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Directory of local groups/projects who are offering specific support during the current COVID-19 pandemic »

In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available or to find out about alternative groups or services in your area.

Organisation Details

Address 17 West Montgomery Place
Post Code EH7 5HA
Locality North East 
Telephone 0131 557 6242
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The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh (ACE) exists to support and encourage people to take more control of their lives. We believe in people co-operating as equals to create a shared world free from exploitation. We work together in the spirit of mutual aid.

ACE is a self-managed social resource centre open to use by groups or individuals who are trying to make a better society and improve their lives. If you have a project you want to get off the ground but are struggling for lack of resources, ACE is the place for you. There are many different projects already based at ACE who’d love for new folk to get involved. Please check out a bit about our history of activism at the link below.

The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh is staffed 100% by volunteers.

autonomy: independence, independent; the right of self government; an independent state or community; freedom to act as one pleases; freedom of will.

ACE is organised and used by a variety of groups and individuals.

ACE is run collectively by a friendly group. Anyone is welcome to come along to our open meeting that is held on the second Tuesday of every month at 6pm at ACE.

We share a vision of a world without bosses and so try to work together non-hierarchically in a spirit of respect and friendship. By sharing experiences, skills and knowledge, we hope to help each other improve our homes, communities, workplaces and lives. We try to contribute to the struggles going on around the world that aim to transform our society for the better.

ACE is open every Tuesday from 12 to 3 pm for the Edinburgh Claimants / Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty drop-in advice and solidarity session on debt, dole, work, council and housing hassles.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday (every week): 12 - 3pm
Thursday (2nd of the month): 6 - 8pm
Thursday (Last of the month): 6 - 8pm

Please drop by when we’re open.

We’re also open on the second & last Thursday of the month 6 to 8 pm and often hold specific group events outside these hours. When open the Info Shop is available to browse where we sell a range of radical literature alongside lending from the Scottish Radical Library and the many other resources available to use at ACE.

We’re child friendly and wheelchair accessible and abide by a ‘Safer Spaces’ policy.



Name Telephone Cost Actions
Food Solidarity 0131 557 6242 More info »
Herbal Study Group 0131 557 6242 More info »
PIE – Oficina Precaria Edinburgh More info »
Welfare Rights Advice Session 0131 557 6242 More info »