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summer 2013 scottish charity no sco33632 the preshal people newsletter 9 newsletter of the preshal trust postal address po box 7344 8 aboukir street glasgow g51 4qx tel 0141 445 3689 email preshaltrust@hotmail.com www.facebook.com/thepreshaltrust 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 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 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 welcome to the summer edition of preshal people our first newsletter of 2013 so much has happened since the last newsletter and therefore this is a very full publication indeed included is information on the break-in and fire at vicarfield street our temporary premises and our subsequent relocation to further temporary accommodation in shieldhall and drumoyne united free church an update is also available on our new build in aboukir street which is likely to be completed in july ahead of schedule may gives her usual report and i am also featuring a profile of jimmy a preshal person with a great story to tell robert ralston the pastor of shieldhall and drumoyne united free church is also profiled ­ in part because we wanted to express our thanks and gratitude to the free church for its kindness and hospitality in addition there is information on the forthcoming preshal cd and our newly-launched facebook page finally the usual thank you to those of our readers who support preshal in so many ways without your help ­ praying for our work volunteering providing food toiletries clothes and toys and supporting us financially ­ we would not be able to survive thank you on behalf of the needy people of south west glasgow with every good wish to all our readers don giles editor a reminder of who we are and what we do the preshal trust was launched in 2002 and is a registered charity based in govan serving those suffering from the effects of social exclusion in the south west area of glasgow we seek 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 low self-esteem and a culture of gang violence and anti social behaviour in the young preshal is gaelic for precious and this is one of the key values that describes the care given to everyone that comes through our doors the trust is run on a christian ethos and we seek to treat others the way that we would like to be treated those who come to preshal are welcomed by our friendly staff and encouraged to take part in activities designed to raise confidence and self-esteem the kitchen is often the centre of a home and at preshal every day starts with breakfast and a blether then at lunch time we offer a hot lunch to all comers five days a week our activities encourage people to get to know and support each other and develop positive relationships our premises are open 5 days each week from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm in addition our youth clubs run on tuesday and wednesday evenings on a sunday evening we open from 6.15 pm for our weekly fellowship meeting where we enjoy a lively evening of prayer praise and fellowship.

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the preshal people newsletter 9 update from may nicholson may told me that the last few months had been stressful ­ the break-in vandalism and fire at vicarfield street and the subsequent second re-location in a few months ­ but staff volunteers and clients had coped magnificently rallying round and helping fortunately by the time the break-in occurred vicarfield street had been emptied of toys and food parcels they had all been distributed in time for christmas as otherwise there would have been hungry folk and greetin children in glasgow various churches have been asking for us to visit with our worship team and this has been a very enlightening time for everyone involved the preshal praise band worship team may and other speakers have shared wonderful times of fellowship and friendship and built up new relationships as usual may said she had been very busy with speaking engagements recently having visited our friends at albert hall new cumnock croftfoot parish church seagate church in troon falkirk aglow allander milngavie mens breakfast club carnoustie free church stevenston high church clydebank rotary club buchanan church and there are lots more engagements on the horizon ebenezer evangelical church invited may to speak at a ladies fashion night in april the hall was filled to overflowing with supporters and all the models strutted their stuff really well the buffet following the show was a wonderful spread with home baking galore donated by friends of ebenezer there were beautiful hand-made cards on sale with the proceeds going to preshal many people took part behind the scenes in organising this great evening and may would like to thank them all on behalf of the trust another special highlight may recalled had been the visit of preshalites to our president s house for a meal this was followed by a wonderful evening of singing the good old glasgae songs telling stories giving testimonies worship and prayer it was a great occasion so many thanks go to cathy duchess of montrose her wonderful husband and family thank you for your hospitality may is always overwhelmed by the effort our supporters make to help raise money to run the trust and if you are interested in raising money for preshal may is always available to come and speak or just to be on hand to help if you want to take up this challenge please contact the office by phone or email if you would like to help us 3

