Aberdeen Cyrenians supports vulnerable people in their new home through COVID-19

Aberdeen Cyrenians has received funding to support vulnerable people with essential items to make a new place their home.


During lockdown, we have continued to help rehome people in need - with many struggling to access basic essentials such as plates, cutlery or cooking equipment.

Lynda Reid-Fowler, community services lead, said:

‘For many of us, home has been our sanctuary during COVID-19, but many of our vulnerable service users do not have a safe or permanent home, and we’ve still been working with people to find suitable accommodation during this challenging time.

‘Normally, when we help someone move into a new house, they will be given a small sum towards purchasing white goods, furniture, crockery and bedding - new leases will often be unfurnished, uncarpeted, and unconnected with phone lines, so we support our service users in buying what they need to set up their home. But with the closure of many other agencies and second-hand stores, this has made accessing essential household goods and service connections very difficult.

‘We’ve been fortunate to receive funding from The Lord Provost Hardship Fund and the Corra Foundation which has allowed us to buy and pass on a small supply of countertop hobs and microwaves as well things like plates, cups and cutlery.

Lynda Reid Fowler

Lynda Reid-Fowler, community services lead at Aberdeen Cyrenians

During COVID-19, Aberdeen Cyrenians started AC2U, working in partnership with other charities to ensure free food, clothing, toiletries and other essentials was available to those in need.

Emma Bellu, fundraising manager said:

‘The funding from The Lord Provost Hardship Fund and Corra Foundation will make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our community – moving into a new home is challenging for many of us, and this stress has only been heightened by the current pandemic’.

‘We’ve all had that moment of unpacking and eating takeaway on top of a carboard box table – it’s fun temporarily, but, for some of our service users, this is a very real situation.

‘Add to that not having the resources to buy brand new cookers and microwaves, or the skills and internet privileges to order household goods online, and it can become really difficult to make your new house a home.

‘We’re so grateful to The Lord Provost’s Hardship Fund and Corra Foundation for their support – as well as members of the public who have shopped via our Amazon Wishlist – and bought mugs, cutlery, pillows and blankets, allowing our services users to begin to settle in and enjoy their new home’.

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The AC2U service is a joint emergency response between Aberdeen Cyrenians, Aberdeen Foyer, CFine and Social Bite supporting the most vulnerable people in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To support a vulnerable person moving into a new home during the COVID-19 exit, please donate via AC2U or shop for crockery and cooking utensils via our Amazon WishList. More information can be found here: https://www.ac2u.org/

Aberdeen Cyrenians are also collecting donations of tinned and dried food via local supermarket donation points and community partners, details of which can be found here: https://www.aberdeen-cyrenians.org/get-involved/collection-points

We’ve all had that moment of unpacking and eating takeaway on top of a carboard box table – it’s fun temporarily, but, for some of our service users, this is a very real situation.

Emma Bellu, fundraising manager
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