Projekt 42 is an Edinburgh-based social enterprise aimed at tackling poor mental health through an innovative programme of health and wellbeing services. The community gym and wellbeing centre offers fitness classes, mindfulness activities, life coaching and counselling, nutrition workshops and more, designed to be accessible for all. Profits are reinvested in the local community and free memberships can be offered to those most in need.
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The community facility was devised by charity founder, Sara after she was inspired by her own mental health journey. In 2012, she was diagnosed with PTSD and, unable to access the necessary support quickly, her condition spiralled and she became unable to work or participate in everyday activities. After months of being withdrawn, Sara was gifted a gym membership, and following several failed attempts to even get through the door, she started attending regularly and saw a dramatic improvement in her mental wellbeing.
Projekt 42 is currently based in a temporary location in the New Kirkgate Shopping Centre, Leith with over 400 members already benefiting from the facilities. Sara is highly motivated to ensure that others have access to this type of care and is spurred on by the success that Projekt 42’s pilot site has had.
Buccleuch Property was approached by Sara in December 2016 (after a random internet search!) to see if we could help deliver her vision of creating a new purpose built facility on a site she had secured on Halmyre Street in Leith. Since then we have put together a pro-bono task force of local building experts, engineers and architects offering advice and assistance and in November 2017 secured planning permission for the development; the Building Warrant is well advanced and it is anticipated that we will be able to commence development in early Summer 2018.
Buccleuch Property is proud to support the Projekt 42 in achieving their vision and if you would like to learn more, or think that your company can help, please don’t hesitate to contact David Peck.
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