Our dedicated Streetyouth team provide street-based outreach and individual follow-up support for young people (up to 25 years) in Edinburgh.
We don’t wait for people to come to us – we go out and engage with young people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness. This could include those who are sofa surfing, living between friends and family, engaging in street drinking, begging and young people leaving care.
Support areas include: exploring housing options, alcohol and other drug use, physical, mental and sexual health, employability and financial issues – including benefits and on-going tenancy support.
The Streetyouth work has a number of strands:
- The team are on the street 7 days a week looking for young people in the city centre and Leith who are sleeping rough and those who do not access current youth, education or support provision.
- We visit community settings and youth centres to provide information – including about harm reduction – and build awareness of the services and support available
Young people are able to pop into our South Bridge office during office hours for a brief chat with one of the team (if available) or to arrange a longer conversation.
- Each month we visit all the residential homes supporting young people in Edinburgh. We know that young people leaving care are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. Visiting residential homes enables us to build relationships with these young people and help them prepare for independent living.
- We work in partnership with the local authority and Police to go out and look for young people reported missing.
Streetyouth’s work is made possible thanks to a wide range of partnerships as well as funding from the Big Lottery Fund. Visit the StreetLegal page for information on our partnership with Clan Child Law Centre.
Concerned about someone?
If you are concerned about a young person, you can call us on 0131 344 0825 or email us.