As people around the globe mark World Homeless Day, it’s appropriate that Wednesday 10th October also sees the official launch of Ypeople’s newest service.
Your Home, launched at a special event at Edinburgh’s City Chambers, provides support for people over the age of 16 affected by homelessness across the North West, North East and South East of Edinburgh.
Ypeople won a three-year contract earlier this year with City of Edinburgh Council to operate the service in partnership with Sacro.
Ypeople’s CEO Joe Connolly was among the speakers at the City Chambers event and took the opportunity to outline to guests how Your Home will tackle homelessness in Edinburgh.
The aim is to offer support which helps people avoid homelessness – service users can self-refer or be referred from a wide range of agencies. Staff visit community groups and B&Bs on a regular basis to gain referrals and support people in the Edinburgh area who may be threatened with homelessness.
The Your Home team can provide assistance with housing, health issues, maximising benefits or gaining access to addiction services.
While the City Chambers event marks the official launch, Ypeople have been operating the service for a number of months.
Joe Connolly commented: “It’s very appropriate that we came together with our colleagues, partners and other support agencies on World Homeless Day to mark the official launch of the Your Home service. Homelessness is one of the most serious issues confronting our society and the very fact that World Homeless Day is an annual event speaks volumes for the scale of the problem.
“Although we are only in the early stages of the contract, we have already been able to successfully bring together existing and new staff in the expanded Your Home team and establish a strong working relationship with our new partners, Sacro.
“The lengthy experience and expertise of our people in tackling homelessness is already benefitting the people in Edinburgh we are supporting. In addition, we’ve been able to create good contacts with social workers, health professionals, local police and housing associations and we are continuing to recruit new staff to further enhance the service.”< back