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Edinburgh social enterprise gym set to close its doors

 

Projekt 42 had been operating since 2017, but is now struggling to bring in money to continue operating

A social enterprise in Edinburgh has confirmed it will close next month after difficulties finding premises to continue its work across the city.

Projekt 42, which is based in Leith, will shut its doors on 10 June after five years of operations. 

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) member was set up in 2017 as the UK’s first wellness centre to combine personal training, group fitness, yoga and mental health services, circling its own profits back into the operations of the organisation. 

The team at Projekt 42 say they had been facing problems for over a year, with work to try and find an alternative solution unfortunately not successful. 

In a statement, the social enterprise said: “With a heavy heart, we are announcing Projekt 42 will close on June 10 2022.

“Since closing the fitness warehouse in November 2020, we have not been able to find a suitable venue that is big enough to bring together our fitness, yoga and mental health activities. We have worked tirelessly to try and find a solution, but we have not been successful.

“Without our income-generating activities, we cannot continue to fund free and low-cost counselling. Sadly, short-term funding opportunities do not allow us to build a sustainable service.”

The group thanked all of those who had taken part in the project in recent years, hoping to return in the coming months with further opportunities. 

It added: “We have created so many unforgettable happy memories with the community, and we're so lucky to have had your support. Over the next few weeks, we will share memories of our journey from a pop-up in the Newkirkgate to the YMCA and the fitness warehouse.

“We are not sure what the future will look like, but just like the resilience we teach, we're confident we will navigate the ups and downs of the next few months and bounce back with something different and new in the future.

“We are really lucky to have had the opportunity to know every member who has attended a workout, yoga and mental health activity with us.”

 

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