Opening times and access
Both our Drop-in at 32 Cockburn St, and our Digital Drop-in service are open to the public:
- Mondays 1–5pm
- Tuesdays 1–5pm
- Wednesdays 1–5pm
- Thursdays 3–7pm
- Fridays 1–5pm
- Saturdays 1–5pm (we are closed on Sundays).
What is on offer at the Drop-in?
The Drop-in space at 32 Cockburn Street, in the centre of Edinburgh, is run by staff and trained peer volunteers. We aim to create a fun, friendly and informal atmosphere where you can access:
- free up-to-date information, advice and one-to-one support about drugs and sexual health
- free condoms and lube via the NHS Lothian C:Card service
- free pregnancy testing
- free Take Home Naloxone kits and training (for anyone aged 16 or over, see information below)
- free testing for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and syphilis (see below for service and booking information)
- free DJ workshops
- information about volunteering with Crew
- information about Crew Counselling and Support Services, including complimentary therapies (when available)
- a safe space to chat to someone in confidence about any concerns around your drug use, someone else’s use, and accessing our drug counselling or other services.
Pregnancy testing is free at Crew. Testing is done onsite (at the Drop-in) and uses standard urine tests which can be done from three weeks after unprotected sex or from the first day of a missed period. No appointments are needed, just come along to the drop-in during opening times.
We also provide free testing for blood-borne viruses and some STIs. Current options for testing at Crew are:
- Testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV – this is available most afternoons. We use dry blood spot testing (pricking a finger with a retractable sterile needle and putting the blood sample onto special absorbent cards). Results take around 2 weeks to return and are given face-to-face at the Drop-in. To book a slot, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or free text 07860047501.
- Checkpoint @ Crew (rapid HIV & syphilis testing) – provided in partnership with SX/Waverley Care and available to anyone who feels they should get tested, you can get results for HIV and syphilis while you wait! This service runs fortnightly from Crew on Thursdays 5–7pm (starting 12th August 2021), and from SX @ Mansfield Place on alternative Thursdays 5–7pm. To access either space, simply click here to book online.
Information for professionals
Crew Drop-in Services are part of the Edinburgh City-wide network of organisations known as the Young Person’s Substance Use Services (YPSUS). We work with young people who are taking drugs including alcohol and can offer ongoing one-to-one support.
We also offer bespoke drug and sexual health workshops for young people which aim to challenge opinions around risky behaviours, build confidence and resilience, and promote positive wellbeing. Training is also available for anyone working with young people who would like to increase their knowledge of the risks associated with drugs and effective harm reduction strategies and develop confidence in discussing issues connected to drug use including alcohol. To find out more please download the information leaflet or contact email@example.com.