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Church Partnership Brings Hope to Streets of Wishaw

Wednesday September 22

Danny Moran, David Connell (Street Connect), Ian Lindsay and the Rev Terry Moran of South Wishaw Parish Church at the new drop-in


A North Lanarkshire church has partnered with a Glasgow-based charity to bring fresh hope and support to people affected by addiction, homelessness and poor mental health.

Under the partnership between South Wishaw Parish Church and Street Connect, which was launched yesterday (Tuesday), staff and volunteers will be going out into the streets to let people know that help is available. The church will host a new drop-in centre, named the New Life Recovery Hub, and a dedicated space offering people support, a place to chat, to be listened to and to feel safe.

South Wishaw's minister, the Rev Terry Moran said: "We see a great need in our community. People are struggling with the effect that alcohol and drug addiction is having on their lives, and our partnership with Street Connect will allow us to offer people the chance of recovery and hope.”

Street Connect works in partnership with local churches to create projects where they can provide support and build relationships.  Working alongside the church, Street Connect offer support and solutions to the difficulties they have seen people face in their local communities. 

Julie McAddock is the Co-Founder and Operations Manager at Street Connect, and has personal experience of overcoming drug addiction and homelessness. She said: “This is a really exciting opportunity that will allow more people to receive the support that they need, and we are delighted to be partnering with South Wishaw Church. It will be giving people a real chance to begin to make steps towards recovery.

"When in the midst of addiction, it can be difficult to see a way out, and people often have a range of complex needs but the hope is that this project will allow people the chance to see that they are valued and that through the services we provide they will feel supported and able to take positive steps towards a brighter more fulfilling future.” 

Street Connect grew out of the outreach of the independent Glasgow City Church, and operate projects in Glasgow City Centre, Possilpark, Clydebank, Paisley, Greenock and Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill. 

To contact the South Wishaw Church project, e-mail Danny, outreach worker, at danny64swpc@gmail.com or visit www.streetconnect.co.uk 



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