Aberdeen based oil and gas company Dana Petroleum has donated £5,000 to help local charity Aberdeen Cyrenians set up an IT centre for homeless and other vulnerable people in the city.
The money was largely raised by Dana employees and then topped up by the company. The donation will be used to set up and equip an IT centre giving homeless people the chance to develop computer skills, have access to the internet and email, deal with housing and financial issues, and assist them in finding and applying for jobs. The company is also providing some computer equipment.
Dana’s UK managing Director Paul Griffin said: “This is money that has been mainly given by Dana people out of their own pockets because they want to make a difference. One of our core values at Dana is providing practical assistance to the communities where we operate, both here and around the world – we call that creating mutual advantage.
“This donation will be used for the very important purpose of giving people affected by homelessness access to IT, so that they can help themselves and hopefully re-enter the job market.”
Scott Baxter, Depute Chief Executive from the charity explains: “This support will immediately kick start a long awaited specific project aimed at assisting many of those who use our services gain access to Information Technology. This will enable them to maintain contact with services, CVs and job search, literacy, on line applications and access to an email address. We are so appreciative of Dana’s support which will have an enabling and lasting impact on many we support.”
About Dana Petroleum plc
Dana Petroleum plc is a $4 billion oil and gas business with operations in the UK, Egypt, Norway, The Netherlands and Africa, producing 60,000 barrels of oil a day. Our ambition is to grow to become a leading international oil and gas company operating in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. We will invest more than $5 billion over the next five years to more than double the size of the company.
About Aberdeen Cyrenians
Aberdeen Cyrenians began in 1968 with a soup kitchen run in the city's Castlegate. Organised by students from Aberdeen University, this service provided basic food to a growing number of people. It became increasingly obvious that there was a high demand for further support services and eventually a night shelter was opened.
Over the next four decades Aberdeen Cyrenians opened the first ever wet hostel in Britain, the first Women's hostel in Aberdeen, day centres, emergency accommodation for young people, medium-term accommodation for young and old, community & housing support services and an employment and education service. An estimated 50,000 homeless people or people at risk of homelessness have been supported by Aberdeen Cyrenians over the past 40 years.
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