Cyrenians to expand in Scotland and launches ‘Tell Your Story’ campaign
Over the next five years, Cyrenians aims to increase the number of people they support from 4400 to 6000 per year, in a major expansion of their work in Scotland as they respond to a rise in demand from those who feel excluded from family, home, work or community.
The homeless charity has also launched its #TellYourStory campaign to shine a light on the different ways anyone can find themselves excluded.
To encourage others to tell their story, we have published a series of case studies of people we have worked with and who, for a variety of reasons, have been excluded and fallen in to different types of poverty, only to turn their lives around with help from the innovative work of the charity. You can find them at www.cyrenians.scot/tellyourstory/
The Cyrenians Chief Executive Ewan Aitken said, ” We believe that working at an early stage with people in danger of becoming excluded, and working with those most at risk, are the best ways to reduce poverty; rather than blunt financial instruments or stigmatising language. We want to build on that and challenge perceptions amongst the public that those in poverty are only there through laziness or lack of willpower. We all have a past, a present and a future, so we are urging people to come forward and please, TELL YOUR STORY.”