More than just a roof

Helping homeless people in Scotland help themselves


About us

In Celtic mythology, the Rowan tree was known as the Travellers’ Tree, because it prevented people on a journey from getting lost. Rowan Alba began with Thorntree Street 12 years ago providing secure tenancies to older people who have had a history of homelessness and a long term history of problematic alcohol use.

Thorntree Street uniquely makes housing first a priority and puts the security and dignity of our tenants at the forefront off all that we do.  Our charity has since developed a number of services in Edinburgh, Perth and Kinross which reduce the chances of people becoming homeless or, where this has happened, provide people with the ongoing care and support they need. All our services are framed around addressing social isolation, offering one to one support and accepting people as they are.


How to help

Your donations help us help others and make a difference.

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We always welcome donations, but there are so many more ways you can help!

Our volunteering sections have details on how your unique skills could be used to help people experiencing homelessness or who are struggling with alcohol problems.

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Our Values 

ACCEPT people as they are. The fundamental principle of the right of the individual to make choices about their lives. Security of tenure, safety, choice, dignity and respect must be at the heart of all that we do.

SUPPORT those ready to move to a more independent life. We offer a balance between independent, supported and communal living. Above all, we are responsive to the changing needs, priorities and aspirations of each individual.

INCLUDE people in society – ongoing care for those who are not ready, or whose life experiences have left them unable to live independent of support.

Where we are

Rowan Alba Limited

Head Office, 89-95 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9PU

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We are looking for a new Support Worker to join our Perth team.

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