Monthly Archives: February 2014

Making a Difference

Graeme McEwanI read a report on poverty the other day and thought I’d woken up in the wrong century! The report, from Oxfam and Church Action on Poverty, said that the UK is now facing “destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale”. Surely not? But yes, this is the reality of 21st Century Britain. From 2012 to 2013, Foodbanks fed 346,992 people nationwide. Among those helped, 126,889 were children. Today, there are over 400 food banks in the UK and a new one opens up every four days... read more

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Take A Good Look At Yersel

Befriend in Bellshill LadiesAny church group or voluntary organisation managing funded projects will, at some point in their lifetime, consider evaluating their work. For some, this will be an exciting prospect. For others, who dislike formality, paperwork and procedures, they will see this as a distraction.

In the final weeks of 2013, our BeFriend In Bellshill project commissioned an independent evaluation. As we hoped, the evaluation validated the progress made towards our funding objectives, and identified development areas for future project work.

A consultant is someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time!

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Just Do It!

Shack SignageThere are three ‘J’s’ in the Bible whom I love and have a great affinity for. Obviously number one, and above all, is Jesus Himself, followed by Joshua and James. I’m always greatly inspired by them, because they were men of action who did not sit about twiddling their thumbs, but got on with the business!

Many will know that Nike is the biggest sportswear firm in the world. You may also know that Nike’s most famous trademark is the words: “Just Do It”... read more

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Who is my neighbour?

Sandi McGillIt’s so easy in this day and age to feel that everyone has forgotten about you! Isolation and loneliness can happen so easily in big cities. But it happens just as easily in rural villages too. Especially where there is no heart or hub for the community.

One of the villages in my linked charge is called Avonbridge. It’s at the edge of Falkirk District Council, on the border with West Lothian. And because it’s in the basin of Avon Valley, villagers say that winter can be the worst time... read more

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