Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 Project, more commonly known as Y2K, is a small, youth-led, community project working with disadvantaged young people (11-18). Set up in 2000 by local businesses that recognised young people in the area had no place to ‘hang out’ or call their own, Y2K is still based in the old church manse which was given over by McSence to the community for youth services.
We currently work with over 500 individual young people each year, across a range of services that include informal drop-ins, single sex work, support for offenders as well as those identified as ‘at risk’ of offending, targeted group work and 1:1 supports. All our services are devised and developed with and for the young people, offering them the opportunity, from the outset, to play active roles in their wider community. This is achieved through access to informal and alternative methods of education and training, undertaken voluntarily and at the individual’s pace.
Young people gain skills and confidence through:
- Meaningful involvement in the planning and direction of the project and the various services
- Participation in fun and interesting group activities – teambuilding, problem solving and a range of no or low-cost physical activities
- Increased understanding of the concept of positive risk taking (as opposed to ‘thrill seeking’ dangerous behaviours).
They enjoy increased physical, mental and emotional health through programmes of activities and issue-based workshops. Our activities support young people to:
- Achieve accredited youth achievement awards through involvement and participation
- Become ‘peer pals’ – developing and sustaining positive friendships and relationships.
We provide services in the evenings when all others are closed, offering an alternative to hanging out in risky places we facilitate the building of better relationships with peers and the chance to enjoy leisure time in a positive way. Participation links the young people to all Y2K can offer in terms of a safe space to call their own, somewhere to have their say and to feel able to take control of their health, relationships and wellbeing. Young people can also be signposted to other local services and supports.
To find out more please don’t hesitate to pop in or contact us.
Mayfield & Easthouses Youth 2000 Project (Y2K)
2b Bogwood Road
Telephone – 0131 454 9805
Registered as a Scottish Charity no: SC030823
Company no: SC214081