Project information

Cyrenians 50th Challenge

Originally a Homelessness charity, Cyrenians has now been working in Edinburgh for 50 years, journeying with people who are excluded not just from home, but also from family, work or community, believing that they can change their lives, and walk with them as they lead their own transformation.

December 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: Cyrenians

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  • Need


    All of Cyrenians work addresses social exclusion.
    This particular appeal is for our work with those over the age 60 who are experiencing loneliness and isolation.


    We will support older people to:
    -remain independent at home and stay socially
    connected and engaged in their community.
    -feel less lonely and isolated
    -feel more self confident
    -develop informal local support networks

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support people excluded from home, family, work or community.


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    What success will look like

    Cyrenians uses a person-centred approach to demonstrate success. We will use the Outcome Star tool to monitor and report the distance travelled & positive change in our clients.

  • Impact


    The Golden Years project has been developed in response to an identified gap in provision for older people in Edinburgh.
    Golden Years will reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, improve independence and develop informal social networks or isolated older people & their carers.
    We will use our evidence-based monitoring tool to report on all personal development outcomes and measure and evaluate change.


    Other funding being cut or withdrawn could limit the ability to engage with as many clients.


    Donors will receive quarterly updates on progress, drawn from the Outcome Star Tool, and challenges a well as an annual impact report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £112,628

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      Amount Heading Description
      £82,837 revenue office, people, marketing
      £5,500 capital Support Project Expansion
      £24,291 overheads Support Project Expansion

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Big Lottery Fund £112,628 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Working predominantly in Edinburgh, Golden years will work wherever a need is demonstrated.


    people over the age of 60 who are experiencing isolation or loneliness.
    This does not always mean working with people who are experiencing financial hardship or who live in an area of defined deprivation. We work with people when they need us most, for as long as they need us.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Cyrenians have been working with those on the margins of society for almost 50 years. We have developed a team of skilled & compassionate staff and volunteers who work independently and in partnership with other individuals and organisations to build a society where everyone has the opportunity to live a valued and fulfilled life.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pamela Sheils

    Service Manager, Golden Years. Pam coordinates the projects and ensures that clients, staff and volunteers have what they need to be successful.

    Dave Boyd

    Befriending coordinator, Golden Years. Dave supports clients and the volunteer team who work with them.