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The Martin’s Memorial Church Shed Project has taken a new step towards their central aim of serving the community, exploring a new partnership with the national charity Safe Families.

The Shed is a community facility to provide support and a safe, warm and friendly place to meet. Adults, families and young people have been using the building since it opened its doors in May 2014 and it continues to grow, develop and respond to the needs of the community.

Earlier this month Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alasdair Allan visited and heard an update about their work, including a briefing about a possible partnership between The Shed Project and Safe Families.

Safe Families (www.safefamilies.uk) works with local authorities around the UK and has volunteers from over 1,000 churches and community groups, all offering hop, belonging and support to children, families and care leavers.

Their mission statement says: “Facing life alone is hard, and when you feel there is no one there to support you it is a scary place to be.

“Therefore, at Safe Families we offer support, hope and belonging to improve the lives of those in our communities. We link children, young people and families with local volunteers who can offer them help and support.

After his visit, Dr Allan said: “I enjoyed visiting The Shed in Stornoway and was delighted to be presented with an official Shed jacket by John and several other members of the team. 

“The Shed is a fantastic project run by Martin’s Memorial Church to support adults and youth in the community.”

The picture shows Alasdair Allan with volunteers and development workers, holding his new Shed Project jacket.