Supportive Flatmate

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This is a live-in volunteering role. Volunteers will live with and support 3 young people who have/are experiencing homelessness. The aim is to provide safe, well-managed supported accommodation. Supportive Flatmates help to create this environment by being a responsible presence, providing practical support around the flat. A budget of £200 per month is available to plan activities with young people. Free rent, bills and internet are included.

Organisation aims and objectives

The Rock Trust is a charity that works in Edinburgh and West Lothian with homeless and socially excluded young people between the ages of 16 and 25 years. The Trust’s aim is to provide opportunities for young people to develop the personal, social and practical skills, as well as the sense of self worth necessary for independent adult life. We do this by providing supported accommodation in a mixture of shared and single flats, including specific provision for young mothers and babies, move on support to those moving to their own home. Our Compass Project also offer supports to young people to develop the social coping skills to avoid isolation, along with opportunities for befriending and mentoring support and supported volunteering opportunities across the Lothians.










We ask Supportive Flatmates to provide 20 hours of volunteering each week to support the organisation. This would include house and office duties. We ask Supportive Flatmates to commit for 12 months although a minimum of 6 months would be considered as well as potentially extending the period beyond 12 months if required.


Experience required: Volunteers must have the ability/willingness to learn new skills. They must be professional in attitude, behaviour and practice and adhere to our Equal Opportunities policy. They must be able to work on their own and use initiative. Communicating effectively with young people and colleagues is essential.
Travel details: The volunteer will live in our shared flat which is in the EH9 postcode area and will also be required to spend time at our office which is located on Albany Street in the city centre. Other volunteering tasks may take place across the city if supporting young people to attend appointments.
Minimum age: 21


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Expenses commensurate with a residential role.
Training details: Training is not certified and the Supportive Flatmate is expected to attend the next available set of training. Induction will take place either prior to or at the beginning of the role. A start date can be negotiated

Last updated 25 days ago

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