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A Scots church is hosting a unique welcome hub to support people fleeing the Russian-Ukrainian war and their new host families

A Scots church is hosting a unique welcome hub to support people fleeing the Russian-Ukrainian war and their new host families. Around 50 people attend Park Parish Church in Giffnock, East Renfrewshire every Saturday to make new connections and share their experiences as they settle into their new communities. Volunteers provide face-to-face English lessons to people who don’t speak the language to help them find jobs and rebuild their lives. The project provides an opportunity for hosts – ordinary people who have opened their homes under the Homes for Ukraine scheme – to get to know each other and share ideas and advice. Rev Calum Macdonald, minister of Park Parish Church, said welcoming the stranger is at the heart of the Christian message and the Church has always been a place of sanctuary for people in times of stress and struggle.

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