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The Astley Ainslie Community Trust is seeking community ownership of the Astley Ainslie Hospital site once the NHS moves its services over the coming years. With community ownership, the site could provide a range of benefits to our local area and the city as a whole, including

  • a community hub,
  • health and wellbeing provision,
  • affordable homes,
  • productive greenspace, and
  • outdoor learning and recreation through continued public access.

Crucially, all profits would be retained and reinvested within the community. You can read more about the community’s ideas for the future of the Astley Ainslie in our Community Visioning report.

We believe that our local community and Edinburgh as a whole stand to benefit greatly from collective, shared ownership and stewardship of this cherished place.

You can become a member of AACT here.

Craft Centre, open 7 days a week, where people of all ages could come to engage with craft, such as weaving, knitting, crochet, spinning, sawing, felting, woodwork, pottery etc. Courses and self-support groups would be available and people could get together socially over craft activity. Individuals and families could come when they can, day and evenings. Craft, as we all now, is great for mental health, prevents loneliness and develops skills.

Craft Centre

Persuade the NHS to keep this absolutely vital facility! I spent five months recovering from a stroke there and the beautiful natural grounds were absolutely crucial. The Royal Infirmary offered no natural beauty and mental healing. Utterly appalled. Gillian Ferguson

Retain the facility