Who we are

In Celtic mythology, the Rowan tree was known as the Travellers’ Tree, because it prevented people on a journey from getting lost.

Rowan Alba works with those whose lives are chaotic often, but not exclusively, due to domestic abuse, drug or alcohol dependency or mental health issues.  A combination of these factors can lead to homelessness.

Rowan Alba services in Edinburgh, Perth and Kinross reduce the chances of people becoming homeless or, where this has happened, provide people with the ongoing care and support they need.

Our Mission

Our vision is of an inclusive society, where a coherent social policy integrates the wish of falling through the cracks, and where this does happen, the provision of centered services which holistically address the needs of the individual and focus om their capacity to contribute fully to a more connected community.

Helen Carlin, CEO

Our Values

ACCEPTING people as they are. The fundamental principle of the right of the individual to make choices about their lives in terms of health, relationships and lifestyle. Challenging established practice based on the belief that services know what is best for people. Security of tenure, safety, choice and respect.

SUPPORTING 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.

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