Set up in 2002 The BIG Project is now a highly successful provider of services and support for children and young people aged 5 - 16 years living in Broomhouse area of Edinburgh, Scotland. The area is one of the most deprived wards in the city, rating 7 on the Scottish Government's 1-7 index of deprivation, it consists almost entirely of social housing, has high rates of family breakdown, unemployment is more than double the level for the rest of Edinburgh and is almost at the top of the free school meals allocation.
The majority of children and young people who use our services come from Broomhouse, North Sighthill, Saughton Mains, Stenhouse, Calders or Carrick Knowe and between them attend 5 Secondary and 6 Primary schools.
The BIG Project is accommodated in Broomhouse Primary School It has an office base in one of the classrooms which has its own external entrance, daytime use of communal areas and in the evening has access to gym halls, Astroturf and a range of rooms/areas. Adopting a preventative approach The BIG Project delivers a programme of attractive and exciting educational opportunities and experiences designed to develop and reinforce young people's skills, confidence and self-image in a safe and supportive environment.
Promoting activities and interests not as an end in themselves but as part of a wider developmental process, The Project recognises respects and encourages the initiatives of young people and provides ways for them to express their views and be heard. A major strength of this organisation is its very low staff turnover which provides a great sense of stability and continuity for young people many of whom experience social exclusion and discrimination at a variety of levels and whose lives are often chaotic and uncertain. Activities are structured to ensure time is available to nurture these positive relationships.
What We Do
- Offer opportunities for personal growth through which children and young people can develop life skills, confidence and self esteem.
- Recognise, respect and encourage the initiatives of children and young people.
- Offer a variety of informal education activities, programmes and experiences, which are recreational, social and fun!
- Challenge children and young people's actions, attitudes and words whilst encouraging them to realise the consequences.
- Provide ways for children and young people to express their views and be heard.