The Greyfriars Community Project is an exciting evolution of Greyfriar’s work with homeless and marginal people in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh. This identification with the most vulnerable has a long history at Greyfriars, going right back to the time of the Franciscan monastery that existed on our site (hence the name Greyfriars) in the middle ages. Six years ago we had a soup kitchen serving meals and offering friendship and hospitality. We now have a series of initiatives (including amongst them a social enterprise) that provide a ‘hand up’ rather than a ‘hand out’.

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