Monday, 27 April 2015

Greenock Drug and Alcohol Work

This week we are going to be focussing on some of the work done at Greenock.

A very special meeting was held at the Greenock Salvation Army Corps which celebrated all that has been achieved over the past three years.

 A Covenant has existed between Greenock Corps and Greenock Floating Support Service since November 2011, building on a relationship established over many years. Integrated Mission is at the heart of the Salvation Army's work in Greenock.

This has led to:

  • permanent prayer/quiet room
  • joint Bible study and prayer events
  • twice weekly Community Cafe
  • "Lifetree" - staffed by corps volunteers and service users from Greenock Floating Support
  • corps based addiction worker (as part of the Scotland Drug and Alcohol Strategy)
  • Garage Project - providing weekly volunteer opportunities for service users and the chance to pick up a bargain or two
Just over a year ago the partnership was further enhanced when the Floating Support team relocated to new offices in the former quarters attached to the corps, establishing the first campus model in Scotland.

Likening the renewal of the Covenant to a renewal of vows and other lifelong commitments, the leader of the meeting, Divisional Commander, Major Russell Wyles, encouraged all of the congregation to be part of this ministry - corps members, service users, staff and volunteers - came forward to sign the Covenant, pledging to '"Share of ourselves, our resources and do together all that we can in order to fulfill God's Kingdom within the town and community of Greenock".

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