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Ypeer Mentoring Short Film for #NCLW17

To celebrate National Care Leavers’ Week, held this year from 25th October – 3rd November, our incredible Ypeer Mentoring volunteers have made a film.

Ruth, Naomi, Lauren and Kieran are all volunteers with Ypeer Mentoring. Having grown up in care, they now work as mentors to young people currently in the care system.

This short film tells their story.

Ypeer Mentoring matches care experienced volunteer mentors with young people currently in care. The project is made possible thanks to funding from the Life Changes Trust.





Bright future for Andrew with World Cup win

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One of our former Broomhouse service users has topped off a great year by becoming a World Cup winner.

Andrew Bright was one of the stars of the Scotland team who won the New Balance Shield at this year’s Homeless World Cup tournament.

The 2017 competition was held in Oslo with over 500 players from more than 50 countries taking part.

Andrew and his teammates had a fantastic tournament, overcoming Lithuania in the quarter finals and France in the semis before beating Grenada 5-1 in the final.

Andrew stayed at our Broomhouse supported accommodation service in Edinburgh for over a year before moving into his own flat in January

Ypeople CEO Joe Connolly said: “We were all thrilled to hear about Andrew’s success at the Homeless World Cup. And having moved into his own flat earlier in the year following his time with us, it’s been a really positive year for him.”

Following his World Cup win, Andrew also got the chance to meet one of football’s legendary figures, the former Manchester United and Aberdeen manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.




Ypeople Pathways Finalist at National Awards

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Ypeople Pathways was recognised for our innovative approach to service delivery, and our commitment to embedding research and best practice at the Scottish Social Services Awards. The service has worked hard to develop an approach based on the principles of a Psychologically Informed Environment and was the first service in Scotland to follow this evidence-based model.

The ceremony - hosted by Sally Magnusson and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald - brought together projects and services from across Scotland to highlight the great work of social services.

Ypeople Pathways was nominated in the category Making Research and Evidence Real, and although the service had to settle for a runner-up prize on the night, we are delighted to have been a finalist for this prestigious award.

Huge congratulations to the category winner, Renfrewshire Council's Up2Us project, and to all the winners and finalists.





Golf Event

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Cleveden Secondary Pupils Scoop £3000 Donation

Two pupils at Cleveden Secondary School in Glasgow proudly presented Ypeople with a £3000 donation, through the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Scotland.

The YPI project involves school pupils researching a local charity and delivering a presentation to their year group. After a rigorous selection process, and up against tough competition, Kian and Adam were delighted to be selected as the winners. The donation will be go towards resources and activities for our young people’s projects in Glasgow, where it will make a big difference in the lives of the children and young people that we support.

HUGE thanks to both Kian and Adam, and to the teaching staff who supported them with the project.

For more information on YPI Scotland visit




Ypeople Pathways Shortlisted for Award

Ypeople’s Pathways service in South Lanarkshire has been shortlisted for a Scottish Social Services Award, in the category of Making Research and Evidence Real. The service, the first in the country to be based on the principles of a Psychologically Informed Environment, has been developed in line with cutting edge research, and has received widespread recognition for its innovative approach and impressive outcomes.

With ten categories in total, these new awards were set up to celebrate the positive work carried out by Scotland’s social services. Highlighting the commitment of those that work in the sector, the awards acknowledge innovation, joined-up thinking and a willingness to speak up for vulnerable people.

Mark McDonald, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, said:

“Almost 200,000 people work across the Scottish social services sector, helping to support vulnerable people and improve their lives. These awards have helped highlight the fantastic work already taking place throughout the sector and I am extremely impressed with the high number and standard of entries received.

“It was a difficult job for the judges to pick just a few finalists for each category but it is definitely encouraging to see the range of excellent projects, people and positive stories which should all be commended.”

Maria McGinley, who carried out her student placement at our Ypeople West service in Glasgow, and who has now gone on to secure part time employment with Ypeople’s Calm Project, was Highly Commended in the Bright Spark category.

The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony hosted by TV reporter, Sally Magnusson, and the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald, at Crieff Hydro Hotel on 13th June.

