The Warehouse@EYC, known locally as Elgin Youth Cafe, is a place where young people of all backgrounds can access a range of projects and activities including community projects, after school clubs, a variety of training courses, outdoor education activities, and issue-based sessions where we challenge, motivate and provide personal development opportunities for all 11-18 year olds in Moray.
Our Friday evening drop ins are the cornerstone of our provision. Our Youth Management Group plan the evenings and take on roles which include serving food and drinks, operating the DJ Booth and running fun activities.
We also offer employment opportunities, giving young people real work place skills in hospitality, administration and youth work. The underlying ethos of the café is “run by young people, for young people”. To that end, we actively listen to our members and it is their energy, imagination and ambition that drives the project forward.
Now that restrictions have eased, we have been able to return to face-to-face youth work provisions within our building.
Our Virtual Warehouse service and other groups will remain open to allow us to stay in contact with our young people, although we are not currently holding virtual sessions.
Please stay safe and look after each other!
Open to all S1-S6, our term time and holiday programmes promote well-being, mental and physical health. With a range of activities including Cooking Classes, Fitness Classes and Drop-In sessions there is always something for young people to get involved in.
Advice and Support
Should you or anyone you know need additional support and advice our Youth Workers are on hand. To arrange a chat with us click here.
Or contact us on 01343 548300 or pop into The Warehouse.
Talk to Us!
If you have ideas for a project or activity come and tell us about it.
We would love to hear your ideas!
Over the years The Warehouse@EYC has provided a wide variety of projects for our young people.
Term Time Programmes
Created in collaboration with our young people, our term time programmes aim to provide daily after school activities for young people.
These programmes combine our healthy living programme with social sessions such as our weekly Friday Night Drop Ins to give young people the social space to be themselves.
We run our holiday programmes over the Easter, Summer and October holidays. These programmes are free to attend and provide the opportunity for young people to experience new activities or to visit new places.
Work Placements (Employability Project)
This 12 week (12 hrs a week) project offers in-house work experience and training to enable each participant to build confidence, gain knowledge and improve their personal skills. In addition, they are offered the opportunity to gain accredited qualifications.
As part of this project they will work alongside trained staff and professionals in a variety of different roles. Opportunities include administration and social media, front of house hospitality and catering, as well as assisting the youth team with the planning, organising and delivery of the youth project.
The Warehouse Squad offers paid positions for existing members of The Warehouse @EYC. Roles include café bar and kitchen managers, entertainment coordinator and young fundraiser. Squad members support the Youth Team during after-school, evening and weekend sessions.
As well as gaining valuable work experience, Squad members also receive training in Food Hygiene and First Aid. With the support of the Youth Team, they also build key skills in organisation and planning, budgeting, stock management and customer service.
Healthy Living Programme
Each week our Health Promoting Youth Workers deliver cooking and fitness classes, raising awareness of healthy living and positive decision-making. Specialist sessions are also offered, e.g. Beatz and Personal Trainers. Our members are encouraged to challenge themselves and, each term, take part in a special event. Recent challenges have included Gung Ho and Beatzathon.
As part of this programme we also have two Smoothie Bikes on site which are available for hire through the Youth Team. You can print out a rental form here.