Social Action

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 […]

Fair Funerals Campaign

Funeral Poverty – have your say on ‘fair funerals’ campaign

Through its Fair Funeral Campaign, Quaker Social Action has been working in partnership with the Church of Scotland and others to raise awareness among the public, funeral directors and the government about funeral poverty. So far, the campaign has seen a number of funeral directors sign up to be fair funeral providers and has had […]

£150,000 grant for Dundee’s Gate Church charity

The Scottish Government has backed the work of a Dundee charity with a £150,000 grant that will enable it to keep helping people across the city. Since October 2013, Gate Church International has been leading a major carbon-saving project in the West End. It has already invested more than £270,000 to help local residents identify […]

Dave Thompson

Highland MSP opens up about his own drink problem following Charles Kennedy death

A Highland MSP has opened up about his problem drinking following the death of former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy. Dave Thompson admitted he had suffered from an “unhealthy” relationship with alcohol and was a “habitual heavy drinker”. The Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch SNP MSP has now been teetotal for 15 years. He said his life […]

Bishop Stephen Robson

Little Sisters of the Poor care home in Dundee saved by church

A Dundee care home which faced closure due to a shortage of nuns to run it has been saved. The Little Sisters of the Poor announced last year that they were unable continue their mission at the Wellburn Care Home after 152 years. However, the Little Sisters have verbally accepted an offer from the Diocese […]

Iain Duncan Smith

Churches call government welfare sanctions ‘inhumane and un-Christian’

A group of churches has called for an urgent overhaul of the government’s benefits sanctions regime, describing it as punitive, inhumane and un-Christian. The churches say the sanctions regime deliberately causes harm to claimants, and suggest that it is aimed more at cutting welfare payments rather than helping people back into work. More than 1 […]

Ruth Gledhill

Labour leader Ed Miliband praises Christians’ role in society

Ed Miliband called yesterday for “respect” to be the watchword in the immigration debate, writes Ruth Gledhill. He praised Christians for their work in promoting social cohesion and fighting hunger and inequality. The Labour leader was speaking at Labour Party HQ after a reception for Christians on the Left, just hours after a pre-election speech […]

Go-ahead for major church credit union

↑ Interview with Canon Antony MacRow-Wood. Fair returns to savers, fair interest rates on loans and the aspiration to be a flagship credit union are among the aims of the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union Ltd (CMCU) which has received formal authorisation from the regulatory authorities today. This has been a rigorous process undertaken by the […]

Salvation Army reveal how their Hope Kitchen is helping struggling Scots cope with adversity

Salvation Army reveal how their Hope Kitchen is helping struggling Scots cope with adversity

When unemployed mum Claire Campbell unexpectedly found herself facing a cash crisis, she didn’t know where to turn. The 41-year-old had just £14 left in her bank account to last a fortnight until her next benefits payment. Claire knew it wouldn’t be enough to support herself and her three-year-old daughter, Georgia. But it was then […]

CrossReach leads the way in dementia care with ambassadorial role

CrossReach leads the way in dementia care with ambassadorial role

Church of Scotland organisation Crossreach has become the first social care provider in Scotland to appoint a “Dementia Ambassador” in every one of its services for older people. The move follows the development of ambassadors for care by the Scottish Social Services Council, similar to the champions in the health sector. When the programme was […]

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