The EVOC Red Book

The online directory to find third sector Organisations, and their services across Edinburgh


Only services that are currently available during COVID-19 are listed in the directory.

In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available.

What can Buttle UK help with?

We can provide financial help to young people who receive no support from their parents or guardians so that they can further their education or employment. To apply the young person must have a clear education, training or employment goal that they are pursuing or intend to pursue within three months of their application to us. We can provide direct financial support to meet this goal, and also help them to set up home and/or to improve their emotional, mental or physical wellbeing. Each package of support can be worth up to £2,000.

Education, employment and training

Having considered what the young person’s employment or training goals are, work with them to create a plan of what steps they need to take and what things they will need to achieve these goals. Some of the things that we would consider supporting include, but are not limited to:

- Equipment to take up a training opportunity
- Interview clothes
- A computer for their studies
- Travel costs to get to college

Setting up home

Research shows that having stable accommodation is a key factor in re-engaging young people with education or employment. Part of our funding can be used to help a young person set up a comfortable home environment. This could include, but again is not limited to:

- Bed and bedding
- Cooker
- Fridge
- Pots and pans

Improving emotional and physical well-being

Maintaining positive overall emotional and physical wellbeing are also important to young people’s success when pursuing their education or employment goals. So part of our funding can also be used to help access interests or activities that help promote a young person’s wellbeing such as:

- Recreational or social activities
- Sports or gym membership
- Counselling

Are they eligible?

Who can we help

To be considered for support, the young person must be:

- Age 16-20
- Estranged or orphaned and living outside the family home, receiving little or no financial or emotional support from family members
- In financial hardship
- Committed to pursuing a defined goal in relation to education, training or employment. This criteria may be waived if the young person has been a victim of domestic abuse and lives or lived in London.
- Working closely with support services
- Normally resident in the UK with the intention to remain in the country long term
- Applicants must have ensured that every effort has been made to check that a statutory, education or governmental body cannot fund the activity or item being requested.

We are unable to help:

- Children who are Looked After by the Local Authority
- Where there is any other clear statutory responsibility for meeting the needs we have been approached to support


This application must be completed by a support worker in collaboration with the young person.

Both parties must agree to the plan. Once the application has been received Buttle UK will assess it and a telephone interview arranged with the young person.

You must commit to sending us receipts for each item purchased with the grant.

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This record was last modified on: 10 September 2020