Coronavirus update

Covid-19 updates from North Edinburgh Arts

18 April 2022

12 January 2021

Building closure and activities on hold

Following the latest Scottish Government’s Covid-19 guidelines, the North Edinburgh Arts building will remain closed until further notice, however the Pennywell Pantry is resuming its usual hours fromWednesday, 13 January, with covid safe measures in place.

This means that all our indoor and outdoor activities are currently on hold. We’re monitoring the situation closely and will be reviewing our next steps in line with the Government’s guidelines.

Keep an eye out for further updates about our online creative activities and other services

Stay safe, stay at home, and follow the latest from

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding at this particularly challenging time.

Pennywell Pantry’s Opening Times

Wednesday 12(noon) – 4pm

Thursday 10am – 2pm

Saturday 10am – 1pm

For a weekly membership fee of £3.50, members of Pennywell Pantry are able to choose a selection of food with a value of £15 – £20 each week. The pantry is here to help you top up your weekly shop, and the variety of food available includes fresh fruit and veg, store cupboard favourites, bread and dairy products. 
For further information please call 07493 876 130 or visit one of the days listed above.

You can find the Pantry at: 43 Pennywell Road, Edinburgh, EH4 4DR (in the old Co-op building on Pennywell Road)

In need of support or advice?

If you’re in need of any kind of help during this difficult time, Link Up staff will be available at the Pantry to offer advice and a friendly ear on: 

Wednesday 11am – 12pm

Thursday 2pm – 3pm 

Saturday 1pm – 3pm 

You can also read the latest edition of the local community newsletter with some helpful contacts and information on local services.

14 August 2020

This is an updated schedule for our re-opening to help with the safe return for schools.

20 May 2020

We welcome the news that North Edinburgh Arts has been awarded £96,370 from the Scottish Government’s Supporting Communities Fund via The National Lottery Community Fund.

This funding will make a key difference to the people and communities living in North Edinburgh during the COVID-19 crisis. Working in partnership with Fresh Start and Spartans Community Football Academy, alongside many other local agencies, we will use these funds to build on our  ongoing response and assist up to 4,800 people across a 16 week period, providing  food, essentials, and support as required by those facing hardship exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.

On confirming the award The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Director Neil Ritch said “We know community groups like North Edinburgh Arts have significant experience in responding to challenges so they are well placed to support people and communities in North Edinburgh as they look to support a local response to COVID-19. This Scottish Government Supporting Communities Fund award will make a key difference to many people living locally, helping them become more resilient in the face of this crisis.”

If you need help, the North Edinburgh Covid-19 Helpline Number is 0131 356 0220, open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

For latest community news and more information about services in North Edinburgh, please read North Edinburgh Newsletter_MAY 2020.

17 April 2020

Working closely with our partners Link Up Muirhouse, we have continued to deliver 200 freshly cooked meals per day and answer 150 phone calls per week providing support for our local community. As part of the North Edinburgh Covid-19 Foodshare Group – a strong network of local community organisations across the area – we are helping to distribute supplies and support hundreds of local residents.

We are grateful to our amazing supply chain partners Morrisons, Fare Share UK, Tesco, Charles Stamper Fruit & Veg, T.B. Mackay Energy Services and our delivery partners Pilton Youth & Children’s Project (PYCP) and Muirhouse Youth Development Group (MYDG) for helping us continue to play our part.

We are incredibly thankful and humbled by support from T.B. Mackay Energy Services whose generous donation of additional fridges arrived this week, and provide us with much needed additional space to aid our meal preparation and storage.

In addition, we’re incredibly humbled by a generous support from Leith Distillery for their hand sanitiser, the very talented Jo and Jed, who have raised money for us via the live Facebook gigs from home and our own wonderful Volunteer Coordinator who has thoughtfully put together some fantastic crafty kits to help local residents get creative at home. Keep an eye out for the coloured film rainbows and felt hearts popping up in windows in the area!

If you would like to know more about support and help available in North Edinburgh, please read North Edinburgh Covid-19 Foodshare Information

We also now offer support with Click & Collect with Asda for local residents on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information about this service, please click here.

