For those enrolled in LEAP (Lothian and Edinburgh Abstinence Project), we provide out-of-hours care and support, outwith time spent at the Astley Ainslie hospital. Working in partnership with NHS clinical staff and peer support workers we provide emotional support for residents promoting a ‘therapeutic community model’ – a participative, group-based approach dealing with addiction issues. Residents are encouraged to take part in group activities and to shape a wellbeing programme to suit their needs.
Providing one-to-one support, our community link worker is able to help people navigate their way through the often-complex systems designed to provide support. From accessing health care, to understanding how to apply for housing or benefits, our link worker becomes a trusted ally in an individual’s journey to creating an independent and sustainable lifestyle.
Our Community Link Worker is the only link worker in Scotland that works exclusively with the homeless population.