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Coatbridge Companions helping the whole community

The Companions in Coatbridge, Scotland, are having a significant impact on their local community and residents in need.

They have helped to run a successful club for people with special needs in the St Patrick’s Parish of the town since 2016 and give financial assistance to help pay for outings for them. They have about 130 members and their carers.

They have also been receiving clothing and toiletries every Christmas and Easter for the Wayside Club for Glasgow Street homeless since 2016 from the Companions in London & Primark Stores in Glasgow. This is a massive effort involving many hours of hard volunteer work.

In 2019 a need was identified in St Augustine’s Parish in Coatbridge, where poverty levels were rising at an alarming rate and the Companions in London again stepped up and sent clothing and toiletries to help. This past winter 800 winter coats were distributed to local people to keep the bitter winter cold out.

The Parish opened a food bank and demand was colossal over Christmas. Since then good liaison between the Companions in Scotland, London and the Parish priest, Fr Michael Kane & Deacon David Harper, have seen an increase in our activity with the Parish, with a kind private donation, from a Companion in Murthly ,of a laptop and a start up cash grant from London. The aim is to open a Soup Kitchen in the town to help alleviate the distress as soon as suitable premises become available. The Parish is very active in several projects as can be seen from this week’s Parish Bulletin (see photos).

Huge thanks to everyone involved!