East Ayrshire Churches Homelessness Action
Churches Working Together
Who we are:
East Ayrshire Churches Homelessness Action (EACHa) is an ecumenical charity, formed in 2005, whose aim is to put faith into action for the benefit of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of our community.
East Ayrshire has many homeless people, around 1000 individuals or families becoming homeless every year. Council staff and social services can provide accommodation and advice, but churches working together can offer tangible help, along with the hand of friendship. Our motto is ‘Each person matters’.
New Laigh Kirk Halls, John Finnie Street, Kilmarnock (next to Slater, Hogg & Howison Estate Agents).
Wednesday 2pm till 4pm
Monday and Friday 1pm – 3pm
A weekly service offering food, friendship, advice and social activities. It is manned by volunteers, with professional advice being offered by statutory agencies such as Housing Options, Community Health and Addiction Services. The aim is that those who attend will gain confidence, be assisted in setting goals for the future, and will engage with relevant support services in a neutral environment.
All volunteers are given basic training on befriending, and ongoing support and further training opportunities are provided.
How you can help:
If you would like more information on becoming a befriender, or to volunteer at the drop-in, contact David or Janice at:
- A hygiene pack is delivered to every man, woman and child who presents as homeless in East Ayrshire
- Volunteers from churches throughout East Ayrshire collect toiletries which are made up into packs at a central point. The packs are distributed to people in homeless hostels, temporary accommodation and Women’s Aid. Around 600 packs are handed over every year, contents of the packs all donated by members of local churches. A true example of churches working together.