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Scottish Youth Parliament Elections 2015

2 March 2015

As of this morning, voting is underway for the Scottish Youth Parliament elections, please publicise any way that you can to young people eligible to vote (aged 12-25). The voting period lasts until Friday 13th March.

The candidate details for all areas can be found here:

http://www.syp.org.uk/elections-2015-W21page-515-

In Edinburgh there are 3 uncontested constituencies (South, Pentlands and West) and 3 contested constituencies (Easter, Central and Northern and Leith).

Young people can vote for candidates in any one constituency using the ‘single transferrable vote system. Voting is online and can be accessed at this direct link:

http://www.youngscot.org/mag/3448-2015-syp-elections-voting-now-open

Young people need their Young Scot number to vote, or they can get a temporary number from  their school, library or community centre. Young people can vote via any web device, so there is no need to provide a ‘polling booth’ or similar – but if you wanted to make a computer or tablet available as a polling station, even for just a little while, that would be appreciated.

 

You can keep track on twitter and Facebook:

#sypelex #syped15

@officialsyp @edyouthissues

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSYP

https://www.facebook.com/syped13

Stills Gallery "Selfie" Workshop 2015

27 January 2015

Members of EYCP 12-15 & 16+ groups attended a photography taster workshop at Stills Gallery on Cockburn Street. The theme was "Selfies". Thanks to Mo and Claire at Stills.

Hopefully this will lead to a young carers photography group in the near future.... 

 

Christmas Family Fun Day 2014

11 December 2014

EYCP Mull Residential 2014

15 October 2014

12-15 Mull

EYCP recently travelled to Mull to experience an action packed residential, this was with Hebridean Pursuits and their charitable trust The Roses Project

The trip this year was a fantastic opportunity for 12 young people to travel to the Island of Mull and explore many of its outdoor opportunities. The activities included Coasteering, Rock Climbing, ‘Munro-bagging’ and Plunge pooling. There was also plenty of time for the young people to relax and have time to themselves. The weather helped as it was glorious sunshine for the whole 5 days!


On a more serious note the residential also gave workers and the young people time to get to know each other. As a result it lets us deliver a more relevant programme during our normal groups thhroughout the year. As a result of this residential we have identified several issues that were highlighted within the trip. These issues may have taken 6 months to surface during group time, but due to the team spirit and 'everyone together' ethos of the trip these issues can be tackled earlier and within weeks of identification.

Some quotes from the young people:

“I want to climb Everest” (young person after climbing Ben More)

“I feel so relaxed and healthier than last week” 

“I can’t believe I swam in the sea and jumped off a rock”

All the young carers said they would return to Mull if they had the chance.

Spartan Race 2014

22 September 2014

A team from EYCP completed the Spartan Sprint yesterday at Winton Castle near Pencaitland. Click here if you would like to donate to EYCP

The team included Margaret Murphy Chief Executive of EYCP:

BIG LOTTERY FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

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.

http://www.hospitalsaturdayfund.org