Tackling poverty and/or social injustice
At the Havilah project, we enjoy nothing better than seeing people getting their lives back on track – people who were at the lowest ebb and who now know the meaning of, ‘Amazing grace, that saved a wretch like me.’
T has been coming to our project for years, mostly moving in the right direction but every so often slipping back into chaos. When she told us she was pregnant, we weren’t sure what to think – wondering if she’d cope... read more
Street Pastors have had an eventful 2017 so far: the recruitment and training of new volunteers has increased the numbers in our teams. At the end of May, fourteen new Street Pastors were commissioned and a joyful and moving night was had by all. This means that when we can divide into sub-teams of 3 we can simultaneously patrol more areas of the city centre. With 9 volunteers in a team we can cover Princes Street and George Street, the Bridges and the Cowgate and Lothian Road and Grassmarket... read more
There are two ways to read that heading:
One is with an exclamation mark – What Next!
‘Oh no something else has gone wrong‘
The other is with a more positive question mark – What next?
‘We’ve reached a place where we need to decide what steps to take to move forward.’
Most of us involved in Go For It Funded projects will have experienced a fair share of both. In recent years, Wellwood, the village where we run ‘The Well’ was devastated by school closure but has also undergone a series of positive changes – rebuilding of community, council funded initiatives to improve roads and housing and the setting up of a Community Council and floral group which received a Silver Award in 2016... read more
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