Edinburgh is home to a variety of local charities and community groups all of which share the same goal which is to help support the needs of its diverse community. The Scottish capital prides itself on offering a safe and supportive space for its residents can call home and offers compassion, empathy, support, and guidance to those that are most vulnerable.

Here is a shortlist of some of Edinburgh’s Local Hero’s

Homeless Charities


Crisis support people out of homelessness for good. They do this through education, training and support with housing, employment and health. Offer one to one support, advice and courses for homeless people in 12 areas across England, Scotland and Wales.

Social Bite 

Social Bite began life as a small cafe in Edinburgh in August 2012. They became involved in the homelessness issue when a young homeless man named Peter came into their cafe one day to ask us for a job. When they offered Peter employment, this was the origin of an unexpected 9 years of charitable work and campaigning on the homelessness issue.

Bethany Christian Trust

They provide high-quality support services and accommodation for people who are at risk of becoming homeless, people who are currently homeless and people who have been homeless but now have their own home. Supporting people in a broad range of ways including housing, education and employment, addiction recovery, emotional well-being, street outreach, community integration, offending reduction and social support.

Food Charities

Edinburgh Food Project 

The Edinburgh Food Projects mission is to provide emergency food supplies and support to people in crisis while working with people, communities, and our partner agencies to address the underlying causes of food poverty.

Food Banks

Food banks are grassroots, community organisations aimed at supporting people who cannot afford the essentials in life. Edinburgh Food Project was established in 2012 to provide an emergency food provision, we now also works to break the cycle of food poverty through our More Than Food (MTF) programme.

Edinburgh Community Foods

Edinburgh Community Food is all about helping people enjoy delicious, fresh, healthy food and making sure everyone in our city has access to an affordable, healthy diet. They tackle health inequalities in low-income communities in Edinburgh through our Food and Health Development and Promotion work, including cooking and nutrition courses.

Health & Wellbeing


U-Evolve works with young people and front line professionals delivering a range of services to support young people to live happy and fulfilled lives. We support young people to understand and accept their emotions, equipping them with practical tools to build towards positive futures.


LifeCare support people across Edinburgh in a variety of ways, through our services in the community, our bright, welcoming day clubs and at our buzzing community centre and community café. They are here to support older people, those living with dementia or poor health, and the people who care for them.

People Know-How 

People Know How is a Scottish social innovation charity founded in 2013 on the principle that people know how to identify their needs and the solutions that will help them fulfil their potential and solve social issues. People often don’t realise that they know how, and that’s where we come in – unlocking ideas for a better future, today.

Recycling & Community Support

The Edinburgh Remakery 

At the Edinburgh Remakery, we are committed to providing support and help to those in our community who need it the most. All of our profits go back into pursuing our ongoing mission of reducing waste, making valuable practical skills accessible and inclusive, and providing services to support disadvantaged members of our community through our #RemakeADifference projects.

Edinburgh Tool Library

For us, a tool library is about building a community as well as building things. We run an employability programme, a series of volunteer builds, and a residency programme for young makers. We believe in access over excess. By borrowing tools, sharing skills and learning to live more responsibly, we look to support ourselves, our neighbours and our planet.

Gorgie City Farm

Love Gorgie Farm is operated by education and social care charity love learning. The charity supports vulnerable children, young people and adults, using innovative ways to engage them in learning.