Garden provides perfect setting for Cyrenians Day
28 August 2017
“There was a little sunshine and lots of fun at the Cyrenians’ summer fete in the Dollar Park Walled Garden on Saturday. The charity, which helps maintain the picturesque outdoor space, supports those excluded from family, home, work or community.” Read more here.
Third sector groups in Scotland share £830,000 in grants
23 August 2017
“Scotland’s third sector received a major funding boost in the first half of 2017, with 46 charities sharing grants worth more than £830,000. Voluntary groups applied for awards through the Bank of Scotland Foundation’s small, medium and large grants programmes.” Read more here.
Homeless village to be built in Edinburgh before Christmas
19 July 2017
“A new village for homeless people will be up and running before Christmas. The Social Bite Village in Edinburgh will be made up of 10 two-bedroom homes that can be moved and transported. The village will be built on a 1.5-acre site of council land which has been given to Social Bite on a ‘meanwhile use’ basis, meaning it can be used until the land needs to be developed.” Read more here.
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Ewan Aitken: Judge us by how we treat enemies
22 June 2017
“Recent events in London and Manchester where innocent people have died at the hands of terrorist extremists have caused us all to ask some deeply human questions about the capacity of some people to do evil things to their neighbours in the name of their understanding of truth, be that religious, political or social.” Read more here.
City centre businesses set to fund police officers to help homeless
7 June 2017
Essential Edinburgh, the organisation which runs the Capital’s central Business Improvement District (BID), says the number of people begging and sleeping rough on the streets is on the increase. In its plan for the next five years will help fund two workers being employed by homelessness charity Cyrenians to offer direct help to people sleeping rough in the city centre. Read more here.
Ewan Aitken: Tiny steps make journey for homeless a success
25 May 2017
“Coming out from a meeting last Friday afternoon near St Giles’ I met a young man begging on the New Steps as I cut down to Market street. In these situations I prefer to offer food rather than cash. I would not suggest that’s the only or “right” option, it simply feels somehow a more human response but I have no evidence other than my own experiences to justify this.” Read the full article here.
Charity’s ‘bot’ allows chat with virtual homeless man
21 April 2017
“An Edinburgh charity has created a Facebook messenger service which allows the public to talk to a virtual homeless person.” Read the full article here.
Homeless bot is a first for Scottish charity
20 April 2017
“A Scottish charity has become the first organisation to create a digital robot to educate the public about homelessness.” Read the full article here.
Groups call on minister to take ‘decisive action’ on homelessness
4 April 2017
“A group of housing and anti-poverty organisations has called for “decisive action” on homelessness in an open letter to Communities Secretary Angela Constance.” Read the full article here.
Scotland ‘lacks political leadership’ on tackling homelessness
3 April 2017
“Twelve leading homelessness, housing and anti-poverty groups have attacked the current “lack of political leadership” and urgency in relation to tackling homelessness in Scotland.” Read the full article here.
Ewan Aitken: No progression on solution to poverty
01 March 2017
Ewan shares his insights on how the world has progressed in technology, medicine and more; yet we have still yet to solve homelessness. Read the full article here.
Edinburgh Napier hackathon event tackles homelessness
16 February 2017
Students from Edinburgh Napier University have showcased their creative skills at a 24 hour event aimed at tackling homelessness in the city. Co-hosted by homeless charity Cyrenians, IBM, Edinburgh Napier’s Bright Red Triangle and Scottish Institute for Enterprise… Read more here
Don’t get wrapped up in the idea of a ‘perfect’ Christmas
Ewan Aitken finds that there is little evidence pointing to Christmas advertsing campaigns increasing the number of sales each year. “They may have bcome part of our Christmas tradition, eagerly awaited and delightfully competitive, but they don’t shift our cash from one retailer’s tills to another. Read more here
North Edinburgh News – Garry Fraser to Open Photography Exhibition
1st December 2016
Muirhouse film maker Garry Fraser, whose film Everybody’s Child about his journey from addiction to recovery won a Bafta in 2014, is to open an exhibition of photographs by photographer Patrick Keast on 2nd December at 4pm in the My Front Room Café on Sallisbury Place. Read more here
Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce – Bafta Winning Film-maker Garry Fraser to open Recovery Journey Photography Exhibition
29th November 2016
Film Director Garry Fraser is to open a photography exhibition by Patrick Keast on 2nd December at 4pm at My Front Room Cafe, 5 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh. Read the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce article here.
Third Force News – Charity and Uni tie-up will boost social enterprise
26th July 2016
Edinburgh-based charity Cyrenians and Queen Margaret University (QMU) have joined forces to combine their shared vision for social justice and put sustainable social enterprise at the centre of higher education. Read the Third Force News article here.
Edinburgh Evening News – We Must Heal Rifts With Our Neighbours After EU Vote
23rd June 2016
We are inherently connected as human beings, even to those we will never meet; what we do will impact others whether we wish that to be the case or not. Read Ewan’s article here.
Edinburgh Evening News – Employers Need to Look Beyond Criminal Record
30th May 2016
MORE employers need to look beyond the criminal record and recognise we all have a past, a present and a future, writes Ewan Aitken. Read the article here.
Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce – Inspiring Communities Network
3rd May 2016
There is much talk about Corporate Social Responsibility and even more about the Third sector developing partnerships with businesses as one way of making CSR a reality.
Ewan writes for the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce here.
Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce – Garry Fraser
29th April 2016
An excellent piece on Garry Fraser. Garry was one of the faces in our Tell Your Story campaign. You can read it here.
Edinburgh Evening News – Cyrenians Supporting Community Gardens as Well as Homeless
28th April 2016
By purchasing locally grown produce for its food bags, you are supporting community gardens as well as the homeless, says Ewan Aitken. Read the story here.
Source – Top Ten Scottish Food
24th March 2016
Some appreciation for our Veg Bag scheme and partnership with FareShare. Find out more here.
Third Force News – Creating a Meaningful Third Sector Collaboration
25th February 2016
Third Force News – Break the Cycle of Early Death and Homelessness
25th February 2016
The Cyrenians Farm
25th February 2016
Our latest corporate video is an excellent introduction to some of the work we do here at Cyrenians.