The housing and homelessness charity

Shelter Scotland / England

Building families

We can help you if

  • You live in the Edinburgh area area
  • You are responsible for at least one child under the age of 11 years old
  • You are experiencing housing issues i.e. dampness, over-crowding, rent arrears in temporary accommodation or threat of eviction

Project overview

The Building Families project supports families in Edinburgh with young children, who are having issues related to their housing. The project is a partnership between Shelter Scotland and CHILDREN 1ST, to support families in Edinburgh with young children who have housing difficulties. The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

How we do it

We can provide support to help you secure and settle in suitable housing for your family. This can include:

  • helping you to build local links
  • support your family’s health
  • benefits assistance

Alongside this we can offer advice to help your family access appropriate services for your needs, including specialist helplines and money and debt advice.

Partnership information

The Building Families project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. They are responsible for distributing more than £650 million each year (40 per cent) of all the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. Since 2004 the amount distributed has reached £6 billion. Big Lottery Fund money supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities. The Fund delivers funding throughout the UK, mostly through programmes tailored specifically to the needs of communities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as well as some programmes that cover the whole UK.

CHILDREN 1ST is Scotland's children's charity. They work to ensure every child and young person in Scotland has a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood, by delivering local and national services. They also campaign for every child in Scotland to enjoy the best possible start in life and for no child to grow up in fear of abuse or violence.

Contact us

We accept both agency and self-referrals. Referrals can be made by email, by telephone and by post.

Building Families Shelter Scotland, Scotiabank House, 4th Floor, 6 South Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AW

Telephone: 0344 515 1951

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