One to One Support

Update:  We are not currently taking referrals for face-to-face One-to-One Support, but please contact us if you are interested in remote/digital support.  Check back for updates!  Our Digital Drop-in service is also available for 12-21 year olds in Edinburgh…



The One-to-One Support Service at the Junction is a free and confidential service for any young person aged 12-21 who lives, works or studies in Leith or North East Edinburgh.

Using the One-to-One Service gives you a chance to speak to a worker about what is on your mind.  You can get weekly support for around 10 sessions.

Your worker will help you set goals – it could be finding healthy ways to cope with difficult emotions; building up your confidence or self-esteem; or getting support around health and wellbeing topics such as alcohol use, sleep, sexuality, relationships, gender identity or smoking.

At present, you can choose to get support either face-to-face at The Junction or remotely by phone or video call.  Distancing and other safety measures are in place for face-to-face support.  If you choose remote support, we will discuss with you how to set up a safe digital space.

Making a referral

Thank you for your interest in making a referral to The Junction.

There are 3 ways you can make a referral:

You can also ask another person you trust to make the referral on your behalf, such as a parent or teacher.

What to expect

Once we have received your referral form, a worker will contact you to arrange an Access Appointment.  This is time to talk in  more depth about what you would like support with and to look at how The Junction might be able to help you.

After the Access Appointment you will be allocated a one-to-one worker as soon as possible.   There is a waiting list for the One-to-One Service, but you can use The Digital Drop-In to speak to a worker until your support begins.

Your sessions will take place weekly at a time agreed by both you and the worker.  At your first session, your worker will explain our confidentiality policy to you.  You and your worker will set goals and plan how the sessions can best meet your needs.  As you reach the end of your sessions, you and your worker will work towards a planned ending – this might include using other services at The Junction.

Fake IDs issue among British and American youth

There is a growing problem of fake ID use among young people in Britain and USA. Fake IDs are used by underage persons to buy alcohol, tobacco and in certain states of America, even legal marijuana. Fake IDs are easy to get online, due to democratization of technology, anonymous cryptocurrency payments and globalization of world economy. Youngsters often use alcohol as an escape from everyday problems. Likewise, they want to socialize in company of their older peers and visit bars, clubs and music venues with age control policy. That's where fake identification cards come to the rescue, despite known scams. However, many students do not realize that by using a fake identification document they add felony to misdemeanor and thus can irreversibly damage their future. If you developed a drinking problem or need a legal help after being caught with false ID, The Junction Youth center can provide guidance and advice (more questions answered here).