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christmas 2012 scottish charity no sco33632 the preshal people newsletter 8 newsletter of the preshal trust season s greetings from everyone at the preshal trust postal address operational address po box 7344 60 vicarfield street 8 aboukir street glasgow glasgow g51 4qx g51 2dj tel 0141 445 3689 email preshaltrust@hotmail.com supported by bannister gasp print 50 elderpark workspace 100 elderpark st glasgow g51 3tr tel 0141 440 1998 www.bannisterandgasp.co.uk email martin@bannisterandgasp.co.uk preshal ­ the gaelic for precious ­ is a recognised scottish charity which seeks to tackle problems such as poverty drug and alcohol addiction low literacy and numeracy skills depression and low selfesteem in govan one of the most deprived areas of glasgow supported by melvin creative graphic design 50 elderpark workspace 100 elderpark st glasgow g51 3tr tel 0141 440 1569 www.melvincreative.co.uk email studio@melvincreative.co.uk

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk from the editor a warm welcome to this latest edition of the preshal people the second newsletter of 2012 as usual we seek to update you on the work of the trust an update in what has proved to be a momentous year so far there is information on our temporary relocation to vicarfield street our new building project which will be starting shortly two profiles of preshal people mary and paul a report from may nicholson our project director the latest developments in our youth work and our activities at christmas time we also highlight details of how we can be found in vicarfield street in this context please remember that readers of this newsletter are very welcome to visit the trust we have had a number of groups visiting us over the years and we have made them most welcome if you as an individual or as a group wish to see our work at first hand please contact val scholfield our administrator on 0141 445 3689 do come if readers would like the latest information on preshal at any one time please visit our website at www.preshaltrust.org.uk ­ this contains additional material on all aspects of the life and work of the trust and is regularly updated finally an immense thank you to those of our readers who support preshal in so many ways we trust you will be encouraged by the information in this newsletter without your help ­ praying for our work volunteering providing food toiletries and clothes and supporting us financially ­ we would not be able to survive thank you so much on behalf of the needy folk of govan it just remains for me to wish you a very happy christmas and every blessing for 2013 don giles editor a reminder of who we are and what we do the preshal trust was launched in november 2002 and is a registered charity based in govan the preshal trust seeks to tackle head on the problems of loneliness and isolation poverty drug and alcohol abuse low literacy and numeracy skills depression and mental health issues homelessness social exclusion and low self esteem among people living in the south west area of glasgow `preshal is the gaelic for precious ­ and this is one of the key values that describes the care and support given to all people who access our services as a christian rooted organisation we seek to treat others in the same way as we would like to be treated through the wonderful welcome they receive from our staff and friends those who access our services are encouraged to take part in activities designed to raise their self esteem and confidence our kettle is always on the boil so each day starts with tea and toast and a good blether to set everyone up to join in the planned activities our activity list is long and includes arts and craft work photography board and table games a leroc dance class for keep fit cooking and baking classes literacy and numeracy music tuition sound engineering and lunch clubs these activities encourage people to get to know and support each other developing positive relationships our premises are open five days each week from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm in addition our youth work runs on tuesday and wednesday evenings and we are also open on a sunday evening for our weekly fellowship from 6.15pm for singing reflection and prayer at the end of the fellowship we are often to be found marching around the hall to a rousing chorus of this little light of mine

