St Catharine's Homeless Project

ST CATHARINE'S HOMELESS PROJECT

Helping Homeless People

Over the last 13 years, our congregation and friends have provided items for the homeless which are collected in the entrance to our Halls and are taken to St Catharine's every Sunday by our team of volunteer drivers.

St Catharine's is in Lauriston Gardens, Edinburgh and provides practical support and friendship to the homeless and disadvantaged people in our city.

The Centre is funded entirely by donation and is not dependent on grants.  It evolved from being a Drop-in centre for those who needed a listening ear and a warm cup of tea to a Centre providing basic meals and warm and dry clothing in a caring environment.

The Centre is staffed by over 100 volunteers of all ages - students, retired and young people.

Fairmilehead Parish Church has supported this worthwile venture over many years and continue to do so by collecting goods required by the Centre.  On five days a week, breakfast and a hot evening meal are served to those in need.  Warm clothing and bedding are distributed where required and a shower facility is also available.

At Christmas a special meal is served by staff and volunteers at which each person receives a gift of something new but practical e.g. a hat or gloves.

Once a year there is a Service of Remembrance in the Centre's Chapel.  It is a very poignant service at which candles are lit in memory of those who have died during the past year.

Currently three of our members are actively involved in food preparation and in the serving of meals.  Many more, including those from the surrounding community, donate food and clothing which is collected in the Church foyer and delivered each week to the Centre. 

There is an on-going need for the following items:-

  • Clothing for both men and women, warm coats, jumpers, fleeces, trousers, underwear, socks, shoes/trainers, hats, scarves and gloves
  • Foodstuffs - dried goods such as pulses, rice, pasta, lentils, oats, broth mix, tea and sugar and tinned ham or tuna
  • Toiletries - toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, towels and disposable razors
  • Cleaning materials including disposable gloves and black (plastic) bags

Thank you