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Time for Change


Shelter Scotland Time for Change is about you using your experience of homelessness and housing to make positive change in your local area. We want you to get involved in shaping what better looks like for people, communities and Shelter Scotland. You can get involved in local consultation work, events, designing and delivery of local solutions

Following the success of the Time for Change project in Glasgow, Shelter Scotland has received funding for additional time for Change projects in our Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen Hubs

About the projects

  • Aberdeen: Through local consultation we found that support to access Homeless services is the main issue. We have six peer supporters involved in the work and have worked with over 75 people in the community.
  • Dundee: Through local consultation we found that Homeless Hostels and the conditions in these accommodations as the main local issue. One peer supporter became a Shelter Scotland Housing Advisor. We have successfully persuaded the local council to begin closing all homeless hostels across the city.
  • Edinburgh: Through local consultation we found that homeless accommodations like B&Bs and hostels, and peoples’ personal safety are the main local issues. Two of our peer supporters have become Shelter Scotland volunteers, and completed an Adult Achievement Award qualification.
  • Glasgow: Through local consultation we found that people experiencing homelessness being denied their legal right to be housed by the local council (also known as gatekeeping) as the main issue. We created a peer supporter trainee model to respond to this issue. We have successfully challenged gatekeeping in the community. We recently won a Scottish Social Services Awards award in 2019.

Jennifer’s Story

Jennifer was living in homelessness accommodation. She had a tough upbringing and got in touch with us after leaving rehab for drug misuse. A friend of hers suggested she get in touch with our Time for Change team because she was interested in using her free time to volunteer.

We worked with Jennifer to find opportunities for her to build confidence and to learn new skills, and over the course of her time she spent many hours volunteering for us.

From a personal development perspective, she was keen to develop her skills to work with people who struggled with addiction. She started to identify training opportunities that would support this career path. We helped her complete our accredited housing law course as her goal was to apply for a trainee addiction worker programme.

We’re delighted that she’s managed to find a job that she loves with a national drug and addiction organisation.

Quote: As someone with no formal qualifications or experience in the sector, my time at Time for Change have given me the confidence and experience to find a job that I love.


Time for Change Evaluation Report 2019

I.Sphere, Heriot Watt University conducted a national evaluation of Shelter Scotland Time for Change. The research report gives a detailed overview of the Time for Change model, peer support, local impact and outcomes in communities in 2019. Read the report

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You can contact our Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen projects.

Supported by

Baillie Gifford
European social fund