Food Bank Update

Dundee FoodbankDundee Food Bank again expresses its gratitude for our continuing contributions to its work to provide 3-day emergency food parcels and support for individuals, couples and families experiencing hardship throughout the city and the surrounding area.

In 2018, assistance was provided to over 9,500 people through non-perishable food gifts; the current weekly total of persons supported is 180.

We thank Liz Kay who takes donations to the Foodbank on our behalf.  Donations of food may be made via the container under the vestibule lectern.

All We Can Malawi Floods Appeal

Along with other agencies, All We Can is responding to the widespread destruction in Mozambique, Malawi and other parts of southern Africa.  All We Can is focusing its appeal on support for Malawi:

“Already over 125,000 people have been displaced from their homes and families are facing hunger as harvests have been destroyed.  There is need for rapid action as people suffer because of the lack of shelter, sanitation facilities, food, and medicine.  The number of people affected by the floods has reached 922,000 – this number is expected to rise as the real extent of the damage is revealed and as heavy rains continue to fall in Malawi.”

For more information, including video and ways to make online donations see or send a cheque payable to ‘All We Can’ to All We Can, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR, stating it is for the Malawi Floods Appeal.

Upcycling Event

Last Saturday’s event took in £61, which is reckoned, for the amount of material, etc taken, to be twice the rate of sending it to Nathan’s Waste Saver (“the Ragbag”).  However another £55, which includes payment for some of Saturday’s items, has been promised.  There was however still a vast quantity left and on Monday 461kg was picked up by Nathan’s, which is likely to bring in c £184.  Thanks to all who took part and helped – and bought!

Fundraising for Malawi

“I am currently on the ferry home from Hoy!  ……, I am home this weekend in time for Church.

 Starting on Monday, Martin and I are starting a fundraiser for the hospital I worked at in Malawi last year.  It’s a 6-week “10k a day” cycle!  All the money we raise will go to the hospital, which is a charitable Presbyterian Mission hospital.

 …. We have an online sponsorship page, and I will bring a sponsorship form to Church.

 Best wishes and looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!”


Upcycle Event for Clothes Bank

Not all donations to the ClothesBank prove suitable for clients’ needs, so it is proposed to make such surplus goods available to others, for suitable (eg craft) use through the above Event
in Marketgait
on Saturday 2nd March
from 10am to 3pm.

  • Items will be sold as £1 or £2 bagfuls.
  • Proceeds for ClothesBank funds

Please give support as you are able:

  • Come, search and buy!
  • Ask friends,neighbours, colleagues for any kind of fabrics they might be getting rid of – clothes, tablecloths, duvet covers, sheets, curtains, doilies, napkins, broken costume jewellery (– even unbroken costume jewellery!), buttons – all these are much sought after by crafters…

Dundee Food Bank – toothbrushes

On her recent visit to the FoodBank, Liz topped up donations with more toothpaste (2 tubes already donated) and sets of toothbrushes, having read a newspaper article about families sharing a single brush; Foodbank staff confirmed that this is the case and they have to constantly supply these (ie ‘this is not a newspaper invention’ / ‘fake news’).

We were once again thanked for our continued support.

The need remains:

  • In 2018, 9,500 people in Dundee and surrounding areas were helped with food provision.
  • Currently 180 persons are served every week and can only access this service on three separate occasions over a six month period.

Redevelopment meeting postponed

The redevelopment group meeting planned for 15th January has been postponed until after the all-church meeting on 20th January.  It is hoped that the congregation will make progress in considering the shape of its future, and how the building might contribute to that vision.

Letters of thanks

Recipients of the Armistice Day retiring offering have expressed gratitude for our support of their work, providing the following information:

Help for Heroes: “Thousands of Servicemen and women are living with injuries and illnesses – both physical and mental – each and every day.  Together with their loved ones they continue to need our help to cope with the challenges they face.  Your support means they won’t have to battle alone.  Long-term recovery is more than repairing damaged bodies and minds; it’s about rebuilding lives.  Our mission is to deliver an enduring network of support to help our Heroes with their challenges and to go to live active independent and fulfilling lives.  This is at the heart of everything we do.”

One beneficiary has said – “Thanks with all my heart for being there for me and others.  Please don’t go away. One way or another, we’re going to need you for the rest of our lives.”

Blesma –The Limbless Veterans: “(We are) dedicated to the support of all serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs, or lost the use of limbs or eyes, empowering them to lead independent and fulfilling lives.  We support our Members, both young and old, for life.  Just as we are still caring for our Second World War veterans, we also care for our younger generation, from recent conflicts that have survived complex trauma injury and will need specialised support as they age.  Rehabilitation, advocacy, counselling, and care are the four principles of our Association.  We work tirelessly to provide practical, emotional and financial support to injured veterans and their families as they rebuild their lives.”