Early in 1990, it was discovered that homeless young people had been sleeping rough in the graveyard of St. Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh.
The Minister of St Cuthbert’s at this time, Brother Basil, was shocked at this discovery and decided to take action, and do something practical to help the young homeless people – whose numbers were growing due to changes in benefit rules which caused landlords to shun those in receipt of housing benefit.
He joined forces with two other west end churches – St Johns and St Andrews and St George’s – to form the West End Churches Together, and, in August 1991 The Rock Trust was formed.
The Rock Trust’s objectives in 1991 were:
- To provide educational material
- To do something practical
- To provide easy access to advice and support services
- To provide education on benefits income
- To provide a safe place for young people to go
In February 1993, as a direct consequence of that determination to do something and an anonymous donation of £100,000, a flat was opened for homeless young people, with three more opening later in the year forming the Bedrock service which still operates today.
In 2002, The Rock Trust moved to 55 Albany Street, where we are still based today.