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Cyrenians STV Debut

Posted: 1st December 2021

Cyrenians, who have worked to tackle the causes and consequences of homelessness in Scotland for over 50 years, are launching this year’s Winter Appeal with their first ever TV advert.

The charity has been supported by STV’s growth fund and Multiply to make their first ever appeal advert.

Cyrenians Chief Executive Ewan Aitken said, “Winter is always a difficult time of year for those we support. From coping with the realities of street homelessness, to facing a high stress time of year in the midst of a relationship breakdown, or concerns about food and where the next meal is coming from.

“We are incredibly grateful to both STV and Mutiply for their support with creating this advert. Without both, we would not have been in a position to be able to advertise like this, and reach more people who may not know about our work but who want to help us support more people who need us.

“Whilst the world has started opening up for some of us, for many more people it has gotten smaller, harsher, and a lot more difficult over the past year. With increased pressure on families and individuals across Scotland, we are hereto offer a reprieve, much needed support, and for some, a lifeline.

“We want to change the story of homelessness, and we need the public’s support to do so. For people like Lauren, whose story is featured in our advert, the reality of homelessness happened bit by bit. Her support networks were eroded by a hostile home life, and when she needed a way out, there were very few options open to her.

“We’re delighted that she’s found some steady ground again, and that, most importantly, she believes there’s a positive future ahead of her. We know there are many routes into homelessness, but very few routes out without organisations like ours that can offer people-centered, wraparound support. We’re appealing to those who can, to support us this winter so we can continue to make a real, positive change across our community.”

David Roberts, Head of Business, Multiply added: “We were really honoured to be asked by the team at Cyrenians to work with them on this project.

“Over the past few years we’ve worked with them on a range of projects, giving us the opportunity to meet so many amazing people associated with the organisation who’ve shared their stories and time with us.
“This film comes from their insight and experience and we’re very proud to be bringing it to a wider audience at a time when their message is of such critical importance.”

Catch the advert from today (1st December) on STV, or visit www.cyrenians/scot

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