A church with a heart for the community


Winter 2019 Update

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Vicky Attwood

Hello! I am writing this in our lovely, cosy new office in the refurbished halls; it is so good to be back and settled.  It has been wonderful that our groups have been made so welcome in their various accommodations over the summer months but, I am sure, that all our volunteers and group members will be delighted to be back “home”.  What a home it is!  The welcoming new entrance; fresh bright new spaces and well-equipped kitchen are going to be an absolute delight for us to work in.

Our Autumn Mearns Kirk Helping Hands update was very thorough and so I don’t have lot of news to share with you in this edition.  Our groups and activities, working towards reducing loneliness and isolation and improving health and wellbeing for this in our community, continues to develop and grow with something happening every day of the week.

Here is a short run down of our current activities and details of how to get in involved should you so wish.


Tai Chi   10am - 11am

Tutor led, suitable for beginners.  No special clothing or equipment required.  Call or email (see below) for a space. £3 per session.


Friendship Club 1.45pm - 3.15pm (alternate Tuesdays from 10/9/19 - 3/12/19; restarting after the Christmas Break 14/1/20)   Good company, entertainment and afternoon tea.  Contact details are below to find out more or enquire about joining.

Blether and a Brew  2pm - 3.30pm (alternate Tuesdays from 3/9/19 - 24/12/19, restarting after the Christmas Break 14/1/20).                              Yes, we will be having a blether and a mince pie or two on Christmas Eve!  Drop in and join us for a cuppa and a cake. NO NEED TO BOOK

Eastwood Bereavement Support Group (last Tuesday of each month at 7pm)

For anyone finding it difficult to cope with the loss of a loved one, whether recently or some time ago.

Please join us, you will be made most welcome.


Fit 4 Sport 1.30pm - 3pm (In partnership with Recovery Across Mental Health)

A gentle introduction for people who want to get more physically fit.  The current group is underway, but contact Vicky to express interest in future groups.


Lunch and Social Club for People Living with Dementia 12pm - 4pm

For those in the earlier stages of dementia who are still living at home.  For a referral pack, please contact Vicky, details below.


IT Groups: Tablets for Beginners 10am - 11.30am (in partnership with East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure)

Current course is underway.  To enquire about the next block commencing January 2020 please contact us, details below.

Men’s Activities: Breakfast Club 10am— 11.30am                          

A free activity for men; come and join us for a hot breakfast and tea or coffee.

As ever, we would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to all the wonderful volunteers without whom the work of Mearns Kirk Helping Hands would not be possible.  On Friday 29th November we would like to invite all of you to the Halls from 4pm to 6pm to join us for a pre-Christmas wine and nibbles get together so we can thank you, in person, for all that you do. You should already have received an invitation by email. If you haven’t, and you would like to come along contact us (details below).  I look forward to bringing you all up to date with any new                   developments that 2020 will bring.

Until then, best wishes. To get in touch: Phone: 07858 552767  

Email:   hello@mkhelpinghands.org.uk  

Website mkhelpinghands.org.uk    

Vicky Attwood, Project Manager   Mearns Kirk Helping Hands



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