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Lothian Supported Carers Scheme (LSCS) is a service for young people aged 16+ who have been looked after and accommodated in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

For young people, LSCS can be a stepping stone on their journey towards independent living, as their carer offers them accommodation and day-to-day support.

Carers receive an allowance each week, support from a dedicated team of staff, and the chance play a significant part in a young person’s journey.

Our partners

Lothian Supported Carers Scheme is a consortium project between Barnardo’s Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council, West Lothian Council and Midlothian Council, and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

How to become a carer with Barnardo's Scotland

LSCS is looking for individuals, couples, and families with a spare room and an interest in supporting a young person in their home.

Who can become a carer?

It does not matter whether you are working or unemployed, single or married, with or without children. We would love to hear from you if you:

- Have experience and a genuine interest in supporting young people and are able to dedicate time to do this,
- Live in or near the Edinburgh and the Lothians region
- Have a spare bedroom
- Are willing to undertake training and want to work alongside Barnardo's and a local authority throughcare and aftercare team.

Getting started couldn't be any easier, just fill out our enquiry form at to register your interest in becoming a carer.

What happens after your initial enquiry about becoming a carer?

Once you have submitted an enquiry form, a project worker will arrange to meet with you in person and begin an assessment if appropriate to find out whether or not you will be eligible to become a carer.

You may withdraw from the assessment process at any time if you no longer wish to become a carer or do not think that Barnardo's Lothian Supported Carers Scheme is right for you.

Similarly, if at any point we believe that the scheme may not be quite right for you, we will discuss this with you. We may decide together to stop the assessment process.

Once the assessment is completed, your project worker will compile a report and a recommendation in relation to your suitability as a supported carer. This is then presented to an independent approval panel for a decision.

Young People

Living with a supported carer might be the right option for you if you are:

- 16-19 years old
- Currently Looked After and Accommodated by your Local Authority
- Leaving care and thinking about your housing options or have you already left care, but realize you’d like a bit more support.
65+, 26 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 17 - 25
Days and Times
Birch House, 10 Bankhead Crossway South, Sighthill
EH11 4EP

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Contact Details
Contact Telephone: 0131 556 4583
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This record was last modified on: 09 January 2018