Bridgend Farmhouse serves the communities of Bridgend, Craigmillar and Niddrie, the Inch, Moredun and Gilmerton in Edinburgh and is owned by its 420+ Members. It is a community hub with a training kitchen and cafe, administration and events space, four new-build workshops, a bothy, outdoor marquee, mindfulness garden and allotments.
Bridgend Farmhouse works to address social inequalities, equip adults and young people with skills, reduce isolation and loneliness, strengthen community involvement, build local resilience and strives to achieve social and environmental justice.
Bridgend Farmhouse use a sociocratic form of governance to ensure members are involved in sub-groups and forums for collective decision making at all levels of the organisation. Members also meet for a bi-annual meeting as well as for the AGM.
The farmhouse was one of the first urban asset transfers in 2015 when the City of Edinburgh Council agreed to transfer the land to the community. The Bridgend Farmhouse project has received varius commendations and awards in recent years, including the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.