was started in 1997 to work with young people aged between 8 and 25, the team at WHYA support the belief that the needs, abilities and aspirations of young people should be recognised, understood and met, within a supportive environment. Their bright purple building is a safe space for young people to go to when they need someone to talk to, or something positive to do with friends. Drop-in provision, youth work, environmental work, schools work, group and individual support are all part of the package and support young people in Wester Hailes.
One-to-one support helps young people to recognise their strengths, address the areas that they find difficult, and empowers them to move forward with their lives. Young people can suffer from low confidence and self-esteem, loneliness, stress and anxiety about challenges at home, money issues, exams, and their future, and never more so than during the coronavirus pandemic. WHYA supports them to devise coping strategies and reassures them that they are not alone.