Social Justice Challenge (SJC)
30 January- 27 February 2019
Local organisations are very keen to work with University of Dundee students on the Social Justice Challenge and have been extremely generous with their time.
This year we have the following seven exciting opportunities :
“Emergency food for local people in need”. Dundee Foodbank provides a nutritionally balanced food parcel which is designed to support an individual, couple or family for three days to assist them through the personal crisis or hardship they are suffering.
Dundee Foodbank has provided a food parcel to over 8,000 people each of the past three years, unfortunately more than 2,000 of these people are children.
We have 4 distribution centres and a warehouse operating across the city staffed by enthusiastic volunteers who provide a warm welcome to the clients, making them a cup of tea or coffee. These centres are open for a total of 47 hours per week. St. John’s Episcopal Church hall in Albert Street is by far the busiest distribution centre. Dundee is really a large town and everything is quite centralised, with lots of work done in the city centre, so it is no surprise that the St. John’s centre is the busiest.
Hot Chocolate Trust is a youth work organisation based in the City Centre of Dundee, operating from The Steeple Church. We work with young people ages 12-21 (around 150 different young people over the course of a fortnight). We don’t “put stuff on” for the young people, instead we support them to develop their own opportunities – that way there’s a shed load more skills and confidence developed. Our vision is to see young people choosing engagement, future and potential, to see them developing resilience, confidence, self-knowledge, purpose and a broad worldview, and to see them becoming positive change-makers, community builders and mature citizens.
The Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (WRASAC) was established in 1984 by Dundee Women’s Aid after they identified a need for a service to provide support to women who had experienced rape or sexual assault.
We offer emotional and practical support in many ways to women, and young people of all genders aged 11 to 18. This support is provided in various different ways, including help with criminal justice, one to one support and group-work. The people we support have experienced sexual violence in many forms including child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, rape, grooming, online abuse and bullying, to name a few.
A traumatic experience like this can be confusing and make everyday life harder to deal with. For the young people Dundee and Angus Young Survivors works with, they may feel angry, unhappy, frightened or lonely. They could be having flashbacks, nightmares, or panic attacks. It is not unusual for young people to feel they are responsible for what happened and feel shame, or feel like hurting themselves.
Havilah is a Church of Scotland community drop in centre in Arbroath where everyone is welcome. The service is particularly focused towards drug and alcohol addiction recovery, and breaking the cycle of criminality. We operate on a needs based ethos, for example, recently we have found homelessness in the Arbroath area as an increasing issue. We have successfully helped these people receive the correct benefits and a home. We have also achieved successful addiction recovery through our rehabilitation network.
We have an excellent team, 3 members of staff and 20 volunteers who engage with the members and deliver a variety of activities from cooking to bingo and who also support group focused educational challenges set by some volunteers and the project development worker.
Our volunteer team help offer our tea/coffee/toast service along with a soup lunch every day. The food is donated to us by Greggs every day. We also have food donated to us from Morrison’s and Tesco for our members to help themselves to once or twice a week. A large number of those from the congregation donated home made soup.
We have many facilities and activities, a pool table, dart board and table tennis. We also have a relaxation suite where anyone can take advantage of a quiet space to talk one to one or participate in relaxation or talking therapies.
We also have an IT suite where our members are encouraged to learn/practice their IT skills. It’s a well-equipped space and many members use the computers for benefit applications, CV writing and job search. It is also used as a classroom for 121 and group literacy and numeracy learning. There is a designated worker to support this work.
Overall we take pride in offering a service and an environment where the socially excluded, homeless, those suffering an addiction be it alcohol or drugs can begin their road to recovery in a relaxed, open and supportive environment. We also connect and refer to other agencies in Angus who can provide more formalised recovery programmes.
We are in a renewal and development stage and are keen to offer new and exciting challenges, educational qualifications, outdoor activities, art therapies, music and volunteer development.
The University of Dundee are working in partnership with the Malawi project. The Fisherman’s Rest in Malawi is a local organisation extensively involved in community development. A women’s refuge is being built and part of their work is about education on equality and safety.
Your local Student’s Union are offering a social justice challenge. More to come soon.
Dundee Carers Centre
Dundee Carers Centre aims to improve the lives of carers through practical and emotional support, advocacy, training and information about services, rights and benefits.
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a partner, child, family member or friend who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, disability, physical or mental illness or addiction. Anyone can be a carer – we work with carers aged from 8 to 95.
Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer. They are just looking after their mother, son, partner or best friend, just getting on with it and doing what anyone else would in the same situation. More than one in eight people in Scotland provide care of this kind.
Did you know? Carers vastly outnumber social and health care workers. They provide support that would otherwise cost the UK taxpayer at least £87 billion per year.
Carers are often socially isolated and young carers can find access to higher education difficult; once in higher education being able to participate fully in university life can be challenging.