Charity registered in Scotland SC014849
Aberdeen Cyrenians are thrilled to present an opportunity to become the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a vibrant and dynamic charity that has been providing a range of support and care services to vulnerable people in Aberdeen for over 50 years, winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2021.
At Aberdeen Cyrenians, we support people to make positive change. Today the organisation is known as a pioneer in homelessness, complex care and support needs services. We are proud to lead by example by empowering people to build their skills and resilience and support everyone with multiple and complex needs.
Our philosophy is built on the Cyrenian Movement; organisations that reach out a helping hand to those that stumble in life, helping them to get back on their feet.
• Our services are person-centred, flexible, inclusive, compassionate and friendly
• We help people live fulfilling lives working towards goals that matter to them
• We work alongside people to reduce and overcome barriers that they face·
• We empower people by building skills and resilience
• We know life is complicated and offer support that encompasses multiple needs·
• We are specialists in providing care and support.
With the ever-changing landscape of social care service provision, we are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic leader who can spot emerging trends and opportunities. The successful candidate will lead organisational evolution and innovation, adapting quickly to drive future success.
You should understand our work and commitment to vulnerable people and working at a senior level managing diverse teams and have experience of practical internal business leadership. You should have strong networking links with our key stakeholders including local authorities, businesses, funders and government.
If you have a genuine passion to make a positive difference to people’s lives and want the opportunity to work with a dynamic and growing reputable charity in Aberdeen, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Would you like to use your skills and experience to make a difference to a local charity who support the most vulnerable in our community? Aberdeen Cyrenians is looking to recruit new Board Members to oversee the strategic development of the charity as we move into our next phase.
We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who have professional experience in Finance, Marketing/Communications/Fundraising, Social Care and those with lived experience.
Our Board Members are both trustees of the charity and directors of the company limited by guarantee, so it’s essential that you are able to meet the requirements of those roles by:
· Being at least 18 years old
· Not previously having been removed as a trustee, or as a charity officer, agent or employee by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (“OSCR”) or the High Court due to misconduct or mismanagement
· Able to hold the position of Company Director and not having previously been disqualified
· Being of good financial standing and having no issues that would prevent appointment as a Company Director, such as undischarged bankruptcy or removal by Companies House
· Able to provide us with two references and to satisfactorily complete an enhanced Protecting Vulnerable Groups (“PVG”) check with Disclosure Scotland
· Share and work with our values.
You can find out more about the role of Trustee here:
Our Board meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 4.30pm. The meeting lasts approximately two hours. A level of flexibility is required however, as given the nature of our work, there is at times urgent business that requires to be dealt with between Board Meetings which makes additional meetings necessary.
In addition, our Board operates two sub-committees: Finance & Investment and Regulatory & Compliance. There may be a requirement for new Board Members to join one of these groups, who meet on average once a quarter.
All new Board Members are required to complete our Board Induction within three months of appointment. This includes visiting all of our projects/services (some of which are open office hours Monday to Friday).
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.
Are you an amazing Fundraising/Communications professional looking for your next move? Why not join an organisation who support vulnerable people who are homeless or who have multiple, complex needs, and make a real difference to our work.
At Aberdeen Cyrenians, we support people to make positive change. We have spent over 50 years providing a range of support and care services to vulnerable people and those in crisis.
Starting life as a soup kitchen organised by Aberdeen University students, we have grown to support and assistance to rough sleepers, those needing to flee unsafe home environments, couch surfers with no permanent address, people who find it difficult to maintain their tenancy due to mental health or addiction issues, ex-prisoners with nowhere to go, those in a time of crisis that find themselves vulnerable and at risk of losing their home and those that want to remain independent and need support to stay within their home.
Now in 2021, the organisation is known as a pioneer in homelessness, complex care and support needs services and mental health support. From opening the first ‘wet’ hostel, allowing residents to drink safely while engaging with services to tackle underlying need, a model now used globally, and opening the first women’s hostel in Aberdeen; to leading on the new pathfinder project, implementing the Scottish Government’s Housing First policy recognising that to assist those with multiple and complex needs, the first step is a secure and ongoing tenancy that can be retained, whilst also providing wrap around support. Organisational growth and innovation continues, this year winning commissioned services as a key partner of an innovative third sector led consortium for Care at Home.
Our philosophy is built on the Cyrenian Movement; organisations that reach out a helping hand to those that stumble in life, helping them to get back on their feet. While we are a secular organisation, we are named after Simon of Cyrene famed for helping Jesus as he stumbled carrying his cross. We support people of all faiths, and those of none.
As a local independent charity and social care services provider, we work in partnership with a wide range of local organisations and collaborate with other similar organisations in a national forum.
About Corporate Services
The Corporate Services Team provide the back office support that keeps Aberdeen Cyrenians running; we pay the bills, provide people and HR support, manage facilities, undertake maintenance, bid for and win new work, ensure we are legally compliant and raise the funds that keep the organisation running.
We are a mixed team of professionals with one thing in common – we believe in the work that Aberdeen Cyrenians does and that our efforts help to enable our front line teams to do what they do, supporting vulnerable people when they need it most.
Due to relocation, we now have an amazing opportunity for an experienced fundraising professional to join our small, friendly team and take the lead our fundraising and communications.
To lead on and implement a dynamic and proactive fundraising strategy to maximise income generation from all income streams including corporates, events, trusts and foundations, individuals, major donors, legacies and the community for both restricted and unrestricted funds.
To lead on and manage all aspects of our communications and brand/identity, including the development and delivery of a communications plan aligned to our activities and campaigns.