Monday, 15 June 2015

Edinburgh Prison Visitors Centre

The Edinburgh Reporter blog shared the story of how we’re working with the Scottish Prison Service and Police Scotland to ensure HMP Edinburgh is a welcoming environment for visiting children.

The initiative has been developed as part of HMP Edinburgh’s community engagement strategy, whereby The Salvation Army delivers daily services to focus on building a rapport between children and police staff through interactive activities such as arts and crafts.

As part of our work, we aim to encourage and facilitate dialogue between those who are visiting HMP Edinburgh and police officers, and raise awareness of the rights and responsibilities of both communities.

The children were given opportunities to dress-up, learn about police cars, and meet representatives from other emergency services such as fire and ambulance. Prison dogs Buck and Ollie, who work with their owner at HMP Edinburgh, proved particularly popular!

Our Edinburgh Visitors’ Centre Co-ordinator, Kerry Watson, said: “We set out to break down the barriers and that has worked really well, we are confident that the children and their families have experienced a really positive fun day with community police and our friends in the Fire Service.”

She added: “This important educational initiative, identified through our parenting project at the centre, has gone a long way to reverse some of the negative comments we heard about the emergency services, our aim will be to continue to invest in this work and have similar days every six weeks.”

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

What kind of reward?

The newspaper headlines recently have been filled with the news of alleged cheating in the world of premier athletics. Although most of the allegations are historic, it does still have a resonance for the present day, where the human challenges of sports endeavour push the limits of the legal and moral boundaries. This following on from allegations made against the senior leadership of FIFA, more detail being made available almost daily.

Through our televisions we can share the success of athletes pushing their body to the limit where success and failure are measured in milliseconds. The power of the audiences watching any sport, including football, can alter thinking and behaviour where the dollar is the driving force. Headlines such as those we hear and see just reinforce that human nature is very fragile and succumbs to the power of both fame and wealth.

What we do not hear about so often are the acts of kindness that many people undertake each day that do not reach the headlines. Families around us often have to sacrifice their own time and often money to support less able family members. These occasions are often life events; some are predictable and some are less so, but each mean that we can be called to be the extra support for friends, family, corps members, and often some unexpected contacts we have never met before.

When we give of our time and give of ourselves to help those who are less fortunate than we are, we realise that it costs very little in pounds and it is not done for the power or for position, it is undertaken in love for each other. Power, position and wealth are often transitory in nature.

The commitment to each other, that we show for those around us and the peace that we bring in our daily lives will last and our reward will be much more precious than fame or fortune.

Taken from the West Scotland Division Circular

Monday, 8 June 2015

Praise for The Salvation Army's work in Scotland


The transformational ministry of The Salvation Army in Scotland was the focus of BBC Radio Scotland in an extended feature. The high profile Sunday morning programme, hosted by Sally Magnusson, provided listeners with a historical context of William Booth's Christian and social mission from Assistant Scotland Office Secretary, Lt Col Jonathan Roberts.

Lt Col Carol Bailey, Scotland Secretary, unpacks the relevance of the Army's mission to save souls and grow saints in society today. During an inspiring interview, Gorgie Corps bandmaster, Keith Johnston explains that bands are more than just playing music, they communicate the Gospel and enhance the worship.

Joining forces to drive mission through practical professional support from the Scotland Drug and Alcohol strategy, Stirling Corps and Homelessness Services Unit, is also a focus through 'Sandy', who honestly expresses how God has saved his life from addiction.

The full interview is available on BBC iPlayer. It last for 13 minutes and starts at 1:31:40.

Friday, 5 June 2015

The Poem of Your Life

Do you have a favourite song or artist that you would like to see featured on the blog - let us know in the comments.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Quiz Answers

As promised here are the quiz answers from last weeks post - quiz

Heart & Soul 2015


1. Who started The Salvation Army (TSA)?

                      William Booth                  

2. In which year did the TSA begin?


3. Where did the SA begin?


4. What was it called before it became The SA?

           The Christian Mission

5. In which year did The Salvation Army come to Scotland?


6. In how many countries is the TSA at work?


7. Which of these countries does the TSA not work in?


8. Who is the international leader (the General) of the TSA?

          AndrĂ© Cox              

9. What is the name of the TSA's weekly newspaper?

          The War Cry

10. What does the TSA call its hostels for homeless people?


11. What does the TSA call its churches?


12. How many churches does the TSA have in Scotland?


3. How many primary schools does the TSA run worldwide?


14. How many maternity hospitals does the TSA run worldwide?


15. Where is the TSA's International Social Justice Commission based?

           New York     

How well did you do?