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 & 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 48 years.
For more information please see ‘The History of Aberdeen Cyrenians‘