News Archive 2013

Emergency numbers for Edinburgh and Lothians

20 December 2013

Emergency numbers for Edinburgh and Lothians

1. If someone is feeling unwell Contact their GP or alternatively NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24

2. Ambulance
For an ambulance in an emergency dial 999. If you would like to book an ambulance call 0131 447 0434 for non-emergencies where the person is considered medically unfit by a doctor to travel by other means.

3. Fire emergencies
Make a fire plan: don’t stop for valuables, shout to alert people in the house, keep low to ground, don’t investigate and when you’re out – stay out – then dial 999

4. Police
Call 999 for emergencies. For all other calls phone 101.
5. Social Work Emergency Service 0800 731 6969 (Edinburgh, East and Midlothian) or 01506 777401 / 2 (West Lothian)

Accident and Emergency Departments (A&Es):
Aged 13 & over Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 0131 536 1000
Under 13 years Royal Hospital for Sick Children 0131 536 0000
All ages A&E Department, St John’s Hospital, Livingston 01506 532000

Additional useful contacts:
Edinburgh Samaritans: 0131 221 9999
Edinburgh Crisis Centre:0808 801 0414 (mental health)
Psychiatric Emergency Team:0131 537 6000
Domestic Abuse Violence Helpline:0808 2000 247
Antisocial Behaviour Helpline:0131 529 7050
If you smell Gas:0800 111 999
Water emergencies:0845 601 8855
Electricity power cuts:0800 300 999 or 0845 2727 999

Coping with Christmas – Dealing with bad feeling

20 December 2013

At Christmas, you often find yourself hanging out with your relatives for more time than you're used to. If you find this difficult, they probably do too. Here are some tips on keeping your cool:

•  It's good to understand the situation. The stresses of Christmas can leave people on the edge, making it difficult to relax. The atmosphere at home is often different at Christmas.

•  Try to respect people's space. If they seem angry or fed-up, leave them on their own for a while to calm down.

•  Similarly, if things are getting on top of you, take some time out. Go for a walk, listen to some music or find a quiet place to read.

There are lots of different types of support to help you feel better. Seeking help and talking about how you are feeling is very important and a brave and the first step.

Useful numbers and contacts:
• 999 in an emergency
• 101 the non emergency incident reporting number for police services
• the Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 to talk about how you feel
• Social care direct 0131 200 2327…for family crisis or concern about a child/child protection issue
• Edinburgh City Mission 0131 225 9445 foodbank

The website Mind has lots of useful info and advice on feelings and how to cope with them.

Understanding Stress 

Low Moods – Stress Anxiety

Understanding Panic

Do not worry alone, remember it a season which affects everyone differently. If in doubt or suffering contact someone…family, friend or one of the emergency numbers. There is always someone willing to listen.

EYCP will be closed from Friday 20th December 2013 from 2pm for two weeks and we will be open again from 9am Monday 6th January 2014.

Edinburgh Young Carers Project – Evaluation Report 2013

12 December 2013

"Who do you belong to?"

This report summarises the findings of an independent evaluation carried out for EYCP and the services it provides for young carers.

The evaluation has been financed by the Big Lottery Fund and was carried out between May and September 2013. The evaluation had several aims including to assess the degree to which EYCP objectives are being achieved and capturing the difference EYCP makes in the lives of young carers and their families.

Information was collected in a number of ways such as independent feedback from funders, key stakeholders (including referral agencies, Board members and schools), service users themselves and their families.

The summary report is available here

The full report is available here

Also available on our Resources page


A Scary Halloween at EYCP

4 November 2013

Check out our facebook pages for lots of Halloween Party photographs!

ToYAC – Together for Young Adult Carers : Utrecht

10 October 2013

Young Adult Carers – European Round Table

MOVISIE is participating in a European project on young informal
carers: ‘Young Adult Carers’

In this project experiences and good examples of supporting young informal carers are exchanged with Scotland, Ireland, Germany and Italy. 

On October 8 Head of Service, Margaret Murphy, and a member of EYCP 16+ young carers group, Zoe Croy, visited Utrecht at the invitation of Louise Morgan, Young Carers Service Development Manager at Carers Trust.

The goal of the meeting was to gain knowledge on supporting young informal carers in participating countries, in particular in the Netherlands. The focus will shift onto the other participating countries when the European Round Table moves around the other countries.

Zoe presenting to the particioants about her experiences of being a young carer and now as a young adult carer.

EYCP Newsletter – Issue 1

30 September 2013

Welcome to the very first issue of the EYCP newsletter.

