Tackling poverty and/or social injustice
“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
Once a year in June, the Go For It Fund Committee takes to the road to visit local projects and learn first-hand about the transformative work undertaken by local churches in communities around the country. This year’s trip took us to three funded projects in Glasgow’s East End for an informal time of learning about their work and seeing it in action.
Challenges for measuring impact in a field rife with tragedies, fits and false starts OR: How I came to appreciate outcomes data
Larry is British and an army veteran, so he should have had more options available than most of the homeless men and women who come to us for shelter, showers, food and support. After seven years of sleeping rough and months of conversations with caseworkers, he finally agreed to accept a place in a home that catered to formerly homeless men... read more
Writing contributions for the Go For It blog provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the work of our organisation, Utheo, and the range of different activities we deliver from the Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre. I’ve previously commented that our staff team and volunteers recognise that we can be too focused on the urgency of service delivery and meeting the demands of our daily activities, to fully appreciate the impact and changes these activities provide for individuals and groups in the community... read more