Sunnybrae celebrates 15 year milestone 


Our men’s reseintial centre Sunnybrae s celebrating reaching a significant milestone – 15 years since it first opened its doors to hurting men.

We established Sunnybrae, near Fvyie, on March 24, 2003, and have since delivered non-stop support and care to people with addiction issues.

The centre operates 365 days a year, meaning Teen Challenge staff have provided more than 130,000 hours of continual assistance to those who came to Sunnybrae with their lives in ruins.

Our faith-based programme is made up of a balanced mix of class-based studies, counselling sessions, personal reflection, work duties and recreation, helping students to become physically, emotionally and spiritually whole.

A decade and a half on from first opening Sunnybrae, our work is as vital as ever, with latest statistics showing that the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has more than doubled between 2006, when 421 deaths were recorded, and 2016, when 867 were recorded.

In the 15 years that the centre has been open, almost 350 men have come to the facility for support and Area Manager of Teen Challenge North East Scotland, Gordon Cruden, is looking ahead to more men entering Sunnybrae and, ultimately, leaving the centre with new futures ahead of them.

“We’re extremely pleased to have reached 15 years and to see so many lives impacted.

“If you look at where some of our current residents were one year ago, you get a better appreciation for how far they’ve come. This time last year one was in jail, another was homeless on the streets of Aberdeen while others were desperate and suicidal, or a prisoner in their own flat, or drunk in a homeless unit.

“Today, these residents are clean, sober, in their right minds and making lives that they and their families can be proud of.

“We’re excited for the days and years ahead and more lives being changed.”