Help to support a steady future and tackle youth homelessness with The Rock Trust

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For Volunteers Week, iMultiply will be promoting a different charity each day to spread awareness of the great work and the positive impact the charity has made on lives and the wider community they work within.  Our ninth charity in the series is The Rock Trust.

The Rock Trust works with young people between the ages of 16 - 25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in  Edinburgh and the Lothian area.  Their role is to advise, educate and support young people. They want to enable young people to build the personal skills and resources required to make a positive and healthy transition to adulthood, while avoiding or moving on from homelessness.

How did it all start?

Established in 1991, The Rock Trust work with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in the community. This includes young people who are in transitions, leaving care or home and those involved in offending, alcohol or drug misuse. Depending on the services available, they provide advice and support to approximately 400 young people in housing crisis annually.

The Rock Trust is the only youth-specific homelessness charity in Scotland. They offer a specialist service for young homeless people using a person-centered, youth-work approach – supporting our young people to make life choices for themselves, building confidence, being supported to learn from mistakes, consider risk and develop their ability to manage personal and social relationships.

The particular challenges that they have seen develop over the last couple of years are a rise in the number of young people being referred to them who identify as LGBT and this has been played a big part in the family breakdown and a major factor in them being at risk of homelessness or becoming homeless. The Rock Trust have also seen a dramatic rise in the number of young people who are suffering from mental health issues but who do not have the confidence or support to access appropriate services - and it is this identified need which has led to the development of this project.

What do you look for in a volunteer?

The Rock Trust are continuously recruiting for volunteers and are keen to hear from anyone who would like to find out more about the roles they offer.

The Rock Trust is an accredited Investing in Volunteers organization. They believe in the immense value of volunteer involvement. Volunteers provide great enthusiasm and bring a wealth of skills and experience. They have a major impact upon the lives of the young people The Rock Trust support. Volunteers are integral to the work of the organisation and their input cannot be underestimated.

Why should someone volunteer for you?

The Rock Trust involves volunteers in a number of roles – our Board of Directors, fundraising, events and marketing, mentors, group work programme, Nightstop hosts families and live in Supportive Flatmates all fulfil essential roles that allow us to achieve so much more than would be otherwise possible in our endeavour to tackle youth homelessness. They also have many teams of corporate volunteers who spend a day helping us to paint flats and do up gardens in preparation for young people moving in to our tenancies as well as supporting our fundraising activities. In addition to the above they also receive food and toiletries, clothing and donations from a variety of partners and supporters that we can offer to young people in crisis.

 

If supporting the Rock Trust is something you would like to help by volunteering, then please get in contact with Frank Ross by emailing frank.ross@rocktrust.org