In 2018 The Junction turned 13! To celebrate becoming a teenager we created a booklet to celebrate our past, present and future. You can download the booklet here

The Junction – Young People, Health & Wellbeing is an award-winning organisation established in 2005 in response to local action research: ‘Safe & Sorted? Not in Leith.’ Here at the Junction we take a holistic approach towards young people’s health & wellbeing. We understand that the various aspects of young people’s lives are interrelated, so we make sure that young people are able to access all of our services, without having to fit themselves in with defined issues or problems.

We maintain a wider outlook, rather than focusing solely on the issue presented we try to see the whole person, and the different factors influencing their life. This way, no matter who walks through the Junction’s door or engages with us when we are out and about, whatever question or scenario they bring with them, we’ll respond in a way that’s helpful to them (i.e. no rules such as ‘we only deal with alcohol issues on Wednesdays, please come back then’). Within our holistic approach our services are layered, allowing young people to engage at their appropriate level & time.

We refer to this model as nested provision. Nested provision makes the more focussed services, such as one-to-one support and counselling, much more accessible because it allows young people time to build up a relationship of trust with our approach and ethos. It also offers support and gives young people time to identify their own needs. It’s important that young people can access the right service at the right time for them.

We won’t push young people to access a service they’re not ready for, nor will we funnel them into a structured programme when perhaps their needs indicate that more flexible support is the best option. However, we will make sure our service users feel supported to explore their options and make decisions. When one kind of support or engagement concludes, young people can continue to use the project through our other services thus creating their own unique pathway appropriate to their individual needs.




Strategic overview of the organisation including representing The Junction at local and national level. Sharing our learning and experiences with young people with other services using our Nested Provision model.

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Creative Express Senior Development Worker

Providing one-to-one support, groupwork and projects using a mix of creative arts to explore health and wellbeing. Also supports the Junction Youth Advisors.

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Office Administrator

Providing a warm welcome to young people who visit The Junction. Responsible for handling referrals for our services, building maintenance, website updates, social media as well as 86 Space bookings and marketing.

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Service Manager

Having a strategic overview of all activities relating to The Junction. Support and supervision of senior level staff. Liaising with Board of Trustees, funders and other stakeholders.

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Project Worker

Lead worker at the Wednesday Drop-In and C:Card Coordinator. Providing one-to-one support for young people. Link contact for outreach service at Drummond Community High School.

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Project Worker

Street Outreach and Positive Pathways Lead. Providing generic one-to-one support for young people.

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Senior Project Worker

Managing the project worker team. Sexual Health Lead. Providing generic one-to-one support for young people. LGBT Charter Champion. Link contact for outreach services provided at Edinburgh College.

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Senior Counsellor

Providing counselling sessions for young people and the clinical support and supervision for staff and volunteer counsellors. Training of other professionals in the field.

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Caroline C

Project Worker

Providing workshops to schools on Substance Use and one-to-one counselling for young people.

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Providing counselling sessions for young people on Mondays

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Caroline B

Volunteer Counsellor

Providing counselling sessions for young people.

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Project Worker

Providing one to one support to young people. Positive pathway worker. Key worker at Friday Drop-In's.

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Project Worker

Worker at the Friday Drop-Ins. Providing generic one-to-one support for young people. Link contact for outreach services provided at Trinity Academy. Also supports the Junction Youth Advisors.

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Time to Shine Intern

Intern through the Rank Foundation's Time to Shine Programme. Tessa's internship focuses on Year of The Young People 2018 as well as helping The Junction celebrate turning 13 with a booklet and party.

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Community Counsellor

To provide counselling for young people within The Junction’s unique model and engage with young people in the community. Providing services including health and wellbeing related workshops in schools and partner agencies, street outreach and walk-in appointments.

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Helping us deliver our services by raising funds through small grant applications, partnerships as well as fundraising events and activities.

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