The Alma Project

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

  • People aged 16 years old and over with mental health difficulties


The Alma Project uses the arts as a therapeutic tool to support people with mental health difficulties.

It provides weekly, therapeutic art groups that can provide you with a safe space, time, resources and support. The groups can help to reduce isolation and keep you healthier for longer.

The Alma Project provides 4-5 groups per week facilitated by community art workers and supported by volunteers. Groups are generally in visual art, specific art media or craft, creative writing and drama. The project also hosts outings, social events, exhibitions and performances.

The Alma Project Timetable – using the arts for mental well-being

Art and Craft Sessions – Mondays 1-3pm

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

Supportive art sessions based on a specific theme or media, and with a focus on mental well-being. The theme or media used will vary over the year.  See our website for current theme.

Art Group – Tuesdays 12-2pm

At Craigentinny Community Centre, address 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.

Art/writing – Wednesdays 1.30-3pm 

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)

Online zoom sessions open to all.  Throughout the year we will use different themes or artforms such as storytelling, visual art, poetry, etc to give you inspiration to then do your own art or writing during the zoom session.  See our website for current theme.

Alma Theatre – Thurs 10.30am – 1.30pm 

At Out of the Blue, Dalmeny Street, Leith

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 information about the group and for times when it is open to newcomers:

Peer chat Fridays 1 – 2pm 

Online video Google Meet session 

An unstaffed zoom session giving you a chance to chat with your fellow service users.

Access to Alma online group – Fridays 11.30am – 1pm
Access to Alma online one-to one – Fridays

If you feel nervous about joining an in-person group but are ok using zoom, you may like to take advantage of our Access to Alma service where you can work in a group or one-to-one with a dramatherapist online, to prepare you for joining an in-person Alma group.  Just put on the referral form that you would like to do Access to Alma group or one-to-one.

How do I access this?

  • Self referral
  • Referral by third party

Is there a cost?


Location information

  • Private parking available
  • Public parking available

Only the creative writing group and has disabled access. The other groups are up 11 steps.

Contact Details

Craigentinny Community Centre,, 9 Loaning Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6JE

Social media:


The Alma Project referral procedure
(44.73 KB pdf)

Referral Form_the alma project
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Types of support on offer:

Support in person
Support with others

Type of services on offer:

Complex needs
Eating disorders
Self confidence
Self harm

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