Young people growing up in care need support.
Our ESIST Project, supported by the Big Lottery Fund, works with young people who are leaving care or have left care. For over a decade we have provided street-based outreach to the most vulnerable people in Edinburgh, and listened closely to the stories about their lives. One factor appears more often than others and that is growing up in care.
For that reason we established our ESIST project for people aged 16 to 25 years to work with young people before they make the transition from care to independent living. We support them through this transition, aim to avoid housing crisis, bypass rough sleeping and tackle addictions and health issues head-on, to enable a life off the streets.
We go to schools to help young people avoid crisis in the first place. We hit the streets in the city centre and local neighbourhoods, to speak with young people and provide mobile advice, guidance and support on their terms, at their pace and most importantly, on their turf. For young people who need an extra hand, we develop relationships, agree action plans and achieve goals that the young people set themselves.
There is no need for an appointment, just drop-in and we will help.