About Us

BIG Project AGM

Who We Are

The Big Project is a community based Youth and Children's Project providing a wide range of services to children and young people aged from 5-15 years. The majority of children and young people who use our services come from Broomhouse, North Sighthill, Saughton Mains, Stenhouse, Calders or Carrick Knowe and between them attend 5 Secondary and 6 Primary schools. Delivering high quality youth provision and adopting a flexible approach, we respond to local needs as and when they arise. Our core programme is therefore balanced with an ever-changing range of additional activities tailored to meet individual needs.

Our core purpose/vision

To offer children, young people and their families an innovative programme of personal and social development. We promote activities and interests not as an end in themselves but as part of a wider developmental process to raise aspirations, increase self-esteem and develop self-control, thus influencing the overall quality of life of both children and young people and their community.

Governance

The BIG Project is managed by a voluntary Management Committee which is responsible for the strategic direction and policy of the organisation. The Committee consists of 8 elected members who live locally and 4 co-opted members from a variety of professional backgrounds relevant to the work of The BIG Project. (Head teacher, Community Police Officer, Cobalt Accountancy and a member of West Edinburgh's Community Learning and Development) This blend of backgrounds allows the Management Committee to steer the organisation in a professional way while meeting the needs of the local children young people and their families. Day to day management is carried out by The Project Manager who has responsibility for strategic and operational management and is in attendance at Committee Meetings.

What We Do

  • Offer opportunities for personal growth through which children and young people can develop life skills, confidence and self esteem.
  • Recognise, respect and encourage the initiatives of children and young people.
  • Offer a variety of informal education activities, programmes and experiences, which are recreational, social and fun!
  • Challenge children and young people's actions, attitudes and words whilst encouraging them to realise the consequences.
  • Provide ways for children and young people to express their views and be heard.