The Elgin Youth Development Group was established in 1998 in response to concerns that young people did not have a place to meet and socialise. We now run a youth café called The Warehouse and offer a full range of youth work related services and activities including open evenings, after school clubs, holiday clubs, cooking and fitness classes and employability opportunities.
Our aim is to guide and support young people to realise their full potential. We do this by providing:
- projects and activities that address the needs of our young people and helps them develop their confidence, leadership skills and well being
- opportunities that positively influence them to become valued and active members of the community
We also run a social enterprise called The Inkwell. This initiative enables us to increase our sustainability by offering meeting rooms and a Community Kitchen for hire as well as catering services. As importantly, it allows us to offer employability opportunities to young people who need additional support to transition into work.
Our Inkwell Community Kitchen is a modern and fully accessible training facility from which we run workshops to introduce young people to healthy eating, from cooking on a budget to international cuisine. Additional classes are offered for parent and child sessions, cooking to boost mental health and bespoke sessions for those with additional support needs.