The Ripple Youth Service provides free open access youth work for local young people from Restalrig, Lochend, Craigentinny and the surrounding areas. School attendance in these areas is significantly lower than the city wide average with 13% of young people aged 16-19 not in any form of education, employment or training, and less than 5% of school leavers aged 18- 21 entering into higher or further education, compared with a national average of approximately 30%.  Accessible to all young people aged up to 18 yrs old and with over a hundred contacts each week the Ripple Youth Service impacts positively on young people’s lives by working for the following outcomes :

• To increase confidence among young people

• To offer fun and engaging opportunities for young people to make positive use of leisure time in an area with little alternative provision

• To build positive and lasting relationships between young people and staff

• To influence positive behavioural change within the youth work setting and community

• To increase young people’s knowledge of health and wellbeing issues to reduce risk taking behaviour

We ensure that young people have opportunities to have their voice heard within a democratic decision-making process through the Ripple Youth Forum. Throughout the year and across the service Ripple Youth work provides a broad programme of recreational, educational and sporting activities that offer fun, friendship, enjoyment and learning as well as outreach and mentoring projects.

Open Access Youth Work:

Girl’s Night In (P7+) Monday 6.30pm-8.00pm @ The Hub

This girl’s only group is designed to give our local girls and young women the space to explore social and political issues, including those that are gender specific, in a safe and supportive environment. Regular activities include arts & crafts, sports and games, cooking and topical workshops including bullying, body image, sexual health, safe relationships and active citizenship etc.

Hub198 (P7-S2) Tuesday 6.30pm-8.00pm @ The Hub

A fun and active group where 20-35 local young people come together to enjoy football, table-tennis, cooking, arts & crafts, films and topical workshops etc. weekly. This group focuses on a number of issues including supporting young people through the transition from primary school into high school, which can be an exciting time but also one of anxiety and stress due to the significant changes.

ROSP (S3-S6) Thursday 7.30 -9.00pm @ The Hub

The senior youth group engages with some of the most disengaged young people from the local area with a mix of leisure and educational opportunities on offer. Football, Table-tennis, cooking, arts & crafts, and topical workshops, etc. As well, as regular support from staff for young people in need of advice and guidance.

Ripple Youth Forum – Monthly @ The Hub

Representatives of each youth group meet regularly to ensure young people are consulted on the direction of the youth services and the organisation as a whole.  Responsibilities of the forum include the planning of summer programme’s, celebration events and identifying fundraising opportunities within the community.  We believe this democratic approach helps to empower our members with an “ownership” over their community youth groups and also leads to more politically engaged young people.

Ripple X-Press (P3-P7) Thursday 3.30pm-5.00pm @McLaren Halls (50p)

Drama group for children with the aim of building soft skills as well as skills related to the performing arts. This group gives local children access to an activity that has historically been difficult for those from low income areas to access due to costs involved. Previous performances from Ripple Xpress have included A Christmas Carol, Grease and a special Commonwealth nation’s show following the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

All Youth Services enquiries to: 0131 554 0422 press 2  or

Mentoring Youth Work:

The Ripple Buddies Project

Ripple Buddies is a peer mentoring project which builds positive relationships between children and young people. Ripple Buddies pairs young volunteer ‘buddies’ aged 14-19 with local children who are in primary school or S1.

The project is based on building strong individual relationships between the children and their positive peer mentors. The buddies provide 1:1 attention, advice, and fun to the children. Ripple Buddies provides a safe and secure space for children to play and build friendships away from the external pressures of home and school life. The volunteers are provided with support and training and find it an extremely fun and rewarding project to be a part of!

All Buddies enquiries to: 0131 554 0422 press 2  or