The Elgin Youth Cafe was the original vision of the EYDG (Elgin Youth Development Group) to create a safe haven, a social space and personal development opportunities for young people from all social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds in the local area.
Over the last seventeen years, we have developed the facilities and opportunities that we can offer to young people, and we now provide a wide range of projects and activities including a Youth Café that is open three / four nights a week, a community project, after school clubs, a variety of training courses, outdoor education activities, wide range of activities, and issue-based sessions in the Café.
We have been sited as an example of best practice by the Princes Trust in the establishment and running of a Youth Café, and we often receive visitors from other Cafés or councils who are interested in setting up their own charity.
One of our young people was presented with Young Scot of the Year award in 2006, and we encourage young people to take part in a variety of award schemes to develop their skills and confidence including Duke of Edinburgh, the John Muir Award and Youth Achievement Awards.
We were also runners up in the Children & Young People Now National Awards having reached the final of 500 entries and the only Scottish finalist. In 2010 we were awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Services (a MBE for the volunteers) and we also received the Volunteer Friendly Award.