St. Columba’s is pleased and honoured to share some of our facilities with organisations we feel complement the mission and ministry of the Church: among those groups that use our space as long-term tenants or on a regular basis are:
VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) manages the CarersNet Edinburgh & Lothian website and works in partnership with other local carer organisations. VOCAL support carers in all family or relationship settings, be they defined by kinship, partnership, friendship, affection or obligation. Their services include information, advice and emotional support, training, advocacy, counselling and groupwork.
The Edinburgh Singers is an auditioned choir which has brought pleasure to the people of Scotland for more than 60 years. An enthusiastic group of all ages and from every walk of life, the choir strives for the highest quality of performance, has collaborated with Scottish Opera and the Dundee Symphony Orchestra, performed at Celtic Connections featured on the BBC’s Songs of Praise and Radio 4’s Sunday Worship. Among The Edinburgh Singers are several members of St. Columba’s congregation. They rehearse weekly inSt. Columba’s Hall.
The Capoeira Society of Edinburgh University meets weekly in the Hall, Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines kicks and acrobatic movements to music and song to form a playful fight/game. Developed by slaves in Brazil, it is now a widespread art form all over the world. Learning Capoeira bring one into full contact with an assortment of martial arts techniques, elements of dance, and most importantly music – making Capoeira a unique experience! One can practice Capoeira to keep fit, improve balance and flexibility, for self-defence, or simply to enjoy the Brazilian way of life. The society is set up to introduce students to this beautiful art form to practice weekly and to pass on information about classes in Capoeira which take place both within and outside the university.