The Preshal Trust Newsletter Summer 2014

 

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SUMMER 2014 Scottish Charity No: SCO33632 THE Preshal People N E W S L E T T E R 11 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 170 Elliot Street, Glasgow G3 8EX Tel: 0141 440 1998 | www.bannisterandgasp.co.uk Email: martin@bannisterandgasp.co.uk SUPPORTED BY MELVIN CREATIVE GRAPHIC DESIGN 170 Elliot Street, Glasgow G3 8EX Tel: 0141 440 1569 | www.melvincreative.co.uk Email: michael@melvincreative.co.uk

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk A Reminder of who we are The Preshal Trust is a recognised Scottish Charity which seeks to tackle problems such as poverty, drug and alcohol addiction, low literacy and numeracy skills, depression, loneliness and low self-esteem in Govan. The Trust’s premises in Aboukir Street are open five days per week and Sunday evening when the Preshal Fellowship meets. In a planned and purposeful way there is, each day, a varied programme of activities aimed at tackling the problems listed above. However, it is worth stressing that Preshal adopts a holistic approach whereby we seek to cater for the whole person, including meeting individual physical, mental and - as a Christian rooted organisation – spiritual needs. From the Chairman I was speaking to a school assembly the other day about statistics and how important it is to see that it is real people who make up the numbers. We can be horrified at the numbers of people throughout the world who live in extreme poverty. Nearer home there are disturbing statistics about addiction and homelessness. It is easy to forget that each number is a person with their own unique story. Jesus often had to deal with crowds who were eager for His teaching and His power to heal. But He always had time for individuals who came to Him with their own particular needs. It is the aim of Preshal to see each individual as ‘precious’ in the sight of God and to respond to any need in a supportive and compassionate way. It has been my privilege to see this in action during my time on the Board of Trustees. It has been an exciting time with the development of the new building ensuring that the work has a more solid base for the future. We are grateful to God for bringing this to reality through the generosity and prayers of so many people. It has been good to welcome some new faces to the Board whose new ideas and enthusiasm have been a great encouragement. I am glad, though, that we still have the experience of those who have been involved with Preshal since the beginning. Together I hope we will keep the vision clear and through faith in God’s provision continue to bring the values of the Kingdom to every area in which we are called to serve. The Board is mindful of Don Giles at this time. Don has been a member of the Board for some years and his work on the Newsletter has been particularly appreciated. He is undergoing treatment at present so we trust that he will be sustained and once again be able to join us in the work of the Board. I hope everyone has a good summer! Fergus, Chairman

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THE PRESHAL PEOPLE N E W S L E T T E R 11 A note from May….. 2014 has been a great year for Preshal in our new building because we can accommodate lots more people and are able to offer more activities. We have started a special needs day on a Friday and it is just wonderful to see those with particular needs having somewhere to go where they are able to take full part in all that goes on. The favourite activity on a Friday is the Karaoke afternoon. We have had many, many visitors from all over the country and it is good to be able to show people our work and give them some understanding of what we do on a day to day basis. It is a wonderful thing to see the look of amazement on people’s faces when they come and see our work first hand. We are very unique as we mirror the community we serve and have people with all sorts of problems such as alcohol addiction, poverty, mental health illness, homelessness, pensioners, youth and those who are socially lonely. I am often told that we deal with normal people too, but I’ve yet to meet one, I think that everyone has their back against the wall at some point and we all have to face the storms of life! I think that loneliness is one of the biggest problems out there because of the way that we live now. Neighbours used to help and support each other but now it seems to be “mind thyself”. Years ago all the women sat at the close and shared their problems as you know the old saying “a worry shared is a worry halved” but now we hardly see our neighbours. Maybe that’s why we now need counsellors as we’ve lost that sense of empathy with our neighbours, now it seems to be a competition of what you have. I have been speaking far and wide and recent highlights include a trip to the Isles of Lewis, Harris and Skye sharing Preshal’s story and I took our Preshal Band Oran Ur (meaning “New Song”). After one of the services I was talking to people when a young woman approached me with her children and said that the last time I had visited she had bought my book (Miracles from Mayhem). She went on to tell me how reading the book changed her husband’s life and he has become a Christian who is now a regular at Church. On another evening we had a wonderful night of shared testimony and fellowship catching up with friends and we were fortunate to be able to listen to young girls singing their hearts out in Gaelic and it truly felt like we were in heaven. I always thought that Glaswegian was the heavenly language but now I think it must be Gaelic. It was wonderful to see so many people attending a Community Centre in the Islands where we had a fabulous night of singing and sharing. We also enjoyed the most amazing home baking! So a special thank you to all the Churches for giving us the opportunity to share the work of Preshal and for their friendship and hospitality. May 3

