we are with YOU

Our mission is to provide positive, life changing support, delivered by inspiring, professional staff who, with YOU, will deliver your basic needs and highest aspirations.

All our work is underpinned by our POSITIVE values:

Our Timeline

The Pioneering Work of with YOU (formerly Edinvar, Edinvar Community Care and Places for People Scotland Care & Support)

  • In partnership with Edinburgh Council for Single Homeless, we opened the first Stopover emergency accommodation for young people.

  • We set up a housing project which allowed severely disabled people to live independently with technological aids.

  • We commissioned Scotland’s first mainstream barrier free housing development and launched a new design standard.

  • We published Britain’s first barrier free design guide.

  • We were one of five organisations that constituted the Person Centred Planning Consortium funded by the Scottish Office to promote person centred planning nationally.

  • St Leonard’s was opened in the Newington area of Edinburgh, a pioneering mixed community with a SMART home and a community care resource centre. The SMART home started as a demonstration project working in tandem with The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). It was the first such initiative in the UK.

  • We developed the Health and Social Care Academy in partnership with NHS Lothian. This trained people to work in the health and social care sector.

  • We launch our first Creative Arts Event – Gaun Yersel in partnership with Pilton Video and Jenna Watt, freelance Director.

  • We held the premieres of our two films and a play – Zombie or not Zombie? Shooting Zombies and Me, You, We.

  • We developed the Being Me service which is a model of support designed to re-shape care delivery within care homes.

  • Working in partnership with 2001 Cannes Short Film award winning director, Irvine Allan and acclaimed playwright Ronan O’Donnell we premiered The Wayward Wind. This was made in collaboration with older people, Queen Margaret University, Castle Rock Edinvar, Gowrie Care and pupils from Holyrood High School.

  • We developed You’re Never too Old… a programme for older people based in East Craigs. It is supported by a paid member of staff, local volunteers and volunteers from the Corstorphine Rotary Club.

  • Working with Edinburgh College of Art and MainStreet Consultancy we developed new branding and implemented our transition plan to spinout of the Places for People Group to become with YOU

  • 1st April 2018 Places for People Scotland Care & Support officially become an independent, Scottish charity called with YOU.

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with YOU Board & Senior Management Team

Sorrel Cosens


Sorrel has worked for the NHS in Lothian in a number of roles, primarily with a…

Lindsay Johnstone

Head of Finance and Business Development

Lindsay joined with YOU in Jan 2018, however started her finance career in 1984 in the…

Rhona Murray

Managing Director

In 2004 Rhona became the Director of Edinvar Community Care and has continued in that role…

Caron Duffus

Head of Human Resources

Caron started working for with YOU in December 2017 as Head of HR and has over…

Richie Cumming

Vice Chair

Richie has worked as Outreach Officer for National Galleries of Scotland since 2008, delivering creative arts…

Derek Wallace

Board Member

Derek has been an IT technician / engineer for over 30 years and he now is…

Jane Prior

Board Member

Jane became interested in the work of with YOU in 2015 while undertaking a piece of…

Ailsa Garland

Board Member

Ailsa grew up in the Scottish Borders and moved to Edinburgh to study for a degree…

Jan Rafferty

Board Member

Jan has a Degree in Commerce and is a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA). Jan is currently…

Samantha Flower

Board Member

Samantha recently celebrated thirty years of service in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde working within mental…

Hamish Leiper

Board Member

Hamish is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment, and holds a…

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