Covid-19 Service UPDATE...
We have returned to some face to face scaled down Drop In provision at the Vennel.
Booking is essential for this - to get in touch please use messenger, email, facebook, twitter, instagram or via the Contact Us page at https://www.6vt.info/lets_talk on our website.
Normal service details...
At the heart of all the 6VT services is the Drop In. Operating an open door policy, the Drop In is open to any young person living in the Edinburgh aged 14 -21 years of age. Each month there is a programme of social, educational and personal development activities which young people can participate in if they wish.
At the Drop In, young people can access free internet and there is a coffee bar where inexpensive hot food, snacks and drinks can be purchased.
There are no membership or subscription fees at 6VT Youth Cafe. 6VT is a drug and alcohol free environment.
Services in the Drop-in...
Food Access Voucher Scheme
We offer a Food Access Voucher Scheme that gives hot food to those young people classed as homeless and to the most vulnerably housed young people within the City of Edinburgh. The vouchers can be redeemed by young people at the youth cafe in return for a hot meal, drink and a snack at no cost to themselves.
The vouchers are issued by other agencies such as the Council housing dept and Through Care and Aftercare or any other agencies who have signed into the scheme. The vouchers can only be used during Drop In hours - Monday, Wednesday & Friday 6:00pm - 10:00pm.
We are also a referring agency to the Trussel Trust Foodbanks in Edinburgh..
6VT is a C Card plus outlet where free condoms and sexual health advice can be accessed by anyone aged 13 and over. The service is free and confidential and you will be seen by a specially trained worker. You don’t even need to give your name. All you need to do is to come into the cafe to get a card. You will receive a card which will allow you to get free condoms at any C Card outlet when you need them just by showing your card, however under 16's receive a purple C Card Plus and can only use them in C Card Plus outlets. Over 16's receive a silver C Card and can use them at any C Card Outlet and a new development means you can now order them to be sent in the post as long as you have a silver card and live within an EH postcode.
Period Friendly Point
6VT is a Period Friendly Point which offers accessible and free sanitary products for homeless women, or any women in need. Each Point also carries a small stock of spare pants, travel wipes and disposal bags.
The Period Friendly Points are identified by the distinctive 28-day calendar logo. This will inform the women that they will always be welcome at 6VT, there will be free access to products and there will be a clean, safe space with warm water. Selected Points will be able to offer advice on periods and other health concerns. We want to offer a period of dignity where women know they don’t have to ask, or to beg but they can simply pop into our Period Friendly Point and know they will find what they need.
3rd Party Reporting
6VT Youth Cafe is a 3rd Party Reporting Centre. You can report any crime to our staff if you don't feel confident going to Police.This can be a done confidentially for police intelligence only or as a bridge to help take this forward to Police.
In some cases victims/witnesses of crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the Police and may be more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with. To ensure all victims/witnesses are able to report crimes, Police Scotland works in partnership with a wide variety of partners who perform the role of 3rd Party Reporting Centres. Staff within 3rd Party Reporting Centres have been trained to assist a victim or witness in submitting a report to the police and can make such a report on the victim/witnesses behalf.