Welcome

 Welcome to the Serve Scotland web site. Serve Scotland is a new organisation backed by many of the major Christian players in Scotland. Our About Us pages tell you more about who we are, who is backing us, why we are here, and what our vision and aims are. You can find out more about what we are doing on our Current Projects pages. Perhaps most importantly you can find out how you can become involved because we are a network based organisation and we want you to be involved. Please get in touch with us so that you can become a part of a project to transform Scotland.

Who are we – About us in a nutshell

We are a Christian organisation modelled on Gweini – a hugely successful organisation in Wales which has been established for more than a decade and is now influential at both local and national level. Our vision is to help the Church be a catalyst for transformational change in the lives of the people and communities it serves across Scotland. We will do this through networking, uniting, and empowering existing Christian community project providers and encouraging others to become involved. Read more on our About Us page.

Initial Activities

We are starting this long term project by setting up Local Serve Networks across Scotland. We have started with two pilot areas – Glasgow and Dundee – and discussions are in progress which will lead to more local networks. Read more about our current projects.

We will also be working, alongside others, to start to audit the provision of community projects by the Christian community across Scotland.

Vision and Key Activities

Vision:
Serve Scotland supports and encourages the Christian faith community to engage in social transformation, locally and nationally.

We will do this by:

  • Networking through local Serve groups
  • Sharing information and good practice
  • Connecting with local and national government

Our Christian faith and prayer is essential and strengthens our motivation in all our actions. We believe there is a Biblical mandate to serve the most disadvantaged and marginalised in our communities, following the example of Jesus.

Key activities:

  1. Local Serve Networks
    These local networks are core to Serve Scotland. They will bring together those involved in the Christian voluntary sector. They will develop coherence, shared vision and growing relationships leading to new projects and greater effectiveness. The network members will pray together locally and look to develop training opportunities. Each local network will be driven by people involved in work within that town/city. Good practice lessons can then be shared within the overall Serve Scotland network.
  2. Creation of a web store
    The web store is being developed to form the basis for future information sharing across the Serve Scotland network. It will have a directory of projects across geographical areas, information on projects that evidence best practice, local authority policies and priorities, sources of funds, news items and stories of transformation, etc. It will be an important resource for anyone engaged in Christian social action in Scotland or wishing to partner with those who are. It will make it easier for churches and groups to look at what might work for them and how they can implement ideas successfully.
  3. National activity research
    The research will show the volume and value of work already being carried out by churches and organisations in Scotland. It will highlight the role of the Christian voluntary sector as a major player in Scottish society. This will help to build a coherent strategy for the Christian voluntary sector to serve the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalised across Scotland. Serve Scotland will work with others to find the most effective way to gather this information. The outcomes will be presented to politicians at both national and local levels.

Latest News

Serve Scotland National Launch

                      The National launch of Serve Scotland takes place on Tuesday, 10th November 2015 at Findlay Church (56 Clarendon Place, Glasgow, G20 7PZ) starting at 6.45pm for tea/coffee and refreshments, event starts 7.15pm. At this event the vision of Serve Scotland will be outlined to church leaders. Fred Drummond, the director of Evangelical Alliance will … Read more

Partner Organisations

Serve Scotland is linked with many other organisations in addition to the churches and organisations that are part of our local networks. We will be providing brief summary information and web links to organisations that operate across Scotland to give users as complete information as possible about what is happening across Scotland. Read more on our Partner Organisations pages.