Paul, Mickey, Shaun, Liam, Rachel and Kirsty are a group of 16-19 year olds from the Leith Community Centre who have come up with a bit of a clever social enterprise idea.
They’ve set up Glamping On A Budget – a cooperative that aims to give young people the chance to get out of the city by loaning out camping kit at an affordable price.
The project has already bagged £500 to get set-up, but the group are hopeful of winning a further £2500 from the Money for Life Challenge which they will then be able to donate to a charity of their choice.
Paul, one of the young people behind Glamping On A Budget said: “If we work as a team we can be sort of an inspiration to other young people our age who can feel frustrated in their lives about money and other challenges they face.
“We hope we can help others but also, we are going to be able to help ourselves a lot through this project – doing this might even give us more ideas about other things we can do that we didn’t think we could.”
Local MP, Mark Lazarowicz, who presented the group with their first £500, said: “Glamping on a budget is a brilliant example of business working for the community and I have real admiration for the young people from Leith and North Edinburgh behind it.
“They are putting their business skills to use in giving people their own age on a tight budget the chance of a holiday and perhaps to experience the countryside for the first time.”
The group are hosting an information day in the Leith Community Centre on Friday the 22nd of February. It will be opened by Mark Lazarowicz at 11am.