THE Right Reverend Lorna Hood, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has appealed to all Scottish congregations to pledge their support for a charity for homeless Scots in London.
Borderline, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2015, supports homeless and insecurely housed Scots in and around London. The Right Revd. Hood has written to every church in Scotland inviting their congregations to support Borderline through an offering and saying a prayer for these Scots in London who need support and Borderline which works tirelessly to provide it.
Borderline’s services include:
- Assessment and referrals to resettlement options such as hostels and supported housing in London and Scotland
- Professional housing and welfare benefits advice and advocacy
- Assessment and referrals to specialist drug and alcohol agencies
- Assistance to approach grant givers for essential items to help furnish new accommodation, to assist with hardship and occasionally to help fund rent deposits
- Free telephone advice line
The Right Reverend Lorna Hood said: “Borderline is desperate to help save the lives of as many homeless Scots as possible. To do this, they are launching a new project this January, which will work with some of the most hard to move on rough sleepers, to help them finally break their own cycle of homelessness. In order to do this Borderline needs our help. I would like to invite you and your congregation to support Borderline by an offering and saying a prayer for these Scots in London who need our help.”
Homelessness Sunday is part of Poverty and Homelessness Action week, which has been running since 2008. The week aims to:
- Raise awareness of the issues of poverty and homelessness in the UK
- Raise funds for projects and campaigns which work to tackle poverty and homelessness
- Involve people in campaign actions that tackle the causes of poverty and homelessnes
Borderline is the charity for homeless and insecurely-housed first and second-generations Scots in London
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