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the preshal people newsletter 8 update from may nicholson may reports that preshal is now settled into the temporary premises in vicarfield street but it hasn t been an easy road to tread god she says has a habit of testing us in ways we don t expect but he is also a god of surprises when planning the move away from aboukir street to let the existing building be pulled down we thought we had a place to move to this fell through at the eleventh hour and in retrospect this alternative was inadequate to meet our needs in effect we would not have been able to carry out all our regular activities and would have had problems getting into the accommodation at night and weekends for our fellowship and youth clubs a chance conversation i had with a lady in my church resulted in preshal moving into an old nursery school in vicarfield street this meets all our needs and is perfect for our disabled friends as it is all on one level we had to be out of our premises with only one week s notice as we have an outstanding team of staff they worked really hard to make sure everything was packed up for the move we even did the flitting ourselves with a hired van to save money we were ready for action quickly but had to wait a bit longer for the necessary health and safety checks etc before we could open again a few weeks on and it is just like home here with the atmosphere warm and welcoming to all just what preshal is about we can do all our usual activities although vicarfield street is a bit smaller than the aboukir street premises so it will be cosier in the winter our administrator val is delighted as she has moved from a sealed metal container to an office with 3 windows and heaters ­ luxury indeed our kitchen staff are not so pleased as they have moved from a mini kitchen to a micro one and are working with 2 small cookers to provide a hot lunch 3 times a week it s not just the food but the staff who end up roasting the guys are over the moon at vicarfield street as they have an area to set up their recording studio and have been working on a christian cd writing their own songs we have also started a singing group which we will use when we are out sharing god s love with others a new leroc class has begun which is a lively dance routine to keep fit and lift the spirits i am even having a bash at it myself to keep the pounds at bay my version of the slosh has to be seen to be believed do feel free to come and join in on a wednesday morning it is a great thing to do on a dull winter s morning and with lots of laughter we all know that laughter is the best medicine our lunch club is now running three days a week to cope with demand and this is a sign of the times our nation is going through with the winter coming in fast we thought that running the third club on a friday lunch time would help to tide those who need it most over the weekend many churches have been in touch with us to donate their harvest goods and offerings and this has been just fantastic i would like to say a big big thank you to all who have supported us in this way it makes such a difference when we don t have to buy tea coffee sugar and biscuits etc as this lowers our day to day running costs you can just imagine how much tea and coffee we get through and those with addiction have a very sweet tooth so we are always filling up the sugar bowl as you know we have been busy over recent years seeking funding for our capital appeal and people who have so generously donated will soon see a new building rising in aboukir street while better facilities are desirable we recognise the need to keep our eye on what is really important and that has to be the people who come into preshal each day we are constantly raising money to keep our centre open for everyone but this has become harder due to our capital appeal and the state of country s economy everyone is feeling the pinch and we too are tightening our belts and saving where we can so you can be sure that every penny you donate goes to those in need with christmas approaching this is a very hard and difficult time for many of our folks and their families recognising this we give out all the toys selection boxes and groceries that we receive from our supporters we do this so that those in need can give their families a special christmas without going to money lenders and getting into debt for many this is the only way they can access money and it results in them paying massive interest and being saddled with these loans for such a long time here at preshal we do our best to discourage such lending by helping our people have a family christmas with food and presents we also let them know that although gifts are nice to have the greatest gift of all is god s love for them and their families 3

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk building work update out with the old and in with the new aboukir street is looking somewhat forlorn now and services such as electricity are being removed prior to demolition we are all a little wistful over the demolition as the old facility was dear to our hearts however these premises were of a shortlife temporary nature they were very limiting and totally inadequate for the numbers who attended and for the range of activities we seek to provide they were also expensive to heat and maintain and the use of metal units for classes and administration was far from ideal by contrast the new build will include the following improvements a larger hall to accommodate service users meeting room capacity for individual and group use a decent sized kitchen which will help with the training and development of service users adequate toilet capacity and appropriate storage space we will keep you informed of progress keeping preshal going readers will be very aware that we have been busy raising capital funds to have our premises rebuilt and we are so grateful for all the donations received yet amidst the building appeal we must not forget the money that we need to keep preshal operating on a daily basis for those in need we have many friends who depend on us for food and clothing warmth and comfort as well a safe and loving place to be indeed many in the south west area of glasgow in the current economic climate need our help to make ends meet preshal s range of activities and the help 4 we provide costs a great deal of money we are entirely dependent on fund-raising and giving from individuals organisations and churches to this end we are wondering if you would you like to help in our life changing work for example you could · arrange a small fundraising event with friends and family such as having a meal and asking in return for donations to preshal or missing a meal and donating the money saved to us · organising a sponsored event of some sort ­ perhaps youth groups could help out here · instead of buying christmas cards and posting them why not send your greetings by email and donate the money saved to preshal there are many other possibilities but if you would like to carry out some form of fundraising activity for preshal please feel free to phone or email may and have a chat when possible may would be happy to come along and lend her support to any fundraising events.

