Where Could the Money Go Citywide?

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Find out more about the projects and cast your three votes for who you think should receive funding citywide across Edinburgh 

Here are the projects that you were able to vote for in the Citywide vote. Everyone should vote in the Citywide vote, as well as choosing a local area. These projects cover the whole of Edinburgh.

Canongate Youth - Culture Mashup


Culture Mashup is an exciting week long creative festival for young people aged 12-18. The festival will give young people the chance to take part in a variety of activities such as music, dance, graffiti art, digital media and performance. It will feature activities from cultures around world and will focus on trying new things, having fun, learning new skills and learning about different cultures. The week will finish with a final showcase for young people to celebrate their achievements. 

Deaf Action - Deaf Action Youth Projects


Deaf Action Youth Service is an established youth group, which lets young deaf people across Edinburgh and the Lothians get together and build friendships with others from across the city.
Staffed by three youth workers, the service is aimed at 11-18 year olds who are affected by deafness, their siblings and close friends. This group gives young deaf people the chance to build their communication skills and friendships outside of school with others facing the same barriers. The group is a supportive environment, where no one is left out and most importantly, they get to have fun!

Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust - Outdoor Activities

Improving the health & well - being of young people through outdoor activities in nearby green spaces. Delivering a John Muir award programme throughout Edinburgh to enable young people to learn about their local environment. H elps young people connect and a ppreciate nature. P rovides opportunities to deve lop new skills which are seen valuable by employers. The activities are developed by working with youth leaders and schools to ensure the work is sustainable and delivers the best impact. The programme helps young people to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

Edinburgh Leisure - Summer Night Sport


Throughout the school summer holidays, Edinburgh Leisure will provide young people, aged 12-16 with free drop in outdoor sports sessions on a Friday or Saturday evening from 6-8pm. These sessions will take place at Portobello High School, Meggetland Sports Complex, Gracemount High School and Forrester Saint Augustine High School.

FABB! - WorkAble – Fabb Spartans

Fabb WorkAble is a brand new project to help young people, disabled and non disabled, to gain paid work experience within youth work. The first step, Fabb Spartans, brings young people of all abilities together in a senior youth group for a mix of leadership skills, mentor training and accessible sports and social activities. Fabb Spartan members will be supported to be peer mentors for younger disabled children and young people in Fabb projects and have the opportunity to continue in the WorkAble project and gain a Youth Achievement Award.

Friends of the Award- Expeditions for All

DofE Expeditions are adventures which develop the interpersonal skills and build self confidence in young people aged 14 – 24 years. Our project will make sure that every young person, irrespective of their circumstances or abilities, who wishes to do their expedition can.

Gorgie City Farm

Gorgie City Farm youth work is in high demand. It offers a rare chance to work with animals and make a valuable contribution to a much loved, free community attraction. We aim to make our service available to all by welcoming participants from across the city, being accommodating to those with additional needs and offering practical support, such as wellies! Comments from past participants tells us that we are getting it right. Participant s report improved self - confidence, new skills and being happier! We are seeking support to ensure these much - appreciated opportunities remain free and accessible to all.

LGBT Youth Scotland - InfiniT


The team at LGBT Youth Scotland would like to:
• Provide a weekly group for transgender, non - binary and gender fluid young people, aged 13 - 17, to come together in a safe and supportive environment.
• Deliver an engaging interactive programme of sessions and activities , designed with young people ’s input , to include a range of topics including social action, peer education, and to promote emotional, physical and mental wellbeing .
• Provide financial support to 10 young people so they can attend our exciting Year of Young People event: the LGBT National Youth Gathering in Dumfries in 2018. This will be a fantastic opportunity for young people to engage in social action workshops, learn new skills and have a lot of fun with their peers

Lothian Autistic Society - Branch Out


Branch Out is open to young people with autism aged 16-18. Over 18 sessions the young people will take part in activities such as archery, climbing, woodland walks, shelter building and canoeing to build confidence and a range of skills. Parents will be invited to some activities and there will be a family day that the young people will plan and lead.

Media Education - Film Fridays


FREE filmmaking group for young people aged 13-20. Film Fridays is a:

  • Creative space with access to professional filmmakers who can help you develop skills to make your own films and build towards education / employment in creative industries.
  • Fun space to socialise and share common interests with others.
  • Encouraging space to try things out, work out what you want from life and develop the confidence to achieve it. 
  • Inclusive space where diverse people mix and your life experiences, gender, race, sexuality, disability and beliefs are celebrated as valuable parts of your identity.

RUTS - Supporting Young People Acquire Skills and Qualifications


RUTS aims to equip young people with the confidence and skills required to achieve their highest potential and raise their aspirations. This is achieved through motorcycle, bicycle and boxing based programmes
that are tailored to the individual needs of our clients. Through this we make a positive difference to young people’s lives and to the communities they live in.

Through this project, we will deliver a range of bespoke activities as well as offer recognised qualifications that support young people as they approach adulthood.

Saheliya - Young Saheliya Group


Young Saheliya weekly group where girls and young women from black and minority ethnic backgrounds participate in a range of activities (sports, dance, arts) and meet other young people.

The Green Team - Green Volunteers


Green Volunteers offers opportunities for young people to make environmental improvements to local parks and greenspaces through practical work such as planting trees, improving habitats for wildlife and maintaining footpaths. Young people learn skills such as using hand tools, lighting fires, cooking outdoors and working as a team. They have fun, learn about nature and make an important contribution to making their local community a better place to live.  This project will raise awareness of environmental volunteering opportunities to young people in Edinburgh high schools through presentations at school assemblies, school events and taster environmental volunteering sessions.

The Yard - Fun and Friendship Youth Clubs

The Yard will provide 3 evening youth clubs supporting young people aged 12 - 18 with a wide range of disabilities. The weekly clubs run for 2.5 hours every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at our centre in Canonmills and provide a great chance for disabled you ng people to attend a supported youth club. They will run for 48 weeks of the year and will provide a range of inclusive activities which are delivered in house alongside regular trips and visits to external venues by our trained staff team

Venture Scotland - The Etive Awards

Venture Scotland offer a 12 month long outdoor based personal development programme which empowers extremely vulnerable young people aged 16 - 30 to develop the skills to make positive and lasting changes in their lives. This is achieved through participatio n in our Etive Awards programme, comprising weekly exciting outdoor activities like rock climbing, gorgewalking and canoeing along with 2 monthly residentials to remote bothies or wild camps in some of Scotlands most beautiful landscapes. The course has 5 stages (Challenge, Discover, Explore, Lead and Mentor) and each stage of this programme leads to SQA qualifications (levels 3 to 7)