Early in 1990, it was discovered that homeless young people had been sleeping rough in the graveyard of St. Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh. Brother Basil joined forces with two other west end churches – St Johns and St Andrews and St George’s – to form the West End Churches Together, and, in August 1991 The Rock Trust was formed. In February 1993, as a direct consequence of that determination to do something and an anonymous donation of £100,000, a flat was opened for homeless young people, with three more opening later in the year forming the Bedrock service which still operates today.
We work with young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, this includes young people who are young single parents, do not have sufficient support systems, are leaving the care of the local authority or home, those involved in offending, alcohol or drug misuse. We offer more than 50 bed spaces each night to provide accommodation to vulnerable young people whilst we offer mediation and support to plan for a safe and stable future. We work with our young people to create a personal structure that will motivate them to explore their needs and identify and set individual goals. We provide support and opportunities, through drop ins, one to one meetings, mediation, group work and volunteering to help them achieve their goals, increase resilience and develop the skills to create positive relationships, thus integrating into, and becoming an active economic citizen, in their community.