Craig’s in­sight to work of the Bethany Trust

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Joint con­vener Les­ley Mil­li­gan and com­mit­tee mem­berWilma In­gram led the first meet­ing ofTarff andTwyn­holm Guild‘s new ses­sion which had the theme Go In Love.

Fol­low­ing the open­ing de­vo­tions, Les­ley wel­comed Craig from the BethanyTrust who ex­plained the work of the trust which be­gan in Ed­in­burgh 35 years ago.

The aim of the or­gan­i­sa­tion is to re­lieve suf­fer­ing and meet the long-term needs of home­less and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

To achieve its goal Bethany’s ap­proach re­flects a con­tin­uum of Chris­tian care to in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties by seek­ing to pre­vent home­less­ness, in­ter­vene in cri­sis and sus­tain mean­ing­ful, ful­filled lives.

Out­lin­ing the lo­cal work in Dum­fries, Craig ex­plained how peo­ple are en­abled to live in­de­pen­dently and de­scribed the role played by the com­ple­men­tary drop-in sup­port pro­vided four days each week.

Craig in­tro­duced Liz, who has per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of the sup­port work of Bethany.

Us­ing a ques­tion and an­swer tech­nique Craig and Liz gave an ex­traor­di­nar­ily frank, per­sonal and mov­ing in­sight into the way or­di­nary lives can spi­ral out of con­trol and the im­pact that can have on fam­i­lies.

The story they told had a happy end­ing, due in no small part to the BethanyTrust.

Early plans were made for the guild’s soup and sweet lunch on Novem­ber 18.

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