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Young People

Working with young people aged 16 to 25, who are care experienced, have a mental health diagnosis or are at risk of homelessness across Edinburgh and Midlothian.

General Overview

We provide tenancy, emotional, and social support to people in their own homes in partnership with local authorities and housing associations.  We also offer pre-tenancy support to individuals who require housing but are not quite ready to move in.

We support individuals with their emotional/social/tenancy needs. Supporting them to access their local community, attend college, appointments, work, or voluntary experiences. We support a visiting support model, where we work closely with a local housing association to provide supported tenancies both furnished and unfurnished for young people who are transitioning into their first accommodation.

Support is individual and is provided on average for 18 and 24 months. We review and reduce support to reflect needs with a planned disengagement when the young person is ready to move on from the service.

We also provide the same support through our outreach model, where individuals live in their own tenancies.  Within our outreach programme, we support individuals who choose to self-manage their support needs through Self Directed Support.

FAQs

We provide support to people from 16 to 26 years.

Staff will review your needs throughout your support journey and, if it is identified that you will still require support after you turn 26, there will be measures put in place to look at transferring your support. This can be through one of the other withYOU services, or we can help you transition to another provider. The process will start when you are 25 to enable a smooth transition.

Our Young People Support Stories

Young PeopleIain - Xtreme Karting Complex

Iain’s Story

My support worker asked me if I would like to take part in an event at the Xtreme Karting Complex at Newbridge, near Edinburgh airport. I wasn’t too keen at first, but she asked me again the following week and my answer was more enthusiastic!

Young PeoplePeter

Peter’s Story

Before the referendum I was really hoping for an Independent Scotland. I would talk to my support worker about this a lot. I was disappointed we did not get independence, however it was arranged for me to attend the First Minister’s Question Time and to meet Nicola Sturgeon.

Our Staff Stories

Young PeopleJennifer - withYOU

Jennifer’s Journey

My name is Jennifer and I joined with YOU in December 2021. I have recently transferred from the West Lothian Mental Health Service to Horizons.

Young PeopleJoe Glen

Joe’s Story

My name is Joe Glen and I started with Horizons in the middle of June. My background is in economic regeneration in Glasgow, which I embarked upon after graduating from Strathclyde University Business School.

Young People Team

Louise McCord - withYOU

Edinburgh and Livingston

Louise McCord

Mental Health Manager and Young People’s Manager

Make an Young People Enquiry

General and support enquiries can be submitted through our online contact form.

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