EYDG – AGM – Date for your diary

20161015_154721The EYDG will be holding the AGM at the cafe on the evening of the 21st November.  All are welcome to what will be a brief business meeting followed by a look at what we have been doing for the last year and award presentations to some of our young people.IMG_4672

AGM Monday 21st November 7pm

If you would like to come please let us know, so we can plan catering.  There will be tea and coffee and snacks on the night.

Project Support Assistant ~ Job Vacancy

We are currently recruiting a support assistant to help manage the social enterprise – The Inkwell.Elgin Youth Cafe

The vacancy is only open to unemployed 16 to 29 year olds who have a disability and/or long term health condition and who are on Work Choice or are Work Choice eligible.
For more details follow the link below, or contact neil @elginyouthcafe.org.


Vote for us…. please!

We have been shortlisted for a RBS grant from the Skills and Opportunities Fund.  Please log on to the website and make the following programme possible by voting for us.  click here to go to the voting page

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We are Elgin Youth Development Group, a charity and social enterprise aiming to help local people of all ages to live their life to the full.

We run a wide range of projects and activities including a drop-in Youth Cafe, after school clubs, holiday and evening activities for young people and a recently-opened community kitchen and meeting hub.  We’d like your help to start the Inkwell Catering Academy in our venue hire and catering social enterprise. We’ll offer training and work placements to young people living in Moray.

Your funding will be used to create four six-month supported and paid for work placements within our venue hire and catering social enterprise for local people aged 16 or over. They will also go through a programme of 24 training and qualification courses including REHIS (The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland) Elementary Food Hygiene, child protection, first aid and modules designed to improve key life skills including finances, administration and time management.

We expect to improve the confidence, skills, qualifications and employability of all participants in the project.

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Leadership at EYDG

Elgin Youth CafeWe are seeking mature young people with proven leadership skills to take on roles that will directly impact on the future of Elgin Youth Cafe, The Inkwell and our new Community Kitchen. We are looking for young people who are looking for new experiences, keen to learn new skills and are willing to step out of their comfort zone.

Elgin Youth Development Group are seeking young leaders in Moray to shape the future of EYDG.

We are eager to hear from young people who would like to increase their knowledge of how charities and social enterprises work and who would like to provide increased opportunities for young people in Moray.

There are eight positions within this group which are listed below. A copy of the role descriptions are included in the pack attached to this email.

  • Chair of Youth Committee
  • Secretary of Youth Committee
  • Fundraising Representative
  • Moray Youth Council Representative
  • Networking Representative
  • Schools Representative
  • Training Representative
  • Youth Programme Representative

Within each of these positions, young people will have the opportunity to work closely with our Directors, our staff and our volunteers. They will have the chance to learn from experienced professionals in EYDG as well as link up with different organisations and agencies. There will be opportunities to gain valuable skills in; leadership, fundraising, events management and youth work.

If you would like to apply, I have attached a recruitment pack and an Application form above. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kate (Snr. Youth Worker)

Photography Workshop

What an awesome 2 days we had at Winding Walks, Fochabers on Monday and Tuesday this week.

The ‘Outdoor Adventure, Photography and Filming Course’ was the last event of a 4 month programme of activities for young people in Moray to learn and develop their skills in photography and filming.

These opportunities were made possible by funding received from Eilidh Thomson’s family. Eilidh was a very talented local Photographer but sadly passed away on 5th July 2014 at the age of 29.  

We would like to thank the many organisations, local Photographers and Film Makers and the amazing young people who participated!



Discussion ~ What are we doing?

There is a conversation going on at the moment about what we are doing, or more correctly what should we be doing.  We are looking at our strategic direction for the next few years.  What should our team be doing? What should we be fundraising for?

A safe space relatively free from the adults who controlled their day to day lives;

The youth development group was set up in 1999 to meet the needs of young people.  There was a perception that young people were socialising outside the home; in the town centre, but had nowhere to call their own space. A safe space relatively free from the adults who controlled their day to day lives; teachers, parents, etc.  The cafe was set up by teenagers, with some support from a team of youth workers.

Over the years the basic needs of people have not changed, but the social context has.  Social media has revolutionised the way we live our lives, especially the lives of young people. We now live our lives on two levels – face to face – and online, both at the same time.  There are constantly two levels of conversations going on and it has transformed the world as we used to know it.  How does this affect what we are doing? Should it change things? What are the current issues? How will they be different in five years time?

We currently use social media as an advertising tool – to get messages out there.  Should we be doing more?  Should we be delivering online services?  Such as…?

The cafe was set up to be a young people’s space, what will it be five years from now…?

Neil CO


Living Well Youth Worker post


The Elgin Youth Development Group

is looking to recruit a

Living Well Youth Worker

The post which is funded by Young Start is full time (37.5hrs) with a salary of £20,000 and is initially for a two-year period.

The post holder will be expected to work as a member of a dynamic youth team, specialising in work with Young People exploring mental health and self-confidence issues. For application details please contact Kate@elginyouthcafe.org

Closing date for this post is August 5th – click here for online details – Job description – Youth Worker living well / Livingwell youth worker – Personal Specification

The Elgin Youth Development Group is an equal opportunities employer


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Strategic Planning Day

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At the beginning of May we are gathering a collection of the Directors, young people, volunteers, and staff to explore where the project is going in the years to come.

Strategic Planning

What is working? What is not? What should we be concentrating our resources on?  What should our social enterprise be like?  Youth project, social enterprise, training kitchen, cross-generational project – how should they all relate to each other?  What are the major issues facing the young people of Elgin area?


To have your say, speak with one of the team before the end of the month.