Mark Diver, Project Assistant.
Outreach Service Projects
We currently run four Outreach Service projects, read more about them here.
Homeless Navigator Project
Inclusive Case Co-Ordinator
Edinburgh Peer Project
What We Understand
People are unique
People are unique. People have different personalities, experiences and beliefs. Every person has a different way of perceiving the world around them and has grown up experiencing different things. Some people like reading books and others prefer watching films.
Cyrenians Outreach Services recognise that not everyone can work with existing services in areas such as health, homelessness, criminal justice and substance misuse.
Our services are designed to help people to work out and achieve what’s best for them. It’s focused on the needs of each individual rather than expecting everyone’s solutions to look the same. We think that when a person is in control of what they get support to do, they’re more likely to engage with that support and see it through.
We operate with an understanding that being cared for or supported may be difficult for people who have experienced trauma in earlier life. Therefore, the Services are shaped to ensure that building supportive relationships is of paramount importance with a belief that working in this way gives the best chance of reducing inequality and enabling inclusion.
It’s all about relationships
What if we were to look at people’s ability to form and sustain relationships as an indication of their well-being?
"Are you in touch with your family? Can you go to the shops and buy something you want? Can you go to the doctor and explain your situation as well as participate in any ongoing treatment?"
If you cannot manage these relationships, perhaps as a consequence of your early experiences in life, then what impact does this have on your life?
Cyrenians Outreach Services recognise that there are people who experience these difficulties and may require services that operate in a different way. We look to develop relationship based support with people, in order to help them live the lives they wish. We do this by offering tolerant and flexible support to help people to navigate the range of services that aim to address their needs.
We offer services that helps people to develop their skills in making use of support, as well as offering an alternative model for others to work with people experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage.
We employ people with lived experience in order to offer an alternative perspective on areas such as homelessness, criminal justice and substance misuse. We do so as to share experiences may carry more authenticity for some people than a more theoretical approach.