Thanks to everyone who came to the Equipped to Transform conference in Glasgow on Saturday.

We had a great day with about 90 people attending and were challenged that as we work with the poor and disadvantaged we are working with people who are made in God's image - who have potential, value and beauty - and how we view them will impact how we engage with them, which in turn will impact the outcomes we achieve.

A second conference is being held this Saturday in Dundee, and we look forward to a similar turnout again. Last minute spaces are still available, and you can book by calling John Nonhebel on 0141 352 7635 or emailing

Equipped to Transform is part of SU Scotland's Urban Ministry, and is a joint event run by SU Scotland, Tearfund the Church of Scotland Priority Group. It aims to equip and inspire individuals and churches to build inclusive communities that welcome and value disadvantaged children and young people.

About SU Scotland's Urban Ministry SU Scotland recognises God's special concern for the poor and is committed to ensure its ministry does not merely reach those who would easily come into contact with it, but that it deliberately engages with those from areas of multiple deprivation in Scottish towns and cities.

We believe that Jesus is for everyone; no exceptions. However, we live in a culture where many are excluded or unable to participate in society. In Scotland today, 21% of children live in poverty (Scottish Government report, March 2011), where they experience economic disadvantage and social marginalisation first-hand. Poverty affects every aspect of child development, and also reduces young people's opportunities in life.