PYCP originated in 1981 as Pilton Youth Programme (PYP), an intensive support service for young people aged 12-18 who were seen to be “at risk”. The project merged in 1997 with Pilton Adventure Play Association (PAPA), a service for children under 12. This new organisation, registered as a Scottish Charity, was named Pilton Youth and Children’s Project. It is really important to us that we retain the priorities set out by our founders; that is to provide a range of inter-connecting services including an open access programme for children and young people aged 5 to 18 as well as more specialist services and support.

PYCP is rooted in the local community and is committed to enabling each young person to realise their unique potential and to take a positive role in society.

We consult regularly with young people to ensure that our services meet their needs, as well as connecting with parents, carers and community members to get their views.

We currently have over 500 different service users accessing our services on a weekly basis. We provide a range of open access activities as well as holiday programmes and residential experiences. We also offer targeted services such as 1:1 support and group work programmes.

We strive to include all young people in our services, by responding to individual needs, tailoring services and challenging discrimination.

Our Values:

* We understand each young person is part of a bigger society. We aim to encourage, nurture and respect their individual and collective aspirations as well as their sense of responsibility.
* We believe that working collaboratively rather than in competition with other agencies enriches our work and achieves the best outcomes for children and young people.
*Through our services we aim to demonstrate our strong and constant commitment to the local community and the families of our service users.
*We work to achieve the empowerment of our service users by encouraging their belief in their own potential and value and helping them build and maintain supportive networks.
*We strive to include all local young people in our services, tailoring services to respond to individual and group needs and actively challenging all forms of discrimination.

Our Approach:

We follow the three guiding principles of youth work;

– Young people choose to participate.
– Our work must build from where young people are.
– We recognise the young person and youth worker as partners in a learning process.

For us at PYCP, Social Pedagogy emphasises that bringing up children is both the shared responsibility of parents and society. Importantly, social pedagogy is based on the premise that the child is fully capable of making his or her own decisions and is able to take charge of their own lives. In practice terms, this means our team works alongside those children we help to build personal capacities for self-care, choice, accountability and responsibility as well as a greater sense of motivation and control, rather than dictating to them.

Our policy framework:

There are several key policies/ strategies that guide our work:

The Nature and Purpose of Youth Work

The Curriculum for Excellence

Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC)


To ensure that we are meeting the needs of young people and the wider community, as well as fulfilling the expectations of funders, we use a unique set of tools for supporting and measuring change when working with people.

What others say about us…

I used to hate going to school but with the help from PY I am now doing well and my teachers say I am a big help to others.

I like PY its fun and the staff make me laugh

I want to work at PYCP when I grow up as the staff are kind and make me happy

If I didn’t have PY I would be inside

I used to get in to trouble all the time Katie has helped me turn things around and I now have a place at college learning a trade