Drop In & Walk In

Junction Digital Drop-In

Phone, text, email, Whatsapp or video call support for young people in Edinburgh aged 12-21. Have a one-to-one chat with a worker for around half an hour about anything on your mind. 

All our workers are really friendly and will treat you with respect. The worker can: 

To request support please either email support@the-junction.org or text 07758348850.  Please contact us before the Digital Drop-In session starts so we can confirm a time. 

The Junction Digital Drop-In is a free and confidential service.  However, if we are worried that you or someone you talk about is in danger, we may need to pass this information on to someone else in order to help you.  

For more information about what happens once you contact us click HERE.


The Drop-In

We currently have some extra measures in place at Drop-In to keep you and our workers safe.  Please do a lateral flow test before you come in and wear a mask unless you’re exempt.  Chairs will be spaced out at a 1-metre distance.  This means we have to manage the number of people in the Drop-In space.  If the space gets busy, we may need to ask you to come back later. 

What happens at The Junction Drop-In?

Our Drop-in is a safe place for all young people aged 12-21 and is staffed by workers who have experience and an interest in young people’s health. You can come alone or bring a friend! You can pop in to:

Current drop-in times are:  Wednesday’s 4.00pm – 7.00pm

Come to the green door at Junction at 82-86 Great Junction Street and buzz the buzzer.

Everyone is really friendly and will treat you with respect. We have your best interests at heart and all services are free and confidential.

The Junction has a zero tolerance policy on language or behaviour that discriminates on the grounds of:

What can I talk about?

You can speak to a worker about anything to do with your health and wellbeing.  This might be things like school stress, difficult emotions, drug use, sleep, friendships, sexuality, uncomfortable thoughts, anger, self-harm or you might be worried about someone else.  There are so many things you might want to talk about – we won’t judge you and we’ll do our best to help!

Is it private?

Our service is confidential which means that we won’t share what you’ve told us unless we’re worried that you or someone you spoke about is in danger.  If we’re worried, we will do our best to let you know and tell you what we’ll do.

When you come in we’ll ask you to tell us your first name and your age.  We’ll also make a note of what you spoke to us about in case you come back again.  This will be kept securely.  We will also keep a brief note of what you have spoken about.  This will help us provide consistent support to you and it will also help us tell our funder what work we have been doing.

Just ask if you have any questions.  We can also let you see our confidentiality policy or GDPR (data protection) policies!

What happens at The Junction Walk-In?

Our WalkIn is not currently running – please use the Digital Drop-In or Drop-In.

Our Walk-in service is a safe place for all young people aged 12-21 to come and chat to a worker on a 1:1 basis. Instead of waiting in the drop-in area with friends/ other young people, you will wait in our main staffed reception. If you’d like, you could bring a friend or even a family member or support worker to wait with you while you see a worker!

At walk-in appointments, young people can:

Current walk-in times are:  not currently running

Please come to the middle (purple) door for walk-in, where you will be asked to fill in a quick sign-in sheet: there is no need to say what service you need or give us any contact details if you don’t want to. Walk in appointments can last anything from 5 minutes to around 30 minutes depending on the issue you would like to discuss.

Our staff are really friendly and will treat you with respect. We have your best interests at heart and all our services are free and confidential.

What is the difference between the Walk-In and Drop-In?

The Drop-In is a shared space. It is a chance to come in on your own or with friends to learn more about different health and wellbeing topics and chat about things that are important to you. You can also access a 1:1 with a worker.  No over 21’s apart from our workers are allowed in the drop-in space. At the drop-in there are fun activities, a different theme each month as well as free juice and fruit.

The Walk-In is a chance to wait for your 1:1 with a worker in a quieter environment. You are welcome to come by yourself or come with an adult/ support worker or friend. You will be offered a drink while you wait and hopefully you will be seen straight away or soon after.

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