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Youth Work

We believe that children and young people shouldn’t miss out on the things they enjoy doing just because they are in hospital.

Youth Work

Our approach puts children and young people in charge. We work with the child or young person to identify any issues they are facing while in hospital; and agree and deliver a range of activities and interventions to support them.

We can help to provide entertainment and enjoyment for distraction to children and young people of any age, or we can take the time to listen and provide support to ease any worries or concerns.

We can do this in a safe space away from the clinical areas of the hospital, such as The Hub, at the bedside or in the adolescent spaces (12+) on Dalhousie Ward.

I’ve never had such an open chat or come across adults who cared before. Normally people don’t like to listen to what I have to say.

Young person supported by our team

Youth Group

On Monday evenings, we run a Youth Group for  young people aged 12 and older who are known to the hospital. It is a great opportunity to relax, socialise and have fun, and new faces are always welcome!

If you would like to join the Youth Group or find out more, please do get in touch.

Youth work in A&E

Our partnership with 6VT Edinburgh City Youth Café enables two youth workers to be based in the hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) during peak incident times on Friday and Saturday nights to provide vital support to children and young people in crisis.

Funded by our charity and delivered by 6VT, this valuable and worthwhile service supports under 18s presenting with a range of emotional, physical and social needs, as well as follow up care for those who would like it.

The youth workers are the main reason I am here today. They spoke with me that night and really listened. Because of them, I am on a new path in my life. If I had not met them that night in the hospital, I would not still be here today. I am hugely grateful to them.

Young person who was supported by the hospital youth workers when admitted to ED