Time for Change

Shelter Scotland's Time for Change project is all about people using their lived experience of homelessness and housing, to make positive change in local areas. 

Time for Change

Shelter Scotland's Time for Change project is all about people using their lived experience of homelessness and housing, to make positive change in local areas. 

We want you to get involved in shaping what better looks like for people and communities. You can get involved in local consultation work, events, and designing and delivering local solutions, as part of our Time for Change project.

Co-designing services with people who are homeless

Following the success of our Time for Change project in Glasgow, we received funding for more Time for Change projects in our Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen Hubs.

About the projects

  • Aberdeen: We found that support to access homeless services was the main local issue. We have six peer supporters involved in the work and have worked with over 75 people in the community.

  • Dundee: We found that homeless hostels (and the conditions in them) were the main local issue. One peer supporter became a Shelter Scotland Housing Adviser. We successfully persuaded the local council to begin closing all homeless hostels across the city.

  • Edinburgh: We found that homeless accommodation like B&Bs and hostels, and peoples’ personal safety were the main local issues. Two of our peer supporters have become Shelter Scotland volunteers, and completed an Adult Achievement Award qualification.

  • Glasgow: We found that people experiencing homelessness being denied their legal right to be housed by the local council (also known as gatekeeping) was the main local issue. We created a peer supporter trainee model to respond to this issue, and have successfully challenged gatekeeping in the community.

Scottish Social Services Awards

Time for Change was a winner in the ‘A Different Approach’ category of the 2019 Scottish Social Services Awards.

Time for Change was a winner in the ‘A Different Approach’ category of the 2019 Scottish Social Services Awards.

Researchers at Heriot Watt University conducted an independent evaluation of our Time for Change project, documenting the experiences, achievements, challenges, and operational lessons associated with all four local projects.

You can read the report here

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Jennifer’s story

Jennifer was living in homelessness accommodation. She had a tough upbringing and had recently left 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 she spent many hours volunteering for us.

Eight members of the Time for Change projects, co-designed by Shelter Scotland with people who've experienced homelessness

She wanted to work with other people who struggled with addiction, and started looking for training opportunities that would support her new career path. We helped her complete our accredited housing law course, so she could apply to join a trainee addiction worker programme.

We’re delighted that Jennifer has now found a job that she loves, with a national drug and addiction organisation.

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

Get in touch

You can email our DundeeEdinburghGlasgow, or Aberdeen projects if you'd like to get in touch.

If you have lived experience of homelessness, find out how you can get involved with our Time for Change projects.

Our Time for Change projects were generously supported by:

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