DISASTER EMERGENCY COMMITTEE
See https://www.dec.org.uk. This is an umbrella organization for a number of charities, designed to bring help to people suffering from disasters and emergencies. It is giving aid to victims of the famine in East Africa. We have special collections for DEC on 19th. and 26th. March this year, as our response to the needs of these people.
INVERNESS WOMEN’S AID: The Bishop’s Lent Appeal this year is for Inverness Women’s Aid. Here is some information about their work:
Inverness Women’s Aid (IWA) has been delivering domestic abuse support services in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey for over 35 years. They provide outreach support and refuge accommodation for women, children & young people who have been affected by domestic abuse. The IWA refuge, which is situated in Inverness, has 12 apartments and provides safe accommodation for families while they wait to be housed in more permanent housing.
The Inverness Women’s Aid offers spaces to women, children and young people from across the Highlands and beyond.
The service is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in response to the needs of vulnerable and high risk service users. IWA currently has a staff team of 11 Support Workers, 4 Management & Administrative staff and a Board of 6 Directors.
IWA works with a range of partners to ensure that their clients receive the best possible advice, support and onward referral to other services. The staff team support women with housing, financial, legal and medical issues, as well as helping them to rebuild their confidence and regain better control over their life circumstances.
IWA works in close partnership with Police, Housing and Social Work in order to keep women and children safe and ensure perpetrators of domestic abuse are prosecuted through the criminal justice system.
Many thanks for your support.
T: 01463 220719
Saint Ninian’s supports several charities. For three of these, special collections are taken each year. These are:
SEND A COW: supports farmers and country people in underdeveloped countries by providing livestock and teaching farming skills in order to help the people to become more self-sufficient . See www.sendacow.org.
MISSION AVIATION FELLOWSHIP: flies to remote locations to bring aid and health care. See www.maf-uk.org.
SPAFFORD CHILDREN’S HOMES: helps disadvantaged children in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. See www.spaffordcenter.org.
In addition to the above, contributions of food are collected regularly for the HIGHLAND FOOD BANK: see www.highland.foodbank.org.uk. Our most recent basketful has been handed in to Blythswood Care in Muir of Ord. The need does not go away, and this is an ongoing scheme: please continue to bring donations of suitable food items to church.
The Church also tries to respond to crises which arise requiring everyone to help. In the past year we have collected for the victims of the earthquakes in Nepal, and for the refugees.