Our Story

Canongate Youth

Be | Belong | Become

Our vision is for children and young people in Edinburgh and the Lothians to be healthy, happy and secure, belong in their communities and become confident and fulfilled adults

Since 1977 we have successfully provided support, recreation and training opportunities for 5-25 year olds to help them overcome barriers and secure a great future. The Youth Work Services Team work in the Old Town, Holyrood and Southside areas of the city and The Employability and Training Services Team work with young people from Edinburgh and the surrounding Lothians.

Our Specialties

In addition to our generic youth and children’s work programme, Canongate Youth has developed core strengths in these areas

Social Enterprise

Our community café has trained over 70 young people in hospitality and catering. We are adding to this work with an external catering business and the provision of conferencing facilities

Employability and Training

We are SQA accredited and have a long history of delivering market led employability training to those furthest away from the job market.

Music Production

We have an industry standard studio and live room and a comprehensive range of instruments and tutors.

Play Work

Our Play Ranger service was the first in Edinburgh. We continue to use play to encourage children’s emotional, social and physical development.

Sports and Recreation

We support the development of sport at Edinburgh Leisure facilities and activities that encourage health and wellbeing such as Open All Hours.

Additional Support for Learning

We have supported children and young people who have additional support needs within our area to stay in school through dedicated one to one support and family work.

Skills & Passion

Our Core / Sessional Team

Meet the Team
Vision and Direction

Our Board

Meet The Trustees

We Would Love Your Help

Help us continue our work by making a one off donation through BT Mydonate.