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The Preshal Trust Newsletter Summer 2014




Death of Our President

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our President, Catherine Graham, Duchess of Montrose on 29th October. As the obituaries in both the Scotsman and the Herald emphasised, the Preshal Trust was very close to her heart and she worked tirelessly for the Trust. She will be greatly missed.

Preshalliteracy/computing - the Gaelic for “precious” – and that is how we feel about everyone who comes through our doors - is a recognised Christian charity. In a friendly, caring, loving and supportive way Preshal seeks to tackle, head-on, the problem of social exclusion in the Linthouse area of Glasgow. This problem is manifested in poverty, alcohol and drug addiction, low literacy and numeracy levels, depression and low self-esteem. The Trust, working with other agencies, provides a wide range of social, recreational and educational activities which enable these issues to be dealt with effectively. We adopt an holistic approach whereby we seek to cater for the whole person, including meeting individual physical, mental and – as a Christian rooted organisation - spiritual needs.

The Trust’s premises are open Monday - Friday, 9.15 a.m. - 4.45 p.m., on Sunday evening, from 6.00 p.m., when the Preshal Fellowship meets, and, as of April 2010, on two evenings, for youth work. Each day there is a varied programme of activities (always beginning with tea and toast!), and in any one week folk engage in pastimes such as art and craft work, including card and model making, photography, board and table games, cooking, keep-fit, bowls, golf, fishing, and in literacy, numeracy and IT classes. We also encourage our people to socialise and build relationships, and activities such as the twice weekly lunch club, regular outings in the minibus, and karaokes assist this process

 'Time for Reflection' is a video of May's talk at the Scottish Parliament in October 2010
 May Nicholson's second book, 'More Miracles from Mayhem',  is published and can be obtained from the office or any good bookshop



Video of Sir Alec's visit in Feb. 2011


photo of alec ferguson

Thanks to many generous friends, we now have our much needed larger premises - but there still remains a funding need to allow us to use the new facilities to the maximum. You can read the Fundraising Appeal Brochure here where you will find a donation form to download.


FUND RAISING - Like others, we are feeling the effects of the recession. Can we please encourage churches and others to help us - perhaps with a sponsored event, coffee morning etc.

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