Open Door Accommodation Project is a youth charity that has been working for thirty years with some of West Lothians most vulnerable, homeless young people. Many may have been affected by family breakdown, are care leavers, have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused, have poor mental health or well being, are socially isolated and will struggle to find or sustain employment due to lack of qualifications or experience.
We aim to support the young people who come to us in a number of ways. Our priority is to give the young people a roof over their heads and then we work with them to devise a support plan to enable them to manage the transition from homelessness, cope with independent living and progress towards positive outcomes. A support plan is tailored to individual need and can include: welfare advice, budgeting, cookery skills to encourage healthy eating on a budget, education and training, employability skills and volunteering opportunities. We also aim to give each young vulnerable person practical support. This can include furniture, a household pack with basic toiletries and cleaning materials and a food pack. Many of the young people come to us with nothing more than a small bag of clothes so this practical support is essential.
We offer two housing services- a ten bed accommodation unit in the Craigshill area of Livingston, and a supported flats service offering young people accommodation in flats across West Lothian.
We also offer a Community Outreach project which encompasses one to one support, an employability service and a volunteering project.