Aberdeen Cyrenians was established in 1968. Originally just providing food and shelter, the charity now provides a wide range of specialist services to people experiencing crisis, extreme hardship, violence and homelessness in the North East of Scotland.
Aberdeen Cyrenians was established in 1968. Over the last 45 years the range of services offered by Aberdeen Cyrenians has grown considerably. Originally just providing food and shelter, the services now aim to meet all the varying needs of people affected by homelessness in Aberdeen and the surrounding area.
These services focus on:
•Prevention of homelessness – through information, advice, support and education programmes
•Alleviation of homelessness – in 39 places short-term accommodation
•Rehabilitation – tackling underlying issues such as alcohol, drugs, mental health and abuse
•Resettlement – practical help to gain employment, to learn the skills needed to live in the community and to sustain a tenancy.
Our staff works very hard to support clients to meet their basic needs and realise their potential. People can rely on staff for support, advice, practical assistance or even just a listening ear – no one will be turned away.
Aberdeen Cyrenians currently has 6 key Projects/Services; Clifton Road Project, Wernham House Project, Margaret House Project, Information, Advice & Support Service , Violence Against Women Project and Street Alternatives Service. We cater for specific groups of homeless people including 16-21 year olds who have left care (Clifton Road); and young single people in crisis, rough sleepers, older people and women of all ages, who can benefit specifically from our Wernham House, Margaret House and Street Alternatives Projects.
We believe that if you give a bed to someone in need of a home, a meal to someone hungry, or shelter and warmth to someone cold then their problems will be only resolved in the short-term, but if we give someone who has not had a fair chance in life time to express their problems and give them understanding, caring advice, new opportunities and life and work skills, then they will have a real chance to lay foundations which will enable them to contribute positively to society in the long term.