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

Support young people to set up a home and personalise this by supporting to paint and decorate, Support young people to develop practical maintenance skills and knowledge to enable them to live independently, Carry out maintenance tasks as required, Contribute to the overall work of the Housing Support Team.

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.

Community Ambassadors are a small team of supporters who help raise awareness of youth homelessness. This involves attending monthly group meetings with the Community Fundraiser. Community Ambassadors can occasionally assist in the organisation of, and attendance at, community events as well as securing food, toiletries, clothes and monetary donations.