Housing Education for Schools


A leaflet with advice for young people when they are Leaving Home offers information about paying bills, benefits, ultilities and managing your home. It includes essential contact numbers.


Musselburgh CAB offers two presentations about Independent Living. These are focussed on how to run a successful tenancy and avoid homelessness.  Both are available as YouTube videos, which can be used in the classroom

  • Independent Living 1 is about sustaining housing and avoiding homelessness. In workgroups, the students discuss leaving home successfully. This is a significant problem in East Lothian, where many young people need to seek homelessness help. They may lose their first tenancy which leaves them more vulnerable even, than when they first left home.
  • Independent Living 2  offers students help with the responsibility of running their tenancy. It deals with lissues such as paying their bills and looking after themselves. It helps them understand how to transition to independence from their families/carers, successfully.
‚ÄčA further presentation is available, in the form of classroom materials that allow teachers to explore Homelessness as a social issue in East Lothian (and throughout Scotland,) with their students. It is work-group based and students discuss questions about homelessness in East Lothian using information provided on fact-sheets. This presentation is available to all schools on request to the Housing Service Development Team at East Lothian Council (01620 827827).

All materials are updated regularly and schools will be informed when changes are made. Advice and training is available.


For further information, or to request a presentation from Musselburgh CAB, please call 0131 653 2748