The EVOC Red Book

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


Only services that are currently available during COVID-19 are listed in the directory.

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.


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What is the Positive Transitions Service?

The Positive Transitions Service supports children, young people and their families through primary and secondary school across Edinburgh and 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 the ‘Positive Transitions Service’ in 2016.

Our work now spans across a wide range of projects that offer support both on a one-to-one basis, and through group projects. We also work with students on placement from Universities around Scotland and supporting parents/carers and families, in addition to children and young people.


Art Therapies...

Our Arts Therapies programme provides opportunities for young people to explore and express their emotions through the arts. We provide a supportive environment in which to use different materials, exercises and artistic methods for young people to communicate their emotions and explore the support they need. Projects may include art therapy, music therapy, play therapy or drama therapy.

Arts Therapies is currently running both online and in person. We are exploring a blended model of therapeutic working in line with government guidance and up-to-date research in this area.

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Our accredited Befriending service works closely with schools to provide young people with a befriender, providing a safe, supportive environment where young people and their befrienders can talk, play games, learn, and share stories. We are also increasingly providing Art Befriending, using art as a way to communicate.

This service has moved to an online platform.

For further information, please see

Family Support...

Identifying the best 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.

We work directly with teachers, families and other agencies to identify and offer the most suitable and appropriate support.

Students are supported and supervised, with opportunities to be creative and flexible in practice whilst tackling challenges the child/young person may be facing.

Family Support is currently running both online and in person. We are following government guidance and working closely with schools and communities to ensure people’s safety at this time.

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Whit dae ye hink?

A parental engagement project

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.

We developed the ‘Whit dae ye hink’ (What do you think) project, a parental engagement service in partnership with schools. We listen to and support parents/carers with concerns and suggestions to make their school a better place.

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Looking for support?

Are you looking for support for children, young people and families? Do you think your school or organisation could benefit from our projects?

Contact us at to make a referral or learn more about our work!
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This record was last modified on: 19 October 2020