What We Do


YMCA Edinburgh offers mentoring services to young people (8-14 years) under three banners – PlusOne, Intandem and Intandem Kinship.

They are community services, based in the YMCA, which uses volunteers to work 1:1 with young people both in Leith and across Edinburgh.

Youth & Play

YMCA Play services offer free, supervised play for Primary aged children in Leith. The services initially were set up for children living in and around Cables Wynd House. In 2023 we were pleased to receive funding from the People’s Postcode Trust to expand services, specifically to welcome in young people from Ukraine who are here in Leith following the war.

Throughout the school holidays we provide Holiday Playschemes for local Primary aged children.

Delivered in partnership with Pilmeny Development Project (PDP) we offer 2 weekly wellbeing groups for girls aged 8-12 and 12+ in Leith.

YMCA Edinburgh also provides youth work support to the popular Street Soccer football session at Leith Community Centre on Friday evenings for secondary aged young people.

Supportive Women’s Group

Our Women’s Group attracts a wide range of women from the local Leith community and further afield. Ranging from early 20’s to early 90’s, the women come from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds facing personal challenges including loneliness, poverty, physical and mental health issues, relationship difficulties, addiction, stress and low self-esteem.

The Group meets weekly on a Wednesday from 12:30 to 14:30.

Advance Booking is Essential

For more information please contact Maureen McGonigle

Phone: 07936 928811 Email: [email protected]

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Activity sessions provide an opportunity to develop new skills, grow in confidence and have fun. We have also been able to organise family trips in the summer holidays. These were hugely successful, providing the women and their children with opportunity for a great day out and the chance to get to know each other better in a different environment. To learn more about the positive effects of running our Women’s Group watch the videos below.

Support & Engagement

Funded through Corra Foundation, The support supervisor leads YMCA Edinburgh’s continued developments to #keepthepromise. The role is multi-purpose, embedding the skilled helper approach across the organisation, as well as leading on YMCA Edinburgh’s commitment to supporting the voice of it’s members and the community, to inform both YMCA Service Delivery and decision making that impacts the local community.

For more information please contact Louisa Richardson, Support Supervisor

Phone:  07935 419067 

Email: [email protected]