To see the full shortlist, visit the SSSAwards website:




CMS helps challenge social inequality in Scotland with £1000 charity donation

Leading window, door and curtain walling designer, manufacturer and installer, CMS Window Systems, has made a generous donation to Ypeople to support our work to combat social inequality. One of CMS’s top customers, BAM Construction, were asked to nominate a charity to receive the latest instalment of CMS’s ‘ten donations for ten years’ anniversary initiative.
The donations were made as part of a year of support by CMS for ten charities dedicated to improving the lives of people in ten communities in which the business operates. BAM Construction nominated Ypeople’s Branston Court service in Glasgow to benefit from CMS’s 10-year anniversary charity programme; across the year, the firm will make ten donations of £1000 each to causes nominated by its most valued customers.

CMS’s donation to Ypeople on behalf of BAM is the most recent chapter of BAM’s involvement with the charity. Earlier this year, three members of staff undertook a charity challenge to raise funds for the charity, giving up their time to decorate an area of the Glasgow office which helps vulnerable young adults who have been affected by homelessness.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, CMS operates with a strong social conscience. Its commitment to corporate social responsibility ranges from its extensive sustainability policies to its focus on creating local employment opportunities and support for community causes. The business started its ‘ten donations for ten years’ initiative in January, and has continued to make endowments to local causes throughout the year.

CMS’s Managing Director, Andy Kerr, said: “Ypeople is a fantastic charity which has made enormous, tangible differences to the lives of many vulnerable people since it was founded almost 200 years ago. We’re very happy that BAM nominated this charity for one of our anniversary contributions: the impact of the broad range of services they provide on some of the most disadvantaged people in our society can’t be emphasised enough.
“CMS takes its role in the community very seriously. Our market-leading sustainability and recycling policies, as well as our apprenticeship scheme to promote local employment, all demonstrate our commitment to helping our communities thrive, and we feel that our ‘ten charities for ten years’ programme for 2016 is a great way to contribute.”

Jim Ward, Construction Director at BAM Construction commented: “When CMS advised us they wished BAM to nominate a charity as part of their 10-year anniversary programme, we had no hesitation in nominating ‘Ypeople’ as this donation helps BAM to continue to support Ypeople as well as continuing to strengthen its relationship with CMS”

For further information on CMS Window Systems visit







Ypeople were delighted to receive gifts from Yellowcom, who very kindly held a toy drive amongst their staff, to ensure that local children have a present on Christmas morning. We were overwhelmed with the response, which also included a full host of goodies for two of our young service users - Jennifer and Chloe - who are expecting their first babies. This included Moses baskets, baby monitors, clothes and everything a new mum could possibly need to give her baby the best start in life. HUGE thanks to Andrew, Ainsley, Angela and all the team at Yellowcom!






Ypeople Volunteers Recognised at YMCA Scotland Awards

Two young Ypeople volunteers have had their hard work recognised at the inaugural YMCA Scotland Awards Ceremony. Youth Ambassador, Jordan Murray – an ex-service user of Ypeople’s Seaforth House service – and Peer Mentor Naomi Bowie, who supports care experienced young people through the Ypeer Mentoring service, attended the ceremony, held at Murrayshall Hotel in Perth in October.


Naomi was awarded the runner-up prize in the Young Volunteer category, and Jordan won the Young Leader (16-25) category, as well as scooping the John D Knox Youth Achievement award and runner-up for two further categories.

On receiving his awards, 21 year old Jordan said, “I’m so honoured to have been awarded the Young Leader and John D Knox Youth Achievement Award, as well as two runner-up prizes, by YMCA Scotland. I never expected to be so successful, and the whole experience was exciting and humbling. YMCA Scotland has given testament to the fact that passion, enthusiasm and hard work are rewarded in some way or another. After a time of struggle and great difficulty in my own life, I now strive to make things easier for others that find themselves in a challenging situation. I am so thankful that YMCA Scotland has recognised years of dedicated to my organisation, Ypeople. I would also like to extend my thanks to Sheena and Pauline from Ypeople, who nominated me and have shown great support for the past six years of my life.”

Photos thanks to Andrew Downie, AD Zyne Photography.





