Finding your home on Civvy street research, get involved!


Are you a Veteran, in transition or currently serving in the Armed Forces? If so we want to invite you to a focus group to hear your experiences of housing on civvy street. It is being held in Edinburgh on the 31st March from 11am to 2pm at Whiteford House.


Housing Options Scotland’s Military Matters project is currently carrying out research on the housing pathways experienced by the Armed Forces community. This research is to provide a robust evidence base from varied housing experiences to ascertain whether veterans, those in transition and those currently serving in the armed forces are satisfied with the service they receive from agencies that are stakeholders in the provision of civilian housing advice.


If you would like to come along to this focus group, please contact Fraser Gilmore at or call on 07740265181. Places are limited, so please RSVP by Friday the 24th March and he will confirm your place and send you more details.


Lunch will be provided on the day and all reasonable travel expenses will be covered if you are traveling from the central belt.


For more information on Housing Options Scotland’s Military Matters project, follow this link: Military Matters


Housing Options – Listen in!

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You can listen in to Olivia talking about the LIFT scheme on our HOS audio channel.  Click here: LIFT.

Or, you can read the full transcript below.

LIFT Scheme

LIFT is a shared equity scheme run by the Scottish Government and is a very popular option amongst our clients who wish to purchase their own property. It is a shared equity scheme which helps people on a lower income to buy a home without having to fund the purchase completely by themselves. LIFT stands for Low-Cost Initiative for First Time Buyers, however the scheme is open to people with disabilities, even if they have purchased a property before.

The LIFT Open Market Shared Equity Scheme allows people to buy a property that is for sale on the open market, where it is affordable for them to do so. The Scottish Government has set a ceiling for the maximum value of property that you can buy through the scheme, which depends on the property size and location. With LIFT you will pay between 60% and 90% of the price of a new home, and through a housing provider, the Scottish Government will lend you the remaining money. The percentage that you are likely to pay will be dependent on the maximum mortgage you can secure, plus any other money you can put towards the purchase. You will own the new home that you buy, and when you come to sell it, you will have to split the money in the same proportions as you bought it, to repay the Scottish Government.

The LIFT scheme is a great option for people with disabilities, as it can help them to purchase an affordable property that is better suited to their needs.  If you would like further information on the LIFT scheme, or to find out if you may be eligible to apply, please fill out our Support Request where we can tell you about other housing options too.  And if you’d like to hear about another housing option in audio let us know and we can include it in our next emag!

Meet Mallory – our Summer Intern

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Where are you from?

I am originally from California, but I now live in Oregon.

What studies are you doing just now?

I am double majoring in Economics: Law & Public Policy and Public Health: Policy & Management.

What are you looking forward to about Scotland?

I am looking forward to seeing as many historical sites as I can while I am in Scotland. Living on the West coast of the United States provides only a small look into the past compared to the centuries of history in Scotland. I also am excited to visit the Highlands and explore the unparalleled scenery it has to show!

Is there anything you’re not so sure about? (We promise it doesn’t rain ALL the time!)

While many people have told me to expect plenty of rain, living in Oregon has prepared me well for drizzly weather. However, I am curious as to how different Scottish cuisine will be compared to what I typically eat at home. I love trying new food, and I am eager to try the traditional Scottish cuisine.

Is there any person / animal / favourite place you’re going to miss while you’re away?

I am going to miss my friends from college, my boyfriend, and my family. I will also miss my dog, Lizzie!

What are you hoping for at your time at HOS?  What will make you say – “Wow!, that was a real success!”

During my time at HOS, I hope to make strong connections with the HOS employees and have opportunities to meet constituents. There is no greater learning tool than to work alongside new people who have perspectives or backgrounds quite unlike my own. I also hope to have as much exposure and involvement in HOS policy for both external and internal issues. I have a passion for policy work, and I am thrilled to be able to gain new perspectives from another country.

Glasgow Film Theatre – Autism Friendly Award

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Glasgow Film Theatre has become the first cinema in the UK to scoop the prestigious Autism Friendly Award.

The Autism Friendly Award, administered by The National Autistic Society Scotland, recognises organisations that ensure autistic visitors can access and enjoy their venues. Glasgow Film Theatre is only the fourth organisation in Scotland to achieve the award, which is also held by Scottish Parliament, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and a branch of Specsavers in Glasgow.

Glasgow Film Theatre received the award in recognition of Access Film Club and Take 2 Access Film Club, monthly screening clubs that offer special screenings for autistic adults and children respectively. During these screenings the volume is slightly reduced, the LED stair lights in the cinema stay on, a chill out zone is provided, and trained autism facilitators are available to answers questions at the end of the film.

Well done GFT from all the team at Housing Options Scotland!

Legal support for people with dementia – SDS

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The Rights, Responsibilites and Respect project has been set up to provide legal support for people living with dementia to access their rights to Self Directed Support (SDS).

The project is being funded by Life Changes Trust and will be run by MECOPP.  It is open to all people living with dementia and their carers.

In a time where social care is going through rapid change in Scotland the project aims to make sure people with dementia can access the right care for their needs using SDS.

Find out more about the project here and how to apply: Rights, Responsibilities & Respect


Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Ready Goes Live

The TEC Ready programme has gone live.  This programme is funded by the Scottish Government to create change in the uptake of Technology Enabled Care (TEC) and Assistive Technology in the housing sector.

The programme is now looking for initial expressions of interest for funding for small TEC projects.

You can apply via email to Heather Laing.  Email:

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 21 March 2017.

Heather is also researching current use of TEC.  To give her feedback on your use, or lack of use, of TEC fill in the survey here: TEC survey

Launch of housing brokerage for younger adults with visual impairment – evaluation and guidance


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Thomas Pocklington Trust and Housing Options Scotland are launching the findings of an innovative pilot housing brokerage service for younger adults with visual impairment in Edinburgh on March 9.

The event will set out how Housing Options Scotland (HOS) provided the pilot housing brokerage service, which was funded by leading sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), across Scotland, and the evaluation of this service.

Members of the housing, volunteering, and eye health and sight loss sectors are welcome to attend the event to hear about how the innovative service was run and the positive impact it had for service users, including a short video featuring a younger person who has benefited from this approach.

It will also showcase a housing information and advice guide specifically aimed at younger adults with visual impairment that has been developed by TPT.

The free event will be held on Thursday 9 March at the Caledonian Hall, Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR from 10am until 2pm, including lunch.

If you would like to attend, please contact Nina Huszarik with any dietary and accessibility requirements at by Friday 3 March.