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Creative Play Edinburgh: Connecting children with nature through creative play at Inch Park!

Impact Art’s Creative Play service provides free imaginative outdoor play opportunities for children in Primary 2 to Primary 4.

The sessions are designed to encourage children to develop creative skills, confidence outdoors and help them make new friends. After joining us, children will have met new people, learned games they can play outdoors with little or no materials and discovered their local park through a completely different lens.

From creating abstract sculptures out of organic materials found in the park to building birds’ nests, or doing forest treasure hunts, storytelling and painting with mud, Creative Play will ignite children’s imagination and encourage a deeper and more creative contact with the outdoors.

This programme is open to children in P2, P3 and P4. We will be working with children that attend four local schools (Liberton, Prestonfield, St John Vianney R.C and Castleview Primary) during six week blocks. During the school holidays, the sessions are open to all children living within walking distance to Inch Park, regardless of what school they attend.

Children will typically be collected from their school at 3:15pm and taken to Inch Park for an engaging creative play session and a healthy snack. At 5pm, they must be collected from Inch Park Community Sports Centre by a registered parent/carer.

Children that can only attend a few sessions are still welcome, but parents/carers must join in their first and last sessions. All children must register with Impact Arts –this can be done on the first session when the parent/carer stays with them. On the last session, children will have the opportunity to share their learnings with their parents/carers and will receive a free goody bag full of inspiring materials to use outdoors.

We can provide disposable ponchos, but please make sure children are dressed for the outdoors! If you need help with this, just get in touch with us.

For more information, please contact or 0131 661 4225

Creative Café, Inch Park, Edinburgh (60+)

The Creative Café is a safe, social, and creative environment where older people can learn new skills, renew social networks and reconnect with their communities. The activities, facilitated by artists, are self directed by participants, harness the joy of creativity, artistic expression, experimentation and learning.

Creative Café at Inch Park is open on Thursdays and Fridays each week at the Inch Park Community Sports Centre (227 Gilmerton Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5UD). Sessions run from 10-12:30 and 1:30- 4pm.

Come along for a cup of tea and a chat whilst trying your hand at various artistic and creative techniques. No previous art making skills are necessary and workshops are entirely free.

To become a member:

If you or someone you know are interested, the Creative Café at Inch Park is looking for members. Please email Victoria on or call the Edinburgh office on 0131661422.’

Creative Pathways Edinburgh (18-25)

Creative Pathways 18-25 is an arts-focused employability programme teaching young people practical creative skills while offering them support with job-searching, CV-building and interview skills.

In this 6 month stage 3 course participants will have the opportunity to learn various theatre and performance skills at the same time as earning an SQA qualification, gaining skills in CV building and interview techniques and completing a 20 day work placement.

Travel costs are covered and the programme counts towards training hours for Universal Credit, which we can help you to apply for.

Programme details:

  • Based at Impact Arts, St Margaret's House, 151 London Rd, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE
  • 25th September 2019 to the 20th March 2020
  • Wednesday- Thursday 10am-4pm
  • 18-25 year olds not in employment, education or training.

Make a referral/ find out more: contact Mabli Godden on 0131 661 4225 / 07743420541 or email


Creative Pathways is an arts-focused employability programme teaching young people practical creative arts skills while offering them support with job-searching, CV-building and interview skills.

In this 12 week Stage 2 programme, participants will get invaluable hands-on experience in their local community of environmental art, landscaping, designing greenspaces, and share ideas on environmental improvement for your community.

Those taking part will get advice on CVs and job-hunting, and will have the chance to complete an SQA accredited Employability Award and Dynamic Youth Achievement Award. Additionally, eligible participants will receive a £55 training allowance plus travel expenses.

Programme details:

  • Based at Impact Arts, St Margaret's House, 151 London Rd, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE
  • 17th September – 6th December 2019
  • Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
  • 16-17 years olds not in employment, education or training

Make a referral/find out more: contact Rachel McEwen on 0131 661 4225 / 07795233408 or email

CashBack Nights: Weekly Workshops (12-19 year olds)

Starting August 2019, Impact Arts’ Cashback for Communities-funded programme - Cashback to the Future – will continue to offer young people in North Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Renfrewshire access to free weekly workshops led by accomplished Creatives.

Aimed at 12-19 year olds, participants will be able to be inventive and imaginative, with first-rate guidance on hand from skilled creative staff. 6 week blocks of workshops will feature Visual Arts, Film, Performance and Music.

Workshops will run at the following locations:

Renfrewshire: Tannahill Centre, 76 Blackstoun Road, Paisley PA3 1NT

Wednesdays, 4pm-6pm

Glasgow: Impact Arts, 319 Craigpark Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow, G31 2TB

North Ayrshire: Impact Arts, 60 Bank Street, Irvine KA12 0LP

Wednesdays, 4.30pm-6.30pm

Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Fridays, 2pm-4pm

Participants aged 12-19 are eligible who are either:

  • Living in an area of deprivation
  • At risk of disengaging from school
  • At risk of engaging in anti-social behaviour
  • Living with a disability or mental health condition
  • Socially isolated
  • Over-16 and not in employment, education or training

Make a referral: Please fill in our sign up form

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