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Church in Lanarkshire town is putting everything it has into helping people through cost of living crisis

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South Wishaw Parish Church is taking a holistic approach in the community to tackling the cost of living crisis.Not only do they have the food bank and café operating from within the church building but they are providing other vital services to offer help to those who need it most.They church opened the doors of its building in East Academy as a fuel hub over a month ago, which basically means it is offering a warm place to go on Tuesday and Friday afternoons for those who can’t afford to heat their homes adequately with energy prices surging.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android They also run a recovery hub for local people facing addiction issues.

The church receives support from a partnership with both Pathway Church, and Kingsway Church in Motherwell.Minister Terry Moran, told Lanarkshire Live: “We are putting everything we have into trying to help the community through very difficult times. "Some churches like to keep a nest egg for whatever reason, but we don’t see the point in that we are using the money we have to engage with the community in ways that are needed.”Session clerk Ian Lindsay volunteers at the church’s New Life Recovery Hub which runs on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 12pm to 3pm.He said: “It’s an outlet for adults with addiction issues, mainly drugs and alcohol.“Drug misuse

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