Cyrenians has two residential communities. The Farm Community is based 10 miles from the centre of Edinburgh in a tranquil rural location. The City Community is in Leith, about 2 miles from Edinburgh City Centre.
Each community has up to eight residents aged 16-30, who come to live there as a result of being homeless. Their homelessness situation is usually as a result of family relationship breakdown, drug or alcohol issues or a mental health problem.
Volunteer support for a resident may include:
- Accompanying a resident to appointments
- Helping a resident to cook a meal for the whole community
- Acting as a sounding board for a problem or difficult situation
- Offering mature and calm guidance
Volunteers are peer mentors to the community residents and do not substitute the work of paid staff. Volunteers and residents live within our community and manage the day-to-day domestic tasks and decisions within the building, which is their home. The process of being involved in decision-making empowers residents and helps to develop their confidence, skills and abilities. We endeavour to create equality between community members (residents and volunteers), but volunteers must note that the young men and women who come to live here come as a result of their need for support. We provide the following to volunteers:
- Accommodation and food
- Pocket money
- Holiday allowance
- Contribution towards travel expenses to the community when you first arrive
- Training and supervision
- A leaving grant to help with the next step
Applicants from out with the EU requiring a visa can apply via our partner organisation I.V.S (International Voluntary Service, part of the SCI network).