About

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 ther own unique pathway appropriate to their individual needs.

Staff

Sam

Director

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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Vicki

Fundraiser

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

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Ian

Project Worker

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

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Danni

Project Worker

Providing One-to-One Support to young people. Positive Pathways worker. Usually supporting young people at the Walk-Ins on Mondays and Thursdays, currently doing this through our Digital Drop-in.

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Suzanne

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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April-Wendy

Creative Express Worker

Providing one-to-one support, groupwork, and outreach, using a range of creative mediums to explore health and wellbeing. April-Wendy also supports The Junction Youth Advisors.

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Helen

Young Person's Voice Worker

Exploring how we listen to and involve young people and supporting The Junction Youth Advisors. Providing one-to-one support and working on Drop-Ins; and school and street outreach.

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Caroline

Project Worker

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

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Hayden

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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Jacqueline

Community Counsellor

Providing counselling sessions for young people. Jacqueline also supports young people through community engagements including; school and street outreach, groupwork and via our walk-in and drop-in services

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Yvonne

Volunteer Counsellor

Providing counselling sessions for young people.

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Ana

Volunteer Counsellor

Providing counselling sessions for young people.

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Adele

Office Manager

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Chris

Time To Shine

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