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk vicarfield street shieldhall drumoyne united free church when things get tough someone often comes to your rescue and this time help came from the kind folks at shieldhall and drumoyne united free church who offered us their hall to work from in february the church is situated in langcroft road close to the southern general hospital and aboukir street we occupy the hall and make use of other rooms including the kitchen so many of our activities continue as before indeed when i visited i was almost press-ganged into leroc dancing we anticipate being here until the end of july by which time the new build should be ready in early january 2013 our temporary premises the former nursery in vicarfield street were broken into vandalised and set fire to much damage was done to the building and its contents including equipment and materials belonging to the trust although our insurance policy will recoup most of our losses we are still liable for the repair of the building this will require us to do some painting re-lay a small area of carpet and replace most of the internal doors and windows if this is something you feel you could help us with please phone us and speak to alan who will be very happy to receive offers of help equally damaging was the disruption caused to our work having relocated from aboukir street we had to close our doors once again in so far as we were able to given the damage and search for alternative premises so many people depend on us daily and it was so sad that our service to the govan community had to be discontinued for a period but we reopened as soon as possible thanks to our friends at shieldhall and drumoyne united free church 4

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the preshal people newsletter 9 robert ralston robert is the pastor of the united free church and i met with him to find out what it is like to house preshal he is good natured caring with a twinkle in his eye and a good sense of humour having spent forty-three years in the motor trade he felt called by god to enter full-time ministry and so robert trained and became pastor at shieldhall in 2000 he loves his work and so enjoys preshal occupying part of the free church s buildings he recalls being advised of preshal s troubles at vicarfield street and being asked if shieldhall could help both he and his office bearers were very positive and the congregation were also supportive of helping out robert described their approach as harmonious and unanimously positive indeed he went on to describe preshal being there as a privilege for the church enriching its life bringing more colour and joy there have been no problems or difficulties whatsoever and robert considers preshal an ideal tenant he beamed as he recalled the part that preshal had played at the service in early april when the moderator of the general assembly of the united free church of scotland the reverend ian lloyd had attended preshal s praise band had shared leading the worship and very lively it was too and robert is to reciprocate ­ he will be speaking at the preshal fellowship on a future sunday evening thank you robert office bearers and the sheildhall and drumoyne united free church we are immensely grateful 5

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk aboukir street rapid progress is being made and the new build should be ready in late july then we will have purpose built accommodation comprising a large hall to house all our service users a multi purpose room we can use for a variety of activities such as mini recording studio it suite sewing classes literacy and numeracy classes music tuition and art classes etc we will also have a large kitchen which will be fantastic for all the food preparation we do for our daily lunches but it has also been designed as a training kitchen for the training and development of our service users we will also have adequate toilet facilities storage space and a quiet room the quiet room will be a really valuable space for us and will allow us to spend time with anyone in crisis who needs help that up until now we have had to give in a car or outside we are all getting excited at the prospect and are very conscious of the ways in which excellent facilities will enhance the life and work of preshal 6

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the preshal people newsletter 9 j immys s tory jimmy s life is a mixture of tragedy and triumph jimmy is not his real name but one i have to use in case his identity is discovered in which case his life could be in danger jimmy is the product of a broken home and as a child suffered abuse from his stepfather social services placed him in a home for three years and while he was treated well it was very traumatic for a young lad his life began to get out of control at an early age when he got involved in delivering and dealing in drugs he made money from this activity but his success brought him to the attention of the families usually warring but now uniting to get rid of a new rival jimmy was badly beaten up stabbed and hospitalised for several months he left in a wheelchair and had to learn to walk again his involvement in the drugs trade eventually resulted in his trying to lose his identity taking to the streets and becoming homeless but even while lost in a city jimmy still traded and got the occasional beating foolishly he got himself hooked on valium and struggling to free himself from dependency got heavily into alcohol instead his life began to turn around when although still drinking he was housed and then someone from the scottish association for mental health visited him and recommended he should attend preshal since then he hasn t looked back for three years he has been a regular attender and has undertaken a range of courses in first aid health and hygiene he helps in the kitchen health and safety it gardening as well as modules for the win project now a valued volunteer at preshal he wants to get paid employment and with his determination to get on the skills he has acquired at preshal and the fact that he is a good driver it is only a matter of time jimmy began attending the preshal fellowship on a sunday evening some nine months ago on easter day this year he gave his heart to the lord and there was much rejoicing jimmy described preshal as a haven an escape a rehab every day he just wishes he had been introduced to preshal years before and then he wouldn t have wasted so much of his life but perhaps his wasted years will be restored to him in a way only our lord knows bless you jimmy 7

