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 the groups and projects based here. Contact a group directly if you’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 our story: ‘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 selling a wide range of Anarchist & radical left publications, the Autonomous Archive and the Scottish Radical Library both of which are free to access. We also have Zapatista handicrafts such as coffee, textiles & books are sold to support the autonomous communities in Chiapas, Mexico.