Blythswood, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Blythswood Update – June 17th 2020

Daniel Centre

Alix has taken over from Titi as cook.  One resident, another Alix, is worked off his feet in a courier service, but no resident has lost his job because of the lockdown.

Ciprian had been suicidal but is now recovering with psychiatric counselling.  István wants to quit his job rather than get up for morning shifts.  Soreen will have to leave the Centre soon for disciplinary reasons, seemingly always in the centre of any trouble in the Centre.

Ionuz who had previously left the Centre to live independently continues to deteriorate in his health with more frequent seizures and will probably have to go for a retirement pension.

The Centre had a BBQ, in spite of very thundery weather, for about 15 previous residents on Friday, 5th June, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Daniel Centre opening.

Talita Kum

The three shops re-opened on June 2nd and continue to do well.   Food deliveries for the families of the TK children and for older people in the community.

Schools will re-open in September but Adi has arranged picnics with social distancing for children who would normally be attending Talita Kum at this time of year.

Summer camps will go ahead, this year without foreign volunteers like Millburn Academy in Inverness and are looking for funding.  The annual International Arts Camp with artists from countries less affected by Covid 19 will also take place as planned.  This camp is funded by local government.

In Romania generally, infections have been on the rise again, up from 120/150 to 300 a day.