as well as offering face to face support. Additionally, we have accommodation for people at risk of suicide where they can stay for up to a week in a safe environment and receive support from safe 24hrs a day.
Being a charity we rely on fundraising events in order to keep improving the environment of the centre and to make it as safe and relaxed as possible for people visiting the centre. With previous fundraising events we have been able to install a new kitchen and start an art group and writing group which we have recently won an ‘Inspiring Edinburgh’ award for our willing and able volunteers.
We are looking for donations of artwork. We are looking to hold a charity auction at the end of the year and an item such as this would be gratefully received.
Projekt 42’s FREE Youth Fitness Club is back on at our new facility. Our new address is 117 Leith Walk-between Dominos Pizza and Lovella.
The Club runs every Friday afternoon 2pm-3pm, we offer a range of different activities including boxing, circuit training, dance and yoga to kids aged 12-16. Attendees to the club also get a free pass to access our full timetable.
Born in Northern Ireland in the 70’s, Joanne quickly developed her knack for making a creative mess. It was a toss up between music and art at school. Art won and she went on to to study at the Belfast Institute for 3 years before completing her degree in 1997 at the University of Ulster.
Travel took her to the Canary Islands in 1998, returning to Belfast in 2000 where she had her debut solo show in the Waterfront Hall. She continued to work as a community artist and exhibit her paintings until moving to London in 2005. Joanne joined Creekside Artists, working alongside artists such as Charming Baker and creating work for Foy Vance which featured on his debut album ‘Hope’.
Joanne’s work with the homeless at Crisis in 2007 resulted in a series of portraits. One of the paintings, ‘Edwin’ was exhibited as part of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition in the Mall Galleries. The stark contrast between Royals, dignitaries and one homeless guy, fuelled Joanne’s passion to continue this theme of value and human worth, particularly those who exist on the periphery of life.
Joanne now lives and works in Edinburgh and is part of the artist community at St Margaret’s House.
Lorna Sinclair is a Scottish artist who currently lives and works in Edinburgh. After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art in 2017, Lorna re-located to Malta for a year. This move greatly influenced her creative practice; majestic landscapes, historical buildings, a Mediterranean colour palette and new faces, were all incorporated into her paintings.
Self-reflection is an important element in Lorna’s work; her paintings become her own visual, personal journal of her travel experiences and memories. Working from a collection of photographs, sketches and memories, Lorna often merges images and scenes from her travels to form one final piece of work. Her bright, lively paintings become an extension of her own identity.
Through her artwork, Lorna attempts to offer a sense of hope and escapism, as she invites the viewer to share in a new reality – one she has created.
The dust has finally settled on the new Yoga Now studio on the 4th floor and the building now has a beautiful space for yoga. As a thank you for tolerating the noise and disturbance, I would like to offer all tenants and employees in St Margaret’s House a free Beginners or Level 1 class in November.
To claim your class, please visit the timetable on the Yoga Now studio website
The Jennifer Ewan Band, residents of St Margaret’s House, bring their new show, ‘Bonnie Bayou’, to the Edinburgh Fringe at 5pm every Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday of August at The Montebar! (81-85 St Leonard’s St)
“Scots Plus Cajun – Discover Bonnie Bayou!”
BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth Show “Just brilliant – music of the highest quality – a Scottish rising star”.
This year’s eagerly awaited Social in the Gardens has been announced.
Edinburgh’s free festival of social enterprise has moved to a new home – the world famous Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens – and takes place on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd August.
Both days start at 10am and feature a wider than ever range of events and organisations to inform, inspire and entertain. You can see and hear some fantastic performers and ‘buy the good stuff’ from the fantastic arts, crafts, food and drink market stalls that will be showcasing their wares.
There’s a family ceilidh, an art exhibition, and a very more
Join us for a lunchtime seed bombing workshop at St Margaret’s Garden!
On Thursday 25th May from 12 to 1pm pop over to the far corner of the St Margaret’s House car park to make your own seed bombs and join the throw and grow! Tilly from GrowWild will be joining us to help us make the bombs and plant them to add a splash of colour to the embankment.
No previous experience needed, all materials and seeds provided in partnership with GrowWild