Social Action

David Cressey

New chief executive for Scottish Churches Housing Action

Scottish Churches Housing Action (SCHA) has announced the appointment of David Cressey to succeed the long-standing chief executive Alastair Cameron on his retirement. Currently programme manager with Forest Enterprise Scotland, David has a background in housing, initially in Lincolnshire, and subsequently with Scottish Borders Council, where he worked on strategy for housing, economic development and community planning. He […]

East Lothian homelessness retail shop celebrates 20 years

East Lothian homelessness retail shop celebrates 20 years

The Bethany shop in Gullane, one of several retail shops run by homelessness charity Bethany Christian Trust, will celebrate 20 years on January 17. But this is not just your average charity shop; it’s a community hub where people from around the area can come in and feel welcome. Twenty years ago, the shop opened […]

Heather Zajac

New development manager for Scottish Churches Housing Action

Scottish Churches Housing Action has welcomed Heather Zajac as its new development manager as 2018 gets underway. Heather has experience in volunteer co-ordination with Fresh Start in Edinburgh, and more recently as Scottish social networks co-ordinator with the Rock Trust. Alastair Cameron, SCHA chief executive, said: “We’re delighted to bring Heather into the team. She’ll be making […]

Social Bite fundraising campaign tops £4m for homelessness in Scotland

Social Bite fundraising campaign tops £4m for homelessness in Scotland

A festive fundraising campaign to tackle homelessness in Scotland which saw thousands of people sleep rough for a night in Edinburgh has raised more than £4 million. Social Bite raised the money through its Sleep in the Park event in December and an appeal for £5 donations for meals. The charity’s cafes in Edinburgh, Glasgow […]

Church sets up safe zone in Glasgow's west end for Hogmanay revellers

Church sets up safe zone in Glasgow’s west end for Hogmanay revellers

A Hogmanay safe zone has been set up, for the second year, in Glasgow’s west end to help party-goers. Launched in 2016 for the first time, anyone in need of help on Sunday can visit the safe zone. Located at Kelvinside and Hillhead Parish Church, the initiative will be operated by police patrols, Glasgow Street […]

Politicians join to praise Perth & Kinross Street Pastors

Politicians join to praise Perth & Kinross Street Pastors

Politicians from across the political spectrum have lined up to praise the work of Perth and Kinross’ Street Pastors. John Swinney MSP and Pete Wishart MP joined the team for a shift out on patrol in the Fair City on Friday last week. The Street Pastors team have been operating locally since 2007 and include […]

Volunteers Liz and Scott White collect gifts

Salvation Army in Glasgow pays tribute to volunteers helping meet a need at Christmas

The Salvation Army in Glasgow has this week paid tribute to the volunteers who have been giving up their free time to help the most vulnerable in society. As the country gets ready to wind down for Christmas, the Salvation Army is mobilising its recruits to support thousands of people across the city. Through its […]

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