Helpful Organisations

The Scottish Churches Disability Group

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The Scottish Churches Disability Group supports churches of all denominations to promote inclusive worship and Christian fellowship for everyone, regardless of disabilities. We share good practice and raise the profile of talented people with disabilities in Scottish churches.For information and addition to the mailing list contact the Secretary:

Website: www.scdg.org.uk Email - barbara.graham74@btinternet.com telephone - 01563-522108.

Prospects in Scotland

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Prospects in Scotland is a small Christian charity that offers advice, support, training and resources to churches to help then to welcome people with learning disabilities and share the Gospel message in a way that is relevant and understandable.  We believe that people with learning disabilities have much to contribute to church life. As we all get to know each other better we can build friendships with each other and with Jesus.

Website: www.prospects.org.uk email ivyb@prospects.org.uk

Prospects has been chosen as one of the Guilds six projects. Over three years the Guild will fundraise money for prospects and raise awareness of the charities work with its members.

Care for the Family

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Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to promote strong family relationships and to help those who face family difficulties. Our work is motivated by Christian compassion and our resources and support are available to everyone, of any faith or none. We are passionate about enriching family life through our events, courses and resources and helping families to look at new ways of ‘doing life’.

Website: www.careforthefamily.org.uk

Through the roof

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Through the Roof is a Christian Disability charity seeking to advance the Christian faith by: Providing disabled people with life-changing opportunities; and Serving churches to ensure disabled people and their families belong and contribute to the kingdom of God.

Edinburgh and Lothians was one of Through the Roof's pilot Roofbreaker Networks seeking to build relationships, connect people with disabilities to inclusive Christian activities and serve the church to become inclusive. We want to encourage our churches to become more welcoming ;of people with any kind of disability. We experiment with inclusive worship, tell stories, exchange ideas and resources, pray for one another and eat together.

Website www.throughtheroof.org

Kairos Forum

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The Kairos Forum is for people with Intellectual or Cognitive Disabilities (KFICD). We seek to highlight and respond to the spiritual and religious needs of people with disabilities. Our aim is to facilitate the crafting and empowerment of ‘Communities of Belonging’, both within religious and secular settings. Our expertise provides specialist services, training and resources.Take a journey through our website and explore how Kairos can help all people of all abilities know that they belong.

Website: www.thekairosforum.com email: c.gangemi.kairos@gmail.com

L'Arche

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L’Arche welcomes people with and without learning disabilities to share their lives together – in 2 Scottish communities in Inverness and Edinburgh, and 147 internationally.

We celebrate the unique value of every person, and recognise our need of one another.  Living that vision as an ecumenical Christian community is an invitation to all who come to L’Arche, and to those we meet in our local churches and neighbourhood communities.

L’Arche is exploring prospects for the growth of a new community in Scotland, and welcomes new notes of interest.

Website: www.larche.org.uk

Faith and Light

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Faith & Light was founded in 1971 and now has 1600 communities from various Christian traditions in 80 countries worldwide. Communities are made up of people with intellectual disabilities , their families & friends who work together on a regular basis to share friendship, pray together, have fun and celebrate life. We believe that a person with intellectual disabilities brings a unique gift to the world.

Website:www.faithandlight.org.uk

CrossReach

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CrossReach continues the Church of Scotland's long tradition of providing care and support. In fact, this work started back in 1869, so we have a long history in the field of social care. We aim to support our service users to live a purposeful and meaningful life through a holistic person-centred approach.

“In Christ’s name we seek to retain and regain the highest quality of life which each individual is capable of experiencing at any given time ”.
CrossReach provides a range of services including:

  • Supported Accommodation
  • Holidays, short breaks and activities through Sparkle Leisure
  • Residential Care for adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities
  • Housing Support and Care at Home within mainstream housing
  • Support and encouragement for people to live independently and have the best life possible

Website: www.crossreach.org.uk