HOSmates News


Our HOSmates programme has been growing from strength to strength since it started in 2012, and in the last few months of 2014 we sat down with our current HOSmate Volunteers and talked about how to develop the programme for 2015.



We now have 5 fully trained HOSmate Volunteers who are either disabled themselves or are a carer for a disabled person, and have been through the process of finding the right house in the right place. The programme has offered disabled people, older people and veterans across Scotland the opportunity to engage with a trained volunteer who has personal experience of what they are going through.


In December we invited clients and ex-clients along to meet our current HOSmate Volunteers, to learn more about the HOSmates Programme and to see if they wanted to get involved.


So in 2015 our HOSmates are growing! We are recruiting more HOSmate Volunteers, doing more training, developing new and innovative ideas, all with the aim of offering disabled people, older people and veterans the support of our HOSmate Volunteers.


Watch this space to see what our HOSmates will be getting up to this year.


If you would like to know more about HOSmates, please follow this link: HOSmates or contact our Volunteer & Development Manager Fraser Gilmore at fraser@housingoptionsscotland.org.uk.




Meet the HOSmates Event, 8th December 1pm – 3.30pm, Albany Centre, 44 Ashley Street, Glasgow, G3 6DS

Are you, or have you been a client of Housing Options Scotland?

Interested in becoming more involved with Housing Options Scotland?

Would you like to use your story to help others?

We are now recruiting new HOSmates Peer Support Volunteers and we want you to be involved!

Use your own personal housing story to help someone going through the housing process now. Being a HOSmate you will be able to connect with those who are having similar feelings and experiences you had, and you can help support them with your knowledge of the process.

We believe that the HOSmates process gives our volunteers time to tell there own story’s, while helping out someone in need of their advice.

If this sounds like something you would like to be involved in, we will be holding an event on the 8th December 2014, 1pm – 3.30pm at the Albany Centre, 44 Ashley Street, Glasgow G3 6DS. At this event you will have the opportunity to meet with our current HOSmates Volunteers, hear from them about their journey’s as HOSmates and hear from the staff about the work of Housing Options Scotland.

This is your opportunity to find out more about becoming a HOSmate volunteer for Housing Options Scotland, if you are interested in getting involved and would like to attend, please email us at hosmates@housingoptionsscotland.org.uk or call Jessica Brant on 07541 232 381. We will also cover all travel expenses to and from this event.

You can see our promotional video at the right hand side of this screen or by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORri4i46vu0


Would you like to meet someone who has been through the journey of finding the right house in the right place?


Housing Options Scotland held an event recently giving you the opportunity to meet our trained volunteers; our HOSmates, all of whom have been through the process of finding the right house in the right place. Our HOSmates shared stories of their own journeys and discussed what it was like for them.  The event was a great success.

We hope to hold more events like this in the future so please get in touch with our Volunteer & Development manager if you would be interested in us holding an event in your area.  You can email Fraser on: fraser@housingoptionsscotland.org.uk


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