This year the Diocesan Lent appeal is raising money for two local charities:
Sense Scotland has been working for over 25 years with children and adults who have communication support needs because of deaf-blindness, sensory impairment, learning and physical disabilities.
Sense Scotland was formalised as a charity in 1985. It grew quickly from its beginning as a small group of families pressing for services for their children, who were affected by deaf-blindness, many because of maternal rubella. Since then the organisation has gone on to successfully support thousands of projects and services throughout Scotland.
Artlink Central provides opportunities for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities to engage with art, music and drama. They also work with elderly people, people with dementia, and children with additional support needs providing access to the arts.
In addition, a current project called Freedom to Create is taking place in HMYOI Cornton Vale where prisoners participate in visual arts, drama and dance.
Involvement in the arts provides mental health problems, changes attitudes and behaviour, and improves relationships with family members.