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Who We Are


North Berwick Youth Project has been running since 2001 and was one of the first Youth Cafés in Britain. The Project has grown through the years and evolved from being a Youth Café to an organisation who offer young people support in varying areas, a base to come and spend time with friends and employability support. It is also a place where young people can come if they need support with issues that are affecting their lives.


Our Team


Lauren Cowie – Youth Project Manager

Lauren has been involved with the Youth Project since 2007 when she began as a volunteer. She remembers attending ‘TJ’s’ which was the very early Youth Café when she was a child. Soon after starting her volunteering, Lauren became a sessional staff member and studied Working with Communities.


She has progressed through the Project to Project Manager, a role which involves overseeing all projects and ensuring that young people in the community are given the opportunity to grow, learn and challenge themselves. Still very hands on in this role, Lauren has full involvement in working with the young people and is a familiar face with young people around North Berwick. She is known always to go above and beyond to support young people.

Beth Smith – Specialist and Lead Youth Worker

Beth has been working at the Youth Project since 2018. She started as a volunteer and then as a sessional staff member. Beth became a full time member of staff in 2021, she manages the ZAP group and is involved in all other projects.


Beth earned a 2nd class Honours Degree in Community Learning & Development and her experiences from placements and working in different communities means that she is fresh and dynamic in her youth work approach. Beth builds fantastic relationships with the young people she works with and this is evidenced through their adoration for her.

Natalie Adams – Out'n'About Project Leader

Sarah Stewart – Gullane Youth Club Manager

She currently runs our youth club in Gullane which takes place on a Thursday evening from 6pm until 8pm.

Sessional Youth Workers

Matt O'Connor

Christie McDove

Bronwyn Macaskill

Amy Owens

Mikey McKinnon




James Forbes

Charlie Gardner

Do you have time to volunteer with us? Either at our North Berwick or Gullane groups? We have many opportunities for mentoring, donating and helping with events. Get in touch to find out more.

Our vision is to work with young people to create an environment where they are given responsibility and the opportunity to make positive changes in their lives and their communities.

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