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the value of volunteering …

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Dreams come true …

My last post for this blog was about our community consultation on the creative work of the WIN Project and the community’s dreams for what the work could become. Now, just over six months later, many of those dreams have become realities. Studio 46, our weekly drama group for adults, was one of those dreams.

We opened our doors for the first time at the end of October offering a 9 week course in drama, now we are six months down the line and the weekly sessions are a firm fixture in the diaries of the group’s membership which has more than doubled since we began... read more

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Happy Birthday – GO FOR IT!!


It’s amazing where a step of faith can take you… 5 years ago the General Assembly consolidated several funds into the new Go For It Fund and committed the church’s money on an ongoing basis to support the new fund. If you were a commissioner at that General Assembly I’m sure you never imagined the kind of success that the Go For It Fund has achieved in such a short space of time.

Although, let me be clear, it’s not really the Fund itself that claims success... read more

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A cautionary tale about caution

When it comes to driving, I’ve always been a pretty cautious sort. When I was 12, I went Go-Karting for the first time with my best mate. Whilst he lapped me the fourth time, I was using the brakes more than the accelerator. When I stepped out of the kart, my parents looked pleased. ‘We’re not worried about you being let loose on the roads in a few years now,’ they beamed.

Fast forward 22 years… A couple of months ago, the police were out in force on the A9 on a speed enforcement operation... read more

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Making a difference through music

In this blog, 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade (BB) Company have asked two members of their band to tell everyone the difference that being involved makes to them, and to the community in which they live …

The 25th Stirling (Dunblane) BB Band has been giving opportunities to boys for the past seven years, such as teaching them how to read music, how to play many different musical instruments (brass, woodwind and percussion) and the chance to perform in front of large audiences in different places... 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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A maze is where you lose yourself. A labyrinth is where you find yourself.

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Over the past few years at Finn’s Place, we have used the labyrinth as part of our wellbeing sessions and spiritual retreats. The labyrinth is an ancient pattern that is found in many cultures and religions around the world. The earliest known labyrinth dates from around 2500 – 2000 BC. The path is a series of circular loops and turns, which take the walker from the outer edge into the centre, and back out again.

The response from those who have walked the labyrinth has been overwhelmingly positive, with only a few people who have not found walking the labyrinth to be a helpful practice... read more

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Sharing youth work practice

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“Why can’t we do this here in Aberfeldy?”, cried a small group of young people who had attended a city centre, high energy, youth event.

“Why not indeed!” said I, the, at the time, enthusiastic volunteer Youth Worker for Aberfeldy Parish Church of Scotland. So in 2006, with the support of the then minister, Rev Sandy Gunn, and no money, we piloted a high energy youth event involving inflatables, with six excited young people leading the way. Over 40 young people attended, and that was the birth of The Breathe Project... read more

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Unlocking Community Assets

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Here at Loanhead Parish Church, we’re piloting a community project, using an asset based approach. This means that when we’re looking at the community, we have an emphasis of looking at the strengths, rather than the needs. This isn’t to say that we ignore the needs of our community, but rather we are trying to find solutions to those needs, from assets found within the community.

Traditionally, like many other churches, we’ve responded in the best way that we can to different needs that have arisen in our community... read more

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