If you’d like to stay up to date with our news, make sure to sign up to our e-newsletter.

3 April 2020

Even though we have had to shut NEA to the public, our team is working hard, safely, behind the scenes to connect with and support many of our regular participants who are isolating and shielding at home. To take our usual services out to where they are needed. The café has started prepping hot meals for distribution, the sharing shelf is taking essentials out on delivery too, and we’re in contact with many of our local neighbours to help make sure they are ok during this very challenging time.

Michelle, the Pop In Café chef has prepared nearly 1,000 hot meals that have reached local families this week already, thanks to the incredible efforts of Julie and the Link Up team, alongside NEA staff and volunteers.

This work is a part of the Herculean efforts going on across North Edinburgh to make sure our community gets through this together; Scran Academy, Granton Gardeners, Spartans, Freshstart, Pilton Community Health Project, MYDG, PYCP, LIFT and many others are all working together to support those in need at this really difficult time.

NEA is very grateful to The National Lottery for Communities, STY, SCVO and Muirhouse Housing Association for responding so quickly and funding this work.

25 March 2020

Due to the latest lockdown restrictions, we are no longer able to open our doors for our takeaway service between 12noon – 2pm. Sadly, the North Edinburgh Arts building will be closed from tomorrow, Thursday 26 March until further notice. Although our building’s doors are shut, we’re working closely with our community partners to develop a local food network, getting food to those who are vulnerable or isolating, and provide other important services.

If you live locally and need support in these challenging times (or if you’d like to register your interest in helping in some way), please get in touch with us by emailing and we will try our best to link you into your local support networks.

Thank you for your continued support!

17 March 2020

Given the unprecedented situation we are all facing due to the Corona Virus, North Edinburgh Arts will be changing what we do, over the coming weeks and perhaps months.
To ensure the health and safety of our visitors and staff we will be closing the building to the public from Tuesday 17 March until further notice. This means all creative and group activities run by us and our partners will be postponed.

We know that the NEA building is a key meeting place and point of exchange and support for many people across our community. To ensure that we continue with essential work, and play a part in the current and developing network of community support we will running essential services (please check for updates regularly).

We will be reviewing and updating this plan regularly.

Please help us help each other keep healthy at this time by following official guidance:
• Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
• Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
• Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
• Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority
• Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
If you’ve developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild.
Phone your GP if your symptoms:
• are severe or you have shortness of breath
• worsen during home isolation
• have not improved after 7 days
• You should also phone your GP if you develop breathlessness or it worsens, especially if you:

• are 60 years old or over
• have underlying poor health
• have heart or lung problems
• have a weakened immune system, including cancer
• have diabetes
• If your GP is closed, phone NHS 24 (111).

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.

For more information about the current Coronavirus situation, please visit the Scottish Government’s website.


Scran Academy

Granton Gardeners

The Spartans Community Football Academy


Pilton Community Health Project

Muirhouse Youth Development Group

Pilton Youth Community Project



Community Renewal

Drylaw Rainbow Day Centre

Drylaw Neighbourhood Centre

Tinderbox Collective

Volunteer Edinburgh 

Art in Healthcare 

National Galleries of Scotland 

Edinburgh Shield Force

Edinburgh International Book Festival 



The National Lottery for Communities

The National Lottery Community Fund

STV Appeal


Inspiring Scotland

Muirhouse Housing Association

The Scottish Government’s Community Anchor Funds

Children’s Art Week

Supporters and Donors

Morrisons – Ferry Road & Granton

Fare Share UK


Charles Stamper Fruit & Veg

T.B. Mackay Energy Services

The Rotary Club of Edinburgh

Eli Jacks

Jed and Jo Online Gigs  

Leith Distillery

Paper Tiger

Taza Bake

CSI Products 

Seeds of Hope

All Localgiving individual donors

Organisations that have helped across the North Edinburgh area: Social Bite, Morrisons, TB McKay Energy Supplies, Scottish Gas, Porto & Fi cafe, Fettes College, Edinburgh Academy, PrepTable Scotland, Tescos, Baillie Gifford, Chand & Co Group, Mathieson’s the butchers, Cash for Kids, West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre, Royston Wardieburn Community Centre