The Alma Project

The Alma Project aims to improve mental health and well-being through the use of the arts as a therapeutic benefit for good mental health.

Service Description

The Alma Project provides a range of arts, education, social and therapeutic support, groups and activities to promote positive mental health and well-being.

The groups give people a chance to feel part of a safe and supportive community, to build relationships and to have a sense of purpose and structure in their lives.  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.

Monday 11.45 am – 1. 45 pm – Art group in the Castle Hall

Tuesday 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm – Art group in the Castle Hall

Wednesday 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm – Creative writing in the lounge

Thursday 11.00 am – 2.00 pm – Alma Theatre – at various venues

Thursday 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm – Various craft courses in the Castle Hall

Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • People Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties


This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

Adult with mental health problems living in Edinburgh or the Lothians


Agency Referral

If you would like to come to any Alma Project groups/activities, you can telephone to arrange a visit (come with a support worker if possible). Everyone needs a referral from a support worker or health professional. We have a form for this. Once we receive this form, we will then contact you regarding a place.

Contact Info. & Service Address

Craigentinny Community Centre
9 Loaning Road

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Service Contact

Tel: 0770 36 39 334

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Public Parking
    Free parking in grounds of community centre
  • Wheelchair Access
  • The lounge and main hall are on the ground floor and are accessible, but the Castle Hall is on the first floor which is unfortunately only accessible up 11 steps.
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.


Public Transport Information

Buses - 19, 21, 25, and 49 go to Craigentinny Road, beside Loaning Road. Buses 19 and 34 go to Marionville Road, which is very near Loaning Road. Nos. 13 and 15 go to nearby Sleigh Drive. Buses 5, 45, 124 go to the end of London Road, 15min walk to Loaning Road.

Lothian Buses Site for routes and timetables.

Provider's Name: The Alma Project

Type: Charity/Voluntary

The Alma Project aims to improve the mental health and well-being of the inhabitants of the Edinburgh and Lothians through the use of the arts as a therapeutic tool. We provide quality arts groups to people with mental health issues. We are involved in many public exhibitions, performances and workshops that give this marginalised group a platform, and help to combat the stigma surrounding mental ill health. All our groups are based at Craigentinny Community Centre, 9 Loaning Road, Edinburgh EH 7 6JE.

Services run by this provider

Service Contact

Tel: 0770 36 39 334

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

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