Bethany Services

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Community Support

What is Community Development? Rather than looking at the problems in our communities, Bethany supports churches to tap into existing community assets.

Bethany supports churches to use existing community assets, developing sustainable projects that meet local needs. People need practical support, they also need the opportunity to change. Everyone has potential and Community Development is all about supporting the local church to transform lives and revitalise local communities.

Our Community Development Workers act as facilitators alongside the local church. The local church is already in the heart of many communities. Our staff provide help to bring together people who have become socially isolated with professional support services – provided by ourselves and our partner organisations- with volunteers and other resources including funding and venues.

All our programmes fit into 4 service streams

Initial Community Engagement – Informal drop-ins; street work.

Family Support Work – Building Stronger Families Programme; Family Life Centre; Residential opportunities through partnerships with Columba 1400, Hopscotch and Scripture Union.

Learning, Training & Development – Community magazines; IT Literacy drop-ins, Employment & Volunteering drop-ins; Self-reliant groups.

Befriending and Mentoring – Passing the Baton, Passing the Baton for Older People, Youth Mentoring.



If you would like to know more about Bethany Community Development in your local area please contact:

Paul Stevenson
Director of Homelessness Prevention
0131 454 3119

Luke Emerton
Community Support and Development Manager East
0131 454 3119