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk ian white concert at st paul s milngavie a great evening was had at st paul s church milngavie on friday 19 april 2013 with ian white in concert ­ so there was fabulous lyrics and music with two of the preshal ladies mary and theresa speaking describing how their lives had been transformed through the work of the preshal trust the event was really well supported with over £1,300 being raised thank you ian the rev fergus buchanan one of our trustees and everyone who helped at st pauls we are looking forward to ian performing in our new building ­ watch this space keeping preshal going as mentioned in the last newsletter we have been busy over the recent years raising capital funds to have our premises rebuilt and this has been very successful and we are so grateful for all the donations received however we still need money to keep preshal operating on a daily basis and our financial position has been weakened somewhat by the ending of two significant grants that we have received for several years the organisations in question to which we are immensely grateful are adhering to their criteria for giving for a fixed period only and although we can reapply we cannot do this for two or so years given this scenario we are wondering if you would like to help raise funds for preshal 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 · or take up may s £10 challenge and see if you can multiply it how some are growing plants and selling them some are organising a social event others holding a second hand book sale ­ what could you do 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 the trust for help and advice thank you 8

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the preshal people newsletter 9 preshal cd the preshal praise band comprising of alan ian lindsay and tony are composing their own songs and are planning to issue a cd later this year although recording is taking place in a loft of all places i have listened to some of the tracks and they are very good we have two very enthusiastic sound engineers craig and mark who came up through the preshal youth project help with cd mastering would be appreciated so if anyone out there is willing and able to help please let us know and suggestions for a name for the praise band and a title for the cd would be gratefully received as well offers of help and suggestions for names and titles can be emailed for alan s attention to preshaltrust@hotmail.com the cd will be on sale later this year www.facebook.com/thepreshaltrust in addition to our website www.preshaltrust.org.uk we now have a facebook page if you have a facebook account why not go to the preshal trust page and get the latest on what is happening within the life and work of the trust 1 2 3 by supporting our work through prayer by providing nonperishable groceries tins biscuits sugar chocolate tea coffee toiletries and clothing by giving some of your time to volunteer to help and assist our work 4 financially by raising funds or giving directly on a regular basis by standing order or with the spare change in your pocket how you can f o help the workust the preshal tr 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 other taxes such as vat and council tax do not qualify 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 · want to cancel this declaration · change your name or home address · no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains if you pay income tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you you must include all your gift aid donations on your self assessment tax return or ask hm revenue and customs to adjust your tax code 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 this cancels any other instruction in favour of the preshal trust your bank account details bank name bank address 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 £ payable to the preshal trust your details title first name surname pleasecuthere address post code tel no email many thanjks from t a big thank you to individuals churches and funding organisations and everyone who helps and supports our work many thanks from the preshal people

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gift aid declaration ­ for past present future donations the preshal trust please treat as gift aid donations all qualifying gifts of money made please tick today in the past 4 years in the future please tick all boxes you wish to apply i confirm i have paid or will pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax for each tax year 6 april to 5 april that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities or community amateur sports clubs cascs that i donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year i understand that other taxes such as vat and council tax do not qualify i understand the charity will reclaim 28p of tax on every £1 that i gave up to 5 april 2008 and will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that i give on or after 6 april 2008 donor s details title first name surname full home address post code tel no your signature email date please notify the preshal trust if you · · · want to cancel this declaration change your name or home address no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains if you pay income tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you you must include all your gift aid donations on your self assessment tax return or ask hm revenue and customs to adjust your tax code please return our postal address pleasecuthere 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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