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CHRISTMAS/WINTER 2013 Scottish Charity No: SCO33632 THE Preshal People N E W S L E T T E R 10 Newsletter of The Preshal Trust Celebration! 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 this special Winter edition of “Preshal People”. Why is it special? Simple......because we now have a new building in Aboukir Street. Built within budget and, what's more, on time. What a wonderful Christmas present for Preshal's people! In this newsletter, therefore, we want both to celebrate the achievement of purpose built premises but above all to thank our readers for their generosity. Without your help a new build on our existing site would not have been possible and we would still be struggling to operate in what was designed as a short-life, temporary construction. Visitors to our old premises will know how difficult they were to maintain and heat, and how limiting in terms of the activities we wished to pursue. But all that is now history - Preshal, I am pleased to write, and only through your help, is now able to provide the best care and support possible for our friends in the community, and we – the trustees, staff and volunteers - are so grateful. While we are celebrating the opening of our new centre we remain very conscious that bricks and mortar are not an end in themselves but only a means to an end. That end is serving people to the best of our ability, and in this edition we will seek to demonstrate how the new build has enhanced our work and given a new impetus to the range of activities we engage in. So there are a variety of photos showing how the premises are being used, and we have also included comments from those who come to us on the benefits and advantages of our new accommodation. As well as comments from our clients, we have contributions from Maclain Service, our Chairman, and May Nicholson, our Project Director. Also included is a report of the official opening of the building in November, but readers of the newsletter should note that they are most welcome to visit the Trust too. Don't just read about Preshal – come and see it for yourself! We have had a number of groups or individuals visit us over the years and we have made them welcome. So if you as an individual, or as a group, wish to see our work at first hand – in our new premises – please contact Val Scholfield, our administrator by phone or email. Preshal is open 5 days each week from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. In addition, our youth clubs run on Tuesday evenings and our Fellowship on a Sunday evening at 6.30 pm. Do come and see us, you will be well received! If readers would like further information on Preshal at any 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. Or you can visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ThePreshalTrust 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, clothes, and supporting us financially – we would not be able to exist. 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 2014. Don Giles, Editor

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THE PRESHAL PEOPLE N E W S L E T T E R 10 The Duke & Duchess of Montrose Left to right: John Mackay, May Nicholson, Lady Souter & Sir Brian Souter The Official Opening What a wonderful day we had at the official opening of Preshal, with so many friends and supporters present! John Mackay, the STV news presenter, started off the proceedings with an introduction to Preshal. John, thank you for giving your time, talent and support so willingly … you are a friend indeed! The Duke of Montrose spoke so passionately about his connections with Govan and how his family had links with the area. The plaque commemorating the opening of the building was then unveiled by the Duke and Duchess to a big round of applause. Our dear friend and President, Cathy Montrose, knows the staff and people of Preshal well, and often has her sleeves rolled up, mucking in with the rest of us. So to Cathy Montrose, thank you for your support, and we pray our partnership and friendship will continue for many years to come. 3

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Left to right: John Mackay, May Nicholson, Lady Souter & Sir Brian Souter Our Chairman MacIain Service, a humble, kind and unassuming person, co-founded Preshal with May. Mac gave a wonderful speech, and spoke so very movingly about the work of the Trust. He retired from business for an easier life but since he joined Preshal his work has increased! He has been our Chairman since the beginning and he and his family have done a superb job in supporting our work. Although we have a new building, the mission is not finished. We still have a car park to complete, an outbuilding to develop for the community, along with a garden project which we hope to work on 4 next year. So Mac get your wellies out and your spade ready!!! The afternoon continued with various speeches from different people, along with a couple of songs from Ian White. Our wonderful Trustees were on hand to share their experiences of Preshal and make the most of the wonderful opportunity to meet and catch up with so many supporters. The Rev Fergus Buchanan then closed the speeches with a prayer of dedication for the new building. May

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THE PRESHAL PEOPLE N E W S L E T T E R 10 And now a word from our Chairman, MacIain Service It is with enormous pleasure and gratitude that I am writing this on behalf of all of us here at the Preshal Trust to thank all of you who have made the completion of our new building possible. It is the culmination of so many people's dreams over a considerable number of years. The building is a wonderful facility and is already enabling us to help many more people in so many different ways. We do now need to refocus our efforts into maintaining our running costs in what are increasingly difficult times for charities but we will now do so with renewed enthusiasm. We are blessed to have such capable people working in that area. These first ten years of the Preshal Trust have been hugely rewarding for me working so closely with May. Her innate belief in the goodness of people has changed my life beyond measure as it has done for so many others; and of course had it not been for May's original dream there would have been no Preshal Trust at all. Sadly we are losing the services of Jim Macfarlane who is retiring from the Board having been hugely helpful in all aspects of the new building. However, we are very pleased to welcome three new trustees: Shanny Newall, Clare Williams and John Macpherson who will be sharing their own special talents and we look forward to working with them in the future. I am so grateful to the Board for all their help, expertise and enthusiasm and I am sure that the Rev Fergus Buchanan, who has now taken over as Chairman, will lead us on with great success. So thank you again for all your support and encouragement without which we would never have achieved the position we are in today. Finally, can I take the opportunity to wish you all health and happiness for the forthcoming festive season. Thank God there is always the land of beyond For us who are true to the trail A vision to seek, a beckoning peak A fairness that will never fail Maclain Service The Land of Beyond by Robert W Service 5

