Our conference members, like everyone else, are beginning to emerge a little from lockdown. We have started up our meetings on a fortnightly basis using Zoom and have been keeping in touch with regular communications on WhatsApp.

First of all, we would like to thank you all for your usual wonderful response to our Lenten appeal which was cut short by lockdown. As the Ozanam Centre closed a couple of weeks before that we had to find another recipient for the toiletries. We heard that the St Augustine’s foodbank was short of these items at a time when everyone was looking for them, so managed to deliver everything over there just before lockdown started.

Some of you will know that, in February, we had been helping a young man in Bishopbriggs who had been homeless to furnish his new house and make it a home for him. We managed to get everything in place by early March, which was fortunate as he is now shielding for medical reasons and cannot go out. A number of parishioners helped out by donating items of furniture and other household goods for him. Our thanks to all of them for their kindness. I ask that we all remember him in our prayers.

A few of our members helped with the Matthew’s Messages project in the areas near their homes, as required. They had a few people coming back to them, but no one needed specific help although they were grateful for the approach. We are keeping in touch with them in case anything changes.

Please remember that we around and willing to help if we can where needed. We can’t do our normal visits, but can talk on the phone if anyone just wants to chat. We can also help with shopping, short term financial difficulties or anything else which might be causing worry at this time. We can be contacted by phone on 07519188138.

Please everyone stay safe. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can meet again in person.  

SVDP Conference   Appeal                                                January 2021

As we can no longer collect funds at masses, we will soon run out of money to support any requests for help that we receive, or to continue to support the foodbank in Springburn which is delivering food parcels to needy families in the area. If you would like to help by contributing to the conference, we would appreciate if you could do this online with a one-off donation or regular standing order – however small – to our account with the Royal Bank of Scotland, sort code 83-16-13, account number 00257094, title SSVP St Matthews.

If you would like more information or need help from the conference for yourself or someone else, please call us on 07519 188138 or speak to any member of the conference.

Pat McBride


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