First started by Aberdeen University students as a soup kitchen, Aberdeen Cyrenians now put the needs of North East Scotland's most vulnerable and socially excluded people first — leading at the frontline of service, care and influence for 50+ years.
Aberdeen Cyrenians work continuously to shift perceptions and change the outlook on homelessness and vulnerability in society — the reality often differs drastically from the 'labels' that people use when thinking of those who need support. Not accepting the current perception of homelessness is something that underpins Aberdeen Cyrenians' work. Our approach puts the reality of these situations front and centre.
This reality reminds us that anyone can find themselves in difficulty, and Aberdeen Cyrenians exist to support anyone and everyone — whether they're living on the street, at high financial risk, in an abusive living situation, struggling with mental health issues, struggling with substance addiction or involved in the justice system. Our core values support a mission that prioritises close assistance, unique care and standing steadfastly by people in the midst of their most vulnerable moments.
It's the passion and integrity of Aberdeen Cyrenians that makes us a formidable force against homelessness, abuse, violence and social exclusion — we make a lifechanging difference when working alongside the people who need their support the most.
Join our team and make a real difference every day
Working at Aberdeen Cyrenians, you will be helping vulnerable people, who are often at the margins of society, every single day. You will be helping them to build a positive future, resolve their current issues and move towards positive outcomes.
In addition to competitive rates of pay, we offer both on the job and formal training, support achieving professional qualifications and good career prospects.
You can expect the following working for us:
One of our core values is that we value diversity and inclusion: exclusion has no place in our workplaces. Please let us know if you need us to make adjustments to allow you to apply for a role or attend an interview with Aberdeen Cyrenians.
If you are care experienced or have lived experience aligned to our area of work, we guarantee you an interview, subject to you meeting the minimum requirements of the role that you are applying for. We are also a Disability Confident employer.
Nothing we achieve would be possible without our employees - that's why we're as committed to their careers and professional development as they are.
You can find out more about us at weareac.org
About Ending Violence and Abuse Aberdeen ("EVAA")
Aberdeen Cyrenians Ending Violence and Abuse Aberdeen (EVAA) service work across the whole spectrum of gender-based abuse, recognising that many may experience multiple forms of abuse and crisis at once, and have different short and long-term needs. Providing person-centred holistic support for individuals, we help with both emergency and recovery, working collaboratively within local partnerships and inclusively through specialist support for LGBTQ+ abuse, sexual exploitation and trafficking.
Our aim is to ensure people are safe and healthy, respected and included, and that they are treated equally and compassionately.
Values are at the heart of our organisation informing the decisions we make, the way we offer support to our service users and our staff, and the foundation of how we deliver crisis support that is holistic, person-centred, trauma-informed and compassionate.
Aberdeen Cyrenians is a charity and social care services provider with a 54 year history of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in North East Scotland. First started by Aberdeen University students as a soup kitchen, Aberdeen Cyrenians now put the needs of North East Scotland's most vulnerable and socially excluded people first — leading at the frontline of service, care and influence.
From these beginnings, Aberdeen Cyrenians has grown into a cornerstone of Aberdeen, supporting the most vulnerable people in our city facing crisis, trauma, addiction, homelessness, and isolation.
We are currently recruiting for 2 new Trustee Directors to join our Board of Directors. This is a voluntary role with the typical time commitment being approximately 3 hours each month reading documents in advance and attending our Board Meeting and a further one to two hours supporting a sub-committee working group which you will be part of.
We welcome applications from candidates from all walks of life, but are particularly interested in hearing from groups that are under-represented on our current Board, such as those with extensive working experience in Social Work and/or Social Care.