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk Holiday Caravan We have a static caravan in Saltcoats to provide families and individuals with the opportunity to have a break away from the pressures of poverty and social exclusion. This allows single parents, individuals and families to come together in a stress free environment and spend quality time with each-other. It allows children the opportunity to play in a safe place away from the dangers of gang culture and addiction. The caravan is at Sandylands Holiday Park and families can take advantage of a free pass to use the facilities there including the kids club and swimming pool which the children love. Access to the children’s entertainment facilities is a real benefit for the parents and gives them a well-earned break. The caravan is a great asset to our work and we have been very fortunate to receive funding from Brookfield Multiplex to replace our caravan with a new one. (Brookfield is the company that is building the new Southern General Hospital). The new van has an extra bedroom and disabled access so that we can accommodate even more people. It is ideally situated for travel by train and near to an Aldi’s for shopping. 4

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THE PRESHAL PEOPLE N E W S L E T T E R 11 The benefits of a short break for our families is immeasurable and makes a huge difference to many lives as you can see from these comments …. “ We enjoyed it when we were there because we wouldn’t be able to go away anywhere without Preshal. It was great to have the beach right across the road and be able to get into the swimming because we get free passes. It is even better with the new one because there is an extra room and there are 12 of us there. Everyone had such a good time and the kids keep asking when we can go back.” “ I went to the caravan with an older friend and my wee girl so that was like three generations together. I have never had a holiday before and it was a great experience to get away especially with my family and someone else so it wasn’t lonely when the kids were out playing.“ It is really great to see everyone coming back from the caravan feeling refreshed with happy faces!! 5

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk Multi-Purpose Room Our multi-purpose room was supported by our community partnership with Asda. We often have an Asda colleague in the Trust volunteering and helping out and it is great to be able to make the most of our community links so this is how our link with Asda has helped ... We have a fabulous multipurpose room which enables us to work with small groups of people. This lets us deliver classes to develop life skills such as sewing and allows us to help less able clients with their fine motor skills and concentration on simple tasks. Our sewing group have made practical items such as cushions and also learnt how to use scraps of material to make patch work quilts. We also have other practical classes such as IT where we teach our folk to write letters, help with CVs and basic internet skills to help them fill out online forms or use email. We also run an adult music club in the multi-purpose room where adults can learn drums, bass or guitar. You don’t need to play an instrument though; we also have a very enthusiastic singing group. Our Friday afternoon karaoke sessions are led by the music group so this gives them a platform to perform the new material they are constantly learning. These activities encourage group work and co-operation with others which helps build confidence and self-esteem. We also have a mini recording studio within the multi-purpose room where we can record music from our band or singing groups. This is another great way of getting people to work together, cooperating and listening to each other. Our digital photography class also use this room to work on their photographs. We task the group to take photos of certain themes or items then to go out and about finding them. They then come back and download and edit them on a laptop, learning how to enhance colours and textures within the pictures. 6

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THE PRESHAL PEOPLE N E W S L E T T E R 11 Fellowship In June we made our annual journey to Tullyarvan Mill in Buncrana in Ireland. This trip was funded through bag packing activities and fundraising auctions and nights. We were also fortunate to have a bus donated for the trip along with a driver for the week. The purpose of the visit was to build up relationships with some of our clients who attend our Sunday fellowship. In the evenings we had various speakers from groups in Ireland which enabled us to make contact with other groups carrying out similar work. This gave us the opportunity to share experiences, ideas, problems and success stories. Often, lives are changed through these visits and people come back renewed and refreshed. While we were there, May was speaking in various locations, accompanied by our Preshal band, Oran Ur, which allowed us to raise awareness of the work of The Preshal Trust and also offer advice to those wanting to carry out similar projects. We stayed at Tullyarvan Mill hostel which is a truly wonderful place where the staff are excellent and really care about their visitors and they have become part of The Preshal Family so thanks to Michael, Angela and Michelle for making us so welcome Before we left, Michael presented us with a framed picture of the bridge into the mill which we have hung in a place of honour at Preshal. The staff said that when we visit the mill becomes alive and when we leave it is quiet. On the visit the men and women are split into dormitories that have bunk beds so the seniors are on the bottom and the young ones on the top. There is always a queue for the shower and many a debate about who is using the mirror first – all in good fun. So we say a big special thank you to Tullyarvan and see you next year! Youth Provision As well as helping adults and families, we have an active youth programme which has benefitted greatly from our new facilities. The time is ripe for the development of our Youth Programme and our youth development worker is employed at The Preshal Trust on a full-time basis which allows him to be integrated into our project. This full time role gives our youth development worker the opportunity to get to know young people and also to look at support for the whole family within the community. Our current youth programme is made up as follows: TUESDAY Music Club (offering free music tuition on drums, bass, guitar and vocals) 4.30 - 6.30pm for Young People aged 8 - 18 years. Junior Youth Drop In 7-8.30 pm for ages 8-11 years. WEDNESDAY Secondary School Lunch Club Drop In Engaging with other young people ages 12-16 years during their school lunch break offering refreshments, information and signposting young people to the youth services in the area. THURSDAY Pirrie Park Primary School Lunch Time Guitar Lessons We are delivering a lunch time music club to teach guitar to 10 primary school pupils and give a platform for engagement and signposting. This has proved very popular and has a waiting list with lessons being delivered in 6 week blocks. FRIDAY Primary School Lunch Club Drop-In We engage with young people aged 8-11 years during their school lunch. Our Youth provision is funded by BBC Children In Need and Lloyds TSB Henry Duncan Awards amongst others. Without this funding it would be impossible for us to run this provision to help our young people! 7

