Blythswood, Mission Partners of Castle Street, Missions

Blythswood Update – September 30th 2020

Daniel Centre

Alix, with his new security company job, has improved in attitude, and is now positive about leaving the Centre in a month to rent for himself.  Cipri struggles and takes days off work, refusing treatment for his diabetes.  André lost his new job, not reporting on time to sign his contract.

Daniel has quit his job to attend school for 6 hours each day to get a diploma.  He has the intelligence for it and has also been offered part-time work doing 4 hours a day delivering food by bicycle.

The average age of young people leaving care centres is 19, compared to 28 for young people leaving a stable family setting.  65% of care centre leavers don’t feel ready to move on and 50% have had no life skills training such as is offered by the Daniel Centre.

The Daniel Centre does not qualify for any of the €1 billion EU fund to help develop the depot.

 Talita Kum

TK1 and TK2 have re-opened again with a full quota of students.  Adi reports no problems with finding teachers, possibly as home-tutoring has decreased because of the Covid-19 crisis.  Covid-19 cases are increasing again.

Adi’s application for TK3/TK4 funding was refused because of failure to include the fire safety requirements in his application.  So he has to start a new application.