HPS Connections

Advice and support for vulnerable households and people who are in danger of becoming homeless

'I wouldn't be where I am in my life right now. It has given me the insight and strength I needed to start to move on'

HPS Connections supports people, living in South and East Edinburgh, to live the life they want to live.

Experience tells us that people can often feel lonely and isolated within their community. This can lead to lower levels of health and well-being. HPS Connections support people to:

  • Explore the kind of life they would like to lead and develop meaningful activities which will enable them to lead that life
  • Self-manage their mental health and /or physical health
  • Find out what is on in their community
  • Access local groups, services and activities
  • Develop a support network that will be there for them at times of need
  • Keep their home or explore housing options if they want to move

We do this by:


It can be hard for people to know what groups, activities and services are in their local area. Our connecting team will support people using the service to explore what is on in their local community, decide what they would like to take part in and provide support to help this happen. This support can be both signposting and/ or regular support to build confidence to take part independently, with a volunteer or HPS Connections worker.

Telephone Support

Sometimes, regular, short-term telephone support is what people might need. We can provide this support from our staff and volunteer teams.

Support Delivery

Our support is delivered at a time decided on by the person using the service and is offered 7 days per week from 9:00 am into the evening.  We offer support to meet the needs of people using the service. Support is usually offered on a weekly basis for between one and two hours a week. The support we offer is varied and is provided by either a volunteer and paid member of the team, depending on the needs of the person using the service and the focus of their support.

We cover the South and East of Edinburgh including Craigentinny, Duddingston, Portobello, Craigmillar, Niddrie, Bingham, Magdalene, Lochend, Restalrig, Moredun, Burdiehouse, Southhouse, Gilmerton, Gracemount, Liberton, Morningside, The Pleasance, Holyrood and Newington.

‘I was living but now I have a life.’

John was referred to HPS Connections after having been supported to move house. John liked his new house but was feeling low because he was stuck at home and didn't know anyone in his local area. The HPS Connections team supported John to build his confidence to leave his house, get to know the area and take part in local activities. John is starting to get to know his neighbours and other local people and wants to volunteer with HPS Connections as a peer volunteer.

If you know someone who would benefit from the service and lives in the area shown, or if you would like to find out more about the HPS Connections service contact:

Joanna Lawrence on 0131 225 8508 or by email at joanna.lawrence@health-in-mind.org.uk

Referral forms for HPS Connections

  • If you would like to download a self-referral form for HPS Connections, please click here
  • If you would like to download a third-party referral form for HPS Connections,  please click here 


We provide the service through the Homeless Prevention Service consortium which is a partnership between five organisations led by Cyrenians, funded by the City of Edinburgh Council.












Need help now?

If you or someone you care for is facing a crisis and in distress, please contact NHS 24 on 111 or your GP directly.

Click here for further information and contact details.

The area that the service covers

Volunteer with us!

Would you like to volunteer with our New Homeless Prevention Service?

We are looking for motivated volunteers to give a few hours a week to support someone who is at risk of homelessness.

Click here to download the application pack or for more information contact Alison McGhee on 0131 225 8508 or email alisonmcghee@health-in-mind.org.uk

Watch the video below to hear about volunteer Emma's experience of working with HPS Connections. 


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