Edinburgh Young Persons’ Service - independent living skills

Independent Living Skills group workshops enable young people with experience of care or homelessness to learn the skills to maintain a tenancy, engage with work or volunteering, and improving wellbeing, enabling them to find stability and independence.

What do we do

Group workshops are run as part of the Edinburgh Young Persons’ Service for young people aged 16-25.  Participants can take part in SCQF accredited qualifications and non-accredited courses based on their individual needs, aspirations, and expectations.

What do the workshops cover

Topics include: 

  • Budgeting and personal finance 
  • Rights, responsibilities and regulations of having a home 
  • Maintaining your home - hygiene, energy bills, and recycling 
  • Keeping your home safe and secure (gatekeeping) 
  • Anti-social behaviour, getting on with neighbours, and eviction 
  • Planning for the future - careers advice and CV and interview skills
  • Living in a community 

How can you get support

Young people aged 16-25 with experience of homelessness, at-risk of homelessness, or with care experience in Edinburgh can refer themselves or be referred by another organisation.  Referrals can also be made via the Throughcare/Aftercare Housing and Support Panel.

Thank you to our funders

This service is funded by the City of Edinburgh Council.