Sign Christian Aid’s Jubilee Debt Relief petition

We have all been affected in some way by the devastating impact of coronavirus.

As the pandemic has spread in many of the poorest countries, our neighbours around the world have been hit even harder, often without the same safety nets we’ve seen at home.

The most vulnerable have been falling ill and the economic impacts have left people who were already struggling, without a way to feed their families and survive this crisis. The World Bank estimates that an additional 60 million people risk falling into extreme poverty.

You can help prevent people from suffering and dying due to the health and economic impacts of the pandemic by supporting calls for a debt ‘jubilee’ – requested by governments of poor and vulnerable countries. This would mean debt repayments of poor countries are cancelled during this crisis.

A degree of debt relief was granted in April of this year, but this did not go nearly far enough.

Will you call on the chancellor, Rishi Sunak to broker a more ambitious debt relief deal for the poorest countries?

Sign the petition

Action for Children Emergency Appeal

We have received the following request from Action for Children.

As you know, we work with some of the most vulnerable children and families. We are supporting these families to cover the cost of basic essentials at this time including items such as food, nappies, cleaning products and gas or electricity.

To support this appeal, you can text ‘DONATE’ to 70175 to give £10 or can make a donation via the Action for Children appeal.

Clothes Bank statistics

Clothes Bank clients seen at Marketgait

During the year Nov 2018 – Nov 2019 (Year 3), the total number of ‘clients’ was 235, of which 153 were male and 82 female. 65 were seen on Mondays, 168 on Thursdays, and 2 in extra sessions.

In the previous year, we had 174 clients(128 males and  46 females) spread over Mondays 52, Thursdays 121, 1 ‘extra’.

It seems clear that the project is of increasing value to the community.

Ninewells project

As at 3rdNovember 2019, a total of 185 bags had been given out and it is clear there is appreciation for this from both patients and staff.

Of the 185 bags, 79 were for ladies, 54 for men, 28 for girls and 24 for boys.

The Bags contain clothes or toiletries suitable for males or females, also aiming to take into account any cultural requirements. 10 pairs of slippers have also been provided.

We have received various donations to pay for the hospital bags.

We have enough hangers!

Thanks to  all who provided clothes-hangers for the Clothes Bank – there are now enough to tide us over for a while but we may be asking again in the future!

Harvest Worship and Dundee Foodbank

We are proposing to spend some time at the Harvest Worship on 29th September thinking about Foodbanks, and the congregation are invited to bring suitable items for the Dundee Foodbank next Sunday in particular.

The Dundee Foodbank currently has the following list of urgently needed items.

  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned puddings (eg rice, pudding / custard / sponge puddings)
  • Tinned meat (eg spam, ham, corned beef)
  • Tinned fish (eg tuna / sardines)
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned ready meals (eg minced beef, macaroni)
  • UHT milk (1 litre)
  • Coffee / Tea
  • Nappies (especially sizes 4 and 5)
  • Toiletries (especially soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste)

What they have plenty of (and don’t want more at present!)

  • Beans
  • Pasta
  • Soup
  • Pet food

Dundee Foodbank

Donations for the food bank are gratefully received. Please put them in the container at the top of the stairs; Liz takes them along to the food bank.

 

Christian Aid Week Envelopes

There are some envelopes on the vestibule table for those who wish to donate to the work of Christian Aid and do not receive one by other means. Anyone unable to return an envelope can hand it to Margaret for forwarding to Christian Aid.

Signpost International Easter Greetings

We have received an Easter Message and Easter Rabbit Bookmark from Christian Paul Calero, whom we sponsor as a means of supporting development work in his village of West Habog Habog, in the Philippines.

See noticeboard downstairs for the Card and Bookmark.  David Easson is our contact with Signpost International.

Easter Offerings Appeals

Envelopes are still available for donations to this annual Methodist Appeal in support of the work of the church world-wide.  They may be returned via the offering plate in coming weeks or handed direct to the Church Treasurer, David Easson.  The theme chosen by Methodist Women in Britain for this year, has been “Longer Tables, Lower Fences”, focussing on the sharing of hospitality and removal or reduction of barriers.

Christian Aid Week 12th – 18th May 2019

This year’s focus is on “solidarity with mums in Sierra Leone” and especial awareness of the health issues in pregnancy and child-birth.  Events include the three Bridge Cross Challenges on the Erskine, Tay and Forth Road Bridges.  There is also a UK-wide campaign to host ‘A Big Brekkie’.