Introduction to Penicuik Y

Penicuik and District YMCA/YWCA (Penicuik Y) was established in 1969 and was the first community centre in Penicuik. We are a Scottish Charity providing community-based support for children, young people and their families.

We run an out of school care project, youth clubs, outreach work, drama and a mentoring service to support young people. We also provide room hire for a range of community groups both in the daytime, evenings and weekends.

Penicuik Y is well known, well used and has an excellent reputation for service delivery with a long tradition of childcare, youth and community work and Mentoring.

Penicuik Y is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all to ensure that no individual is discriminated against.  All our programmes are planned and delivered in an environment that embraces equality and values and diversity and is free from bullying, harassment, disrespectful or discriminatory behaviour.

Our centre is an inclusive community hub for integrated services.

Our Mission

To transform the lives of children and young people, empowering them to create positive change in their lives and communities.

Our Values

Penicuik YMCA-YWCA is an inclusive Christian youth organisation, open to people of all faiths and none.


Empowering our Children

  1. Integrated Community Hub
  2. Youthwork
  3. Childcare & Early Years
  4. Recognised Leading Quality Standards

Strategic Aims

In Penicuik & Midlothian

  1. Work better with our local community.
  2. Grow the reach & impact of our mission.
  3. Build our organisational & financial resilience.
  4. Positively influence our collective voice within Midlothian.

We seek to work with all children and young people in a non-judgemental and supportive manner. We strive to ensure that our universal community-based services are open and accessible to all at the point of delivery, and that our targeted services are offered to those who need them most.


Our Out of School Care projects operate a Breakfast Club and After School Club 5 days per week.


At Penicuik YMCA we have a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities running every day.


Penicuik YMCA-YWCA is an inclusive Christian youth organisation, open to people of all faiths and none.