The following are just some of the charitable projects supported by local churches in Linlithgow.
The Help Centre offers information covering many concerns. Wondering where to access support for yourself or another? Tel 842646, or look at www.helpcentre.org.uk
Bereavement Support: The Bereavement Support Team offers confidential one-to-one support with the aim of helping you make sense of the painful and bewildering array of responses to bereavement, and to help you adapt to the loss. Positive Pathways informal support group meets fortnightly in the Canal Tearoom. Contact Sheila Rae 847538
Bethany Care Van and Care Shelter, Edinburgh
Bethany Christian Trust run services focused on relieving the immediate suffering and meeting the long terms needs of homeless and vulnerable people in Scotland.
Emergency and Resettlement projects work with people on the streets and in temporary accommodation. These projects provide furniture and household basics. Projects in this group also support people working towards an alcohol and drug free life in the community.
Visiting Support covers a number of projects across the country working with people who have housing needs but who also need support with associated issues. These range from health and social networks to budgeting and finding work or volunteering opportunities.
Community Development builds local partnerships to provide sustainable, long-term solutions to some of the most challenging situations in Scotland’s communities. Local people come together to find solutions and build stronger communities through these projects.
Click to visit the Bethany website
Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid Week 2021 will take place on 10-16 May, and with Covid-19 and continuing conflicts in so many parts of the world, the needs are as great as ever. While there will again be no door-to-door collection, e-envelopes will be available through churches and Facebook early in May. There are also plenty of ideas to spur your creativity and generosity on the Christian Aid website. And before May, how about fundraising for Christian Aid by doing your own Kiltwalk-inspired challenge over the weekend of 23-25 April? Find out more and sign up here.
Linlithgow Young People's Project
Linlithgow Young People’s Project (LYPP) provides a drop-in, advice and befriending facility for young people aged 12-18, in the centre of Linlithgow. It had its origin 26 years ago, when the youth court was located in the centre of Linlithgow.
Click to visit the LYPP website
West Lothian Food Bank
West Lothian Foodbank have thanked all churches in West Lothian Presbytery for their support over the last 12 months. Over 8,600 people used the Foodbank during 2020: a 27% increase on the previous year. Putting it another way, roughly 1 household in every 17 received support for at least 1 week in 2020. Numbers in the first week of 2021 were almost 50% higher than last year’s equivalent.
It’s good to know that our support for the Foodbank is very much valued – but also sobering to realise just how extensive the needs are.
Click for West Lothian Foodbank website