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk May’s Update Last year was a bitter-sweet year. We started off the year with vandalism in our temporary premises, and the most upsetting bit about it was that we had to close for a few weeks. Unfortunately this was at the time of year when many vulnerable people need us most after Christmas and in the darkness of winter. We had to try to support many people through outreach, visiting people in their homes, in cafes and on the streets. God has a way of delivering good out of bad situations and we were blessed to receive help from the United Free Church for which we are so grateful. Lo and behold at the end of the year we were delivered of a wonderful home, which has marvellous facilities. We can now deliver far more diversionary activities, and more people are taking part in our courses which occupy their hands and minds. We have more organisations coming in to use our premises at times, which is great for sharing resources and helping the community. Overall numbers of young people and adults coming into the Trust have risen so we hope to continue to move forward with this vital work, which is life-saving for so many people. My thanks go to our wonderful team of staff and volunteers for the hard work they put in, which can be stressful at times as well as rewarding. The Fellowship is going from strength from strength and we have been asked to visit a variety of places, both speaking and providing praise with our outreach worship group. We have built up a small team who can testify what God has done in their lives and now also have a choir which practices every week. As Christmas approaches, my thoughts turn not to shopping or buying gifts but to the greatest gift of all which is Jesus - because when the Son sets you free, you are free indeed. This year the greatest gift we have to offer doesn’t cost anything but the benefits are wonderful: peace of mind and peace of heart, hope for the future and eternal life. For the coming year I wish that the love, joy and peace of Jesus Christ be with everyone. 6

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THE PRESHAL PEOPLE N E W S L E T T E R 10 Feeding the hungry “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat” (Matthew 25: verse 35) As in previous years we plan to distribute food parcels over the festive season as well as toys, clothes and toiletries. It is so important that our service users don't go hungry or feel neglected at a time when many of the folk we seek to serve are at their most vulnerable. Our new premises have much greater storage capacity and that enables us to provide an improved service to those in need. “..really good, I’m sure I’ll get some ideas and start cooking in my house” “…fabulous, great, magic” “..cooking made with fun and laughter” Tony the Chef Each day in Preshal starts with tea and toast (and a good blether!) but, in addition, lunches Currently we serve around 130 nutritious meals at our lunch clubs. This is a significant increase on before, an indicator of the growing demand. As Sir John Major put it, people have to choose between heating and eating. In many ways the Preshal kitchen is our engine room or nerve centre, given the volume of catering that occurs. As opposed to the cramped conditions in our old building, the new kitchen is ideal for preparing meals on an industrial scale. Instead of a four ring cooker we now have two eight ring gas hobs with industrial sized ovens and a combi-convection oven for baking and roasting. As you all know, the kettle was always on the boil but we don’t need kettles now as we have a hot water geezer with boiling water on tap. But we also use the kitchen to train and teach certain of our clients the basics of cookery and how to make economical recipes which are both nutritious and satisfying. Activities in the new hall Our large hall space is used for many different activities throughout the day. The morning sees us start with breakfast with all our tables and chairs out. We have card making and art classes also going on in the hall as well as board games. There is sometimes a woodwork corner and almost always a pool table. We have bingo twice a week for household items and mars bars. “… brilliant building and atmosphere” “.. .a reason to get up in the morning” “…meet new friends and great meals” “Key Housing appreciate the support and respect given to our clients” 7

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk Working with our young people Our youngsters don’t want much …… just a safe secure place to meet every week, so that is what we have provided. What a wonderful big clean hall for run about games and getting rid of some excess energy with a variety of games taking place at the same time. We can offer our youngsters a great space for their music club too for learning guitar and drums. “… a lot bigger and better because the old one was crowded” “This one’s more like the future ... it’s more like a place that you’d want to be ..” “... it’s pure cool!” The Sunday Fellowship The Preshal Fellowship meets every Sunday evening and the those who come along are enjoying meeting in our new premises. It is an informal time, full of lively praise and worship, a challenging talk, heart-felt prayer and participation from those whose lives have been turned around. I found it a very moving experience and would urge readers to come along and join in the fun and fellowship. From tin can to office ... With the inadequate accommodation in the old building our office was a storage container nearby - no windows or natural light and reminiscent of a tin can. Now Val has amazing facilities and the contrast could not be more marked..... An office with heating and a window, in the same building as everyone else! Oh… and a photocopier that doesn’t need to dry out from the dampness all the time! Jesus Born in a stable not fit for a king Yet born to be Lord of everything. Born to lift burdens, replace with his peace Just for the taking and never to cease. That dirty old stable where Jesus would start Was a picture of us and the state of our heart. He's as willing to dwell within us today As He was all that time and distance away. 8

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THE PRESHAL PEOPLE N E W S L E T T E R 10 Christmas reading or perhaps a present? Why not order copies of “Miracles from Mayhem” and “More Miracles from Mayhem”? These would make ideal Christmas presents; a cracking good read centered 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. In “Miracles from Mayhem” May tells the story of how she went from being a drunken no-hoper to establishing Preshal. “More Miracles from Mayhem” picks up the story and opens the door to Preshal enabling readers to see inside. The stories in the book will move readers, according to one reviewer: “to tears, to laughter and to prayer. This book will refresh you as you read of those who have come through terrible times and have found faith and hope.” Copies are available from Aboukir Street and are priced £5.99 plus 80p for postage & packing: contact Val at the Preshal Trust office on 0141 445 3689. Watch this space as there is to be a new book www.facebook.com/ThePreshalTrust soon ………………... 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 PLEASE CUT HERE Address Post Code Tel No Email MAny thanjks from t 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: PLEASE CUT HERE 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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