Aberdeen Cyrenians began in 1968 as a soup kitchen run in the city’s Castlegate. Organised by students from Aberdeen University, this service provided basic food to a growing number of people. It became increasingly obvious that there was a high demand for further support services and eventually a night shelter was opened.
Over the next four decades Aberdeen Cyrenians opened the first ever wet hostel in Britain, the first Women’s hostel in Aberdeen, day centres, emergency accommodation for young people, medium-term accommodation for young and old, community and housing support services and an employment and education service. An estimated 50,000 homeless people or people at risk of homelessness have been supported by Aberdeen Cyrenians over the past 45 years.
Langstane Housing Association has a longstanding relationship with Aberdeen Cyrenians, providing two communal support facilities Margaret House and Wernham House, Aberdeen since the early 80s. The service provides residential and respite care accommodation to 29 adults (12 and 17 bedspaces respectively) who have alcohol issues, mental health issues, challenging behaviour, substance misuse and those who would have difficulties maintaining mainstream tenancies. Care and support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a dedicated team of Resettlement Workers.
Aberdeen Cyrenians are currently involved in the following 5 community projects:
Violence Against Women (VAW) Project
Aberdeen Cyrenians’ Violence Against Women Project offers support to vulnerable women of all ages who have experienced or are currently experiencing violence and abuse. This abuse may be in the form of physical, emotional, financial, sexual abuse and/ or sexual exploitation. The project is based at 62 Summer Street, Aberdeen and provides one to one support and access to a Women’s Group.
Domestic Abuse Support and Accommodation Project (DASAP)
The Domestic Abuse Support and Accommodation Project offers support to women, men and families who are experiencing domestic abuse. The main aim of this project is to support people to gain safe accommodation and workers offer support on a one to one basis for a period of 3 months. The project is a partnership with Aberdeen City Council which provides temporary accommodation to those fleeing domestic abuse while Aberdeen Cyrenians offers the package of support. The project is based at 62 Summer Street, Aberdeen.
Advice, Information and Support Service
The service is based at 62 Summer Street, Aberdeen and provides support in the community as well as office based appointments. Staff work alongside the Local Authority housing support services to provide support to individuals who are making the transition from temporary to settled permanent accommodation. The resettlement team provide tailored support aimed at ensuring that individuals are settled, secure and equipped to manage their tenancies successfully.
Advice, Information and Support Drop-In Service
The Drop-in service provides information, advice and support to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and aged 16 years and over and is based at 62 Summer Street, Aberdeen. Workers are experienced in dealing with a wide variety of issues. No appointments are necessary and the services are offered on first come first served basis. Food parcels are available from Drop-in to those who are assessed as being in need and have access to cooking facilities.
Street Alternatives is a service provided 4 days a week for those who are homeless or have limited access to cooking facilities and is based at 62 Summer Street, Aberdeen. It is a volunteer run service that provides a hot meal, a mail box service and access to showering and laundry facilities.