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Young Carers in Charge

7 February 2019

Young carers’ views on heritage showcased at People’s Story exhibition

Examples of local heritage chosen by a group of young carers will go on display for eight weeks from this Saturday (2 February) as part of a special exhibition in Edinburgh.

The exhibition, titled ‘Young Carers in Charge’ is part of national charity Children in Scotland’s Heritage Hunters project, which focuses on broadening the participation of children and young people in heritage settings across Scotland.

As part of the project’s activities in Edinburgh, the charity brought together Edinburgh Young Carers with Museums and Galleries Edinburgh.

Young people in the group aged from 9-16 worked with museums and galleries staff to explore sources of local heritage and young people’s perceptions of heritage.

In the first stage of the process, group members explored their initial understanding of heritage and from this decided they would be interested in helping to co-curate their own exhibition. This involved selecting a theme, picking objects from the Museum’s Collections Centre, object handling and writing their own object labels.

Members also selected items from their own lives to be displayed. The exhibition will reveal their choices and celebrate the group’s involvement in designing the project.

As part of the process the group also shared their views on what museums should collect to represent what’s important to young people today.

Comments from the young people who have taken part in the project included:

“Heritage is basically something that everyone has but is kind of hard to explain. It’s anything that has got along history behind it and has been passed down through either family or culture.”

“It’s been cool to see behind the scenes of a museum.”

“This group has been fun because I got to try new things.”

Jane Miller, Policy & Participation Officer at Children in Scotland, said:

“My highlight from this project has been watching the group grow in confidence, with each other and within the heritage sites. It was brilliant to gain a fresh and honest perspective from the young people and to hear about how we can make heritage more appealing to young people.

“One of the best parts for me was hearing about the objects the group had selected from their own lives to form part of the exhibition. Some of the objects were chosen because of the links they had to special people in their lives, including family members. Other objects were important because they represented personal achievements and successes."

Cllr Donald Wilson, Convenor of Culture and Communities at City of Edinburgh Council said:

“Working on the Heritage Hunters project with Children in Scotland has enabled our Museums & Galleries team to build a strong partnership with Edinburgh Young Carers, engaging young people with the city’s collections.

“The young people involved have done a fantastic job of selecting objects to display. They have helped us to ensure that our museums are accessible and fun for our young people today.”

Jane Miller added:

“We hope that being involved in co-curating an exhibition has allowed the young people to feel a sense of ownership over their heritage – something reflected in the exhibition title they chose.

“We have developed wonderful partnerships with both Edinburgh Young Carers and Museums and Galleries Edinburgh, and hope to work with both of them again in the near future.”

Find out more about the project here:

Heritage Hunters took place as part of 2018’s Year of Young People.

Children in Scotland is a national charity working to improve children’s lives.

Amazon Smile

29 January 2019

If you use Amazon for shopping use this link first and EYC will get some cash!!


13 December 2018

An Exhibition of Photographic Illusions

Prepare to be mesmerised by the uncanny illusionists from Edinburgh Young Carers. In collaboration with MagicFest and Professor Richard Wiseman they will be creating Magic in a Photo! How? You might ask, well join us on a journey of discovery where the old history of Edinburgh and the magic of young minds collide! Witness the magic at Storytelling Centre, unlock the secrets at Museum of Childhood.


Date  Thur 13 Dec –  Sat 26 Jan

Venue 1   Photo exhibition
Scottish Storytelling Centre

Opening Times  
Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm
Mon 24 & 31 Dec 10am – 3pm

CLOSED Dec 25, 26, 30 and Jan 1, 2

Venue 2   Behind the scenes
Museum of Childhood

Opening Times  
Daily 10am – 5pm

CLOSED Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1, 2

Carers Rights Day - Friday 30th November

22 November 2018

To mark Carers Rights Day on Friday 30th November, our Schools Project is hosting a professional event which will bring together key members of staff for young carers across Edinburgh’s schools, colleges and universities. 


At this event, the Young Carer Co-ordinators will be joined by the Enquire service who will facilitate a workshop on the rights afforded for young carers who have an additional support need.  Many young carers face practical or psychological barriers to achieving their full educational potential, as recognised in the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2014. 


New powers are in place for 12-15 year old young carers under this Act, and to celebrate Carers Rights Day, we will make sure that education staff across the City are aware of these rights, and can support young carers to exercise these.



EVOC Carers Rights Day Wellbeing Drop-in

21 November 2018

EVOC will be marking Carers Rights Day on Friday 30th November from 11am – 3.30pm by hosting a drop-in wellbeing event for paid and unpaid carers across Edinburgh. There will be a small spa space, a chance to try Reiki, Indian Head Massage and yoga, and a free lucky dip with prizes donated by businesses across Edinburgh.

Anyone who has caring responsibilities is invited to attend and this event is open to young carers and adults alike.

Unfortunately, there will be no respite service at this event but carers are welcome to bring the person(s) they care for. The more the merrier! This is a drop-in event and you can join us at any point during the times listed, but we would be grateful if you could register to help us have a sense of numbers to expect.

The theme of Carers Rights Day this year is Caring for Your Future. The day is organised by Carers UK annually to:

  • Make carers aware of their rights

  • Let carers know where to get help and support

  • Raise awareness of the needs of carers

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EVOC has been supporting Edinburgh’s residents for 150 years and we are celebrating this anniversary by promoting charity, kindness and the work and achievements of the third sector through a range of events. You can read more about our project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, on our website at


Travel and Location Information

Our new office at 525 Ferry Road is fully accessible with plenty of parking, and is easily reached by public transport. The EVOC offices are on the second floor and reached by lift or stairs.


There are 125 parking spaces including disability spaces.

Lothian Buses 21 and 27 stop in front of the building and there are additional bus services that stop nearby on Crewe Road.

Further venue information is available at

Additional Information

For any questions related to this event, please contact Lucy Ridley, Programme Manager – EVOC 150 by email at or phone at 0131 555 9104.

Edinburgh Carer Support Team will also be holding an information stall.



'I was a child carer - it made me who I am today'

20 July 2018

Excellent article from the BBC website regarding the experiences of being a young carer.

See link below

Celebration for Young Carers at Central Library - We Care Do You

26 June 2018

We are delighted that young carers from Young carer services across Edinburgh were involved in making this film which was launched at the Central Library on 21st June 2018. The film was made for and by Young Carers.

The Young Carers in this film completed this work with the filmmaker Gavin Bryce and his team but make no mistake regarding whose film this is - over five Monday evenings the young people wrote the message they wanted to give and drove the direction and final cut of the film. It is their voices and it is their film – our responsibility is to watch it and hear the message and call for action.

This is best watched Google Chrome

YOYP 2018 & Carers Act launch

21 June 2018

Almost time for the Year of the Young Person (#YOYP2018) and Carers Act launch event at The Central library. 5:30pm for a 6pm start.

See you there!!!