About Us

Columcille is on Newbattle Terrace, Morningside, Edinburgh in a converted church hall, now owned by Garvald Trust. Columcille is a registered charity and a social enterprise.  Columcille provides day activities for adults with learning disabilities, both centre based and outreach community projects, and also offers a spacious venue for community hire at evenings and weekends.

Columcille Council of Management includes 8 directors. Columcille staff group 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 for adults with learning disabilities.  Activities include: gardening, crafts, drama, music, dancing, joinery and work in the cafe, plus additional community based projects Music for ALL and Coracle (Music for ALL band) and Columcille Ceilidh Band.

There are up to 30 service users each day, with 70 people attending each week in the centre based service. 125 people from 32 organisations/projects participate in the Music for ALL courses.

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, Coracle and Columcille Ceilidh Band.

Garvald Organisations

Columcille is one of the 4 Garvald Organisations, the others being  Garvald Edinburgh, Garvald West Linton and Garvald Farm. Garvald provides services for people with learning disability, founded on the principles of Rudolf Steiner.  Garvald West Linton was founded in 1944, followed by Garvald Edinburgh in 1969, Garvald Home Farm in 1987 and Columcille in 1996.  Garvald Trust has played a central role in the development of the Garvalds, and owns the buildings and provides areas of financial support.

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.