Projects History

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In 2002 Columcille secured funding from Garvald Trust to develop work experience projects, in response to the recommendations in the  “Same As You” Government White Paper. The projects that were developed were Edinburgh Activity and Leisure Library, Columcille Ceilidh Band, Music for ALL and a gardening group working at the Botanic Gardens and then as a Community Gardens Group.

Edinburgh ALL (Activity and Leisure Library)

Edinburgh ALL opened in the spring of 2003, using the main hall at Columcille, on Tuesday afternoons. We purchased a good range of equipment with funding from charitable trusts – Garvald Trust, Agnes H Hunter Trust and Lloyds TSB Foundation. We were keen to move to a more integrated community venue and in late 2003 we were fortunate to move to McDonald Road Library in Leith. We opened each Tuesday morning enabling work experience for 6 people, 3 from Columcille and 3 from Pefferbank Day Centre, moving on to Skillspath. The project provided a library loan resource of arts and crafts items, musical instruments, games, books, sensory kit etc.  Additional activities were Borders College accreditation for work experience trainees, setting up of the very successful Music for ALL programme, inspired by and in partnership with Drummond Adult Education., and a Music and Literacy Course, with CLAN Edinburgh. We also ran some arts and crafts sessions and ceilidh workshops with Columcille Ceilidh Band. The last project set up was The Library Guide Project, in partnership with McDonald Road Library, Skillspath, and Edinburgh ALL. This project has continued, enabling training for young people with learning disabilities to work as volunteer library guides both for people with disabilities and members of the general public

In 2012 we made the decision to close Edinburgh ALL as the lending resource was underused. we chose to focus our time on Music for ALL which had extended to 5 courses in Edinburgh and a 6th course planned for Midlothian. We were sorry to close the project but are aware of the great value of the work experience and the many activities and opportunities enabled over the years.

We are very appreciative of the support and enthusiasm of the library staff at McDonald Road and at CEC Library Service.


Community Gardens Project

Columcille Ceilidh Band and Music for ALL continue on – please see the pages on this website