As every year, Wellington is doing a Lenten Appeal to support good causes on a local, national, and international level. The Mission and Outreach Committee has gratefully received suggestions from the congregation and has selected the following three projects.
Local: St Rollox Community Outreach (www.strolloxcommunityoutreach.com)
St Rollox Community Outreach provides support for asylum seekers and refugees, including those who are on low or no incomes. Situated in the rapidly transforming Sighthill area of Glasgow, the project runs a charity shop, a food bank, English classes, sewing classes, a men’s football group, computer classes and much more. Staff, clients and volunteers endeavour to build community and to provide a place of warm welcome for everyone.
National: Trefoil (www.trefoil.org.uk)
Trefoil originates from an initiative by a group of Girl Guides in St Abbs at the outbreak of World War II to help a group of “special evacuees” from Edinburgh. Ever since then, Trefoil is dedicated to support the development of children and young people with additional needs, to enable them to maximise their capabilities and achieve as much independence as possible.
International: The Olive Tree Initiative (https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/undergraduate/oti/)
Based within the University of Glasgow, the Olive Tree Initiative provides a unique opportunity to 10 undergraduate students to directly witness the Israel-Palestine conflict as student diplomats. Over the course of a three week trip students meet with over 60 representatives from the different sides involved. To be open to students from any economic background, the initiative partially depends on fundraising led by the participating students.
Tomorrow, Sunday 25th February, the representatives of each project will take part in the Morning Worship and present their causes and be available for any questions. The service will be followed by a Lenten Lunch in the Woodlands Hall.