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www.preshaltrust.org.uk Martin Boyle’s Story Martin was born in Kinning Park and brought up in Drumoyne to a good family. He was the youngest of four brothers, with a nine year gap between oldest and youngest and had a happy childhood where he knew he was loved. He got on well with his brothers but as always there was the odd fight. He went to St Gerome’s Primary School in Drumoyne but didn’t really like school, and got his pal to write him notes so he could “dog” classes. When Martin was 12 years old he came home from school one day and his mother was very angry, his sixteen year old brother had just got his first jail sentence. Martin had his first drink when he was about 12 years old. He went on to attend to St Gerards Secondary School but got in with the “wrong crowd” who used to chip in to buy “hash” and “gas”. When he looks back, his memory of school was always being in the corridors and never really in the classroom. Like many, he left and went on to the YTS programme doing painting and gardening with a six week placement at college with little pay, about £27 a week with £10 going to his mum for keep. When the YTS ended, Martin was unemployed and just hanging about. When he was 19 he had his first hit of heroin and that progressed to injecting, a habit that was to stay with him for about 20 years, sometimes with a methadone script too, which he feels didn’t help at all. Martin came to Preshal through word of mouth and found a warm welcome which brought him back. He started to get involved in activities and learned to play the guitar. Martin began coming to the Sunday evening fellowship where people share their experiences and was able to share too, which is something he thought that he would never be able to do. He also joined our mid-week Bible study led by Eric where he was able to share his life experiences and learn how his past could be wiped clean and how he could commit his life to Jesus. 8 Joy of joys, Martin decided to make a public confession that he was a Christian on a Preshal outreach visit to Ireland. Martin was baptised at Lough Swilly (the place where John Newton was shipwrecked and later wrote about his dramatic transformation, penning Amazing Grace) .… what a day that was for Preshal and Martin’s mother, who was also there. His mother, Isobel, has also seen the change in Martin and she too comes along to our Sunday evening meetings. Martin shared this little story with May which just gives you an idea how far he has come…… Martin’s mum was looking for something one day in the house and said to Martin that it was in her bag. She asked Martin to go and get it for her …. that was the first time he can remember her trusting him in years. Martin has been clean of alcohol and drugs now for about a year and looking to the future, his hope is to go to college so that he can help other people and give back…. Thank You! We like to acknowledge those who donate to The Preshal Trust but sometimes have no address details that allow us to send a thank you letter. People help us in many ways, financially and in kind, by prayer and volunteering. Without all your kind help and support the work of The Preshal Trust could not continue. There are so many ways that you can help us as listed on the next page.

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THE PRESHAL PEOPLE N E W S L E T T E R 11 Preshal Trust CD The Preshal Trust CD is now available featuring our praise bank Oran Ur. You can purchase the CD by sending a cheque for £7 plus £1.50 postage & Packaging to The Preshal Trust. Preshal Trust Cards Preshal blank cards are now available at £3 for six. The front of the cards show a copy of a stained glass window which was designed by one of our volunteers Dr Sheila Harrison for the opening of our building in August 2013. You can purchase the cards by sending a cheque for £3 plus £0.75 postage & Packaging to The Preshal Trust or from our office. 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? www.facebook.com/ThePreshalTrust 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 WORKU T S R T L A H S E R P E TH 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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