September 2019
We are moving to 25 Nicolson Square!
On 24 September, Churches Housing is moving to new premises. Our new home will be 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX. Our phone number will remain the same - 0131 477 4500. Update your records and stay in touch!

Please bear with us during the moving process, we will be unavailable for the most part by phone or e-mail from Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 Sept as phones & PCs are disconnected, but we will hope to be online again from Thursday 26th.

Although we have been happy in Hanover Street, the rent is going up beyond our means, so we are very pleased to be moving to a room on the lower floor of the Edinburgh Methodist Church. This church centre is becoming quite a hub for the third sector, and we hope to have our former tenants Ace-It as neighbours across the corridor, with a desk too for Aid & Abet in our room. [And thank you to Amanda Fraser of Ace-It who found our new home]. The ground and upper floors of the church have undergone redevelopment recently: there is a lovely cafe on the ground floor (ideal for when you visit us!), and a number of meeting rooms - it is a popular conference venue. The church space itself has been renewed, and is often used as a concert venue. During one of our visits the Scottish Chamber Orchestra was rehearsing for a concert, which we heard from the balcony. You can find out more about the building at www.edinburghmethodist.com.

Hanover Street has been a good home for us, but we look forward to moving to this equally central location, with plenty happening on our doorstep. As there is a lift, we will now be fully accessible to everyone. All that remains is for you to let us know when you plan a visit...

Starter Packs National Conference, 29 August

Over 50 delegates from 33 organisations attended the 4th Starter Packs National Networking Conference in Falkirk on 29 August, with the theme "Community resilience in times of need". This has become such a popular event, and it is a pleasure to co-host with CRNS (Community Resources Network Scotland). There were highly topical and informative talks by Kevin Wilkie, Homelessness Policy Manager at the Scottish Government, and Mhairi McMahon of Crowdfund Scotland; three brilliant Spotlight sessions, showcasing the work of SHAX in Dumfries, Fresh Start East Dunbartonshire, supporting East Dunbartonshire Women's Aid; and EACHa in East Ayrshire; a choice of two Breakout sessions ("The importance of resilience"; or "Telling your story", on capturing and recording data), both of which received excellent feedback. The lovely lunch provided at Falkirk Trinity Church brought opportunities to chat and network. Find a full report on our website here. [Photo, Kevin Wilkie addresses the conference].
Homeless Sunday, 13 October: how to take part
Homeless Sunday is approaching, it happens on 13 October, and the theme is "The impact of volunteering on the volunteer". We'd be delighted if your church or group could mark the day with a focus on homelessness in Scotland, raising awareness and showing people how they can help. There are many resources available on the Homeless Sunday website, hosted by our fellow charity Housing Justice: reflections from volunteers, prayers, briefing notes which include notes on Scotland; preaching ideas, hymns, an order of service, and ideas for an age-based talk:  https://www.housingjustice.org.uk/news/news Please contact us on info@churches-housing.org if we can answer any questions you have about the day, or if you would like a speaker - where at all possible we will provide one. We hope you can join us in marking Homeless Sunday.
25 miles for 25 years - Graeme does the Kiltwalk
In 2020 we will celebrate SCHA's 25th anniversary, and our Convener Graeme Wilson is setting the ball rolling by doing the Kiltwalk Mighty Stride in Edinburgh this Sunday, 15 September! As with Steven Turner's walk in Dundee, this is a brilliant effort on our behalf - please do sponsor Graeme if you can, so that we can keep on doing what we do. We'd rather see an end to homelessness in Scotland, and become obsolete. But the need very much remains, and as long as it does we will continue to help. To do so we need your help: you can support Graeme and cheer him on at https://edinburghkiltwalk2019.everydayhero.com/uk/graeme-4
Thank you!
A prayer
Lord who walked with outsiders,
You came to bring good news to the poor.
Help me to be your hands, your voice, your help.
Your kingdom of justice come.
Your will of love be done on earth
As it is in heaven.

Amen