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Imagine Edinburgh

Young people offer a fresh perspective on the World Heritage Site.

Nov 29, 2010

The Imagine Edinburgh project was a joint initiative between Edinburgh World Heritage, Edinburgh Libraries and The Sunflower Garden who support children & young people affected by substance use. This social care programme aims to build resilience in children through improving self esteem, increasing confidence, and helping children to find ways of coping with their situations.

Over 12 weeks the young people visited a variety of historic buildings in the World Heritage Site, recording their experiences and comments afterwards. With the help of writer Mike Nicholson, the group’s work has now been produced as a book.

The group also wrote tales inspired by their visits, including a ghost story set in a tunnel under Simpson House, used to enable servants to take laundry to be dried in Queen Street Gardens.

Glen Liddell, Managing Co-ordinator with Cross Reach said: “This project tried to go beyond just opening doors, to opening the eyes and the imaginations of young people who sometimes get little chance to do that, or who lack confidence in themselves to do so.

That process is not always straightforward, but the activities here showed that these young people could get a new perspective on Edinburgh and sometimes on themselves and their lives from the opportunity of seeing parts of a city they thought they already knew. The children’s ideas, observations and impressions, inspired by the places they visited, are at the heart of the book which has been produced.”

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