If you’re looking for a local charity to support as part of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), look no further!
Cyrenians is an Edinburgh-based charity which tackles the causes and consequences of homelessness. This means that as well as providing direct support to those experiencing street homelessness, we work to prevent homelessness in the first place by reducing poverty, tackling food insecurity and providing support to families and young people.
Cyrenians was established in 1968 by a group of Edinburgh students who were angry about the way people experiencing homelessness were treated.
They developed a residential community model where volunteers live alongside those who had been homeless.
Today we have more than 60 projects tackling homelessness, and our residential communities and the values-led approach they pioneered are still at the heart of what we do.
By choosing Cyrenians for your YPI project, you can make a difference for some of the most isolated and marginalised people in our society.