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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 or to find out about alternative groups or services in your area.

We understand young people. We recognise that each young person is unique and may need help to deal with challenges and progress through life.

At LinkLiving we have been providing practical, emotional and social support to young people for over 30 years. We know many young people live chaotic lives. We aim to bring positivity, to help young people recognise their own self worth, become more confident and lead better and fuller lives.

If you are aged between 16 - 25 and currently facing a difficult issue then we can help. We have helped young people who are:

- Homeless – we have helped them to find somewhere to live
- Involved in crime - to manage the negative consequences and turn things around
- Self harming – providing emotional support
- Addicted to drugs or alcohol - adopt a healthy lifestyle and maintain good health
- Have become a parent - practical tasks and emotional support
- Making the transition from living in care - planning, practical household tasks, budgeting, employment

We won’t give up on you, even if others do.

Our approach

The time it takes depends on you, your situation and how your services are funded.

Sometimes, local authorities ask us to provide very specific services to young people, for example, making sure they have furniture when they move into their first flat, which means we may only work with you for a few weeks. The local authorities we currently work with include:

- Edinburgh
- Midlothian
- Falkirk
- Fife

We can make a difference and demonstrate results – read our success stories to find out how we have helped young people in the transformation of their lives.

Our approach is simple. We strive to build trusting, real relationships with young people, involving each person every step of the way. We make sure each young person understands they have a choice and help them to make informed decisions.

Most importantly we provide encouragement to achieve. We work with each young person to set goals and agree a support plan, identifying the specific services and support needed.

Why Choose LinkLiving

We provide a complete approach so that young people:

- Get more confidence to take the next steps
- Are more able to cope with life’s challenges
- Recognise their own self worth and self esteem
- Become more aware of the choices they have in life
- Understand their responsibilities better
- Are able to lead a fuller life
- Are reassured help and support is at hand when they need it

How we can help

Our members of staff have many years of experience working with young people. We will work with you to identify exactly what services and support you need. This will be agreed in your support plan and regularly reviewed with you.

Our aim is to help you cope with the challenges you are facing in your life. This might include:

- Help dealing with homelessness or the risk of homelessness
- Help finding somewhere to live
- Help with practical tasks such as budgeting, maintenance tasks in the home and household chores
- Maintaining good mental health and dealing with periods of crisis such as self harming
- Emotional support with ongoing issues such as isolation or low self esteem
- Help to manage the negative consequences of involvement in criminal activity
- Help with increasing social networks, developing communication and social skills, building relationship with family members
- Help maintaining good physical health such as attending doctor, dentist or other health appointments
- Advice and encouragement to adopt a healthy lifestyle, dealing with drug, alcohol or gambling addictions and - Fostering a positive approach to physical exercise
- Help to start or maintain regular activity such as attending classes, progress a hobby or getting involved in volunteering
- Help with developing the skills to help you move towards employment

As you can see, these services can be wide ranging and will be very specific to your needs. We expect they will change over time as you achieve the goals you have set in your support plan.
17 - 25
Days and Times
Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Link House, 2c New Mart Road, Slateford
EH14 1RL

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Contact Details
Contact Person: Lee Williamson
Contact Telephone: 0330 303 0302
Contact Email:

This record was last modified on: 09 March 2018