Refugees: A Practical Response

Cumbernauld Supporting Refugees, Cornerstone Church and our local MP and MSP are working together to collect clothes and footwear for refugees arriving in Europe. Anyone wishing to donate clothes and/or footwear can drop them off at Cornerstone Church in the Town Centre on Wednesday 25th November between 4pm and 7pm. Should this not be convenient, donations can also be dropped off at the MP’s Constituency Office, 13 The Wynd, Cumbernauld Village during office hours.

All donations are being transported to Serbia by Glasgow The Caring City.

Glasgow The Caring City is a Registered Scottish Charity, no. SC029090. Company Ltd by Guarantee SC324923


Cumbernauld Food-bank update

Starting from Friday 10th April we plan to open the Session House at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on a weekly basis as a satellite distribution centre for the food-bank based at Cornerstone House. We have a group of volunteers ready to go, but would appreciate help distributing fliers to local businesses. If you can help please contact Sandra Graham at 01236 732280.

The food-bank in the Village will be open every Friday from 11am until 12.30pm. Please note that no food will be stored at the Old Parish Church during the week.

Thank you for your continued support for the Food Banks in Cumbernauld. Unfortunately, this looks like a long-term commitment and donations are still very welcome – mainly of tinned goods, please: e.g. mince, stew, curry, hot dogs, chopped ham / pork, spaghetti, macaroni cheese, ravioli, peas, beans, potatoes, tuna, fruit and custard, plus tea bags, long-life (UHT) milk, breakfast cereal and biscuits.

Please contact 07737 999104 or email Bethlehem [at] if you require more information.

Strathcarron shop seeks help

The Strathcarron Hospice shop in Cumbernauld is urgently looking to recruit new volunteers to help. If you have a few hours to spare once a week (or know someone who has – people of any age over-16) then please pop in and speak to the manager or any of the other volunteers, for an informal, no-obligation chat or call 01236 725211. No previous retail or shop-work experience required.

DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal

DEC Disasters Emergency Committee logoOn Friday 8th November Typhoon Haiyan hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippines, moving across its central islands before exiting into the South China Sea. It is thought to have been the strongest typhoon ever to hit land.

According to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) around 9.8 million people living in the path of the storm have had their lives torn apart and an estimated 12,000 people have died.

On the DEC website it is stated that “the  humanitarian impact is thought to be massive, with the homes of hundreds of thousands of people destroyed or severely damaged. The destruction will also have a huge impact on families’ livelihoods and businesses. Power and communication lines are down in many parts of the country and roads are impassable, with many airports out of action. The main aid priorities are food, water and emergency shelter.”

If you wish to donate to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal you can do so here:

DEC Syria Crisis Appeal

DEC Disasters Emergency Committee logoTwo years of war have had a devastating impact on many Syrian families and have left more than four million people in need of aid. In many parts of the country the health system has effectively collapsed, water supplies have been cut and food is in short supply.

In addition, over one million people have now fled to the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. Refugees are arriving at camps which are already stretched to capacity, and many families are living in crude shelters they have built themselves, with host families in overcrowded conditions or in partially finished buildings. Please help if you can at

Christian Aid: West Africa food crisis appeal

Christian Aid has launched an emergency appeal as more than 12 million people across five west African countries are in the midst of a severe food crisis. Niger, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania are all facing a chronic malnutrition crisis, and in many areas communities are surviving by eating wild roots and fruits and restricting themselves to one meal a day. A million children are at risk from malnutrition.
Christian Aid has already provided funds to finance an urgent early intervention programme in those countries where they have long-term partners and donating to their appeal will help continue extend the scope of this work. Click on the link below to find out more and to donate.
Christian Aid | West Africa food crisis appeal.
Christian Aid is a registered charity in the UK (no. 1105851)