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About Us

OUR HISTORY

Open Door Accommodation Project has been a part of the West Lothian Community for 35 years.  The organisation was initially formed in 1986 by members of the community who were concerned with the numbers of young people sleeping rough in West Lothian.  Emergency access supported accommodation specifically for young people was opened in the Craigshill area of Livingston.  This was originally funded by local and regional councils, but is now almost fully funded by West Lothian Council.

WHAT WE DO

Over the last 35 years we have grown and developed our accommodation service and acquired additional services.  This was done in alignment with West Lothian Councils policies and strategic development. The Craigshill Supported Accommodation Project, based in Livingston is staffed 24 hours a day and provides accommodation for 10 homeless single people, aged 16-26 years.
 
The additional services are comprised of Supported Flat accommodation for 16-26 year olds.  Accommodation is provided in nine one and two bedroom flats within the West Lothian locality for
up to sixteen young people.
 
We offer a Community Outreach Service which was launched in May 2018. This project supports vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness.  Staff assist with preventative work through the use of early intervention.  Our continued development and movement to a more flexible system of support has allowed significant growth within our Community Outreach Service.
 
Our services allow ODAP to work with young people through their transitional journey from being homeless and potentially roofless to living in settled secure accommodation. 
 
 
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OUR AIMS

Open Door Accommodation Project exists to support young people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless for a variety of reasons, e.g. family breakdown, social, practical, behavioural and emotional problems.  Open Door Accommodation Project aims to:

  • support young people in the short term, working towards longer-term, sustainable independent living and improved life chances;

  • provide a flexible and innovative service to the population of youth homelessness; actively promote, encourage and highlight the needs of young homeless people and work in partnership with our funders and community towards addressing any needs identified;

  • provide an environment that supports and encourages freedom of choice and promotes the learning process towards sustainable, independent living.

 

SUPPORT US

By making a donation you can allow us to continue to deliver our vital services for vulnerable young people. All money raised through your donations will be spent directly on young people