Tackling poverty and/or social injustice
March 25th 2017: A stunning sunset, reflected in the waters of Loch Tay, lured CAP debt clients, befrienders and other supporters along the winding loch road to Ardeonaig Outdoor Centre on Loch Tay for the first ever CAP Family Chillin’ Weekend in Highland Perthshire. We had nineteen staying over on the Friday evening and another 10 joining us on the Saturday which turned out to be the hottest day of the year with temperatures heading up towards 20 degrees. Ice breaker games and hot chocolate for supper got us all feeling comfortable with each other and then it was off to comfy beds for a good night’s rest before a full day of activities... read more
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
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
“I am not a client, a customer, nor a service user. I am not a shirker, a scrounger, a beggar, nor a thief. I’m not a National Insurance Number or blip on a screen. I paid my dues, never a penny short, and proud to do so. I don’t tug the forelock, but look my neighbour in the eye and help him if I can. I don’t accept or seek charity. My name is Daniel Blake. I am a man, not a dog... read more
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
Recently, I’ve noticed that some news website have a section entitled “Good News”. What a good idea – and such a contrast to all the bad news that usually fills our TV screens and online news sites. I wonder why we find it so difficult to focus on the good news? After all, most of us enjoy celebrations! Any excuse for a party, and all that.
While most often we concentrate on the people who use our services – many of them very vulnerable – the truth is that our volunteers are every bit as important to us. Volunteering needs to be seen as an entirely positive life choice; woe betide those groups and organisations that undervalue their volunteers!
‘Molly’ started volunteering at Havilah some five years ago. Her marriage (which has now broken down) was teetering on the brink back then. I felt the phrase ‘low on confidence’ was coined for people like Molly, as she was at that point in her life... read more
I’ve been on the losing side of the last two referendums. I’m married to someone who has the infuriating ability to be good at (nearly) everything, and win at most things we compete at. I support a football and rugby team who, no matter what a good team they are, seem to lack the ability, most of the time, to deliver the result. I know how it feels to be on the losing side. There are many people hurting in America just now because they were on the losing side of the presidential election... read more
For children – having fun, getting messy, exploring – is all part of learning and growing. Play which develops self-expression, thought, curiosity, movement, problem solving and choice, is known to play a crucial factor in a child’s future development (Hughes, 2013). And this is exactly what you find at St Ninian’s Stay and Play Family Support Project.
Family life is one of the main building blocks of our society, and should be a place where each individual feels valued, supported, and encouraged to reach their full potential... read more
In my role as Creative Arts Worker for the Carnwadric WIN Project, I’ve been working over the past few weeks on conducting a consultation within the community, about the creative work of the WIN Project, and dreaming about what it could become.
The consultation is following the Appreciative Inquiry model, which involves looking at what is working well, why it is working well, and how we can use what is working well to shape the future life of the project... read more