Strathcarron Hospice is appealing for volunteers to take part in their ‘Compassionate Neighbours’ campaign. They are looking for people who are willing to support someone with a long term illness at home.
Each situation is different but it may just be popping in for a cuppa and a chat, offering friendship and a listening ear, or perhaps helping them to continue to do things they enjoy. No specialist skills or knowledge are required, just a willingness to give a little time to help someone who may be feeling isolated or lonely.
More information about Strathcarron’s Compassionate Neighbours scheme, whether you are looking to volunteer or need support yourself, is available from the Hospice at 01324 826222, or contact Susan (susanhigh at nhs.net) or Mandy (mandyross2 at nhs.net)
Falkirk Presbytery of the Church of Scotland has been invited to send a ‘youth rep’ (aged 18-25) to the church’s General Assembly, which takes place in Edinburgh from 18th-25th May 2018.
Youth reps from the church’s presbyteries spend the week together and far from being dull, everyone who goes says it’s one of the best weeks of their year.
Anyone interested in being a presbytery rep should download the Job Description and a Nomination Form, both available from the church’s website) have a read through and think about whether this is something you would like to do.
If it is, then please complete the Nomination Form and send it to your presbytery clerk by 1st Feb 2018. On the form you need to give some details about yourself and why you want to be a rep, and then get two different people to nominate you (one of them needs to be your minister / youth worker). The form also needs signed at the bottom by your minister. Putting your name forward doesn’t mean you will get chosen, but if you don’t put your name forward, then you definitely won’t!
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] Cornerstone-House.org.uk if you require more information.
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.
Cumbernauld Audio News (CAN) provides recordings of local newspapers for people who are blind or partially-sighted. They urgently need technicians to help with both the recordings and the duplication of audio material. Are you good with computers or recording equipment?
If so, and you can spare a couple of Wednesday afternoons each month, then please contact Marina Armitage (01236 725342) as soon as possible – she’ll be delighted to hear from you. Thanks.
We have received the following request from the above organisation:
We are looking for people who would like to commit some time to assist with the promotion of nutrition and health by helping people to access fresh fruit and vegetables at reasonable cost. We have opportunities for volunteers to work with various groups within the community, which is rewarding and enjoyable as well as promoting health and well-being.
There will be some simple training provided and you can be involved for a few hours a week or more if you are the right candidate for the job. We are also looking for drivers as well as sales persons.
For further information please contact Jackie at 07707 564339.
Cumbernauld Old are members of Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire and, as such, have access to access to free training courses on Accessing Funding (15 May); Employers’ Responsibilites (16 May); Basic Book-keeping (23 May); Effective minute-taking (8 June); plus Intro to MS Excel (13 June) and Intro to MS Word (27 June). This training could also be available to our partner congregations. Please contact Elizabeth Snedden (01236 726451) to find out more.