About Us

Columcille, situated in Morningside Edinburgh, provides day activities for adults with learning disabilities and offers a spacious venue for community hire at evenings and weekends.  Columcille is a registered charity and a social enterprise. Columcille also runs  Music for ALL – a community based music programme, and Columcille Ceilidh Band, though the band is currently having a career break.

Columcille Management Council includes 8 directors:

Mr. Alan McKean – Chairman.  Alan’s career was in learning disability nursing. Alan has recently retired

Ms Lindsey Rowlands -Treasurer.   Lindsey previously worked as a computer technician at one of the large banks, and now works as a venue organiser    for a local church and is a volunteer at Music for ALL

Ms Susan O’Brian. Susan is Head of Human Resources  at The Action Group – a voluntary sector learning disability service provider

Mrs Alison Goodwin. Alison was a Social Worker with the Scottish Mental welfare Commission, now retired.

Mrs Pat Scobie. Pat is an experienced committee member and organiser

Ms Tracey Exton. Tracy is the manager of an employment consultancy agency.

Mr John Hanlin. John is a Group Manager with Scottish Fire & Rescue Service. John’s sister has participated at Columcille for many years

Ms Layla McLachlan. Layla is workshop leader (weaving and textiles) at Garvald, a voluntary sector, learning disability service provider


Columcille Staff include full and part time staff, sessional workers and relief staff and volunteers. More information is on the page  Our Team

Day Activities at Columcille:

Columcille offers a wide range of activities, with support, to adults with learning disabilities.  Activities include: gardening, crafts, drama, music, dancing, joinery and work in the cafe.

There are up to 30 service users each day, with 70 people attending each week.

Columcille respects the principles of Rudolf Steiner by aiming to address the needs of the whole person, through offering a sense of community and the opportunity to be actively involved in a range of creative activities. These are intended to be enjoyable, providing individuals with a sense of purpose, whilst also building confidence and self esteem.

There is a lively social aspect to each day with opportunities for service users to further develop both social and occupational skills.  Participants may attend on a full or part-time basis.

Please visit our home page to access more information about the activities available at Columcille and Music for ALL and Columcille Ceilidh Band.

Hall rental:

Columcille provides a spacious quality venue for evening and weekend hire and is well used for a wide range of activities and events. The spaces to hire are the main hall, the cafe & kitchen area (with tables/seating for 20) and a smaller room for meetings, therapies, tuition etc.  Income from lets supports our work here.

For more information see Hall Rental section.