The Rock Trust works throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians with vulnerable and homeless young people aged between 16 and 25 to assist them to avoid homelessness and build the personal capacity to have a healthy and independent adult life.
In order to achieve this, we work with young people both individually and in groups at our base or at home, providing them with education, advice and support on a number of issues.
Whilst the number of people becoming homeless has been reducing in recent years, young people are disproportionably represented – 16 to 24 year olds make up approximately 14% of Edinburgh’s population, but they make up approximately 32% of homeless presentations.* Although many of these young people will never become street homeless and need to access services, The Rock Trust works hard to ensure that our reach is extended and our services are accessible to those who require assistance.
The Rock Trust Chief Executive Kate Polson said: “The Rock Trust support thousands of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in our society. Offering a stable place to stay, as well as support to build social skills, resilience and positive relationships, are very important early steps in helping people out of homelessness and with the rebuilding of their lives”.
*Scottish Government figures 2011/12