Click here to download


Edinburgh Joint Carers' Strategy

30 August 2013

The City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian recognise the crucial role that carers contribute to their communities across Edinburgh. A range of good quality support needs to be available to carers at the right time and place. This is to ensure that the individual needs of carers are met. With the advent of self directed support, there will be more opportunities to have more personalised support which will empower them through improved choice and control.

Edinburgh’s Joint Carers’ Strategy has been developed in partnership with key local stakeholders from Health, Local Authority, the voluntary sector and carers. The strategy outlines local priorities and outcomes for carers in Edinburgh for the next three years from 2014 to 2017. This integrated approach has outcomes for carers at its centre and made use of the Wisconsin Logic Model to develop the strategy. The aim is that this strategy will be the main roadmap for support and improved outcomes to both young and adult carers in Edinburgh.

There are six priority areas identified within the strategy for Edinburgh’s carers:
• identifying carers
• information and advice
• carer health and wellbeing
• short breaks / respite
• young adult carers
• personalising support for carers.

We are consulting on this draft strategy and the priority areas from 02 September until 31 October 2013. We are keen to find out what people think about this strategy.

Check out for more information and details on how you can participate in this consultation.

You can have your say on the draft strategy by completing the online form at or by requesting a consultation form from  or contacting 0131 553 8468.

Young Carers Co-ordinator E-Newsletter – Issue 1

20 August 2013

Welcome to the very first edition of this Young Carer Co-ordinator E-Newsletter, sent to you as part of the Schools Awareness Raising Campaign at Edinburgh Young Carers Project.

We hope to produce one e-newsletter each quarter to provide you with information and updates about our schools work, other EYCP service activities, and relevant local and national young carers policy and strategy.

I hope you enjoy your read!



Carers Forum on Wednesday 18th September (2pm-5pm)

13 August 2013

Money raised from Carers Week 2013

31 July 2013

A visit to Marie Curie Hospice yesterday to hand over the money raised in Carers Week 2013.

Thanks to Fiona Bushby from Marie Curie.

Stockbridge Primary School Fundraising Project: June 2013

25 July 2013

Congratulations to all of the pupils in P6 who have been taking part in a fundraising project with HOTS teachers.

The children worked incredibly hard to raise money for 3 local charities; The Yard, Edinburgh Young Carers and Barnardos Edinburgh.

The class organised a variety of events including a school disco, book swap, mini olympics, supermarket bag packing, food fair and raffle.

The final total raised was £909 which has been shared between the three charities.

Jenny from The Yard, Tracey from Edinburgh Young Carers Project and Barnardos worker, Johnny, attended the P6 celebration of success assembly where they received a cheque on behalf of their organisation.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the project.

Volunteer Club Assistant fo Pilton Equalities Project

23 July 2013


Volunteer Club Assistant fo Pilton Equalities Project

Laura works with our Mental Health Workers as part of our Neighbourhood Group, preparing and providing breakfast, lunch and support group activities. Attentive and great listener, Laura fully understands the issues that affect our members. She started volunteering  with PEP as a volunteer daycare assistant, later becoming a passenger assistant on our minibuses. Laura is selfless and committed, undertaking all training opportunities offered to her. She has a great rapport with older people and build relationships with them quickly.

Laura is a great example of recovery through volunteering. She has developed her skills and increased her confidence taking the opportunity to improve her quality of life and using her experience to support others. She has also taken the opportunity to develop her skills in a different area whilst continuing her volunteering in Mental Health Support.

Well done to you Laura!! 

Pictured with The Rt Hon Donald Wilson is the Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh

Free Music Workshops @ Hearts or Hibs

4 July 2013

Summer Holiday Workshops

Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August
Monday 5th – Friday 9th August
6- 8pm / Tynecastle Stadium / FREE

Weekly Music Classes (starting August 2013)

Monday evenings
5-6.30pm / Tynecastle Stadium / Free

If you are interested in getting involved with Music Box or
would like to find out more, you can do so in the following

Call: 07522 985 772 

Summer Holiday Workshops

Monday 15 – Friday 19 July & Monday 22 – Friday 26 July
3-5pm / Easter Road Stadium

If you are interested in getting involved with Music Box or
would like to find out more, you can do so in the following

Call: 07522 985 772

FREE Multi Sports Taster Sessions @ Meadows

4 July 2013

EYCP Carers Week 2013

20 June 2013

Carers Week 2013

7 June 2013

Edinburgh Young Carers will be at Sainsbury's next Friday selling some of the items the young people have made at their groups.

