Youth powered café to open in the capital


SCRAN Academy have announced the launch of their new Scran Café, run by young people aged between 13 and 21 from across Edinburgh.

The professional café located within NHS Lothian’s Comely Bank Centre will serve as many as 100 frontline NHS workers and clinical trainees on a daily basis.
The partnership between Scran Academy and NHS Lothian will see more than 100 young people access dedicated employment experience and skills support over the coming three years.
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John Loughton, Founder of Scran Academy (Photo from Hannah Bailey)
The Café will open to the public later in the year as restrictions are eased with the project showing strong signs that the café will become an essential resource to the wider community.
Founder of Scran Academy, John Loughton BEM, said: “At Scran we do hand-ups, not just hand-outs. We must all respond and adapt to what is an oncoming crisis for today’s generation that has resulted from education systems failures, a bleak employment context and the rising grip of poverty and mental health.


“It’s brutal for young people and our work has never been more needed.

“What Scran’s story shows is that if we support local community organisations that are run with passion and authenticity, we can develop creative solutions to social inequality.


“It also shows that unlike the stereotypes so often in the media, young people make a real and positive contribution to society and your post code does not have to be your destiny. 

“I also want to take this opportunity to thank all our funders, schools and volunteers whose contribution to the operation of Scran has made a huge difference to the young people of Edinburgh.”
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North Edinburgh-based Scran Academy has been working grassroots for nearly four years, helping young people to overcome poverty related challenges.

Scransitions is supported by The National Lottery Fund’s Young Start Project, the Edinburgh Thrive initiative and Walter Scott Giving Group, who have all generously enabled the £300,000 project to run for three years.