The Festival of Spirituality and Peace is organising a Street Porridge Sale on 12 December 2012 on the Terrace at St John’s Church, Edinburgh to support “Streetwork”, a local charity battling homelessness, its causes and consequences. We will be handing out a bowl of free porridge to passers-by who care to stop, have a chat and want to learn more about Streetwork and their projects.
Winter is approaching and with it cold and bad weather, the Festival of Spirituality and Peace wants to support the ones most affected by it: people living in the streets of Edinburgh. Free bowls of porridge will be handed out to passers-by between 8am and 1pm against a small donation to help raise money for Streetwork, a locally based charity. Streetwork’s mission is about enabling a life off the streets, focusing on where people are most at need and at risk – on the streets. They don’t wait for people to come to them, they go out and find them. Streetwork work with people on their own terms and at a pace that suits them so that each change made is sustainable in the long term. They are available 24 hours, 7 days a week, offering support to the most vulnerable people, giving immediate crisis support, encouraging them to use a range of services and starting the process of enabling a life off the streets. This involves continuous contact, trying to resolve underlying causes and also dealing with issues such as domestic abuse, prostitution or young people growing up in care.
“This kind of event is so important for raising awareness and support for the vital work that Streetwork does in Edinburgh.”, says Jackie Brown, Fundraising Manager at Streetwork. “ We are delighted to have the opportunity to join the Festival of Spirituality and Peace at St John’s Church on 12th to chat to people and tell them more about how we help the most vulnerable people on the streets of the city.”
About the Festival of Spirituality and Peace:
The Festival of Spirituality and Peace, founded in 2001, is one of Edinburgh’s most exciting and diverse Festivals. It features over 400 activities across 21 venues each year in August. With top-quality speakers, conversations, performances, film, food, exhibitions, family activities, workshops, art, culture and more the festival is now looking forward to its twelfth year.
Our aim is to encourage community by exploring diversity. We provide a platform for people to explore their own spirituality by engaging with other people’s, to promote peace. We are committed to the principles of creativity, inclusivity and dialogue and to modelling the dynamics of peacemaking: to sponsor conversations and encounters which need to happen in the wider world if there is to be peace and respect for all. Therefore our programme and events will create opportunities for engagement for those who seek constructively to address the issues of our time, to promote dialogue and to build community in diversity.
The Festival of Spirituality and Peace is delighted to support such a worthwhile cause and invites everyone to stop by at St John’s Church, to enjoy a bowl of porridge and learn more about Streetwork. Further information on the event and the charity can be found on the festival’s website http://www.festivalofspirituality.org.uk/ or please contact:
Annika Wolf, St. John’s Church, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ
Phone: 0131 228 4249