The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh (ACE) is a self-managed social resource centre open to groups & individuals trying to make a better society and improve their lives. If you have a project you want to get off the ground but are struggling for lack of resources, ACE is the place for you. Check out the ‘Groups & Activities’ drop down menu above to see which projects are currently based here. Each group welcomes contact from those who’d like to get involved.
ACE exists to support and encourage people to take more control of their lives. We believe in people co-operating as equals to create a shared world free from exploitation. We work together in the spirit of mutual aid.
Please check out ACE’s history of activism: ‘The History of ACE and the Edinburgh Unemployed Workers Centre‘
[During the Covid-19 pandemic, the following paragraph does not apply. Please see our blog updates for current restrictions] ACE is open every Tuesday from 12 to 3 pm for the Edinburgh Claimants / Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty drop-in advice and solidarity session. This covers any issues faced by those who are poor or on a low income such as debt, dole, work, council and housing hassles. We open on the last Thursday of the month 6 to 8 pm and the first Saturday of the month 1 to 4 pm to give access to our resources. Events are held outside of these hours which are open to the public: see the Events page for details.
Ace has an Info Shop, the Autonomous Archive and the Scottish Radical Library. The Info shop sells a wide range of radical left publications alongside Chiapas solidarity handicrafts such as coffee, textiles & books. Check out our other resources available for hire.