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‘I love what I do’

Jackie Macadam meets Ann Lyall DCS and learns more about her work with addicts.


“I REMEMBER one chap who used to come in. Very smart. Very well dressed. He seemed not to belong. And yet he did. He was homeless. His relationship had broken down. He’d lost everything. He had a gambling addiction.”

Ann Lyall, DCS is talking about just one of the extraordinary people she met when she worked as chaplain to the Lodging House Mission in Glasgow.

“John 10:10 ‘I have come that you might have life, life in all it’s fullness’ is the verse from the Bible I always wanted to share with others especially the most vulnerable, neglected and marginalised in our world,” says Ann. “That feeling took me from a comfy home as the daughter of a minister in Lanarkshire to working for over 20 years in Castlemilk East in Glasgow and then to being chaplain for those who came to the Lodging House Mission for help and relief, and then on to being a deacon that is parachuted in to help wherever and whenever I’m needed.

“The thing that really appealed to me about LHM was that there was absolutely no judgment. People would come in with every problem under the sun. Relationship breakdowns are actually the biggest cause of homelessness, and those breakdowns can be caused by any number of things.

One of the other groups most affected by homelessness are young people who have left care – they become an ‘adult’ and are then left to their own devices, often with no real preparation for coping and living in society and looking after themselves, especially financially.

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IN THIS ISSUE ABSTINENCE AND ADDICTION - The history of abstinence in the Church of Scotland SOMEBODY'S CHILD - Encountering rough sleepers 'I LOVE WHAT I DO' - Meet Ann Lyall DCS