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At Columcille we provide a range of creative activities for adults with learning disabilities aged 18+.

Service users can choose to attend for a morning session, afternoon session or a full day. A morning or afternoon session is one activity plus the option to stay for lunch and socialise with other service users. A full day is one activity in the morning and another in the afternoon, also with the option of lunch. For details of activity charges please contact Columcille. This can be done via phone, e mail or website.

Lunch is a two course hot meal at a very reasonable price of £2.50.

Transport can also be arranged for the less mobile service users. Members need to live on the south side to benefit from this service. There is no charge for this service.

Activities offered...


Is the social hub of Columcille, where lunch is prepared and served. Fresh food is produced every day by our service users using organic fruit and vegetables from our garden where possible. Home baked biscuits are often served at tea breaks and birthdays are regularly celebrated with amazing cakes!

Crafts and Art

At Columcille we have a spacious craft room where service users are encouraged to explore their creative potential using diverse mediums such as felting, papier mache, mosaic work and printing.

Throughout the year, art work produced by the afternoon art groups are displayed around the building and from time to time there will be a small display in The Open Door Cafe in Morningside; and a bi-annual exhibition.

Each year we have an Autumn Fair where many pieces of work are for sale, from felted bags to mosaic picture frames.

Dance & Exercise

There are many impromptu opportunities to dance and enjoy music at our festivals, events and celebrations throughout the year, such as karaoke days and visiting dance groups.

We also run a weekly Dance Workshop which takes place Friday afternoons in the main hall - Biodanza ‘dance of life’ with Claire Lewis. Biodanza works with the principle that music can significantly affect our mood, for example feeling more joyful. When people express those moods and feelings through movements it can help to circulate and integrate that mood into the whole body. The important part of the class is about sharing as a group, feeling our connection with the community of people around us and enjoying sharing the dance together. The music comes from all over the world but is specifically selected to increase health and well-being. Everyone is encouraged to express their own dance and to do what they feel with the music. There are active or fast dances and relaxing or slower dances. We dance by ourselves, with one another and in a group as a whole. A lovely way to end the week!

If you are interested in joining the Friday dance workshop please contact us.


The Columcille Drama Group runs throughout the year working towards one large production. Previous plays have included Romeo & Juliet, Dickens’ – A Christmas Carol and The Selfish Giant.

Everyone is welcome to join in, enabling a wide range of creative experiences. Service users undertake either speaking or non-speaking parts and assist with making stage sets and scenery.

The year ends with our Christmas Play where friends and family are invited to come along and watch.


The joinery is a hub of activity making a range of items for sale, for use in the centre and for woodworker’s own projects.

Items made include planters, bird tables, small pieces of furniture and we are also experienced in refurbishing garden furniture.

We are pleased to take individual orders from members of the public. Please contact us to discuss your requirements. Income from work in the joinery supports the centre financially whilst projects enable meaningful work experience for participants.


The Columcille garden has recently relocated to the centre here at Newbattle Terrace.

We are currently busy creating a new back garden plot for our neighbours and transforming the immediate yard area with an array of colourful plants, climbers and borders.

We have a lovely greenhouse where we plan to grow a range of organic fruit and vegetables which we will use in our cafe/kitchen to make lunch. Also look out for our autumn fair; we’d love you to support us in our work by purchasing our produce!

The garden work is a valuable outdoor learning resource where people with learning disabilities can increase awareness, experience and enjoyment in gardening and nature, whilst benefitting from outdoor exercise and fresh air.


Music is a major part of many of the events and celebrations we have here at Columcille.

Music group sessions can be large and sociable, or quieter allowing for more individual focus. They include diverse musical styles based around singing, games, improvisation, rhythm and set pieces and are often linked to seasonal festivals.

We play a wide variety of instruments including tuned percussion, African drums, hand chimes, guitar and piano. Everyone is encouraged to participate at whatever level they feel comfortable. There are opportunities to develop instrumental and vocal skills such as playing solo, in small groups, listening and improvisation.

Our bright and spacious hall allows plenty of room for dancing and creative movement to compliment our musical experiences.

On the Friday morning there is a smaller Music Therapy Group. The smaller size of the group allows the Music Therapist to focus in on the individuals in the group.

Wellbeing & Therapies

Columcille provides 3 areas of therapy, working either individually or in small groups. The aim is to increase well-being and health development in a creative and uplifting way.

- There is a music therapy group on Friday mornings for members. This is facilitated by a visiting music therapist.
- Eurythmy/movement for well-being with Saraphir Qaa-Rishi
- Massage Therapy with Christine Lynch

All 3 therapists have several years of professional experience. At present therapies are not charged for as we wish to be available to all irrespective of financial means.
65+, 26 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 17 - 25
Days and Times
2 Newbattle Terrace, Morningside
EH10 4RT

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Contact Details
Contact Telephone: 0131 447 7404
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This record was last modified on: 12 August 2019