The youth provision team at Sikh Sanjog work with young people from 5-18 years old, predominately children and young women from Sikh and ethnic minority backgrounds, however our services are open to all.
Sikh Sanjog ensure that all of our programs are in line with the priorities and policies of the Scottish Government including ‘Getting it right For Every Child’ and the ‘Curriculum for Excellence’. We also work towards the LGBT charter of Rights and manage the Positive Destination strategy for ethnic minority school leavers.
We have a skilled and varied staff team that understand the challenges of being a young person in today’s society with the advancement of technology, transitioning from primary school to high-school – high school and beyond, competitive employment and further education opportunities, family and friends, the milestones and development of growing up all while juggling 2 cultures and finding a place in the world. Our programs which are outlines below aim to provide opportunities to support this time in a young person’s life that are fun, education and relevant including:
- Health & wellbeing
- Personal development
- Confidence building
- Employability, further education, modern apprenticeships
- Work in schools
- Cultural awareness
- And much more….
Fridays during term time
130/14 Leith Walk
We run an open youth club for young people 5-16 years, with multiple spaces for the different age groups (5-9 and 10-16), we deliver a range of fun activities including arts and crafts, t-shirt designing, cake decorating, roller blading, sports, dance, healthy eating and much more. Every week the sessions finishes with everyone getting together to enjoy a tasty snack.
Shared Vision – Schools Project
Sikh Sanjog have been awarded funding from Police Scotland and Edinburgh City Council to deliver a project with local schools which aims to raise awareness and tackle Hate crime and Islamophobia. We are currently working with Leith Academy and Trinity Academy and intend to deliver smaller one off sessions to local primary schools. The project will run until Spring 2018 and finish with all the groups coming together to celebrate diversity.
One 2 One Support
We provide one 2 one support for young people on a needs basis. This can range from advice regarding employment, modern apprenticeships and further education to support with complex family issues, bullying, cultural barriers etc. We strive to support young people as best we can through appointments within Sikh Sanjog or signposting to other organisations. Individuals can contact us directly or can be referred by schools/organisations etc.
Our current programs are regularly reviewed with input from young people to ensure our services are relevant, attractive to young people and meeting their needs. Previously we have ran holiday clubs, homework clubs, exercise groups all of which depending of funding have the potential to return if in demand.