Meet Our Team

We have an experienced and passionate team working at CY HQ. Feel free to get in touch!

Clare Jamieson


I have worked at CY since September 2007. My role involves coordinating and managing our programme of events/activities/clubs, managing sessional staff and looking after volunteers. My favourite thing about working at CY is that no day is the same and you never quite know what you will be involved with next.

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Claire White

Finance and Admin Co-ordinator

I began working at Canongate Youth in September 2018. My role is to ensure all administration tasks are dealt with to allow our amazing team to focus on working with our children & young people.
My favourite thing about my role is that every day presents a new challenge.

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Susie McIntyre

Deputy Manager

I have worked at Canongate Youth since June 2007 within the employability team working with young people aged 15 – 24 years, providing a range of 1 – 1 and group support. My role involves managing our employability programme, developing partnerships with employers, colleges and training providers and managing and supporting the staff team. I love being part of the team here at Canongate Youth and being able to support young people to realise their full potential.

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Cat McMillan

Youth Development Worker

I have worked at Canongate Youth since May 2014. As a Youth Development Worker I support young people in school via our Wellbeing Mentor project. The best part of this job is seeing the change in young people from the start of working with them to the end...and the relationships built with them in the meantime. I also have a great team that I work with and there is never a dull moment in the CY office!

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Suzanne Quinan

Senior Youth Development Worker (Edinburgh Together)

I have worked at Canongate for too many years to mention- let's just say I've been here the longest and I can't go onto the front street without meeting a stream of young people or family members past and present. Over the years my role has been that of a generic youth worker working both in our open community provision and providing services to local schools through group work and one to one support. Over the past year, my role has changed slightly to having more of a focus on the work that we do within schools whilst still maintaining some contact through our open provision. I love having the opportunity to work in such a positive way with young people and hope to continue to do so for many more years!

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Sima Carrasco

Wellbeing Worker

'I started working at Canongate Youth in September 2018. My role involves developing and delivering support sessions for young people in order to foster wellbeing. My favourite thing about the job so far is exploring approaches to supporting the young people and seeing them becoming more confident and positive. I enjoy being part of such an amazing team!'

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Bonny Third

Youth Development Worker

I'm really excited to be joining Canongate Youth as a Youth Development Worker delivering the youth work programme. I started in September 2022 and I love seeing how excited the young people are to come into CY for the clubs. I've had a range of youth work experience and I'm really passionate about young people having a safe space to have fun, build relationships and grow. I'm delighted to work at CY and to be part of the amazing team!

Lewis Adams

Youth Worker

I have worked at CY since 2016 - firstly as a member of the Old School Cafe team and now as a youth worker in the clubs.

Kirsty McMeekin

Youth Development Worker

I have been working at Canongate youth since October 2022 within the employability team working with young people aged 16-24. I work with young people 1:1 and in groups. It's a great privilege to work with such a great organisation, dedicated to supporting young people to realise their full potential.

Julia Tarajkowicz

Youth Worker

I joined the CY team in June 2021. Since then I have worked in various youth club settings. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of a team and having the opportunity to meet and work with incredible children and young people. It is a privilege to be a part of CY.

Eli Fechlie

Youth Development Worker

I’m mainly based in Banana Club, Space at 6 and Playrangers. I really enjoy building relationships with children and their grown ups, supporting them to take party and make friends. I like responding to the children’s ideas, being creative and having lots of fun as part of the process! A really rewarding party on my role is seeing the children grow is all aspects of their well-being and personality. I love being part of the CY team!

Kadie Tarawally

Youth Worker

I have been working at CY since 2019. I first started at the Music Café and now work in our various clubs and provisions like Banana Club and Open All Hours. My favourite thing about working within the CY team is meeting all the amazing young people we work with and having fun. No one day is the same!

Kirsty Tough

Youth Worker

I have been working at CY in various different roles since 2019 but since 2021 I have been working as a Youth Worker. I myself used to come to groups as a young person, the CY staff helped me become the woman I am today. I thoroughly enjoy being apart of this amazing team, and hope to give back to the young people the same support I received growing up!