The winter period is once again upon us and Aberdeen Cyrenians will spend the coming weeks and months supporting some of the north-east of Scotland’s most vulnerable people through what can often be a sad, distressing and lonely time.
An ever increasing number of people have reached out to us for support this year with all of our projects seeing a rise in the number of people they are supporting.
This support comes in many forms and last year included:
- 10585 nights of residential accommodation care
- 4781 Drop In appointments
- 3621 hot meals eaten
- 564 showers for rough sleepers
- 243 sleeping bags handed out
We expect to see a rise in these numbers for 2016 as more people affected by family issues, job losses and high living costs come to us for help.
As you begin to plan your Christmas with family and friends please take a moment to think about those in our community who have no home to go to this festive season, those who will not see their family and friends, and those who will spend their Christmas Day with Aberdeen Cyrenians.
There are many ways you can help support our services over the festive period.
These allow us to buy items as the need arises over the Christmas period and beyond. In addition, monetary donations are very welcome to offset increased running costs incurred over the festive period for the additional cooking, heating and lighting associated with our longer opening times.
If you would like to support us donations can be made by cash or cheque in person or by post to our head office at 62 Summer Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1SD. They can also be made by visiting our online fundraising page.
Christmas Gifts for Service Users
As the temperature falls over winter the most useful items in this category include hats, gloves, scarves, underwear, hand warmers, wind-up torches and outdoor sleeping bags.
Christmas cards, including some designed by our service users, are available to purchase in packs of 10 cards for £3 or two packs for £5. They can be bought from our office at 62 Summer Street, or the designs can be viewed here.
Please help us raise awareness by liking our Facebook page and sharing our appeal within your social media networks.