Organisations that we support financially, practically and with our prayers.
Family Support Work
This is a section from FSW's website home page:
Family Support Work is a UK Charity (No. 285337) pioneering work with families across Sussex. We work intensively with families through our many activities including home visits, support groups, one-to-one meetings, drop-ins as well as supported breaks with our community workers at our residential centre, Knowles Tooth, in Hurstpierpoint.
Our free and confidential support is offered to parents or carers and their children. This includes anyone who has the responsibility for the care of children, whether they are married, single, separated, partners, divorced, bereaved or grandparents. ....
Please feel free to contact us and get more information on volunteering to support families across Sussex or sign up to be kept informed of upcoming events.
Wise Books - the charity second-hand bookshop, run in aid of Family Support Work, opens on 29th December 2012, at 10am.
We support FSW with an annual grant, our ongoing food collection, supporting their fund raising events and individual actions.To find out more about our involvement with FSW please speak to Alan Morgan or Margaret Linsell.
This is a brief outline of Christian Aid's aims, from its website:
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice.
We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
We support Christian Aid with its annual Christian Aid Week house-to-house collection and other fund-raising activities. Our link with Christian Aid is Hazel Trenfield.
Mothers Union Literacy & Development Programmes
A couple of paragraphs from the Mothers Union website illustrate some of the many ways the Mothers Union works around the world:
Communities in three African countries are being changed because of Mothers' Union's Literacy and Financial Education Programme. To date over 70,000 women and men have achieved an accredited qualification in literacy learning across Burundi, Malawi and Sudan, and the programme has now expanded its field of expertise from literacy and numeracy skills to include financial and small business skills education.
Through the Overseas Development Fund we also provide salary and travel grants to our community development workers throughout 30 different countries across the globe. This includes, amongst many others, hundreds of isolated South Pacific Islands, Guyana, Myanmar and 27 of Africa’s 53 countries. Through this dedicated network, communities are encouraged and supported to lead and direct their own development. Local Mothers’ Union groups provide the skills, knowledge, contacts and man-power to make things happen.
The Mothers Union Literacy and Development Programmes will receive a grant from the Parish in 2012. The East Blatchington branch meeting at Saint Peter's is led by Marilyn Haydon.
Friends of the Holy Land
This is a brief outline of Friends of the Holy Land's aims, from its website:
Supporting Christians in the Holy Land, Friends of the Holy Land is a charitable organisation supporting the Christians of the Holy Land – the “Living Stones” of our faith.
They are suffering greatly and you can support them by making a donation, including them in your private prayer, joining an FHL Parish Group or by considering a pilgrimage.
Our work is entirely non-political and is carried out with the backing and blessing of Anglican and Catholic Bishops in England and Wales.
Friends of the Holy Land will be one of the organisations receiving a grant from the Parish in 2012. To find out more please speak to Father Andrew.
Bible Society - Bible a month giving scheme
This is a brief outline of the Bible a month scheme, from the Bible Society website:
Across the world, many believers are desperate for one thing - a Bible.You can provide the gift of the Bible to those who wait
Why £4 a month?£4 is the average cost for Bible Society to translate, print and distribute one Bible. Monthly giving enables us to distribute your gifts efficiently – and also means we can promise help where it is most needed. It’s a way for believers like you in this country to bring the transforming power of God’s word to others - wherever they are.We don’t stop there either. Bible Society works both at home and abroad to help people engage with the precious and powerful Word of God.
Please speak to Aileen Murray if you would like to support this means of carrying God's message throughout the world.
Lewes District Churches Homelink
This is a brief outline of Homelink's aims, from its website:
Churches Together in Lewes, Newhaven and Seaford started a scheme in 1999, in partnership with Lewes District Council, to assist homeless people to obtain private rented accommodation.The HOMELINK scheme usually benefits local applicants for whom the District Council has no statutory responsibility and who are eligible for Housing Benefit.Most applicants will be referred by Lewes District Council. After two interviews, HOMELINK may provide part or all of the finance needed to access accommodation.
HOMELINK is running a campaign in 2012 to raise its profile and raise money to support its work
This is an extract from its website
Why does HOMELINK need more money?
Pressures in the housing market have meant that demand for loans has really accelerated over the last few years. In 2009, we made 27 loans. By 2012, it is likely to be nearer 50.
How much money must HOMELINK raise?
HOMELINK can no longer rely on previous income and reserves to fund our work. Increased demand and bigger loans mean we now have to raise an extra £40,000 every year.
What will happen if we don’t raise the money?
HOMELINK operates where other agencies cannot help, so it is vital that we campaign to raise our profile and our income. We could cap our loans which would enable us to continue for a year or so, but we would be turning away 25% of applicants who would normally qualify for loans.
What are we asking you do consider?
Many people and churches have given generously over the years, and this is the first time that we have had to make an appeal in this way. You could consider a donation, or a gift-aided standing order. You could organise a fund-raising event among your friends or at your church. Perhaps you could take up a challenge and get sponsorship, or offer the fund-raising team some of your time. Please do something! We know that all charities are making extra calls at this time. HOMELINK is special because it is local, church-based, small and effective.
The Parish makes an annual grant to Homelink. Our contact point with Homelink is Maggie Jakeman.
Community Training Assistance and Support
This is a small charity run by our auditor, to give assistance by providing clean water and help to small villages in Nepal.
The following extract from their website shows how it began:
From trekking in the Himalayas in the late 1990’s Michele Spencer (the founder) came to know and develop a deep affection for the Nepalese people. Their bravery, resilience and cheerfulness, in the face of climatic extremes, economic & political uncertainties made an impression that never faded.Michele found that despite the poverty and hardship endured by the people they have the will to change - but not the financial resource or educational opportunity to do so.Many of the things that we take for granted: - electricity, running water, sanitation, education, transport, do not exist in large areas of Nepal.Visiting the place where children died while collecting drinking water, Michele was determined to do something to help - so CTAS was formed.
The Parish makes an annual grant to CTAS