SEECAT is involved in a number activities in the community. If you would like to get involved in any of these areas, please contact us (via the email link at the side or contact any of the churches involved). Here is a list of our current main areas of involvement.
SEECAT holds monthly services in two hospitals in the area. At Liberton Hospital, Lasswade Road, there is a service at 2.30pm on the fourth Sunday of the month, and at Ellen’s Glen House, Carnbee Avenue, there is a service at 2.30pm on the first Sunday of the month. Different dates are arranged at Christmas and New Year, and sometimes at Easter.
Worshippers and helpers are always welcome.
SEECAT Justice and Peace
Cameron Toll Chaplaincy
The Cameron Toll Shopping Centre lies just outside the SEECAT area, but is widely used by the people living in South East Edinburgh. Its shops, supermarket and cafés are easily reached by bus or car, and together make a major local employer.
The SEECAT churches, working jointly with Newington Churches Together (NCT), negotiated with the Centre management in 2001 to set up a chaplaincy in the shopping centre. The current chaplains are Graham Dann and Denise Breen.
Graham and Denise are on duty in Cameron Toll for a number of hours each week, often on Tuesday or Friday mornings, and have a table and “Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland” banner in the centre mall. Whilst on duty they wear distinctive fleeces and so can be noticed. Please speak to them if you spot them—they’d love to chat.
They work in the centre on a voluntary basis, and their day-to-day management is undertaken by Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland, an organisation which has chaplains, voluntary and paid, in workplaces across the country. The chaplains’ expenses are paid by the Chaplaincy Steering Group which meets regularly throughout the year with WPCS and the Chaplains. SEECAT has two representatives on this Steering Group and reports are given to SEECAT business meetings on a regular basis. The Chaplains have built up relations with many of the staff at the Centre over the years, and deliver Christmas and Easter cards (including local church services) to all the retail outlets. The Chaplaincy provides a Christian “presence” in a commercial setting. Graham and Denise are simply “available” for people to talk to.
SEECAT supports the Chaplaincy financially, prayerfully, and with personal contact. We are proud to be part of this important community work. To find out more about it, you can follow them on Facebook here: @CameronTollChaplaincy and you can find out more about Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland on their website: wpcscotland.co.uk
Liberton and Gilmerton Neighbourhood Partnership
SEECAT has a co-opted representative on the Liberton and Gilmerton Neighbourhood Partnership.
In their community plan for 2014-2017 the priorities are:
- Reduce isolation amongst our older residents
- Increase support to parents
- Increase awareness of domestic abuse
- Develop the ‘YouthTalk13’ outcomes
SEECAT has representatives on the Gilmerton and Inch Community Council and on the Liberton and District Community Council.