Family Services and Resources

Free Meals

Thanks to our partner Baillie Gifford, we are able to offer free meals to anyone who needs them. We freeze them from fresh in the centre every Tuesday. You can take as many as you need and as often as you want. If you wish to use this service, please visit the centre during our opening hours.

Free or Lost Cost Summer Activities

Support for families in the North East of Edinburgh including free or low cost activities over the summer period. Suitable for all families, including those with additional support needs and BAME families. More information available here. More low cost family friendly events can be found here.

Community Food

Empty Kitchen's Full Hearts: meal packs delivered and hot food served daily at Leith Theatre, 28-30 Ferry Road, Leith, EH6 4AE, 12-1pm and 4.30-5.30pm.

If you or someone you know is struggling with safe access to food email hello@emptykitchen.co.uk or call 07895347157 for more information.

Dads Rock

Free monthly workshops via zoom including Antenatal, First Aid, Feeding, Hairstyle, Sleeping and Raising Children with Confidence workshops for both dads and mums.
Email: hello@dadsrock.org.uk Tel: 07807 498709 www.dadsrock.org.uk

Scottish Family Payments

If you're on tax credits or certain benefits, you may be entitled to five family payments. Eligible parents of children aged 4 and 5 are being encouraged to apply for Best Start Grant School Age Payment worth over £250. The School Age Payment is open to families who get tax credits or certain benefits and have a child who was born between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2017. The one-off payment can be used for anything from a new pair of shoes to books or arts and crafts materials. Parents who have deferred their child’s entry to school from August 2021 to August 2022 should still apply before the closing date on 28 February 2022.

Lothian Lockdown: The Lothian Diary Project

Would you like to help contribute to important research, and earn money too? Lothian Lockdown wants to hear about your lockdown experiences and how the pandemic has affected you. All ages are welcome to participate, but you must live in Edinburgh or the Lothians. When you submit your entry, you will earn £15 and can choose to donate £5 to Dr Bell's!
For more info: lothianlockdown.org/participate/