News Archive 2014

Christmas Family Fun Day 2014

11 December 2014

EYCP Mull Residential 2014

15 October 2014

12-15 Mull

EYCP recently travelled to Mull to experience an action packed residential, this was with Hebridean Pursuits and their charitable trust The Roses Project

The trip this year was a fantastic opportunity for 12 young people to travel to the Island of Mull and explore many of its outdoor opportunities. The activities included Coasteering, Rock Climbing, ‘Munro-bagging’ and Plunge pooling. There was also plenty of time for the young people to relax and have time to themselves. The weather helped as it was glorious sunshine for the whole 5 days!

On a more serious note the residential also gave workers and the young people time to get to know each other. As a result it lets us deliver a more relevant programme during our normal groups throughout the year. As a result of this residential we have identified several issues that were highlighted within the trip. These issues may have taken 6 months to surface during group time, but due to the team spirit and ‘everyone together’ ethos of the trip these issues can be tackled earlier and within weeks of identification.

Some quotes from the young people:

“I want to climb Everest” (young person after climbing Ben More)

“I feel so relaxed and healthier than last week” 

“I can’t believe I swam in the sea and jumped off a rock”

All the young carers said they would return to Mull if they had the chance.

Spartan Race 2014

22 September 2014

A team from EYCP completed the Spartan Sprint yesterday at Winton Castle near Pencaitland. Click here if you would like to donate to EYCP

The team included Margaret Murphy Chief Executive of EYCP:


21 August 2014

Edinburgh Young Carers Project (EYCP) is a specialist voluntary sector organisation.  We deliver a range of support and activities designed to improve the lives of young carers, i.e. children and young people aged 5 to 20 years who care for someone else at home.

Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives and futures of young carers through support, information, respite and personal development and training.

We have been successful in receiving 5 years funding from the Big Lottery Fund through the ‘Investing in Communities’ Grant.

This funding will allow us to continue to provide respite and support for young carers and expand and develop the support services to young carers; helping them to cope with their family and home circumstances to minimise the effect of their caring role on their life chances.

A range of services will be delivered including weekly group sessions for different age groups which includes a mixture of free play time, issue discussion and structured play, intensive one to one support, residential breaks, day outings, support to maintain schooling, information and advice including personal development advice, and our campaign to identify ‘hidden’ young carers.

There is likely to be considerable growth in the number of young carers in need of services provided by organisations such as EYCP.  This is based on forecasts for population growth as well as improvements in identifying young carers through enhanced work in schools.  This funding will allow us to build the infrastructure in our project to play a part in meeting this demand.

If you would like further information on the grant or any of the services we provide, please contact Margaret Murphy, Chief Executive, on 0131 475 2322.

Carers Week Event 2014 @ City Chambers

29 May 2014

The Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF)

10 April 2014

We were delighted that Andrew Calder, from The Hospital Saturday Fund, visited our offices to personally hand over a cheque for £1000.

We really appreciate the support and the money will be used to help fund our group activities which provide respite for young carers.

Youth & Philanthropy Initiative

3 April 2014

Pupils from St Thomas of Aquin’s High School took part in the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative.

The pupils who chose EYCP as their chosen charity won! Our School Project Manager, Mo Whelton, was in attendance : “The young people were amazing and their presentation was excellent, I look forward to providing an update to  show how the funds were used to provide respite and activities to young carers across the city”

EYCP – Newsletter Issue 2 (Winter)

21 January 2014


Issue 2 of our newsletter is now downloadable

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The Canny Families Project

7 January 2014

Edinburgh Community Food are currently working in partnership with Changeworks and Citizens Advice Edinburgh to deliver a city wide programme which supports families with children to better manage rising energy/food costs and to maximise income. This project is funded by Big Lottery Support and Connect Fund.

The Canny Families Project involves a programme of affordable cooking courses across Edinburgh, with each course run over a six week period. With a focus on a different topic each week participants will not only learn practical cooking skills and how to make affordable and healthy family meals but will also improve their knowledge of nutrition and learn how to reduce food waste. Participants will also be offered affordable warmth advice from Changeworks as well as fuel poverty advice from Citizens Advice Edinburgh. The programme is open to parents with children under the age of 16. Childcare will be available for participants at all sessions.

We are now recruiting participants for upcoming courses at the following venues:

Tuesday Mornings, from Tuesday 14th January to Tuesday 18th February , from 9.30am – 11.30am at Leith Academy
Wednesday Mornings, from Wednesday 15th January to Wednesday 19th February, from 9.30am – 11.30am at Pentland Community Centre
Thursday mornings, from Thursday 16th January to Thursday 20th February, from 9.30am – 11.30am at Slateford Green Community Centre.

If this is something that you would like to find out more about please contact Stephanie at Edinburgh Community Food on 0131 467 7326, or by email: