Christmas Of Hope, A [Radio Scotland]



Anna Magnusson hears of creative ideas which transform lives in Edinburgh's Grassmarket.

Anna Magnusson hears inspiring stories for Christmas Day of lives transformed in Edinburgh's Grassmarket, as people at risk of addiction and homelessness create furniture, textiles and good food.

GROW - Greyfriars Recycling of Wood - is a small enterprise emerging from Greyfriars Kirk, and designed to teach woodworking skills, using old church pews and other donated timber.

It's just one of several creative initiatives building self-esteem, relationships and community, and giving vulnerable people the skills and confidence to rebuild their lives.

Other ventures include a herb garden, bakery and textiles workshop where trust and hope grow alongside the fabrics and plants.