62 Summer Street
Aberdeen, AB10 1SD
Tel: 01224 625732
Project Supervisors – Sarah Igesund and Chloe Bartlett
Street Alternatives is a complimentary project run in line with other volunteer services for homeless people in the city and operates through the use of volunteers.
The service has been running since 2006 and was developed after Aberdeen Cyrenians lost the funding from Shelter for the winter crisis project. Some of the then volunteers wanted to carry on providing a much needed service for homeless people in the city of Aberdeen. The project runs on a Tuesday and Thursday Evening and on Saturday and Sunday lunchtime.
This service allows rough sleepers and clients staying in temporary accommodation to have access to shelter, food, showers as well as a laundry service. The service survived when other services diminished thanks to the volunteers who were aware that there was nothing else available in the city for the homeless population.
With initially six volunteers Street Alternatives now has over sixty involved in providing the service. This is due to the publicity it has received over the years through engaging with the local communities and raising awareness. Through this Street Alternatives have managed to established regular donors who supply us with regular food and toiletries but also encourage other community groups to participate in operating the service. We have a regular core group of workers who work in a local oil company that volunteer with Street Alternatives twice a week, also a congregation from a local church volunteer on a Sunday and provide breakfast and support as part of there worship. As well as the essentials the project also provides emotional support for clients and is able to advice clients where to seek the appropriate help.
The project has had several successful outcomes for clients in that they have been able to gain the support necessary to address their issues. The project also offers the clients an opportunity, if interested, to get involved with the service this provides a stable way of improving their personal development and self esteem until they feel they are able to go back to work, college or just to enjoy life.
Street Alternatives is supported by the Fairer Scotland Fund.