Dean and Cauvin Trust

Dean and Cauvin Trust won £2000 Good Neighbour funding during our 2016 campaign.

What is Dean and Cauvin Trust?

Dean and Cauvin Trust provides a warm and committed staff team to work alongside young people and young parents in Edinburgh – this includes young people with care experience backgrounds and young people at risk of homelessness. Dean and Cauvin Trust provide a range of support to help them recognise their self worth and individual strengths in their transition to adulthood.

Dean and Cauvin Trust provide residential group living, supported tenancies, community outreach and group work offering a continuum of care and support in the life space of young people. Their teams also work collaboratively with relevant partner agencies throughout Scotland.

The Aftercare Service offers a continuum of care for young people within the units and also offers housing support to young care leavers in Edinburgh up to the age of 26. Dean and Cauvin Trust aims to help young people reach their potential by offering a holistic package of support, focusing on areas that can be barriers for young people achieving their goals, such as: housing issues, parenting support, increasing employability, health and emotional wellbeing issues, increasing self esteem and confidence and reducing offending behaviour. As well as offering one to one support, they offer a variety of group work opportunities for young people, such as; weekly parenting groups, activity groups, working groups and a monthly social drop in.

Why should Dean and Cauvin Trust receive a donation from the Good Neighbour programme?

Dean and Cauvin Trust acknowledges that many of the young people they work with haven’t had the opportunities or access to life experiences that many of their peers had while growing up, which can lead to a feeling of disconnect from their community.

A group work setting allows them to increase self esteem and confidence in the young people they work with, and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, offering opportunities for them to integrate into their community. Additional funds would allow them to go much further and extend outdoor exploration within Edinburgh and also to the wider community of Scotland.

What will Dean and Cauvin Trust use the money for?

Funding will be used to offer a group work programme with the focus of offering young people outdoor opportunities that would normally be inaccessible to them e.g. cost, anxiety of doing something out of their comfort zone and the feeling of self doubt when attempting something new. The aim is to open up their view of their local community within Edinburgh, by taking them places and offering activities that they normally wouldn’t have access to. The group would try to broaden their horizons by giving them the opportunity to explore Scotland, their identity, Scottish culture and the wider community.