2019 has been a very significant year for Whiteinch Transformation. It was the year when a number of long-term goals were achieved allowing the charity to move into 2020 with a greater focus and clarity. This was not an easy or painless process – change never is – but we are grateful to God for all that has been achieved in this year.
Healing for the Heart
After a few years of planning and working together, Healing for the Heart entered 2019 as a brand new charity in its own right. Through the first half of the year we worked with H4H to separate out funding and processes, allowing the work of counselling and inner healing offered by this service to move forward under its own trustees and staff. We wish them every blessing as they continue to deliver and develop excellent work in this area. See their work at https://www.healingfortheheart.co.uk/
Work in the community
The other major development was that our symbiotic partnership with Whiteinch Church of Scotland came to a natural end in the autumn of this year. This led to the decision to relocate some strands of our work with the follow-on implication of our offices closing and a number of our shared / core staff roles being lost. We want to express our thanks to all who have served with us in staff and volunteer roles throughout the years – your contribution to the work of the Kingdom will be known only in eternity. Christians Against Poverty Glasgow West is now homed with West Glasgow New Church. For more information see https://capuk.org/ and https://www.wgnc.org.uk/ The foodbank has joined with the Salvation Army’s similar work https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/glasgow-west The wider church planting training work of Forge is now connected to the Cairn Movement. See https://forgescotland.com/ and https://www.cairnmovement.com/ for info.
WT is therefore refocusing its work around Hope Connections. This is focused on three main areas: Addictions / Recovery work, Prison / Criminal Justice work, and Street / Homelessness work. There is also an underlying focus on trauma and mental ill health in all our support activities. Hope Connections delivers support via our Living Hope Outreach Team who Jump- In, Walk-With, and Live-Life with people whose lives have been adversely impacted by addiction, criminal behaviour, poor mental health, and homelessness. See more at https://www.facebook.com/groups/634889360696708/
As we move into 2020 our intention is to rename the charity as “Hope Connections” and adjust the constitution to be more in line with this area of work.