Our fantastic mentoring project Ypeer Mentoring is recruiting for more volunteers!
We're looking for people who have experience of being in care, who are willing to volunteer to support a young person who is currently in care.
By giving a few hours a week to spend time and support a young person through their leaving care journey, you could make a huge difference to a young person's life. In return Ypeople will provide you with a full training programme to equip you in the role, ongoing support and cover any expenses. You need to be 18 or over, and we will be holding an information event in the coming weeks.
To get involved or to get the details, please contact Vicki Burns on 0141 565 1200 or by emailing





Jordan Murray, Ypeople Youth Ambassador

Ypeople were chosen as the lucky beneficiary of FK Comedy’s monthly Charity Comedy Night in September. Graham Stewart compered the evening which saw local comedy talent, including Natalie Sweeney Potter, Lady Shona Lawson and Pablo Serski, entertaining the crowds with laughs galore. Huge thanks to the team at FK Comedy and to Falkirk Sportsters Bar and Diner for hosting the event.




Ypeople Golf Stramash Event 2016 - Gleddoch Golf Club





Jeane Freeman, Minister for Social Security Scotland visited Ypeople on 30 August 2016 as part of the consultation on – A New Future for Social Security. Consultation on Social Security in Scotland.





11:30AM – 3:30PM

Ypeople is hosting a Family Fun Day at Mugdock Park in Milngavie on 20 August. We hope to see as many of you there as possibleJ. Please feel free to bring along friends and family. This event is about bringing all the services together for a fun day out and to engage with staff members that you rarely get to catch up with. We will also be promoting healthy eating and physical activity. The BBQ area is undercover just in case we get hit by a summer shower (hopefully not though!). There is also an ADVENTURE TRAIL and PLAY PARK for children right beside Gallowhill.









Ypeople Renew Commitment to Tenant Participation


Ypeople have renewed their commitment to tenant participation and in doing so have received the highest accolade from TPAS (the Tenant Participation Advisory Service). The TPAS accreditation is available to landlords who recognise and support the rights of tenants and service users to shape and influence the service they receive. Ypeople’s Seaforth House, which supports young people affected by homelessness in the Falkirk area, registered with TPAS 3 years ago. The service was the first supported accommodation service in Scotland to receive the accolade and remains the only service of its kind to obtain the award. Seaforth House has now been awarded the highly prestigious Gold accreditation by TPAS, after an assessment evidenced the good practice of Ypeople staff in ensuring that the voices of tenants and service users are heard at every level.





Prestigious European Business Award Won By Ypeople


Staff and volunteers at Ypeople are celebrating their success, having picked up one of Scotland’s most prestigious business awards at Quality Scotland’s 25th Anniversary Awards ceremony held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last week.

Ypeople gained a coveted ‘Recognised for Excellence’ award at Quality Scotland’s ‘Scottish Awards for Business Excellence’ – demonstrating its continuing focus on business improvement and ensuring that all areas of the organisation builds on its strengths to attain even higher levels of excellence throughout its entire operation.

Offering her congratulations to Ypeople, Claire Ford, Chief Executive Officer, Quality Scotland said,

“The achievement of Recognised for Excellence is a clear demonstration of the embedding of the principles of excellence across an organisation.  This recognition is gained from an evidence based assessment process and enables an organisation to compare themselves against the best in Europe enabling a continual drive for further improvement.  Congratulations on this European level of recognition and all the hard work and effort that has gone in to achieving it.”

Ypeople achieved the plaudits at the 25th Anniversary of the Scottish Awards for Business Excellence, where they were joined by over three hundred guests across the private, public and third sectors, to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding achievements in the field of business excellence.





Congratulations to our fabulous newly trained Ypeer Mentors who helped facilitate the official launch of our Ypeer Mentoring Service for young people. The event, which took place on 8th June in the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow, was a great success and we are very excited to see how the service develops over the months ahead.

Ypeer is a mentoring service for care experienced young people, aged 14 to 25, who live in Glasgow or surrounding areas. Young people about to leave care can receive one-to-one support from our trained volunteers who have similar experience of living in care.

