Preshal - the Gaelic for “precious” - and that is how we feel about everyone who comes through our doors of the Preshal Trust Centre.
In a friendly, caring, loving and supportive way Preshal seeks to tackle, head-on, the problem of social exclusion in the Linthouse area of Glasgow. This problem is manifested in poverty, alcohol and drug addiction, low literacy and numeracy levels, depression and low self-esteem.
The Trust, working with other agencies, provides a wide range of social, recreational and educational activities which enable these issues to be dealt with effectively. We adopt an holistic approach whereby we seek to cater for the whole person, including meeting individual physical, mental and - as a Christian rooted organisation - spiritual needs.
The Trust's premises are open Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm, Tuesday evening till 8pm for youth work and on Sunday evening, from 6:00pm, when the Preshal Fellowship meets.
Each day there is a varied programme of activities (always beginning with tea and toast!), and in any one week folk engage in pastimes such as art and craft work, including card making, digital photography, board and table games, cooking, bowls, fishing, literacy, numeracy and IT classes.
We also encourage our people to socialise and build relationships, and activities such as the three times weekly lunch club, quizzes, bowling and pool tournaments assist this process!
It is with great sadness that we intimate the passing of two members of our Preshal family.
Ian Dock, our Youth Worker was much loved by staff and clients alike. He was a huge personality in Preshal and involved in many aspects of the work.
He worked with the young people at our Youth Clubs and also with pupils from various local schools at the Hot Chocolate Lunch Club and also giving guitar lessons.
He also led the Youth Music Club teaching young people to learn guitar, bass and drums and was always joking with them and telling them terrible jokes which only he found funny! He was always cheery and willing to listen and cared deeply for the children.
He took the Digital Photography and IT Classes and through the programmes he initiated, he brought out the best in people making them feel included and building up their confidence and self-esteem, helping them improve their skills.
He was the bass player in the Preshal Band, Oran Ur, who went with May on various missions in Scotland and Ireland and his contribution and passion for music and praise will be sorely missed.
Ian also loved to share in the praise at the Preshal Fellowship on a Sunday evening.
Mary Doll was a well-known member of Preshal and much loved by everyone. She was well known in the local community and had made amazing progress since coming to Preshal. Mary Doll could not read and write when she first came along and through taking part in our Literacy Class she learned how to read and write and she was so proud of her achievements as we were of her.
It was thrilling to hear her read a Psalm (her favourite was Psalm 23) from the bible when she would go to church meetings with May and she would often give a rendition of 'Thank You Jesus' which was one of her favourite songs.
Everyone knew Mary Doll and she was always interested in others, asking after family members of anyone who had been unwell. She always had a smile on her face and liked nothing more to shout the bingo numbers on a Tuesday and Thursday often giving away her sweets if she had a win.
Mary also loved to attend the Preshal Fellowship on a Sunday evening and would often lead us around the hall to 'I have a light'.
Our deepest sympathies and thoughts go out to both families at such a sad time.
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