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Crag Road Drop-in-Centre

Our 'open invitation party' Christmas was not as well attended as the previous year but no doubt some of this was down to the extremely adverse weather conditions.  We were fortunate to have Nick Blundell among our visitors who were very surprised to discover that we had two Mormon young men call in for a cup of tea.  We will be holding another Christmas event on 14 December at 2.00 pm.

Training:  We held a one-day training session with Project 6 who held a workshop on alcohol and drug awareness.  most of our leaders were able to attend and found the session informative.

Publicity:  We have continued to produce new leaflets, bookmarks and newsletters to hand out to the nearby homes.

Signs of Hope:  We are delighted to record that one of the men that started to attend the Drop-in-Centre has been frequently to church and has expressed a desire to be considered for membership.  Others have worshipped with us on several occasions.  We are also happy that two of our members are trying really hard to give up alcohol.

Sign of Sorrow:  One of our contacts died in tragic circumstances and five leaders attended his funeral which was conducted by our minister Rev Sarah Jemison.  We also sent flowers.

Meanwhile the Drop-in-Centre continues to open each Friday with an average attendance of 10 plus the leaders.  We supply free refreshments and also hand out a food parcel to those in need.  Hale (Healthy Eating) had approached us to use our premises to promote their activities in the Crag Road are.  They now hold meetings on Wednesday afternoon and had encouraging response.

Our Annual Meeting was helped in November where we celebrated 9 years since we opened for the first time.  We operate a five weekly rota with the 11 leaders.  This has drawbacks which we try to resolve by everyone acting upon the same initial response.

We are in a good financial position though the number of food parcels we hand out is beginning to stretch our resources.  We purchased a cupboard to store the food and agreed to share it with other groups within the church.  We continue to ask how we can improve our support for those in need and also for those who enjoy using the Drop-in as a social outing.

Safeguarding:  All the leaders have completed a CRB check and attended training.

We thank all who support and pray for us.

Warmest regards
Donald
(Secretary)

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