Choose Youth Work: Voting Opens

Voting has now opened for Choose Youth Work Edinburgh Council’s latest participatory budgeting project which will see over £160,000 of funding allocated to youth work projects across Edinburgh.

Young people aged between 11 and 25 and live in Edinburgh, have the opportunity to vote for their top three choices on where they think the money should be spent within each local area and on where it should be spent citywide.

Young people of school age will get the opportunity to vote at school. Voters will use their 16 digit Young Scot card number or be issued a temporary number by their school if they don’t have one.

You can also vote online here just enter your 16 digit Young Scot card number, follow the instructions and pick your top three choices.

If you don’t have a Young Scot card, simply email: with your name, date of birth, full address (including postcode) and email address and Edinburgh Council will send you a temporary number.

Here is a list of all the projects in the South West, including several from Wester Hailes, asking for your support. Voting is open from Monday 5 March 2018 to Friday 16 March 2018.

88th Craigalmond Scout Group – DofE Camping Equipment


Young people have asked to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, to enable us to support the young people aged between the ages of 14 to 18 through this scheme we need to purchase tents and lightweight equipment.

About Youth – Calder Youth Group


The Calder Youth Group provides young people aged 11 to 17 with access to a safe space where they can relax, socialise and play games. There are opportunities to take part in trips and activities during the school holidays. The project has featured on the Youth Scotland website as an outstanding example of young people creating and designing their own youth work programmes.

Broomhouse Centre – Youth Cafe Drop-in Project


We want to establish a new Youth Café one evening a week for young people from around Sighthill and Parkhead area due to a lack of local services to meet their needs. The Café will offer young people somewhere to go, provide various activities, to support, help and inform on a range of issues relevant to their needs and to empower them stay healthy and safe.

Buckstone Youth Project- Activities and Adventure


BYC runs fun activities planned with young people for young people. Games, pool, baking, football, music, trips, swimming, go-karting, tubing, trampolinging and more. One highlight’s an adventure weekend in the Highlands offering time in the wild and the chance to take part in team activities, cooking together, canoeing, abseiling and visiting the award winning Landmark Centre

Clovenstone Community Centre – Give It A Go


Give it a go is a brand new club for young people with special needs. The aim of the club is to produce a club that is for young people who may not attend mainstream youth clubs. It is also a chance for them to mix with their peers and try things they may not have tried before in the sense of “give it a go” We hope this club will help to reduce isolation and provide a safe and secure environment.

Dunedin Canmore Housing – Dunedin Canmore Youth Projects


DCYP is keen to meet the demands of local young people by securing the additional funding required to provide residential projects for young people attending our Youth Cafes. Having encouraged more young people to have a greater say on programme development and budget spend these residential projects represent the outcome of that participatory process over recent months.

Friends of the Award – Accessible Duke of Edinburgh’s Award


Through doing their DofE programme young people begin to believe in themselves whereby they are more able to take on life challenges and make positive choices. Our project will provide access for young people who wish to participate. We will train and support youth workers to deliver the DofE. We will deliver the DofE to vulnerable young people through 1:1 mentoring and group work.

Ratho and District Community Council – Ratho Youth Project


The application is to provide football training sessions for S1+ and provide an opportunity for young people to attend certificated football coaching course. The sessions will encourage physical fitness, team building skills and improve future training and employment opportunities for young people. Also requested is funding for trips to experience different and new activities and potentially discover hidden talents.

SCOREscotland – Knots & Crosses Youth Club – ‘Who Are You?’


SCOREscotland works mostly with BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) communities but welcomes everyone. We would like to do some group work plus a two-night residential with 12 to 15 year olds on ‘identity’. BME young people tell us that they really struggle because they have to try to develop their identity, whilst also experiencing racism and having parents who grew up in a different culture.

Sighthill Community Centre – Kids at Gate 55


This youth group will be aimed at P5-S2. It will be a multi activity group offering a variety of activities such as cooking, arts & crafts, drama, computer & board games, help with homework if required by the young people, sports, trips and other activities. Young volunteers and the young people will have the opportunity to take part in accredited certificates.

St David’s Broomhouse – St David’s Youth Hub


Youth Hub is a safe and inclusive club where young people in P7-S4 within the Broomhouse, Stenhouse & Saughton areas can play, learn and have newexperiences. We are a hub for young people in the community to find support, build relationships and learn something new. We provide different activities, or just a space to come and chill out with friends and find an ear to listen.

The Health Agency – @ Safe Spaces


Are you a young person living with issues such as stress, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship difficulties? Our project will offer you someone to talk to without judgement, an ear to listen, accepting you the way you are, while giving you a hand of friendship and tools you can use lifelong. Offering 1:1 talking support, a chance to chat about your life, your feelings, getting outside and meeting up with others

West Edinburgh Warriors – Basketball Holiday Camps


The West Edinburgh Warriors would like to offer the chance for all, in the West of Edinburgh to participate in basketball camps during the February, Easter, Summer or October Holidays If you are trying basketball for the first time or wanting to develop your skills, come along to the Warrior Camps. You will make new friends in a fun, supportive, safe and active environment and learn new skills along the way.

Youth Vision – Forest Skills Project


The Forest Skills Programme offers 11-13 year olds from Pentlands and South West Edinburgh the opportunity to develop an inquisitive and positive relationship with nature through experiential outdoor learning. We achieve this through fire lighting, woodland crafts, tool use, risky free play, storytelling, having fun and playing games in the woodlands surrounding our base in a renovated 18th century farm steading.

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