Even during these strange times, there’s still a lot of good work going on in our Church!
Labelled with Love in Falkirk
Labelled With Love was set up in the summer of 2020 to provide new school uniforms for children from families struggling financially. Links were established with the local primary schools, social work and health organisations, and we were led by where the need was greatest in supporting children and families and showing God’s love. We have now branched out into providing other items, such as winter jackets, shoes and wellies, Christmas meals, and supporting other community organisations.
We chose our name as each bag of clothing has a label on it: ‘With love from Falkirk Trinity Church’.
Sometimes we have provided extra items to ensure that the children have enough clothes to wear, and often these children and families have found themselves in extremely difficult circumstances. The feedback has been very positive as we are providing at the point of need and therefore transforming the lives of the children and families at that crucial time. We will continue to be led by the needs of the community, through the knowledge of other services, to try to provide what is required.
Over the year, further links have been established with Graeme High School, CrossReach’s Polmont Visitors Centre, and a local charity supporting refugees. In association with Hallglen Pantry, we have also supplied Christmas meals in a bag. Following a number of tragic incidents where young people in the community have taken their own lives, we supported the furnishing of a room within the Ettrick Dochart Community Hall in Falkirk as a place for young people to meet.
Uniforms and donations have come from the local Asda, Morrisons and Tesco stores and sportswear was provided by RJM Sportswear. The group has received a grant from Forth Giving and generous contributions from Falkirk Foodbank and the Trinity congregation, friends and family.
We are forever grateful for ongoing provision and answer to prayer. If you would like to support us, you can use this safe link to do so. Please get in touch if you, or someone you know, needs help to provide school uniform or general clothing for their children. Your request will be treated confidentially. Phone 07942318993 or email Labelled with Love.
Update October 2021
We already have a few volunteers expressing a desire to be part of a second team of volunteers from Trinity going out to Kazunzu in 2023! It would be great to start making plans so if you are interested or would like more information, please contact Marianne Pattison via the office phone number or email.
Despite the fact that, due to covid, no volunteer trips took place to Kazunzu last year, work has continued on the site. The local labourers have been building the community centre and are in the process of putting the roof on to the building. The plan is then to start work on the school on the site. This will enable the children who are living at Kazunzu to attend a local school rather than having to walk a great distance to the nearest one.
Eight houses have been built and furnished and a total of 58 people, 37 of whom are children,are living in these eight houses. Rather than just a “Mama” as originally planned, each house has a Mother and Father figure – some of the couples have children of their own who are living with them.
The two fish cages are in place and the tilapia (the local fish) are growing steadily. It is hoped they will be ready to be harvested in June or July. This will provide employment for the men living on site and help to make the project sustainable.
So although work hasn’t progressed as fast as originally envisaged, the work has continued and the site is developing, albeit a little slower than expected.
Having raised funds to send a team of volunteers from the church and also raised over £7000 to furnish and equip the two houses we built, as well as raising £1270 for the project from the sale of calendars, we are keen to maintain our links with Kazunzu.