An Open Hand is a partnership between Greenbank Parish Church and Edinburgh City Mission, which aims to provide parents in severe hardship with a present for their child’s birthday, along with books and items for the family to play with together, such as simple games and stationery. 

We hope to give more children the opportunity to celebrate their birthdays by reducing the financial burden it places on their family. The present given to each child will be specific to that child’s interests and tastes so that they receive a gift that they will really cherish and enjoy. 

How does it work?


Referral agencies across Edinburgh can apply to An Open Hand on behalf of families who are eligible. They will be able to indicate specific toys the child would like. This will then be delivered, with the other birthday items, to the family’s home, or the family can collect it from Greenbank Parish Church if they prefer.

We are currently running a pilot for the project, but watch this space for more instructions regarding applications. If you want more information you can contact Katie here.


It would be wonderful to have your support in backing this project to help as many families as we can in our city. 

One of the schemes for donations is “My Birthday - Your Present”, where a donation leaves your bank account once a year on your own birthday, meaning that whilst you are celebrating your own birthday, you are also enabling a child in Edinburgh to celebrate their birthday – a double celebration! 

You can donate via the Greenbank Parish Church website, or if you would like to join in the ‘My Birthday-Your Present’ scheme, you can set up your Standing Order via

Account Name: An Open Hand - Greenbank Church 

Account Number: 21846864 

Sort Code: 80-22-60

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