Alex and Anna

Alex and Anna are 17 and 19 years old. They came to Scotland to stay with a relative, who helped them get jobs in a local hotel. Unfortunately, they soon discovered that their relative had serous alcohol issues, which made living with him very difficult.

Anna then discovered that she was pregnant and, to protect their child, they decided to leave their turbulent living conditions. They arrived in Edinburgh, but could not find a place to live. Alex and Anna slept in churches, but Anna got a lot of unwanted attention. They ended up on the streets.

It was bitterly cold and terrifying. They were forced to find quiet corners in parks, by the canal and under bridges where they could be dry and get some rest. They slept rough for over a week until they were told about The Rock Trust.

The Rock Trust immediately called the Edinburgh emergency housing line and two night’s accommodation was found. Alex and Anna were given a meal at The Rock Trust’s drop-in service, access to a shower, laundry facilities and a food parcel.

The Rock Trust then called a local homeless hostel, which had room for Alex and Anna. Over the next two months Anna and Alex, with the support from their Rock Trust support workers, secured benefits for Anna, employment for Alex and a temporary flat for them to live until permanent accommodation was found.