Date(s) - Tuesday 21st April
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


We are really sorry but due to the emergency coronavirus situation Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty must completely close our Tuesday sessions at ACE for face-to-face support or any visitors – instead we are switching to advice, support and solidarity via phone and email.

The struggle continues – and is more vital than ever. But for the safety of all we need to change the ways we organise.

Please note the information here replaces our previous statement about moving to an appointments only system.


Please do not come to ACE on a Tuesday – we will not be able to see you. ACE is now closed on a Tuesday until further notice.


  • Ring 0131 557 6242 any Tuesday 12 noon till 3pm. We can take your number and ring you back. Please do not ring outside that time, we will not be able to access any messages left until the next Tuesday.
  • Email us at any time, we aim to reply within two days. If you don’t have email you could ask a friend to contact us on your behalf. Please leave a phone number if possible.
  • If either of these are impossible you can either put an envelope through the door of ACE addressed to ECAP or write to us at ECAP, c/o ACE, 17 West Montgomery Place, Edinburgh EH7 5HA – but please note we can only be sure of picking up mail once a week.


The Scottish Government has more than doubled the amount in the Scottish Welfare Fund, and extended who can apply to support people hit by the coronavirus situation. You can apply for a Crisis Grant or a Community Care Grant plus a foodbank referral. To apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund in Edinburgh, ring 0131 529 5299 or apply online.

For more info see the ECAP website SWF page.

If your application is unsuccessful contact us for support. Of course the SWF is not enough and we need to fight for more.

For workers hit by lay-offs etc. you can also contact the Industrial Workers of the World and Oficina Precaria

Keep in touch. We will be updating this info regularly so keep an eye on our Facebook, the website and any email announcements. Solidarity forever!

Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty – On Facebook and Twitter

We are a group standing in solidarity with all those being treated unfairly. Our website is here.

Every Tuesday between 12 and 3 pm we hold an advice and solidarity drop-in here at Ace (Cancelled for the foreseeable future – we are still contactable by phone and email). We welcome those experiencing problems including work related, dole, council services, housing, debt or poverty.

We are only volunteers, not professionals, but will share our knowledge as best we can and always try to campaign collectively against the unfairness in our society.

Check out the ECAP leaflet below.

Our drop-ins can get very busy so please come early and prepare for a bit of a wait! Free food is often available as well as information about what we have here at ACE including any events and campaigns we’re involved in.

If you’d like to volunteer, or just hang out and provide a friendly ear to listen, please come along or get in touch.

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