The Official Charity Partner of Tayport FC
June 2021 marked a special occasion as Dundee Charity Signpost International became the first Official Charity Partner of Tayport Football Club.
To mark this event, we have uploaded the launch video below!
Who are Signpost? Signpost International are a Dundee based international development charity taking action against poverty at home and abroad. Signpost walk alongside disadvantaged communities to see a world free from poverty and its effects, supporting them to be drivers of their own change. Signpost was set up in 1992 when a Church Army Officer saw firsthand poverty in the Philippines. Seeing children die, simply because they didn’t have the same life chances that those in the West have, made him realise that something had to be done. This shaped the vision for Signpost which is for an equitable world where poverty and injustice are eliminated, people thrive and communities flourish. Through local partnerships Signpost helps to empower people to make the most of the resources they already have, to address their current challenges and to achieve their full potential within transformed and resilient communities. Currently Signpost works in, The Philippines, Uganda, Tanzania and in Scotland in Dundee where they are based. For more information about the countries Signpost work in, visit the where we work page on their website: https://www.signpost-international.org/our-work/where-we-work/
What Signpost do Signpost focus their work on four areas which all harness the power of education to enable people to reach their potential and build a better future. ∙ WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene): They aim to provide access to safe and clean water and work to remove all barriers to children’s education, including the lack of access to toilet facilities and feminine hygiene solutions. ∙ Hunger and Nutrition: They aim to eradicate hunger from all of the communities they work in. They train farmers in sustainable agricultural methods and deliver initiatives to improve family nutrition. ∙ Sustainable Livelihoods: They help individuals build small businesses to increase their resilience and grow the local economy. ∙ Global citizenship: They engage school pupils and the public in local and global poverty and development issues. For more information about Signpost’s areas of work, visit the what we do page on their website: https://www.signpost-international.org/our-work/what-we-do/
The Roundtable: Signpost International recognise that poverty is a global phenomenon and also exists right here on our doorstep in the UK, in addition to overseas. Over the last number of years they have been exploring ways to increase their local presence to ensure their work can have a positive value on their local community as well as their global neighbours. This has resulted in the creation of the Roundhouse which is based in Whitfield in Dundee. The Roundhouse has two main focuses, education and food. ∙ Centre for Global Learning at the Roundhouse: Signpost International want the Roundhouse to help educate the next generation about approaches to sustainable development and for them to explore their own impact on the world. This will be done in their Centre for Global Learning at the Roundhouse. The Centre for Global Learning will be the first of its kind in Scotland and it will become Taysides Global Citizenship hub for local schools and other community groups. It will educate young people about local and global issues of poverty, and more importantly what they can do to challenge this. They want to use the Centre for Global Learning to teach the next generation how to stand up, speak up and participate in the fight against poverty. A variety of immersive teaching approaches will be used including Virtual Reality and hands-on outdoor learning to help individuals understand some of the complexities of poverty as well as their rights and responsibilities as citizens of the UK and the world. The ambition is for the Centre for Global Learning to become an interactive and engaging space for young people to gain a deeper understanding of the diversity, fragility, and richness of life. ∙ Food at the Roundhouse: In March 2021 Signpost launched the Roundhouse Community Kitchen which centres around using surplus food and turning it in to meals. The mission of the Roundhouse Community Kitchen is to transform surplus food destined for landfill and turn it into nutritionally balanced meals which is distributed to foodbanks and larders across Dundee and given to those in need. The Roundhouse Community Kitchen in partnership with food provision charities will play a vital part in tackling the issue of hunger that exists locally. The project will also challenge food waste in the city as it is estimated 27,000 tonnes of food goes to waste in Dundee every year. The Roundhouse Community Kitchen aims to close the loop between food waste and food insecurity. For the most recent updates about Signpost International, visit their latest updates page on their website: https://www.signpost-international.org/our-work/latest-updates/
Tayport FC Committee Member, Dave Aitken (pictured above on the left), Signpost International’s CEO, Jamie Morrison (pictured above on the right), and Taybridgehead Councillor, Tim Brett (pictured above in the middle, met together as the charity partnership agreement was signed.
Tayport FC Secretary John Morris presenting a cheque to Signpost International CEO Jamie Morrison for Signpost's Christmas Appeal in December 2020.