The 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

Provide support, advice and information to 16-25 year olds in need of assistance. Provide emergency food packages, laundry and shower facilities. Support young people to attend the local housing office and job cenre if required. Complete paper work and collate data in relation to support contact with young people. Develop working relationships with external support agencies to refer young people on in a planned and appropriate manner. Communicate effectively with the service delivery teams.

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.

Rock Trust Community Ambassadors will form a small team of supporters who will work to raise awareness of youth homelessness in Edinburgh and/or the Lothians. Community Ambassadors are hoped to attend monthly evening group meetings with the Community Fundraiser and bring their knowledge of the community to help identify opportunities for the charity and the young people the Rock Trust support. Community Ambassadors are also hoped to occasionally assist in the organisation of community events.