John Knox is an active participant of East Ayrshire Churches Homelessness Action (EACHa), a registered charity giving support to the homeless in East Ayrshire.

East Ayrshire has many homeless people, around 1000 individuals or families becoming homeless every year. Council staff and social services can provide accommodation and advice, but churches can offer tangible help, along with the hand of friendship, ie putting faith into action. EACHa’s motto is ‘Each person matters’.

Among other services, EACHa provides hygiene, or ‘wellbeing’ packs of essential toiletries to every person who becomes homeless. We also provide an activity pack of toys for each child.

Wellbeing packs

Could you help to donate some items to help make up a pack? Each pack contains: hand towel; shower gel; shampoo; conditioner; roll-on deodorant (no aerosols please); comb; hair brush; face cloth; sponge; toilet bag; nail brush; emery board.

In addition, items specifically for menwomen or babies: nappies; baby lotion; baby wipes; nappy cream; shaving gel; disposable razors; after shave; moisturiser; sanitary items.

Any items can be handed into The Cottage open Monday to Friday 10am-12noon or placed in the box at the front door of church before or after the Sunday service.