Giveaday Ayrshire is an amazing opportunity to serve our community to deliver projects that are to benefit community whether individually or collectively. Volunteers have come from all directions and walks of life, with faith or without. The concept began in Carlisle in 2014 following the damaging effects of the Cumbrian floods. The ethos was to encourage individuals, communities and businesses to take what they could do with their hands and give it away, for a day, for the benefit of somebody else. The tremendous response of Carlisle residents and businesses was heart-warming and moving in what they achieved. In 2017 Giveaday was rolled out to Ayrshire. Facilitated by Southside Christian Fellowship we have partnered with various individuals and charities to deliver a wide range of projects. We have transformed gardens, helped get a social enterprise restaurant off the ground, redecorated a lounge for a victim of domestic abuse to name a few. Volunteers keep coming and giving. Giveaday Christmas saw the church cell groups engage with projects involving gifts to the emergency services, running a Christmas party for a local nursing home and hosting Help-Portrait. The latter is a global movement where professional photographers provide a portrait for families who may be going through a tough time. South Ayrshire Carers Centre provided grateful families to receive this gift. We have actively sought to incorporate businesses many of which have social responsibility aims and through them materials have been gifted. Volunteers will all have different personal reasons and motivation for getting involved in projects. As we seek to encourage fierce generosity we believe we are calling out the character of Imago Dei (“image of God”) in everyone. Building relationships between volunteers, connecting with the community whilst trying to promote the business community’s social responsibility speaks of justice, faith-in-action, grace and ultimately of the love God has shown to us in Jesus. We hope and pray that through Giveaday Ayrshire people come to meet Jesus and discover the fierce generosity that He has shown to each of us.
By Peter O’Brien, Giveaday Ayrshire