Complementary Therapy Workshops

16 May 2013

Over the past few week EYCP have been using the skills of Kathleen Murray to promote relaxation with young carers. All our groups have benefited from her expertise from our 5 years olds to our 16+ group.


9 May 2013

The feedback has been great from the group about their trip to Wagamamas and how much fun they had trying something a little different. The young people and we workers felt the environment, food and service was really fun and friendly! We felt that all the staff at Wagamamas Lothian Road really made an effort to support the group and was amazing. I would like to thank you so much for this experience, your consideration, time and generosity have really made a group of young carers very happy.

Thank you very much again; especially you Peter and Anna, a lovely time was had by all.

And Thank You Wagamamas!!!!

Young adult carers: tell us about your experiences in education and work

2 May 2013

Are you 14-25 years-old, caring unpaid for a friend or family member?

Carerstrust have launched a new survey to allow you to share your views and experiences of school, college, university and work.

Young adult carers often find it difficult to juggle caring with school, college or work. So Carers Trust is working with The University of Nottingham to find out what helps. Tell us what you think!

The overall aim is to use our findings to develop better services and support for Young Adult Carers.

Click on the link to access the survey online: Link

Hotels Kick-off for Charity

11 April 2013

Edinburgh Hoteliers Association (EHA) held a five-a-side football tournament at The World of Football, Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Sunday 7th April. Twelve teams from eleven hotels took part as they raised £800 for Edinburgh Young Carers Project. With lots of hospitable camaraderie off the park the volunteer FIFA qualified referees made sure that it continued on the park.

The eventual winners, The Sheraton Hotel who defeated Dunstane House Hotel in the final, hailed the event as a great success.

Echoing their comments, Chris Wayne-Wills the EHA Chairman said ‘This is the first event of this kind we have run for a number of years and I am delighted the hotel teams had a great time. It was a super day and a wonderful opportunity to raise money for a local charity’.

Margaret Murphy, Head of Service at Edinburgh Young Carers Project, commented ‘I am so grateful to the EHA for choosing to support our project. Since 1994 we have helped many people aged 5 – 20 years who have a practical and emotional caring responsibility. It is only with such support that we can continue to help the young people of Edinburgh who find themselves in this situation’.

The event was organised by David Clancy, General Manager of the Edinburgh City Hotel who is now planning a tournament for next year.

For more information contact:

Chris Wayne-Wills, Chairman Edinburgh Hotelier Association 07903261980
Margaret Murphy, Edinburgh Young Carers Project 07852167708

Claire Gilfillan, Web Content Editor, GTC Scotland

10 April 2013

Claire Gilfillan recently met with an organisation called the Edinburgh Young Carers Project (EYCP) to discuss the work that they do and how probationer teachers can become more aware of young carers in their classroom and schools.

Link to full article here


More animal fun at EYCP!!! Cool Creatures

12 March 2013

The young people and we workers felt the activity was really informative and fun! We felt that you and the animals really made an effort to support the group and was amazing.  I would like to thank you so much for this experience, your knowledge, consideration and time have really made a group of young carers very happy. I will be spreading the word to the other groups we work with and associated agencies.

Thank you very much again, lovely time had by all.

And Thank You to all the wee animals!!!!

Lois and all the 5-8’s

Birthday Cake

22 February 2013

Cake!! Thanks to Free Cakes for Kids (Edinburgh) for this tasty Chocolate treat.

Probationer Teacher Scotland Podcast with EYCP

19 February 2013

In this podcast, Claire Gilfillan from Probationer Teacher Scotland talks with Lois Ratcliffe and Tracey Stewart from Edinburgh Young Carers Project about the work they do with young carers both in the community and in schools.


Click to launch Probationer Teacher Scotland website

Click to listen to MP3



Scottish Young Carers Festival 2012

15 January 2013

A wee reminder of last years Scottish Young Carers Festival…..

Check out the video

New Carers' Support Scheme

8 January 2013

New Carers' Support Schemes has been launched by City of Edinburgh Council.

It is a one-off payment of £250 to unpaid carers who provide substantial and regular support to the person they care for.

Please phone Social Care Direct on 0131 200 2336 to find out if you are eligible.


Blackwells Book Tree

8 January 2013

Many thanks to Blackwells in Edinburgh, their annual Booktree provided young carers with the gift of a book this christmas.

Customers of Blackwells anonymously donate a book to a young person choosing from the decorations on the booktree (see photo)

The feedback has been excellent with many young carers loving their new book.

Below is Santas helper at Blackwells!