6VT Youth Café is located in the old town of Edinburgh. It attracts young people city wide from a wide mix of backgrounds. The service is open 52 weeks of the year, 6 days a week. Our hours of operation extend way past that of most other traditional youth provision providing supports at time when many young people find themselves in a vulnerable position. As a purpose designed youth café we provide a high quality, safe environment which is respected by service users.
We deliver holistic personal development opportunties, empowering and motivating positive change in a dynamic environment. An important benefit of the service is our ground breaking hybrid integrated approach to working - a combination of youth and social workers with specialised practitioners so offering a centralised "one stop shop" which successfully attracts a service user group that few youth work services manage to engage. For some young people we are a positive social networking and learning service, whilst for others it is their key means of support and development and for the majority it is safe diversionary service.
6VT has gone from strength to strength over the past 19 years attracting a footfall of over 120,000 young people. Our success is evident by the high level of young people we have sustained in our service.
Over the years, 6VT’s areas of expertise have grown and it now also provides housing services and an integrated community support service for young people facing the prospect of foster care, residential care or being housed in a secure unit.
6VT aims to give vulnerable young people a high-quality, holistic service where they can be safe, grow and develop. There are more than 500 regular café users