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Only services that are currently available during COVID-19 are listed in the directory.

In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available.



Our Green Futures Project is excited to reopen the Community Fridge for members from Monday 10th August 2020, following all safety guidelines from the Scottish government.

Our community fridge provided everyone access to good food and to tackle the massive food waste problem.

The average UK family wastes £810 a year by throwing away food and drink, and £3 billion is wasted by food sectors. Despite growing awareness of food waste, there are few easy ways for people or businesses to get food near its ‘sell by’ date to others.

A Community Fridge is a food storing area located in a public space, in this case our Community Fridge is in the WHALE Arts Centre. It enables food to be shared within the community, as anyone can put food in and take food out. The main aim of a Community Fridge is to reduce food waste.

SCOREscotland is working in partnership with Fare Share and several food retailers to collect and distribute food that would otherwise be destined to the Landfill.

How does a Community Fridge work?

The Community Fridge is for everybody!

People and businesses donate food that is close to its ‘use by’ or ‘best before’ dates that they know they won’t use/sell or will otherwise be wasted.

You can take food if you see anything that you know you will use.

Anything you take from the fridge is free of charge.

This is not a foodbank and there is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed that you are using the community fridge – it is a food redistribution project to cut the amount of food wasted in our community.

What is in the Fridge:

- Sealed packaged foods
- Cheeses
- Fresh fruit
- Fresh vegetables
- Table sauces
- Pastry
- Pasteurised / UHT milk and yogurt
- Fruit juices
- Salads
- Fresh eggs
- Bread and bakery items
- Cooking sauces and oils
- Honey, jams, jellies and preserves
- Fermented or pickled food items (e.g. gherkins, olives, beetroot)
- Tin cans (e.g. fruit, veg, soups, beans)
- Packed cereals
- Fruit with casing (e.g. citrus fruit, bananas, mangoes)
- Dried goods (e.g. pasta, rice, grains, oats)
- Biscuits, sweets and sugar confectionery
- Coffee and tea

What is in the Fridge depends on donations but the above list is a rough guide to what is on offer to the community.

We are open from Monday to Thursday.

Community Fridge location:

The SCORE Scotland Community Fridge is located inside the reception area of the:

WHALE Arts Centre
30 Westburn Grove
EH14 2SA

Community members are not allowed into the Whale Arts building but staff/volunteers will be giving out food items operating outside of the main door. You must bring your own bag.

Please choose to come once a week, bring your own bag. Wear a face mask and maintain 2m physical distancing.

Please don't come if you have any covid -19 symptoms or isolating!

Please text on 07496 190 752 if you have any questions.
65+, 26 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 17 - 25
Days and Times
Monday 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Tuesday 10:30am - 12:30pm
Wednesday 11:00am - 1:00pm
Thursday 1:30pm - 3:30pm
WHALE Arts Agency
30 Westburn Grove, Wester Hailes
EH14 2SA

Contact Details
Contact Telephone: 07496 190 752
Contact Email:

This record was last modified on: 15 October 2020