Church of Scotland, Cadzow Parish Church, Hamilton.

Caring for others and the environment

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"Drop In" Centre

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 As part of Hamilton Churches initiative, teams from Cadzow attend this Centre to feed the homeless.

The custom of handing out soup and sandwiches to the homeless in Hamilton began outside Baird's Department Store in 1992 and Cadzow Parish members have been involved since the begining.

Premises were later found in the form of a pre-fabricated building behind the Lanarkshire Health Board Building and hot meals are provided on a daily basis to those in need. The Centre is open every evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm and provides a meeting place for the lonely, needy, or those who are disadvantaged in some way. Here the visitors find a friendly face, a chance to chat and a nourishing meal even on Christmas Day when visitors are also given a Christmas Party with a bag of "Goodies". 

There are laundry facilities and showers and appointments can be arranged for dental and chiropody services. A clothing store supplies articles of clothing bedding etc.

The Manager and Management Committee meet regularly and attend to such matters as the fabric of the building and policies such as those concering handling food or behaviour of visitors.

The only paid person is the cleaner... everyone else is a volunteer. The Centre receives a grant from South Lanarkshire Council. Apart from that, the Centre relies on donations of money, food and clothing.

There are currently 25 - 30 members from Cadzow Parish Church. More volunteers are always welcome!