Homeless charity release promising results

Homeless on the streets this winter

A Scottish charity is feeling prepared for the coming winter after recently publishing their Annual Report for the year 2009/10, showing promising results.
As many homeless people in the city prepare for the oncoming winter nights, so too does Edinburgh based charity, the Bethany Christian Trust. Encouraged by the positive results published in their report, the trust aims to reach as many people as possible who are in need this winter.
Their Annual Report “One Good Turn” highlights the difference Bethany is making in their core areas, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dumfries.
Founded in 1983, named Scottish Charity of the Year 2009 and most recently Morton Fraser’s Charity of the Year 2010, Bethany’s growing success is obvious in the report.
In their Edinburgh care shelter alone 928 people were given a safe place to sleep, and warm meal and vital support over 29 different venues. 6,739 meals were provided, an average of 44 people slept in their care shelters each night, with the help of 809 volunteers and 80 different church groups. The Bethany Christian Centre, a hostel for males with addictions in Edinburgh saw 100% of males with substance abuse reduce their use during their occupancy.
Claire Durham, fundraising, marketing and information for Bethany Christian Trust is pleased with the results shown in the report: “We are very proud of what has been achieved so far and we really need to keep going with that.”
The Bethany charity provides a wide range of services including addiction support, accommodation, furniture provision, community education and employment opportunities to anyone who needs their services, regardless of their background or belief.  23,580 hot drinks were gifted to homeless people on the streets in the last year.With winter approaching, these services will prove even more valuable for the homeless people in Edinburgh.
The charity is working to see homelessness reduced and vulnerable people empowered to live independently within society. Claire commented:”All services are valuable because they help people at whatever stage they are at and whatever position they may be in.”

A spokesperson from the City of Edinburgh Council stressed the fact that help is available: “Come forward to the local authority and get help this winter, there is support available.”

With around 4,000 volunteers in Edinburgh alone Claire says that their work must continue. “Our work is constant, we owe so much to our volunteers, who run out services, our supporters and our staff.”Claire appealed to those on the streets this winter: “Please get in touch with us, go to the Access Point or through the council, find out about our services. We really want to help. If they can not come to us, we will go to them to help.”

The charity is also succeeding financially, with income up 12% from the previous year amounting to £6,174,478 with expenditure also up 7% amounting to £6,173,297 A full breakdown of the charity’s income and expenditure as well as statistics on the usage of their facilities can be found in the report published on their website. http://www.bethanychristiantrust.com