Continuing our #feelgoodfriday series, we'd like to talk about the Grassmarket Community Project. Crowned Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year at last November’s memorable Scottish Social Enterprise Awards, Grassmarket Community Project is a lifeline for people who have become homeless or who have experienced other difficult life circumstances.
Based in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, their history dates back to the 1890s, when one of their parent groups – the Grassmarket Mission – was founded to help homeless people in the area.
As well as operating a community café and social enterprise craft workshop businesses, the GCP works to build life skills and develop confidence, offering a range of classes from baking to writing to photography. It also offers a drop-in free meal service on a Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm, which is open to anyone in the wider community. And they also run a wee weekly cinema – this Monday they’re showing “Frank” as part of the Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland. Have a look at their Facebook page for more details.
GCP's mission and purpose remains as vital as ever and their forward-looking approach to tackling social exclusion has been deservedly acclaimed, both in the recent awards but also from the many people who use their services.
A brilliant sustainable business with a vital social impact!