The EVOC Red Book

The online directory to find third sector Organisations, and their services across Edinburgh


Directory of local groups/projects who are offering specific support during the current COVID-19 pandemic »

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.


People Know How

What is the Positive Transitions Service?

The Positive Transitions Service supports children, young people and their families through primary and secondary school across all four localities in Edinburgh and in East Lothian.

Our work with children and young people began in 2014, when we consulted 151 young people about what it’s like to live in Edinburgh (our Consultation with Children and Young People). The transition to high school was one of the biggest challenges young people faced, and the area we chose to focus on first. We also consulted and supported over 550 young people on these subjects. Our work was finally established as ‘Positive Transitions Service’ in 2016.

Our work now ranges from one to one support, group work, working with students on placement from Universities around Scotland, and supporting parents/carers and families.

Projects currently included in the Positive Transitions Service are:

All Aboard...

A canal-side venture that seeks to purchase and run a boat from the newly reinstated Polwarth Pontoon. In partnership with Polwarth Parish Church we aim to host our Positive Transitions Service aboard the canal boat, increasing positive engagement with the Union Canal and intergenerational community cohesion.

Please see for further information.

Art Therapy...

Our Art Therapy programme works in partnership with Queen Margaret University to provide opportunities for young people to explore and express their emotions through the art making process in one-on-one and group sessions with art therapists.

Please see for further information.


Our accredited Befriending service works closely with schools to provide young people with a befriender – someone they can talk to about their worries, have some fun with or just sit quietly with! They visit young people in and out of school and provide a safe environment and a positive role model they can trust. We are also increasingly providing Art Befriending, using art as a way to communicate.

Please see for further information.

Family Support...

We host social work students on placement from universities around Scotland. They consider the needs of the young people, and how best to support them and help them engage with family, school and their community.

Please see for further information.

Music Therapy...

We offer Music Therapy as part of our partnership with Queen Margaret University practice education. We provide a safe, personal space where young people can express themselves through musical improvisation, lyric and song-writing.

Please see for further information.

Outdoor Journeys...

Outdoor Journeys offers young people in the North East locality of Edinburgh the opportunity to learn about their surroundings, and connect with nature and the place they live outside the classroom setting, increasing confidence and wellbeing.

Please see for further information.

Science Club...

A series of exciting science workshops for children and young people. We work in partnership with four primary schools across Edinburgh to run groups during and after school hours. The workshops are designed based on what young people want to learn about and promote exploring and having fun with science!

Please see for further information.

Whit dae ye hink...

We aim to create a parent/carer community to ensure both parents and their children feel heard and understood, and can work together to overcome personal, school, and learning challenges. This parental engagement service, in partnership with schools, listens to and supports parents/carers with concerns and suggestions to make their school a better place.

Please see for further information.

Suitable for ages 4-18 (children and young people), 18-60+ (families).
26 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 4 - 12, 17 - 25, 13 - 16
Days and Times
Contact Details
Contact Telephone: 0131 569 0525
Contact Email:

This record was last modified on: 22 January 2020