The Elgin Youth Development Group (EYDG) was established in 1998 in response to the fact that young people did not have a place to meet and socialise. It provides a café space that is at the heart of the various programmes and projects on offer to young people in Moray.
The role of the organisation has changed over time and in line with the evolving needs of young people. This work has been recognised through various awards, including: the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; Healthy Living Award; numerous Moray Young Citizen Awards in both the group and individual categories; and, most recently, the YouthLink Scotland Community Based Youth Work Project of the Year 2019.
To support its work, EYDG runs a social enterprise – The Inkwell – that hires out meeting rooms and a kitchen space as well as offering catering services. The addition of the Inkwell allows EYDG to offer a supportive workplace to young people who face barriers to accessing employment.
The sustainability of the charity is at the forefront of their minds. They do not charge for the projects and programmes offered, so operate the Inkwell to generate income to support their charitable activities. In addition, it provides a social impact by offering employment opportunities to young people.
The Inkwell, itself, offers meeting rooms for hire and internal and external catering services. Its purpose-built Community Kitchen offers a unique opportunity for groups of all ages to come together, learn new skills and build confidence whilst celebrating a love of food.
When you use The Inkwell you are supporting all the charitable activities, all proceeds generated support their work with young people. Furthermore, The Inkwell helps to provide employment opportunities, giving young people real work place skills in hospitality, administration, and youth work.
For further information, contact:
Elgin Youth Development Group