Four Square

Edinburgh, Scotland

Grant: £80,000

The need

Edinburgh is beautiful when seen with a tourist’s eye, but out of sight, parts of the Scottish capital suffer from serious deprivation. An estimated 5,000 people sleep rough in the city.

Four Square aims to tackle homelessness and promote social inclusion by providing accommodation for young homeless people, whilst helping them develop the skills they need to thrive in the community.  

The project

With the help of the St James’s Place Foundation, we funded the much-needed refurbishment of Four Square's Stopover emergency hostel, renovating bathrooms, kitchens and communal areas. The hostel offers a bed space to 120 homeless young people annually and the upgraded facilities will help young people develop life skills.

Our funds enabled the charity to establish an IT course for tenants and, following its success, we helped expand the course. It now offers tenancy and employability skills for up to 100 young people a year.

The impact

Staff at Four Square say the modern facilities have helped them be far more effective in resettling homeless and vulnerable young people, providing them with a secure tenancy and the necessary skills to enter the job market.

Residents of the hostel have also praised the refurbishment, saying that it is a nicer place to stay and that everyone now takes responsibility for keeping the place clean.