CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S PROJECT
THE VENCHIE aims to improve the lives of children and young people in Craigmillar by offering opportunities for education, social development, improved health and fun.
The Venchie was formerly known as Niddrie Adventure Playground and was created in 1961 by Edinburgh University Settlement, making it possibly the first adventure playground in Scotland. Save the Children managed and funded (with some grant aid from the local authority) from 1967 until 1998.
For 60+ years, ‘The Venchie’ (as it is known locally) has been widely used by generations of young people living and growing up in the local area. It has grown and developed over time: new playground structures, a new building, new activities, new children’s work programmes.The project has always tried to reflect the best practice in its work with children and young people, and to provide the highest quality of service to families and to the local community.
To provide alternative, and informal educational opportunities, for children and young people in Craigmillar.
To develop social and interpersonal skills, in children and young people in Craigmillar.
To provide information on, and promote awareness of, healthy lifestyles.
To offer a safe and comfortable environment where children and young people can have fun.