New free legal advice service for homeless youth in Edinburgh

Streetwork and CLAN Child Law are delighted to be working together to bring flexible access to legal support for young people in Edinburgh who are experiencing legal issues relating to their housing or family situation. To date we have been engaging young people in the design and roll out of the project and we are developing training for youth sector practitioners who are working with young people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

Further information about the project is provided below and can be found on our website http://www.streetwork.org.uk/street-legal/
Street Legal is an innovative new partnership project between Clan Childlaw and Streetwork.
Combining the expertise of both organisations, the project provides free legal advice and support to young people (up to the age of 26) who are either experiencing, or at risk of homelessness in Edinburgh.
Both organisations had identified that there was a gap in legal services accessible to young people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, and were delighted to be awarded funding by the Big Lottery for this 3 year project.
The project will also provide specialist training, support and guidance to Streetyouth practitioners on the legal rights of young people within the housing system, to assist in empowering and advocating for young people they work with.
If you would like to refer someone to Street Legal for help, or talk to us about a housing or family issue to see what legal help may be available please get in touch.
For more information about the project, or if you have any questions, please contact the project coordinator Rachel Farrier on 07484 529627 or rachel.farrier@nullclanchildlaw.org
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Streetwork appoints new Chairperson

Linda Holden - Steetwork ChairpersonStreetwork are delighted to welcome Linda Holden as the new Chair of our Board of Trustees.

With a focus on a life beyond the street for those facing multiple exclusion, Linda’s appointment comes at an exciting time as we look to the future with a sustained focus on our impact and influence for those facing another winter of homelessness.

Linda joins Streetwork as a leader in her field, with significant experience of leadership, governance and importantly people, making her the ideal appointment for Streetwork who recognise the importance of transformational relationships.
Linda shared her first impressions of Streetwork and our focus on those so often left out in the cold;

I am delighted to be appointed to lead the Board of Streetwork. Without exception I have been impressed by the passion and dedication which prevails amongst the staff team and Board of Trustees and the commitment that is shown to helping people when they need it most. Streetwork reach the most vulnerable and excluded people in our society and I looking forward to leading our work in a way that enables us to reach more people who are in need of our support

Linda was appointed to the Board of Trustee’s in November 2016