NEWS UPDATE

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 20th November 2012

at 7.30pm in St. Augustine’s Church Hall

(Buchanan Street, Coatbridge).

All volunteers are invited to come along. Also, anyone who may be interested in helping.

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In 1996, the St. Vincent de Paul societies of Coatbridge realised there was a need for a Soup Kitchen in the town. They invited representatives from every church (all denominations) to meet to discuss the position and it was agreed they should form a steering group to test out the need for this service.

Today – Coatbridge Helping Hands is an unincorporated Scottish charity, governed by its constitution dated 20 December 2000.

Their purposes, as stated in their constitution, are to relieve the need, hardship and distress of needy persons in Coatbridge by offering practical assistance, especially by providing a meal of hot soup. sandwiches, tea, coffee, etc. free of charge.

The Kitchen is open 361 nights of the year from 7.30-9.00 p.m. The main service users are young men/women with alcohol or drug addictions.

Irene Bank, Helping Hands volunteer, Lynne Carr, Director of Cube Housing Association, Anna Campbell, Secretary of Helping Hands, Margaret Cummings, Helping Hands volunteer, & Ian Baird, Director of Bett Partnerships pictured with the donation.

The volunteers, many from the original steering group, come from various churches in the town and also individuals who have joined through personal contact with other volunteers or through volunteer agencies.

Their funding comes from North Lanarkshire Council, various churches and schools in the town, and from individual donors.

Helping Hands is grateful to all benefactors without whose help they would not be able to operate.