Everything we do is about making good things happen for people who face extremely difficult circumstances.
Working on the leading edge, we collaborate with others to make a real difference in the lives of individuals and in homelessness in Scotland.
In addition to our core services, we have a number of creative and innovative programmes designed to combat homelessness and support people even more effectively.
- Through our national Digital Inclusion Programme we are making it easier for people to access the benefits of the digital world. Check out the Get Digital Scotland website or follow us on Twitter @GetDigitalScot for more information.
- Nightstop in Glasgow prevents rough sleeping by providing young people (16-25yrs) with a safe place to sleep for a few nights in the home of a community host.
- Our Period Friendly Project creates and maintains Period Friendly Points across Scotland, where women experiencing homelessness can access free products to use during their period.
- Our Streetreads project enables us to provide people with books, reading glasses and literacy support – because stories connect us all. Follow us on Twitter. We also host storytelling workshops and events – all thanks to support from Friends of Streetreads and ambassadors.
- Through the Rent Deposit Scheme, we support young people between the age of 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to access their own tenancy.
- Through our Paws for Thought initiative, we promote the positive impact of pet ownership for people experiencing homelessness, and provide resources to enable services to be more pet friendly
- We have a Storyteller in residence – providing creative and powerful ways to connect with each other and share our stories
- Our ‘Home is a Journey’ initiative allows us to use our resources to enable people to get home, whether it’s Brazil or Birmingham, we’ll provide transport, accommodation on arrival, food, a mobile phone and support at the other end
- Personal Budgets: Through this Scottish Government scheme, our frontline workers are empowered to bring immediate solutions where money is a barrier.
- The City Ambition Network (CAN) is a Multi-Agency group coordinating support for people who have struggled with homelessness for many years.
- We support Tenancy Sustainment in a number of different local authorities – providing support to people staying in accommodation owned and managed by various Housing Associations
- Our Care BnB initiative enables us to offer support to people who are in emergency accommodation
- Through our Gardening Project people in our residential services are able to enjoy all the benefits of gardening
We also lead and/or contribute to a number of strategic initiatives designed to deliver positive results for people experiencing or recovering from homelessness:
- Everyone Home: We have joined with 18 other organisations to ensure that – as far as possible – all the incredible work that has achieved during COVID-19 for people we support, serves as platform for change.
- We are proud to be working with the Scottish Government on the Homelessness Prevention Strategy Group – including supporting the deliver of the Ending Homelessness and Rough Sleeping: Action Plan
- We coordinate a Inter-Agency Street Network (ISN) of community stakeholders so people get the best support; as well as a Inter-Agency Begging Network.
- We are leading an EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) Project, which helps to raise awareness of the EUSS among EEA nationals facing homelessness in Edinburgh and Glasgow (and the agencies that support them) so that they can access the support they are entitled to receive.
- We are active members of two Housing First Consortia (Edinburgh and Glasgow): for people who are long-term homeless – working to fast track access to a home.
Each year we launch campaigns and fundraisers that enable us to deliver more for the people we support.
- Our #GiveHope Emergency Appeal was launched to ensure we have resources to provide extra practical support to people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Our ‘Stay Warm, Stay Safe’ winter campaign is designed to alert people to the risks and signs of hypothermia – so people affected by the cold and those who want to help are better equipped and know what to do.
- Our 12 Days of Giving campaign is a Christmas initiative supported by well known Scots to encourage people to give specific items we need to support people.