Street Assist Edinburgh
Assisting local charities and communities to deliver important support to those who need it most is at the heart of the Cameron Toll Community Fund, and when Edinburgh based Street Assist applied for funding we were happy to help them.
Street Assist operates every Friday and Saturday from 10pm to 4am providing a non-judgmental welfare/first aid service to help people who have become vulnerable during the busy Night-Time Economy hours. They have 180 volunteers that work with them across the city from a wide range of backgrounds, all who require vital training when they start out.
Claire Jefcoate, Centre Manager at Cameron Toll said: “Street Assist has provided valuable care to those who find themselves in vulnerable situations during the night hours for many years now in Edinburgh and they must ensure their volunteers are correctly trained. We were delighted to provide £500 to fund ten training courses for new staff from our Community Fund to ensure they can continue to provide support to the emergency services.”
Neil Logan from Street Assist said: “As a volunteer organisation we benefit from the support of many businesses and individuals across the city to fund all aspects of the service we provide. Training is a critical part of ensuring that our large volunteer team is prepared to respond to any situation they are faced with. We’ve added new volunteer staff into the charity and the support from the Cameron Toll Community Fund has been used to fund ten train courses for them.”
Street Assist provides support to people who have presented in a moment of crisis, mostly people who have over consumed (drink & drugs), spiking, suffering from mental health issues, victims of assault, sexual assault, domestic assault. It has also helped in finding people who have been reported missing, people who have lost their friends, helped people recharge their phones, reunite them with their lost friends with the aim of making sure people don’t come to further harm and that we can organise a safe route home for them.
For further information, and to donate, please visit: www.streetassist.co.uk
Groups and organisations interested in making an application to the Cameron Toll Community Fund should visit here to download an application form.