Springboard (Four Square Edinburgh)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

Designed for young people ages 16-25 years who are at risk of homelessness or are currently accessing homelessness support services in Edinburgh.



The Springboard employability course is 5-week programme designed for a young people between 16-25 who are accessing homelessness services across Edinburgh. The course is primarily delivered through group work with 1:1 work taking place alongside. The main focus of the programme is enhancing participants employability skills through workshops on CV building, Job Interview Skills and Job Applications. Participants are also able to receive qualifications in Emergency First Aid at Work and Elementary Food Hygiene to help strengthen their CV. There are also workshops run around mental health and wellbeing as well as budgeting and money management. Social outings are scheduled every week to allow the participants to build lasting friendships. The course culminates in a 3 day Residential trip to an outdoor activity centre in the Scottish Highlands. During this trip participants are encouraged to push themselves out of their comfort zone and try their hand at exhilarating activities and challenges. One-to-one support is also part of the programme, which provides an opportunity to identify any additional needs and offer support to improve their welfare and wellbeing. The aim of the project is to provide a steppingstone to help the young people to plan towards personal development and decide on engaging productively in either education or work.

How do I access this?

  • Self referral
  • Referral by third party

Participants can self-refer onto the programme or be referred by another organisation. Those who would like to refer can email springboard@foursquare.org.uk and ask for a referral form.

Is there a cost?

There is no cost for participation. Rather, we have provision for assisting with transportation if any young person is challenged in that aspect. We also provided lunch each day of the course. The Residential trip is also covered by FourSquare.

Location information

The venue for the course sessions is at the Foursquare Head office on Gorgie Road. Some skills acquisition and social activities take place at the designated venues.

Opening times

The dates are as follows;

31st October – 30th November, 2023

9th January – 8th February, 2024

5th March – 4th April, 2024

Tuesday11:00 - 15:00
Wednesday11:00 - 15:00
Thursday11:00 - 15:00

Contact Details

Liesbeth van der Vossen
454 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, E11 2RN

Social media:


Springboard Four Square Referral Form
(154.84 KB pdf)

Springboard poster
(210.98 KB pdf)

Types of support on offer:

Support in person
Support with others

Type of services on offer:

Healthy living
Housing, benefits, debt
Learning, employability, volunteering

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