About Coventry Cyrenians


Our history

1973 A single volunteer was recruited to run a night shelter for up to 10 single homeless men. This was in response to research confirming the existence of a major rough sleeping problem in the Hillfields area of the city
1976 The first paid employee was recruited to manage a team of volunteers
1977 A new night shelter was opened providing accommodation for up to 26 homeless men and women
1981 Our first shared house was opened providing longer term accommodation for a group of regular night shelter users
1984 The Emergency Accommodation Service opens providing a direct link to providers of overnight accommodation.
1985 Successful fundraising enabled us to purchase the first of our six properties
1988 Following a significant increase in homelessness among women in the city, we employed our first dedicated Women's worker
1994 Opening of a purpose built advice centre and offices
1994 Employment of our first qualified Mental Health nurse
1998 Awarded the largest ever National Lottery social sector grant in the West Midlands facilitating the provision of floating support and outreach services and marking a major breakthrough in the delivery of housing support services in the city
2001 Emergency Accommodation Service receives national recognition when quoted in a government report as one of the best preventative models in the UK
2002 Awarded Legal Services Commission "quality mark" in recognition of high service standards
2003 Introduction of "Supporting People" funding contracts results in doubling of turnover to over £2 million per annum
2004 Enquiries reach 9,000 per year for the first time with ever increasing numbers of 16 and 17 year olds requesting assistance.
2005 The introduction of a new direct access project for young people providing 24 hour emergency accommodation brings the number of supported housing units to over 70.
2007 Rough Sleepers unit developed as part of Outreach contract to target growing numbers of rough sleepers in the city
2008 Merger with Coventry Day Centre for the Homeless broadens range of services available to service users
2009 Awarded ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Standard
2010 Successful tenders for the new contracts in Warwickshire led to accommodation and resettlement services in Stratford and Nuneaton. A joint review of Day Centre Services with the Coventry PCT led to the setting up of a Multiple Needs Service to target homeless people with complex needs.
2011 A successful bid to Crisis saw the opening of a Tenancy Sustainment project in partnership with Coventry Citizens Advice Bureau.
2012 Windsor’s and Refreshed coffee shop and vintage fashion clothing opened. Specific work begins with ex-servicemen and women aged 18 and over. It is an 8 bed supported housing project with therapeutic interventions based in the centre of Coventry.
2013 Coventry Cyrenians celebrates its 40th Birthday. Successfully secured funding from Coventry City Council through the Supporting People Programme to expand our Young Person’s Residential Service.

Having been unsuccessful in tendering for the adult homelessness services contract in Coventry, Cyrenians continue to operate a residential contract for young people aged between 16 and 24. Contracted services to adults in Coventry, however, in the form of residential, floating support and rough sleepers, have been discontinued.

Three tenders were won in Coventry to increase our accommodation services from 41-81.


A successful Big Lottery bid sees us expand employment and training initiatives for young people within our retail outlets.