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An Open Hand

An Open Hand is here to provide parents with presents for their children, so that the door can be opened to celebrating their birthday.

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An Open Hand aims to provide parents in severe hardship with a present for their child’s birthday, along with books and items for each family to play with together, such as simple games and stationery.

We hope to give more children the opportunity to celebrate their birthday by reducing the financial burden it can place on a family. The present given to each child will be specific to that child’s interests and tastes so that they receive not just a gift, but one that they will really cherish and enjoy.

An Open Hand is a partnership between Edinburgh City Mission and Greenbank Parish Church. Referral agencies from across Edinburgh will apply for families who are eligible. They will be able to indicate on the application form specific toys the child would wish. This will then be delivered to the family along with the other birthday items.

When a child feels their family are celebrating their birthday, they feel special and significant. It is a time when families can show how much they love and care for someone. A time for the family to create positive, happy memories and help strengthen family bonds. Buying presents for a birthday puts a strain on many families, however, and moves them into debt, or is simply not possible and the children go without a birthday present.

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Vacancy Form

Section 1 - Personal Details

Address
Are you involved in any activity that might limit your availability to work or your working hours?
Have you any convictions (other than spent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974?)
Do you need a work permit to take up employment in the U.K.?

Section 2 - Education

Starting with the most recent, please list any education, qualifications and / or training.
In the format MM/YYYY.

Section 3 - Work History

Please list your recent work history. We want to know about your work experience, paid and unpaid. Please include your current/previous employment, voluntary work, community activities and time spent caring for dependents. Starting with your current employment, please state name and address of employer(s) and/or voluntary agencies and describe main tasks, responsibilities and achievements.
In the format MM/YYYY.
£
Please enter a range if unsure.

Section 4 - Meeting Personal Specifications

Please answer the following questions.

Section 5 - References

Referee 1 (Employer)
Referee 2 (Church)
Additional Information
Can we approach your current employer before an offer is made?
Is your church supportive of your application to Edinburgh City Mission (ie would they be willing to take an active interest in our work and pray for you in your role?)

Section 6 - Declaration

I declare that the information given in this form is complete and accurate. I understand that any false information or deliberate omissions will disqualify me from employment or may render me liable to summary dismissal. I understand these details will be held in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998. I undertake to notify the company immediately of any changes to the above details. You agree that Edinburgh City Mission may use the details provided to contact you for purposes of the job application and nothing more.
Do you agree to the above Terms?

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Volunteer Application

Section 1 - Personal Details

Address
Do you speak any languages other than English?

Section 2 - Role

In what part of the work of Edinburgh City Mission would you be interested in volunteering? (Pick up to 3)
Please tick your available days.
Do you have the use of a car?

Section 3 - Belief

For some of our volunteer roles we require the volunteer to have an active Christian faith. Please tick which of the following applies to you.
Do you currently attend a church?

Section 4 - References

We will take up references once we’ve agreed a suitable volunteering role. Please provide us with the details of someone who has known you in a professional capacity for more than a year. For example, someone you have volunteered for, an employer or a teacher.
Additional Information

Section 6 - Declaration

I declare that the information given in this form is complete and accurate. I understand that any false information or deliberate omissions will disqualify me from employment or may render me liable to summary dismissal. I understand these details will be held in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998. I undertake to notify the company immediately of any changes to the above details. You agree that Edinburgh City Mission may use the details provided to contact you for purposes of the job application and nothing more.
Do you agree to the above Terms?

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How does it work?

Applications


Referral agencies across Edinburgh can apply to An Open Hand on behalf of families who are eligible.

They will be able to indicate specific toys the child would like. This will then be delivered, with the other birthday items, to the family’s home, or the family can collect it from Greenbank Parish Church if they prefer.

We are currently running a pilot for the project, but watch this space for more instructions regarding applications.

To find out more, please contact Katie here.

Donations


It would be wonderful to have your support in backing this project to help as many families as we can in our city.

One of the schemes for donations is “My Birthday – Your Present”, where a donation leaves your bank account once a year on your own birthday, meaning that whilst you are celebrating your own birthday, you are also enabling a child in Edinburgh to celebrate their birthday – a double celebration!

You can donate via the Greenbank Parish Church website, or if you would like to join in the ‘My Birthday-Your Present’ scheme, you can set up your Standing Order via:

Account Name: An Open Hand – Greenbank Church

Account Number: 21846864

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