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the preshal people newsletter 8 mary six months on you may remember from the last newsletter that we profiled mary and told the story of her being on alcohol and drugs and how she had lost her child as a result through coming to preshal she found a new life in christ both spiritually and physically indeed mary celebrated one year of sobriety with a party in preshal however as with many of us mary s road was not an easy one as there was always temptation mary with a home of her own was just about to get her daughter back when she took her eyes off jesus and strayed from the narrow path the consequences for her were devastating as she began wandering about the streets not in her right mind she stopped eating washing changing clothes and sleeping preshal never gives up and we tried to get her the social and medical help she needed but initially to no avail things went from bad to worse and every door seemed to be slammed in mary s face more forceful efforts on may s part resulted in mary being admitted to a psychiatric unit and spending six weeks in recovery with support from preshal mary is back in the community and things are on the up she is now off drink and drugs once again and is very determined to stay that way she had lost contact with her daughter but is now in a position where she has her to stay every weekend and also sees her twice each week for tea since mary came back to jesus all the staff can see the change in her and they are confident that she will make it this time it is wonderful to see mary taking part in preshal activities and her daughter coming to the youth club with both of them attending the sunday night fellowship one of the highlights of the recent fellowship meetings has been hearing mary s daughter thanking god that her mother was out of hospital and back home again the two of them enjoy their weekends together watching dvds and having a wee party with crisps juice and sweets if you have a minute or two please remember mary and her daughter in your prayers 5

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk paul s story paul has been coming to preshal for about two and a half years and was introduced to us by the scottish association for mental health paul liked what he saw and instead of being escorted came back alone and joined in a game of pool that was the first step in his becoming our pool champion a title he has retained ever since paul had been into drink had suffered mental illness and had been homeless although he now had somewhere to stay he just wanted to get out of the house as he felt lonely and isolated preshal gave him a purpose somewhere to go and be with others paul has progressed to becoming one of our acclaimed volunteers and has undertaken a variety of courses including food hygiene first aid introduction to computing and steps to excellence a course which promotes self-esteem and confidence as well as taking part in a gardening project and enjoying the great outdoors he has been able to use the food hygiene certificate he gained to help in our kitchen where he undertakes food preparation for the lunch club paul has also joined the music club and is part of our band called the benefits so called as they are all on benefits paul also joined our sunday fellowship and is cutting down on his drinking with the help and support of his friends at preshal he hopes that through these steps he will be able to seek employment and is working towards this goal paul is a great example to others and is caring kind committed and can always be relied on to go that extra mile when called upon 6

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the preshal people newsletter 8 news a fellowship music group has been established made up of singers and musicians they are practising every tuesday evening and as well as using their talents on sunday evenings at the fellowship they are ready to accompany may on some of her speaking engagements may is just back from visits to inverness brora balintore and rosskean where she spoke of the work of preshal and shared the gospel she had the privilege of being invited to her first football match at ross county through an invite from their chairman mr roy macgregor may had a wonderful day and even fell off her chair with excitement she is now an ardent ross county supporter and has got an invite back on 2nd december the whole of the preshal fellowship are off on the annual visit to the church of the nazarene in perth when this was announced the general reaction was i want to go back there that s that church with the good pies as may says you have to remember that you can go for the wrong reason but come away with the right one our work with young people in partnerships with other local churches and govan high school chaplaincy team our youth development worker is involved in providing a lunch time club for young people in the local area this club called sign post offers support and advice and more importantly free hot chocolate it was designed to signpost young people to what is on offer in their local area this is proving popular and the young people want to see it available twice a week we are working in partnership with our local community police who have offered our young people the chance to have a tour of the cells at helen street police station hopefully they will let them out at the end the community police have also offered to host workshops targeting the consequences of gang culture and the use of weapons and the effects these have on both families and the wider community intergenerational work we are running a pilot scheme to create a platform where both young and old folk involved in our music tuition classes can get together and perform their work they will be able to showcase their new musical skills in a club every tuesday evening aimed at breaking down barriers through common interest we hope that this will develop relationships between generations resulting in a closer knit community 7

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk early intervention as we expected since we moved to vicarfield street our early intervention programme has taken a dip in numbers our committed team of staff and volunteers are being proactive in raising awareness and developing our new youth provisions through our outreach programmes this involves our staff going out on to the streets where the young people congregate and engaging them in conversation signposting them to our services want an idea for a christmas present you can order copies of `miracles from mayhem and `more miracles from mayhem these make ideal christmas presents a cracking good read centred around the heart of the christmas message ­ how the good news of jesus impacts on lives now just as the birth of jesus did 2,000 years ago the books are priced £6.68 £5.99 69p postage per book and can be obtained by contacting val at the preshal trust office on 0141 445 3689 christmas is coming the preshal team is planning and preparing for christmas each year there is a range of meals and parties for our service users and their families to organise we are fortunate to have a kind benefactors in iain sheena graham of the aird foundation who gives us an amazing supply of meat to feed our flock other items of food still have to be sourced and toys acquired and not just for our people but for the wider community where there is so much need plans also encompass new year as this is a time when many of the folk we seek to serve are at their most vulnerable may always takes care to plan something special for them so no one is left out and those with alcohol addiction have a safe haven 8 and with christmas in mind i ll finish this edition of preshal people by quoting from christine rossetti s the gift what can i give him poor as i am if i were a shepherd i would bring a lamb if i were a wise man i would do my part but what can i give him give him my heart

