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In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available or to find out about alternative groups or services in your area.


YMCA Edinburgh

YMCA Edinburgh offers a mentoring service to young people (8-14yrs) who may be at-risk of offending. It is a community service, based in the YMCA, which uses volunteers to work 1:1 with young people both in Leith and Edinburgh. Plusone uses the skills and life experiences of local volunteer mentors to engage young people in their local community. Volunteer mentors come from a range of backgrounds. Qualifications are not necessary, but empathy, understanding and a non-judgemental attitude are, coupled with an enthusiasm for working with young people.

Identification and referral of young people will be based on evidence of a cluster of risk factors in the young person's life:

- Disruption or disengagement at school
- Offending, aggressive or antisocial behaviour
- Conflict in the home / family
- Substance misuse

In February 2015 Plusone Mentoring achieved the Scottish Mentoring Network Quality Award and in 2016 the continuing excellence and outstanding employee awards. These awards shows the level of commitment to the mentors, the young people and partners that Plusone Edinburgh has to providing a quality mentoring service in the City of Edinburgh.

In 2016 Plusone successfully matched 33 young people with a mentor.

Plusone receives funding from: Robertson Trust, Calton Youth Ministry, Big Lottery and Dr Guthrie Association.
4 - 12, 13 - 16
Days and Times
1 Junction Place, Leith

North East  North West  South East  South West 
Contact Details
Contact Person: Mike Kerracher
Contact Telephone: 0131 553 7877 / 07884 032 200
Contact Email:

This record was last modified on: 24 July 2019