Aberdeen Cyrenians

“A game changer” – preventing people from sleeping rough in Aberdeen



In December 2017 Aberdeen Cyrenians’ Assertive Outreach Service (AORS) was launched as part of the Scottish Government’s Winter Initiative 2017/18 to reduce rough sleeping. The service has been described as a ‘game changer’ in terms of what the charity can do to address the issue of rough sleeping in the city.

An independently commissioned report – Views from the Frontline – has now been published to highlight the initiatives’ activities, impact and key learning points.

We are very proud of what has been achieved by not only our teams but also the Simon Community and Streetwork in Glasgow/Edinburgh as services were rapidly put into place and ultimately, many vulnerable people have been prevented from sleeping on the streets.

In Aberdeen AORS worked with 76 individuals from December 2017 – May 2018. Almost all had multiple and complex needs with the team providing wraparound services in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, the Police, NHS, Street Pastors and other frontline services.

The report identifies a number of key findings and highlights the impact that can be made when frontline teams are given the resources and power to act.


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