Creating work which is genuinely innovative and shares good practice with others

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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What’s in a Name?

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As the Go For It Fund celebrates its third birthday this September, it’s time for me to come clean about how it got its name! As plans for the new Fund were being developed, there was a bit of time put aside at a number of meetings, to think about a name. There were lots of ideas, but they all felt like names that a Committee would come up with – especially a Church Committee!

Then in the shower one morning – people often tell me that I do my best (or perhaps only) thinking in the shower – the idea of ‘Go For It’ struck me... read more

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We’re breaking out

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Heart to Heart is on its way.

For ten years, Heart to Heart has been supporting those struggling with the negative impact of divorce and separation, and we’re starting to climb out of the District of Stirling.

We hope to be running support near you very soon, as we start to build relationships with like-minded organisations in Falkirk, Bo’ness, Dunfermline, Alloa, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Have you been through divorce and would like to help others in this difficult time? Or perhaps you are struggling right now and need a little support?.. read more

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We all fail – sometimes quite spectacularly. I believe that the church is failing young people. Some recent statistics gathered by Youth for Christ show that across Britain, 86% of Christians come to faith before their 25th birthday. Despite this, a staggering 72% of churches do not have any young people at all. Two words: epic fail.

How do we deal with failure? Of course we don’t like to fail at all – success is something we all strive for. Achieving, improving and winning equal success, but accepting failure is an important part of any journey... read more

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Creating work which is genuinely innovative and shares good practice with others

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I am not a very creative man. I struggle when it comes to reimagining systems and structures that are already in place. At times, I find it difficult to “think outside the box” or to share in “blue-sky thinking”. When I was in school, I remember that to encourage our creativity and extend our vocabulary, a regular task was to take a sentence or paragraph and rewrite it, in your own words. I always failed miserably at this. I always thought to myself, the words in front of me are fine, in fact, they are better than fine – these words are good... read more

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What makes a project worthwhile?

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“Have you had any increase in attendance on a Sunday morning”?

“Have you had any new members”?

These are the questions we’ve been asked several times over the past few months.

As more churches consider the prospect of doing something new in their community, they want to see what ideas have been used elsewhere and what the impact has been. And so we’ve had a few groups along to visit us, here at Finn’s Place.

I usually give them a tour around our building, a bit of a history of the church, and then share with them the process we went through in researching our area and how Finn’s Place came into being... read more

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