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the preshal people newsletter 8 we have moved to vicarfield street these are exciting times for us here at preshal and our move to temporary accommodation has presented many challenges as well as opportunities to help people in the vicinity of vicarfield street who do not currently use our services we trust that when we relocate back to the aboukir street site in about a year from now these new friends will come with us as members of the preshal family directions to vicarfield st from aboukir st vicarfield nursery 60 vicarfield street glasgow g51 2dj directions from aboukir street turn left onto govan road at the old govan arms roundabout take the 1st exit onto govan road and at govan underground station turn right onto southcroft street then turn left onto vicarfield street and we are at the end of the street on the left in order that the aboukir street site can be redeveloped we have relocated to temporary premises in vicarfield street in effect the work of preshal is business as usual as we are intent on continuing to deliver our services and minimize the disruption to those who need us most our telephone number stays the same as before 0141 445 3689 and as our mail is collected at a po box our postal address remains po box 7344 8 aboukir street glasgow g51 4qx how you can help the work of the preshal trust by supporting our work through prayer by providing non-perishable groceries tins packets chocolate toiletries and clothing by volunteering to help and assist at vicarfield street finally you can support our work financially donations should be sent to our postal address at po box 7344 the preshal trust 8 aboukir street glasgow g51 4qx if you are able to please complete the standing order and gift aid declaration at the back of this newsletter 9

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk gift aid it and make your gift go even further are you a uk taxpayer if so by signing a gift aid declaration form you will enable the preshal trust to claim the tax back from the government on all your donations for every £1 you donate the charity can claim back 25p making your gift worth a quarter more at no extra cost to you this means for every £1 donated the preshal trust can receive 25 pence so the total value of the donation is £1.25 only one gift aid declaration form requires to be completed thereafter all future donations will automatically be eligible for gift aid you don t necessarily have to be working to be paying tax apart from tax on income from a job or self-employment the tax you ve paid could include · tax deducted at source from savings interest · tax on state pension and/or other pensions · tax on investment or rental income · capital gains tax on gains but only uk tax counts so if you only pay tax outside the uk you won t be able to use gift aid claiming back higher rate tax if you pay higher rate tax you can claim the difference between the higher rate of tax 40 per cent and the basic rate of tax 20 per cent on the total gross value of your donation to the charity for example if you donate £100 the total value of your donation to the charity is £125 so you can claim back 20 per cent of this £25 for yourself you can make this claim on your self assessment tax return if you were sent one telling hmrc about your gift aid donations it s important to keep a record of the total amount of your gift aid donations for each tax year you ll need to let hmrc know about your gift aid donations if · you claim age-related personal allowance married couple s allowance or tax credits · you pay higher rate tax · you want to backdate a gift aid donation if you normally complete a tax return you can tell hmrc about your gift aid donations by completing the section on gift aid payments if you don t complete a return you can give the details on form p810 tax review available from your tax office or telephone your tax office and ask them to make a change to your tax code making sure you ve paid enough tax to use gift aid you can use gift aid if the amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax you ve paid in any tax year 6 april one year to 5 april the next is at least equal to the amount of basic rate tax the charity is reclaiming on your gift 10

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standing order your bank account details bank name bank address this cancels any other instruction in favour of the preshal trust post code account name account number sort code please pay to the preshal trust bank account 21943600 sort code 83-91-37 adam bank 238 west george street glasgow g2 4qy the sum of £ per month commencing on date and continue thereafter on the same day of the month until further notice your signature date donations please find enclosed the sum of £ your details title address post code tel no email first name surname payable to the preshal trust gift aid i am a uk taxpayer and authorise the preshal trust to treat all standing orders or donations as gift aid donations from the date of this declaration your signature date pleasecuthere please return to the preshal trust po box 7344 8 aboukir street glasgow g51 4qx tick if you do not wish to be included on our mailing list

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk the preshal trust wishes to thank all individuals churches and funding organisations for their generous assistance in supporting the trust s activities thank you from all of us

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