About Ferrywell Youth Project
The aim of the Ferrywell Youth Project is that through a project rooted in Christian faith and values, young people in the Pilton, Muirhouse and Drylaw area of Edinburgh will be valued and supported to live their lives characterised by positive, healthy and responsible choices and have a significant impact on the community – including active engagement with local churches and other agencies.
If you need any help or support at this time – or even just someone to chat to, then please do get in touch.
According to the Scottish Index of Mulitiple Deprivation (SIMD), Muirhouse/Drylaw ward is in the 3% most deprived wards in Scotland. This applies to the income, employment and education indicators. Young people in the area are coping with all different kinds of struggles, from alcohol and drug abuse, high levels of unemployment and crime, to mental health issues, poor educational attainment and lack of stable role models.
Our staff and volunteers work alongside local schools, churches, social work and other agencies, providing a range of services to support these local young people.
John Gillan is the Project Leader since 2016. Being involved in youthwork in North Edinburgh for over 20 years with SU Scotland, he’s a well kent face in the area. John worked in residential childcare and then, after completion of his Masters in Social Work, worked in a children and families practice team for 9 years. John also completed a PG Certificate in Child Welfare and Child Protection.
John uses this depth of knowledge and experience as he leads the project and the team, working in partnership with local schools, families, agencies and churches. His passion remains drawing alongside the young people helping them to be the best they can be, through one to one support in and outwith school, groupwork and community youthwork. John’s favourite colour is green and favourite song is ‘Chasing cars’ by Snow Patrol. His most unpopular opinion is that pineapple belongs on pizza.
Naomi Crolla joined the Ferrywell staff team in January 2020 to take up the role of youth worker. She previously worked for another local youth organization in Muirhouse as a youth development worker. She graduated from the university of Dundee in 2019 with a degree in Community, Learning and Development. Naomi helps co-ordinate Ferrywell’s DIME youth groups and schools work and supports individuals with one to one support on developing emotional and mental wellbeing. She is passionate about young people and believes that every young person is valuable and worth investing in. Naomi’s favourite colour is purple and her favourite song is ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ by Aretha Franklin. Her most unpopular opinion is that olives are disgusting.
Jane Hurst has been working part time for Ferrywell since September 2017. After working in the NHS for 20 yrs Jane decided she wanted a change of career to focus on supporting young people. Jane has always been passionate about supporting and encouraging teenagers and has worked with young people as a volunteer for many years. She gained a diploma in counselling which she now uses in schools working as a counsellor for FYP in Craigroysten Community High School. Jane’s time with Ferrywell is split between counselling in the school, one to one support with young people from DIME, as well as being involved in the many groups and activities that happen throughout the week. Jane’s favourite colour is bright green and her favourite song is ‘Good enough’ by Dodgy her most unpopular opinion is that “Children should be seen and not heard.”
- Ian Naismith (Chair)
- Liz Mackie (Treasurer)
- Jackie Ringan
- Michael Duncan
- Neil Stewart
- Fiona Watson
- John Nonhebel
- Christina Bielska
- Dan Robertson (Chair)
- Zonya Bewick
- Craig Lumsden
- Alison Higgins
- Christina Bielska
- Rachel Armstrong