Rock Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC018708

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.

Current opportunities

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.

To provide safe overnight accommodation and support for a young person using the scheme including a meal and washing facilities. To support young people to feel relaxed and comfortable in the accommodation. To introduce a young person to the household and make them aware of essential routines and act upon any relevant information. To operate creative methods of assisting young people to articulate their needs. To ensure a safe, secure and respectful environment within the scheme.

We are looking for people who can help us expand the range of skills around the table. At this time, we are seeking individuals between the ages of 16-24 with entrepreneurial / social enterprise skills or IT development / website development experience. Candidates do not need experience or knowledge of homelessness or youth work but must be committed and passionate about making a difference for young homeless people.
I want to volunteer

Looking for a handy person/painter to provide 1-2 days per calendar month (availability to be discussed) to help with minor repairs in residential properties, such as general maintenance, basic plumbing and electrical work. Own transport necessary.