Category Archives: Appeals

Perth Food Bank – update

The Foodbank is still open, but with reduced hours – we are currently opening on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons (12 noon to 4p.m.)  for the collection of food parcels only.    We are  asking people not to bring donations to the Foodbank, but to use the collection points at the supermarkets instead.


We are working closely with the Council and our referral agencies, many of whom are holding emergency parcels to save  some clients having to come to the Foodbank.   And the Foodbank continues to concentrate on  supporting  those whose reasons for needing a food parcel are financial,  because of lack of money; other community groups we hope are mobilising to help vulnerable people who are self-isolating and cannot get to the shops, which is obviously a different category.  We are not delivering parcels.


It is fair to say that we have been quite challenged in recent weeks, as so many of our volunteers have been unable to continue; however, we do still  have a core group of volunteers as well as our two Coordinators, who are doing a sterling job in sorting out food donations and  packing parcels.   A number of people who find they have more time on their hands at the moment have offered to help, but to be honest, we cannot have a lot of people in the Foodbank  at any one time, especially with the need to physically distance from each other, so we are unable to take up many of these offers.


How can the churches support us?   Firstly, with prayer – for our staff, our volunteers and our clients.  Secondly, the collection boxes at the supermarkets are still there, and we definitely need to keep the donations coming in, since we are obviously in for the long haul.  Please, if you are communicating with your members, let them know that we are still accepting donations.  

You can keep up to date with what we need by visiting the website www.perthkinross.foodbank.org.uk  – at present, we are short of tinned potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, tinned vegetables, tinned tomatoes,  small cereal,  small bags of pasta, small bags of rice  – and of course, toilet rolls! The Foodbank van will be collecting from the supermarkets on a regular basis.


This is the situation today, Tuesday 24th March – – 

An appeal from Perth and Kinross Foodbank

To all our lovely supporters, we really need your help!

We have seen a  huge dip in the amount of food being   donated over the past few weeks, and a 20% increase in food parcels being handed out.  Our Foodbank is currently running very low on the following items:

· Pasta sauces

· Packet pasta meals

· Tinned or packet puddings

· Tinned tomatoes

· Jam

· UHT milk.

Please consider popping one of these items into our permanent collection points in the supermarkets, or at the church.   

Street Pastors – an update from Perth

It is difficult to quantify conversations, especially with folk in trouble, but of the things which can be counted in the last year Street Pastors supported 179 vulnerable people, calmed 66 aggressive situations, removed 594 bottles, from streets did 79 referrals to agencies, ensured 33 people got home, etc.

Following a request from Perth Grammar School, School Pastors have started patrolling roads near the school on Friday lunchtimes.

Developments in Scotland
Following a request from Network Rail, concerned about the large number of suicides, rail pastors now operate on the Fife Circle and the Paisley lines.

Response Pastors were deployed at the request of the emergency services following the incidents in London, Manchester and Grenfell Tower.

There are now 45 SPs who have had additional training for availability in Scotland for major and significant incidents. Further training courses are being lined up.

These developments and additional training are being provided and new areas being developed as a result of designated funding from the Church of Scotland Guild.

What of the future ?
In an increasingly fragmented society where beneath the image more people feel isolated, the love of Jesus is the same yesterday today and for ever, and the need for people to listen care and help is increasing. How can we continue to represent Jesus and His care on the streets?

To enable this to continue and grow there are THREE NEEDS

PEOPLE
As a result of 7 Street Pastors having to retire on health grounds in the last 2-3 months, we are no longer able to cover every Thurs and Sat (and Fri in Dec). There was one transfer from
another area, but no recruits from Perth and Kinross over the last year. Had this reduction happened a month earlier one of the nights which would have been affected saw a suicidal young woman on the edge of the river and….
We read “Jesus was moved with compassion”. Half a dozen Christians in P+K being moved would ensure better coverage. Do you know of anyone willing to be moved? Training is provided (and apart from the initial 4 sessions can be spread over 2 years) Please think pray act! Get in touch with any Street Pastors or perth@streetpastors.org.uk

FINANCE
We are very grateful to those who contribute either to Perth Street Pastors or to ATS (the umbrella body for SPs in Scotland responsible for development, training, support, QA,PVG, etc)

PRAYER
It is not Street Pastors doing things for God! It is exciting to know God working in and through us. For this we are deeply grateful to our prayer partners and those congregational prayer groups which support us in prayer

PLEASE PASS ON IN YOUR CONGREGATION

Foodbank – requests

Hello all – many thanks for highlighting the recent shortages at the Perth Foodbank – we had a good response to our appeal. We are now running perilously low on tinned fruit – we have only one tray left!

We are running very low in the following: Juice (long life, apple, orange, etc) , Crisps and other treats, Smash mashed potatoes , Tomatoes, Toiletries. On the other hand we are well stocked in terms of cereals, soup, beans, pasta meals, tea and coffee.

If you can get this message out to your regular donors, we would be very grateful.