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21 August 2014

Edinburgh Young Carers Project (EYCP) is a specialist voluntary sector organisation.  We deliver a range of support and activities designed to improve the lives of young carers, i.e. children and young people aged 5 to 20 years who care for someone else at home.

Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives and futures of young carers through support, information, respite and personal development and training.

We have been successful in receiving 5 years funding from the Big Lottery Fund through the ‘Investing in Communities’ Grant.

This funding will allow us to continue to provide respite and support for young carers and expand and develop the support services to young carers; helping them to cope with their family and home circumstances to minimise the effect of their caring role on their life chances.

A range of services will be delivered including weekly group sessions for different age groups which includes a mixture of free play time, issue discussion and structured play, intensive one to one support, residential breaks, day outings, support to maintain schooling, information and advice including personal development advice, and our campaign to identify ‘hidden’ young carers.

There is likely to be considerable growth in the number of young carers in need of services provided by organisations such as EYCP.  This is based on forecasts for population growth as well as improvements in identifying young carers through enhanced work in schools.  This funding will allow us to build the infrastructure in our project to play a part in meeting this demand.

If you would like further information on the grant or any of the services we provide, please contact Margaret Murphy, Chief Executive, on 0131 475 2322.

Carers Week Event 2014 @ City Chambers

29 May 2014

The Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF)

10 April 2014

We were delighted that Andrew Calder, from The Hospital Saturday Fund, visited our offices to personally hand over a cheque for £1000.

We really appreciate the support and the money will be used to help fund our group activities which provide respite for young carers.

Youth & Philanthropy Initiative

3 April 2014

Pupils from St Thomas of Aquin's High School took part in the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative.

The pupils who chose EYCP as their chosen charity won! Our School Project Manager, Mo Whelton, was in attendance : "The young people were amazing and their presentation was excellent, I look forward to providing an update to  show how the funds were used to provide respite and activities to young carers across the city"

EYCP - Newsletter Issue 2 (Winter)

21 January 2014


Issue 2 of our newsletter is now downloadable

Click here to get issue

The Canny Families Project

7 January 2014

Edinburgh Community Food are currently working in partnership with Changeworks and Citizens Advice Edinburgh to deliver a city wide programme which supports families with children to better manage rising energy/food costs and to maximise income. This project is funded by Big Lottery Support and Connect Fund.

The Canny Families Project involves a programme of affordable cooking courses across Edinburgh, with each course run over a six week period. With a focus on a different topic each week participants will not only learn practical cooking skills and how to make affordable and healthy family meals but will also improve their knowledge of nutrition and learn how to reduce food waste. Participants will also be offered affordable warmth advice from Changeworks as well as fuel poverty advice from Citizens Advice Edinburgh. The programme is open to parents with children under the age of 16. Childcare will be available for participants at all sessions.

We are now recruiting participants for upcoming courses at the following venues:

Tuesday Mornings, from Tuesday 14th January to Tuesday 18th February , from 9.30am – 11.30am at Leith Academy
Wednesday Mornings, from Wednesday 15th January to Wednesday 19th February, from 9.30am – 11.30am at Pentland Community Centre
Thursday mornings, from Thursday 16th January to Thursday 20th February, from 9.30am – 11.30am at Slateford Green Community Centre.

If this is something that you would like to find out more about please contact Stephanie at Edinburgh Community Food on 0131 467 7326, or by email:

Emergency numbers for Edinburgh and Lothians

20 December 2013

Emergency numbers for Edinburgh and Lothians

1. If someone is feeling unwell Contact their GP or alternatively NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24

2. Ambulance
For an ambulance in an emergency dial 999. If you would like to book an ambulance call 0131 447 0434 for non-emergencies where the person is considered medically unfit by a doctor to travel by other means.

3. Fire emergencies
Make a fire plan: don’t stop for valuables, shout to alert people in the house, keep low to ground, don’t investigate and when you’re out - stay out - then dial 999

4. Police
Call 999 for emergencies. For all other calls phone 101.
5. Social Work Emergency Service 0800 731 6969 (Edinburgh, East and Midlothian) or 01506 777401 / 2 (West Lothian)

Accident and Emergency Departments (A&Es):
Aged 13 & over Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 0131 536 1000
Under 13 years Royal Hospital for Sick Children 0131 536 0000
All ages A&E Department, St John’s Hospital, Livingston 01506 532000

Additional useful contacts:
Edinburgh Samaritans: 0131 221 9999
Edinburgh Crisis Centre:0808 801 0414 (mental health)
Psychiatric Emergency Team:0131 537 6000
Domestic Abuse Violence Helpline:0808 2000 247
Antisocial Behaviour Helpline:0131 529 7050
If you smell Gas:0800 111 999
Water emergencies:0845 601 8855
Electricity power cuts:0800 300 999 or 0845 2727 999

Coping with Christmas - Dealing with bad feeling

20 December 2013

At Christmas, you often find yourself hanging out with your relatives for more time than you're used to. If you find this difficult, they probably do too. Here are some tips on keeping your cool:

•  It's good to understand the situation. The stresses of Christmas can leave people on the edge, making it difficult to relax. The atmosphere at home is often different at Christmas.

•  Try to respect people's space. If they seem angry or fed-up, leave them on their own for a while to calm down.

•  Similarly, if things are getting on top of you, take some time out. Go for a walk, listen to some music or find a quiet place to read.

There are lots of different types of support to help you feel better. Seeking help and talking about how you are feeling is very important and a brave and the first step.

Useful numbers and contacts:
• 999 in an emergency
• 101 the non emergency incident reporting number for police services
• the Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 to talk about how you feel
• Social care direct 0131 200 2327...for family crisis or concern about a child/child protection issue
• Edinburgh City Mission 0131 225 9445 foodbank

The website Mind has lots of useful info and advice on feelings and how to cope with them.

Understanding Stress 

Low Moods - Stress Anxiety

Understanding Panic

Do not worry alone, remember it a season which affects everyone differently. If in doubt or suffering contact, friend or one of the emergency numbers. There is always someone willing to listen.

EYCP will be closed from Friday 20th December 2013 from 2pm for two weeks and we will be open again from 9am Monday 6th January 2014.