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Thank you to all our wonderful supporters - we've had an amazing year! 

eRock Report - December 2015

Project, event, volunteering & homeless sector news

Happy Christmas!

Thank you from everyone at the Rock Trust  

A message to our supporters from Kate, our CEO:

"Writing to you after our flagship fundraising events, the Sleep Out’s, have taken place is always nice - not only because we have raised lots of funds to help us to provide vital services - but because we, at Rock Trust, are buoyed by the amazing support we have received from Sleep Out participants, volunteers, sponsors, supporters and donors.

This year has been our most successful yet, with record number of participants across a variety of schools, youth groups, organisations and companies braving the weather to show solidarity whilst raising an amazing amount of money.

Over the last few years we have worked hard to ensure that we offer lots of opportunities for people to get involved and show support in a variety of ways. We have found that whether it be clothing or food collections, ethical gifts, taking part in sponsored events, volunteering or making regular donations ,we have been supported to ensure that we can continue working to end youth homelessness. 

As money is tighter, and the pressure on our services to do more with less increases, we need to continue to do all we can to mobilise people and business to get behind us and the young people we support.

As the festive season approaches, we are looking forward to Christmas celebrations and reflections. More than this, we are looking forward to making plans with each young person we meet to ensure that they have all of the opportunities that their peers have, and are able to work their way out of homelessness and onto a better life.

And it is the support that you provide that enables us to do this.

Thank you and Merry Christmas from all of us at the Rock Trust.

Thank you for the shoe boxes!

Santa has visited us here at 55 Albany Street! We have received shoe boxes full of gifts for our young people from the congregations of St Mary's Cathedral, St Margarets Episcopal Church, the Church of the Good Shepherd, and Lloyds Banking plus 20 Christmas food boxes stuffed full of food from Broughton St Mary's Parish Church just down the road in Bellevue and the 'Cans for Christmas' collection from Murrayfield Parish Church. 

We drafted in two volunteers from ongoing supporters DWF, to help us sort and label everything - so thank you to Samantha and Emma for your time, you helped us get these out the door and with the young people in super fast time!

Thank you so much to so many generous people - we are very grateful for your support, especially at this time of year. Sometimes, these shoe boxes are the only gift that our young people will receive, and we are very grateful for your kindness.
We have published our Winter 2015/15 newsletter - our newest Rock Report.
You can download this on our website

Thank you Adobe!


Delighted to welcome on board new supporters Adobe, who donated 30 Christmas gifts this week for our young people, all bought by members of the team and distributed by our project workers.

Our young people were over the moon. Many thanks from all of us for your generosity.


Will you help?


Seminar on legacies, wills, tax and charitable giving

A significant amount of our funding comes from donations to us, but did you know that there can be tax advantages in giving to charity on your death?

We are delighted that our supporters Gillespie Macandrew LLP are going to host a free seminar for Rock Trust supporters at their office on Wednesday 16th March 2016.

This is for anyone who want to find out more about giving to charity through your will. Attendence is free, but RSVP is essential –

You can find out more on our website 

EYH partners Dune London launch 'a Home for Christmas' keyring 

Our corporate supporters, footwear and accessories retailer Dune London, has partnered with charity End Youth Homelessness (EYH) to launch ‘A Home for Christmas’ festive fundraising campaign.

With an estimated 15,000 young people facing homelessness this Christmas across the UK, visitors to Dune London’s website and UK stores can purchase ‘A Home for Christmas’ keyring for £8, sales of which go towards ending youth homelessness during the festive period and beyond.

Created by Dune London’s in-house design team, the keyring features a gold engraved house charm and a short message explaining the difference customers’ generous donations will make to a young person’s life.

Customers will not only benefit from using the keyring charm as a stylish add-on accessory to their house keys, but they will also help to provide shelter for young, homeless people this Christmas.

Dune London has helped to raise over £70,000 for EYH since their partnership in April 2014. To support this vital charity, Dune London staff have taken part in various fundraising activities, including the Rock Trust’s Munro Challenge and the Forth Bridge Abseil.

‘A Home for Christmas’ charity keyring are on sale online and in UK stores now.

To purchase your own, visit the website 

Congratulations Lesley!

Lesley Fairley is the Rock Trust mediator and has just celebrated 20 years since qualifying as a mediator and starting work in the field. 

Mediation provides a positive way of resolving conflict, and at the Rock Trust, we offer a mediation service to our young people, providing extra support with their relationships - with parents, family, flatmates or partners.

For two decades, Lesley has built up a respected track record as an established and experienced practitioner, trainer and facilitator for a variety of organisations including Edinburgh Community Mediation, East Lothian Community Mediation and Family Mediation Lothian. Lesley has also practiced independently across Scotland as a specialist additional support needs mediator, community & group mediator and young person & family mediator.

Our mediator is available to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness – they just need to be willing to engage and talk about the impact that conflict is having on their life and their significant relationships.

Date for your diary...

Homeless Sunday 
24th January 2016

Seminar on legacies, wills, tax and charitable giving - hosted by Gillespie Macandrew LLP. Free event, RSVP to 
16th March 2016, 17:30 for 18:00 start, ending at 19:30

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