Rock Trust

Supporters endure freezing temperatures to raise over £20,000 at Rock Trust Sleep Out

One hundred supporters of homelessness charity the Rock Trust slept out in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square Gardens with nothing but cardboard and sleeping bags as temperatures dropped to 1˚C.

Published 29 October 2018

Blog: How private renting can play a part in ending youth homelessness

Rock Trust property officer Tammy Reilly details a new Rent Deposit Scheme project which aims to help young people secure tenancies in the private sector.

Published 22 October 2018

Rock Trust marks 25 years of Edinburgh Sleep Out event

Having celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016, Edinburgh-based youth homelessness charity the Rock Trust has cause for further celebration in 2018.

Published 4 October 2018

Nationwide awards £50,000 to Scottish youth homelessness project

A pioneering project to prevent and resolve homelessness among young care leavers in Scotland has been awarded £50,000 funding to expand its reach.

Published 11 September 2018

Housing First and Community Hosting models take centre stage at youth homelessness conference

Youth homelessness charity Rock Trust has announced the full line-up for speakers at its annual conference in September, and this year the spotlight will be on new research and evidence of successful strategies for preventing and ending youth homelessness.

Published 28 August 2018

Speakers announced for Rock Trust’s national conference on ending youth homelessness

Tickets are now on sale for the Rock Trust’s national conference on May 30 at the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor.

Published 26 April 2018

Homelessness charities come together for pioneering fundraising campaign

Six prominent Scottish homelessness charities have agreed to come together for the first time for a pioneering fundraising campaign.

Published 26 March 2018

£1.6m funding boost for homelessness and housing projects

Grants totalling £1.6 million will fund innovative services aimed at tackling homelessness and improving housing, particularly for the most vulnerable.

Published 22 January 2018

Kezia Dugdale to donate funds from I’m a Celebrity stint to homelessness charity

Kezia Dugdale, who is appearing on this year’s I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! series, is to donate her MSP salary to the Rock Trust, which supports young people at risk of or affected by homelessness in Scotland.

Published 23 November 2017

Edinburgh community comes together to support local youth homelessness charity

Over 200 people will swap their beds for sleeping bags this November in aid of the UK's longest running sleep-out.

Published 25 October 2017

Almond staff join Rock Trust sleep-out to fund unique housing project

Eight members of Almond Housing Association’s housing management team are swapping their comfortable beds for sleeping bags next month to raise ​​money ​​and awareness ​​of ​​the ​​issues ​​of ​​youth ​​homelessness.

Published 19 October 2017

‘Homeless people need help long before they end up on the streets’

In an open letter in The Herald, written to coincide with Mediation Awareness Week, a number of Scottish charities have stressed the importance of early intervention in reducing the number of people presenting as homeless and have urged the Scottish Government to take note.

Published 18 October 2017

First youth ‘Housing First’ project launched in the UK

Edinburgh-based youth homelessness charity, Rock Trust, has launched the UK’s first ever Housing First for Youth project in West Lothian.

Published 29 September 2017

Social Bite’s homeless village plan labelled ‘well-intentioned but ineffective’

Homelessness policy experts have criticised a charity’s plan to build Scotland’s first homeless village as well-intentioned but likely to be ineffective in helping rough sleepers.

Published 9 January 2017