Edinburgh Young Persons' Service - visiting housing support

Supporting young people across Edinburgh who have experienced homelessness, are at risk of homelessness, or have been in care, to find stability and independence.

What do we do

The visiting housing support service helps people aged 16-25 to overcome the challenges and barriers they may face whilst helping them to achieve their own individual goals and shape their lives for a more positive future.  This can involve finding a suitable home, learning the skills to manage it as well as possible, working through life challenges, trying new things, and learning to see the best in themselves and fulfil their unique potential.

The aim of LinkLiving’s Edinburgh Young Persons’ Service is to help young people get and keep a tenancy, gain independent living skills, strengthen social and family relationships, improve wellbeing, and assist them into education or employment.

It provides trauma-informed support in the individuals home which is person centred, flexible, and responsive to the changing needs of the individual service user.

How we can help you

Responsive support is provided to access, establish, and maintain an appropriate tenancy and can be practical, social, or emotional in nature. 

We provide a range of support and care to help young people:

  • Set up a tenancy including accessing furnishings and decoration, setting up utility bills such as gas and electric, and help to access benefits 
  • Gain or improve independent living skills 
  • Improve wellbeing – advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, shopping, cooking, staying active, and looking after mental health 
  • Finding a job, volunteering, and training opportunities 
  • Manage challenges arising from being a parent
  • Improve finances - deal with debt, maximise benefits 
  • Access specialist services to help with mental and physical health, substance misuse, criminal justice, or caring responsibilities 

LinkLiving’s Edinburgh Young Persons’ Service also provides limited accommodation with support in Edinburgh to help young people experiencing homelessness to live independently before moving on to a permanent tenancy elsewhere.  There are two projects consisting of five flats each located near a supported hub which provide move on accommodation for young people in temporary accommodation and focuses on supporting them to develop the independent living skills necessary to enable them to successfully manage a permanent tenancy.

How can you get support

Young people aged 16-25 in Edinburgh can self-refer or be referred to LinkLiving by another professional or organisation. Support varies depending on need, funding streams, and referral channels. Support is limited in duration/tasks undertaken depending on funding. If you would like more information, please contact us.

This service is amazing. There is no way I would be doing the things I am today without the support of LinkLiving staff.

Edinburgh Young Persons’ Service service user

Thank you to our funders

This service is funded by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Thank you to our partners

Edinburgh Young Persons’ Service works in partnership with Move On who provide low level support and befriending services.  Young people who no longer require regular visiting housing support can be referred to Move On for befriending should they feel they would benefit from this.