Youth Work



Jennifer Ba
30 Westburn Grove, Wester Hailes, EDINBURGH, EH14 2SA
0131 442 2341
South West


Who is the service for?
Young People (16-25), Primary School (5-12), Secondary School (13-15), Minority Ethnic
What age range is it suitable for?
4 - 12, 13 - 16, 17 - 25


WHALE Learning Centre, 30 Westburn Grove, Wester Hailes, EDINBURGH, EH14 2SA
0131 442 2341


FRIDAY: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
SATURDAY: 1:30pm - 3:30pm


Covid-19 UPDATE...

Our work (mostly) targeting BME children, young people and their families through the pandemic continues to evolve thanks to BBC Children in Need, the City of Edinburgh Council, the University of Edinburgh and the Robertson Trust. We assess and respond to the unique needs of our target communities.

- We are connecting families to electronic devices and digital support, to ensure children and young people can access their homework/online sessions. This is essential to support families to overcome digital exclusion and language barriers.
- We are promoting creative learning at home; including the delivery of art supplies to members of Knots and Crosses Children’s Club (KCCC).
- The youth work team are currently delivering two weekly sessions online: KCCC (7-10 yrs) and Knots and Crosses Youth Club (KCYC) (11-16 yrs). Participants have recently been working on cookery challenges and enterprise sessions. In addition, we have established a private Instagram page for young people to access ( including a 3-week Lockdown challenge, with great prizes including a Nike voucher. This provision is continuing to grow.
- Throughout the pandemic, we continue to provide Duke of Edinburgh award volunteering opportunities to young people. They have created COVID-19 health promotion messages in different languages, taught online sessions to children and have been supported to learn new skills.
- Working with experienced tutors, we are providing homework support sessions and offering one-to-one online sessions to children, who are struggling with home learning.
- We have been liaising with schools, social work departments and GP services to support children, young people and their parents/carers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New members are welcome. Please refer families with children & young people to Jennifer Ba. Email or text 07504 826 683.

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Normal service details...

We provide free fun activities for young people particularly those from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. We focus on the groups being friendly and safe, a place where young people can relax and be themselves. To become a member you need to be aged between 7 and 24 years and stay in the West of Edinburgh.

Knots & Crosses Children’s Club (KCCC)...

Our Knots & Crosses Children’s Club (KCCC) runs on Friday afternoons during term time and is for young people aged 7 to 10 years.

Knots & Crosses Youth Club (KCYC)...

Our Knots & Crosses Youth Club (KCYC) runs on Saturdays during term time and is for young people aged 11 to 16 years.

6 to 24 Years...

We are planning to start a group for older young people which will run on a week day evening and during holidays.

School Holidays...

As well as regular term time activities, we also run activities during the Easter and summer school holidays.

How young people benefit from our youth clubs

- They make new friends
- They get support from our experienced Youth Workers
- They improve their confidence and gain new skills/experiences
- They improve their health and well-being
- They get help to deal with issues that they are facing e.g. racism, bullying, sexism etc
- They will learn about what is happening in the local community and will get involved

How to become a member

It’s easy to become a member – we have a quick, simple form for a parent or carer to fill in. Please see

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact our office on 0131 442 2341 and ask for Jennifer Ba, our Youth and Children’s Development Officer.

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WHALE Learning Centre, 30 Westburn Grove, Wester Hailes, EDINBURGH, EH14 2SA
07496 190 752
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