GCC Building Refurbishment Project
Pastor Alistair Matheson of Glasgow City Church is excited that the project is starting to take shape.
He says: “It’s great to see our vision for this vital community facility moving closer to reality. We are extremely grateful for the funding FCC Communities Foundation has given us and we’re looking forward to completion.”
FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. FCC Communities Foundation Grant Manager, Sophie Cade says: “We are delighted to be supporting the new developments at Glasgow City Church and look forward to seeing the facility welcome even more people when the work is completed.”
Glasgow City Church is a 4 storey C-listed building. Right on its doorstep is Glasgow City Centre, a mecca for the homeless begging on the streets, many of them suffering from complex problems including addiction & mental health issues.
Glasgow receives the largest number of homeless applications in Scotland and also has the highest rates of drug & alcohol addiction. The City of Glasgow has the 2nd highest number of refugees per head of population in the UK with refugees from Asia, the Middle East & Africa.
This building is the home of 3 charities offering timely help & support with today’s issues:
Glasgow City Church (Apostolic Church) is an outward looking multinational city centre church, with a congregation of around 40 nationalities, old & young, and a socioeconomic mix ranging from homeless and unemployed to academic and professional.
As an international congregation they engage with international students and with the homeless as neighbours they set up Street Connect.
Street Connect work with the homeless & those in multiple deprivation, specialising in addiction treatment, part of a holistic service which also encompasses help with the many causes & effects of homelessness & deprivation.
They are based in the church building with offices on 2 floors to host their 19 staff and an interview room for 1-2-1 support work. They do street outreach to the homeless locally 3 times a week and the church café is used as an outreach café on a Saturday night as well as for recovery groups during the week. They also offer befriending, community detox, referrals to residential rehab and to other statutory & 3rd sector organisations as well as aftercare for people post-rehab.
Expanding beyond the city centre they now also have work in Possilpark, Clydebank, Paisley & Greenock.
Emmanuel Christian Ministries, a thriving Asian church with services in Tamil & English, reaches out to ethnic minorities with multi-lingual support, especially refugees and asylum seekers. They run a food bank, offer employment training & well-being classes for refugees, ESOL classes and after school tuition for refugee children – all held at the church.
Glasgow City Church is part of the Apostolic Church UK and has an international congregation of about 150 people. Their building also hosts 2 other charities: Street Connect, reaching out to people who are homeless and/or in addiction (benefiting over 2,000 people last year), and ECM, an Asian church reaching out to refugees & asylum seekers.
FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1998, FCC Communities Foundation has granted over £200m to more than 7,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site. For more information please visit www.fcccommunitiesfoundation.org.uk
FCC Environment is the leading UK waste and resource management company and is part of a global group with a strong heritage in providing services for communities and business. Its vision is to be the environmental company of choice, delivering change for a sustainable future. It employs 2,400 people and operates more than 200 facilities across England, Scotland and Wales. FCC Environment donates the SLCF tax credits that are generated by its operations to FCC Communities Foundation, in order to add value to the environmental and social infrastructure of the communities around landfill sites.
The Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF) — any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage the re-use, recycle and recovery of more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill. Landfill Operators (LOs) are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability to Approved Bodies to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF). The SLCF is regulated by SEPA on behalf of Revenue Scotland. For further information, please visit www.SEPA.org.uk