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CHURCH CONVERTED INTO CARE SHELTER

A Church of Scotland congregation in Edinburgh has converted one of its buildings into a care shelter for rough sleepers. The former Stenhouse St Aidan’s Parish Church building on Chesser Avenue has had a £220,000 refurbishment, including a new extension housing a toilet block and showers, and has been renamed ‘Diadem’.

The emergency accommodation project, which opened on December 21 last year on a trial basis, is a joint venture between Gorgie, Dalry, Stenhouse Church of Scotland and Bethany Christian Trust. It provides a permanent home for Bethany’s Care Shelter, which has hitherto rotated round different churches in the capital. Where previously users of the Care Shelter slept on mattresses on the floor, at Diadem they get a bed.

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