The Rock Trust

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.


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The overall aim is to support a young person in one or more of the outcomes associated with the project: - Move into & sustain appropriate long term housing. - Demonstrate greater capacity to successfully manage their financial affairs. - Improve opportunities to move into volunteering, education, training or employment. Increase awareness of their local community and opportunities to acces community groups and resources - Greater social confidence and experience improved personal support.

Accompany young people to appointments, for example GP, Housing Office, DWP. Support young people to understand and complete forms and correspondence. Support young people to manage their budgets. Carry out supervised clothes and food shopping with young people. Support young people to maintain their properties to a good standard. Support young people with job searches, college applications and to find volunteering opportunities. Contribute to the overall work of the Housing Support Team

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.