Blythswood, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Blythswood Update – August 1st 2020

Daniel Centre

Two weeks ago was the first time for the Daniel Centre to have all their lads in employment.  István has since resigned his job at Carrefour as he was under pressure for being too slow.  A new lad, Alix, has since joined the Centre and is not yet in work.  Cipri has started having faints and is a cause for concern.

The Centre’s re-licensing application has been submitted on time and progress has been made on selling the adjoining site for flat developments.  There is also movement on selling the airport property.  Blythswood will soon be closing their charity shop in Cluj as it has been loss-making over the past 6 months, rather than a source of funding for the Daniel Centre.

Dani is encouraged in his interactions with the lads and has a psychologist now giving him regular feedback and counselling on his work.

Talita Kum

Adi can now re-submit an application for EU funding for running costs for TK1 and TK2 after his initial application was turned down last year.  The TK3 and TK4 developments are still at the stage of waiting for planning permits.

The schools are still closed but Adi now has funding in place for a 1-week summer camp in the mountains for 40 children.

Because of a legislative 2-week black hole where it was deemed illegal to impose self isolations for the Covid crisis, Romania has now seen an upward spike in new cases to over 1000 a day.