For more information about Ypeer, how to refer a young person or to become a Ypeer Mentor, please contact Vicki Burns, Mentoring Co-ordinator on 0141 565 1200 or





Kirkwall Academy Wins £3000 for Ypeople


A group of talented teens have won an amazing £3000 donation for Ypeople. The youngsters, all third year pupils at Kirkwall Academy in Orkney, took part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative, which allows young people to research and present the charity of their choice in the hopes of winning a donation. After weeks of research and hard work, and intense competition from 6 dedicated charities, the 4 outstanding Orcadians – Abbie Lang, Katie Macdonald, Mac Cook and Ciaran Campbell – delivered a presentation to a packed audience, and scooped the top prize. Huge thanks to Abbie, Katie, Mac and Ciaran for all your hard work!







5 comedians, 27 raffle prizes, and a lot of laughs! Ypeople held an event at famous The Stand comedy club in Glasgow, where some of Scotland’s finest comedy talent helped us raise £1892  for our life-changing work. The evening featured Jamie MacDonald, Ally Houston, Christopher MacArthur Boyd, Susie McCabe and was hosted by Scott Agnew. Thanks to everyone who came along, or who made a donation, it was a fantastic evening!




Healthy Working Lives Pedometer Challenge


Alastair, Sandra, Jayne, Gwen and Anne



Staff From Bam Construct UK Volunteer At Branston Court

Bam Construct Staff

A group of staff from BAM Construct UK kindly volunteered to spend a day with Ypeople last week, where they did an amazing job of painting and decorating our Branston Court young people's supported accommodation service in Glasgow. Huge thanks to the team from BAM - Jen, Ryan, Ross and everyone else who was involved!




Branston Court Accommodation Service

Alex, an 18 year old service user at Ypeople's Branston Court supported accommodation service in Glasgow, and Robin, the service's manager, were on BBC Radio Scotland with Stephen Jardine this morning talking about youth homelessness. If you missed it, you can catch up at the link below, the interview starts at 1:39:45



First tenants welcomed to new service

Ypeople were delighted to welcome our first tenant into our new service in East Dunbartonshire today. East Dunbartonshire Reach Out will provide support and accommodation to people in the area who have been affected by homelessness. The flats, sourced from the private rented sector, will provide tenants with a safe, secure and comfortable home, to support them towards independent living.

To find out more about our work in the local community visit the Ypeople Reach Out East Dunbartonshire page




Healthy Working Lives Bronze Award




Well Done To Kids!

A care home in Glasgow made Burns Night a memorable experience for its residents by hosting an evening of fine Scottish dining with the help from primary children from Ypeople Out of School Care at St Bernard’s Primary School….



The Life of PIE

In the first installment of this year’s Homeless Spotlight feature, Ypeople, showcases its ground breaking Pathways service in South Lanarkshire, which supports people with highly complex needs and is the first service in Scotland to be based on the principle of a psychologically informed environment.






Ypeople launched the new Pathways service in South Lanarkshire, a ground-breaking approach to supporting people experiencing multiple exclusion homelessness, and the first psychologically informed service in Scotland.

Speakers Professor Susanne Fitzpatrick (Heriott Watt University), Dr Neil Hamlet (NHS Fife) and Ann Gee (South Lanarkshire Council) joined Ypeople CEO Joe Connolly as Renzo Cardosi (Operations and Business Manager for Ypeople Pathways) introduced the new model of support.

If you would like more information on the Pathways service, or on our approach to psychologically informed services, contact us via

(From left to right: Ann Gee, Executive Director Housing & Technical Resources, South Lanarkshire Council; Dr Neil Hamlet, Consultant in Public Heath Medicine, NHS; Joe Connolly, CEO Ypeople and Professor Susanne Fizpatrick, Director of Research Institute, Heriot Watt University)



Ypeople are a Living Wage Employer...

We are particularly proud of our achievements which have been made possible by the quality and commitment of our staff who are our greatest asset, being able to pay our staff the Living Wage shows that we value their contribution and commitment to the organisation.

Ypeople did not have a massive step to make to become an accredited Living Wage Employer as our pay scales were above the living wage threshold. As well as this we were delighted to provide our staff with a 2% cost of living pay rise in 2014/2015.




5th Annual Golf Event 2015.



Ypeople's 5th annual golf event was a fun-filled day to raise vital funds for Ypeople's services across Scotland. Our...

Posted by YPeople on Friday, September 25, 2015

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