CAP – Christians Against Poverty

Christians Against Poverty

Can you imagine my reaction when my first email opened from my holiday was that CAP head office have decided to close their service until February 2020? I must say it was with mixed feelings of worry as regards new clients but relief that we can have more time following up with complex cases that are at our own doorstep. CAP were noticing that they were becoming overwhelmed with work and their ability to process clients and do this efficiently was not working. If you know of anyone who is in real need then we can still help them with the various partners in Viewcare. Citizens Advice and step change are two of the excellent services that we can refer to specifically for debt advice.

September is the time for the Gathering of all CAP workers in the UK. God at the heart of CAP ensures that worship is especially important. The words we sing at these times seems to be like a direct channel to God thanking him for Jesus and his amazing grace that reaches every part of our life. CAP always have inspiring speakers at their events which challenge you and I have never come away from these events charged up again to meet the challenges that life puts to me and our clients in our community.

Before every CAP visit, we ask that the Spirit goes before us to allow us to speak about Jesus. Every one of our clients in the last three months have accepted that we pray for them and it comes across that people are really lonely in this age of Facebook and digitalisation. Jesus met the tax collector and leper, the rich young man and the women caught in sin. What continues to impress me is that Jesus treated everyone the same before it was trendy. I want to continue to do that either at Church, pub or office. If you know of anyone who is in need of help, please do not hesitate to ask them to email confidentially.

Billy Watson – CAP

Challenge Poverty Week 2019

Challenge Poverty week ran from 7th-13th October.

I attended three events during challenge poverty week, the final event was on Sunday 13th a wet miserable night. The event was in Springburn church and hosted by Maryhill and Springburn Labour, I was invited to do what I do best -talk about my beloved uniform bank.

Other speakers on the night were Rev Brian Casey, a member from Unite and Unison unions, Paul Sweeney MP and Kieran O’Neill the prospective Labour candidate for Msp. It was chaired by Councillor Aileen McKenzie

It was interesting hearing what everyone had to say about poverty but listening to Brian and postcode poverty was interesting. An increase in babies and young children dying was concerning. Is there the same amount of babies dying up the road in Bishopbriggs? No there isn’t.

Over the years Springburn has been badly neglected and all we can do is hope and pray things change in our area that will benefit everyone.

Around 30 people came along to listen to what we all had to say, this included Rev Rhona and Scott the minister from Garthamlock. Luckily no one asked me any questions! This led to some interesting conversations between the audience and speakers, and to round off the event a much needed coffee and a fondant fancy was had with conversation.

Donna Henderson

Family Support

Here at Tron St Mary’s community project the activities and groups during the week would not exist or be the same without the people who come along to participate. The project means different things to everyone and those who attend come with their own skills and qualities which make the project what it is today.

By not attaching a cost to our community project we are opening the doors to everyone and are removing any financial barriers that could prevent someone from accessing what Tron St Mary’s has to offer. Money separates people and labels them. We see it in society today how people are grouped together through social class and annual earnings.

We aim for Tron St Mary’s to be the beating heart of the community and to ensure the project is accessible to all. The benefits of having a free of charge community hub means people can come and concentrate on building upon their skills, meeting with new and existing friends, building confidence and social skills and most importantly making memories without having to worry about money (as we do enough of this in every other aspect of everyday life).

Megan McAleer