Monthly Archives: January 2017

I went to St Rollox … and met the world!


St Rollox Church is in the Sighthill area of Glasgow – just north of the city centre, beyond the thundering M8. It’s an area undergoing rapid transformation; old buildings are being torn down and there are big plans for new developments in the neighbourhood. These plans include a brand new building for the church, which is also home to the St Rollox Community Outreach project.

St Rollox Community Outreach has received a Go For It Main Grant for its work with asylum seekers and refugees, including support for those who are on low or no incomes, through providing a charity shop, food bank, English classes, sewing classes, men’s football group, computer classes, and much more... read more

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Become Like Children Again


Just before Christmas, I helped to co-ordinate a Bubblegum ‘n’ Fluff event for some of the Primary 5 pupils in my town, along with the school Chaplains. For those who haven’t heard of it before, Bubblegum ‘n’ Fluff is a two hour programme of events, explaining and engaging the children in the Christmas story, with games, craft, a puppet sketch and more. Working with children who have a limited experience of church is one of my favourite parts of being a Youth Worker, because of the way they interact with the stories... read more

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Edinburgh Street Pastors don’t stand still


Edinburgh Street Pastors have been patrolling the city centre streets since 2009, and we continually set ambitious but achievable targets for ourselves. Initially, there were 12 Street Pastors, who went out in groups of three on Friday nights. For seven years, we’ve been walking the streets: listening, helping and caring. We’ve expanded our numbers to just over 50 Street Pastors, and developed an extensive training course that runs twice a year. About three years ago, after some successful Grant applications, we were able to employ a part time Coordinator, who works 22.5 hours a week... read more

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Creative approaches to fundraising

Fundraising. That dreaded word, which often sums up many hours of endless applications, over many years. Trying to find match funding can often be a challenge, and if not done properly, can leave many projects running at a shortfall.

At Perth and District YMCA, being creative in our approach to be less reliant on Grants saw us developing three main social enterprises:

YPat – this venture gives a young person real employment, and meets the needs of local businesses through Portable Appliance Testing... read more

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