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Please help promote End Hunger UK’s national petition, designed to send a powerful message to the Prime Minister – it’s time to fix Universal Credit.
Five ways you can help make the Petition a success
• Promote the Petition to your own members and supporters on social media – using the hashtags #endhungeruk and #fixuniversalcredit – embed either of the graphics below into social media posts or use/adapt one of the suggested tweets below.
• Include details of the Petition in newsletters and other communications to members and supporters.
The webpage with full details of the Petition is at: www.endhungeruk.org/ucpetition
• A PDF copy of the Petition can be downloaded here! Please feel free to republish this on your own website or embed the link in your own electronic communications.
• Publicise the Handy hints how local groups can help to gathering signatures at food banks, local projects, churches and other faith groups over the next 4 months
• Promote End Hunger Week (13 – 20 October 2018) as an opportunity for local groups to plan activities to promote the petition.
No one should need to go to bed hungry in the UK. Help send a powerful message to the Prime Minister – its time to #fixUniversalCredit.
Sign the petition www.endhungeruk.org/ucpetition #EndHungerUK
Everyone should have access to good food. Call on the UK Government to #fixUniversalCredit to prevent more people going hungry. www.endhungeruk.org/ucpetition #endhungeruk
End Hunger UK is built on a vision of a society where everyone has access to good food, and no one has to go to bed hungry. We call on Government to fix Universal Credit to prevent more people going hungry.
We all rely on the welfare safety net being there for us in times of financial stress or hardship. But Universal Credit is currently failing in that task.
In areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out, food banks and other food aid providers report a surge in the numbers of people pushed into greater debt, destitution and hunger as a result of delays, errors, a lack of flexibility, and inadequate support. Today End Hunger UK publishes the alarming findings from our national survey into the impact of Universal Credit on food poverty. And we are calling for action.
As a matter of urgency, End Hunger UK is calling on the government to:
• Take action to improve the flexibility and support for people on Universal Credit.
• Make improvements to Universal Credit, to ensure it does not leave more people at risk of debt and destitution.
• Make a long-term commitment to ensure Universal Credit provides people with enough income to afford good food on a regular basis.
We will deliver the petition to 10 Downing Street in the lead-up to the Autumn Budget in mid-November. By then, we hope that many of the, literally, thousands of people who each week use, volunteer or donate to food banks and other food projects across the UK will have signed the petition.
The campaign is being supported by a range of national food and poverty charities including Child Poverty Action Group; Church Action on Poverty; the Church of England; First Steps Nutrition Trust; the Food Foundation; the Independent Food Aid Network; Nourish Scotland; Sustain: the alliance for food and farming and the Trussell Trust. We invite you to join us.
Please join us and be part of the campaign to fix Universal Credit!
This information was supplied by Niall Cooper, for End Hunger UK
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“More than four hundred thousand children do not have a bed of their own, forcing many to share or sleep on the floor. Gerri McAndrew from the charity Buttle UK and Assistant Head Teacher Bex Wilson, who realised one of her own pupils was having to sleep on the floor, discuss.”
Quote from BBC Radio 4, Woman’s Hour, Sat 4 Aug 2018, 4.00 pm
WAKE UP CALLÂ Half a million British children donâ€™t have their own bed so help us change that with our Beds For Kids campaign
We need your help to give every single child a place to sleep tight
Ruth Harrison, The Sun, 5 May 2018
Be aware! Some readers may find neighboring articles in the Sun unacceptable
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The March 2018 edition includes an article by David Primrose entitled:
Let’s change the culture of our churches by lifting the lid on mental health
Other articles in this edition include:
Christians in Practice – connecting discipleship and community engagement
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“Christians in urban and rural areas have discovered similarities and links across the different contexts in which they work. Following informal discussions about cross-overs and the implications for ministry, Churches Together in England convened and hosted a meeting for members of the Churches Rural Group and the Urban Forum. Chaired by Rev Dr David Cornick (General Secretary of CTE), it provided an opportunity to listen to one anotherâ€™s experience, share information and identify overlaps, common ground and potential areas for collaboration in future work. A number of common issues that have wider implications emerged from the case studies, stories and experiences shared.”
(The report contains further links to a multitude of other relevant information ! – DJS Jul 2018)
Tackling Isolation and Loneliness â€“ Link Visiting Scheme
If you are concerned about loneliness and isolation amongst older people, the Link Visiting Scheme has a range of excellent resources available which enable churches to respond effectively.
This national Christian befriending charity supports the mission of local churches by helping them to set up projects to help lonely older people re-connect with their communities. On 1 July 2015 Link Visiting launched the Build-A-Link Challenge. This resource raises awareness of social isolation and provides some suggested responses for churches, including ideas for projects and activities that could help address the issue locally.
The charity has also developed a model of operating a befriending project for churches in urban and rural settings, based on its own experience of running a successful scheme since 1998. Full support, training, documentation and advice are provided to churches seeking to set up a project in their community.
For details of the Build-A-Link Challenge go to www.linkvisiting.org/challenge and information about setting up a befriending project can be found at www.linkvisiting.org/national-scheme/setting-up-a-link-visiting-scheme/ â€˜Getting startedâ€™ case studies from churches that have set up a project in partnership with Link Visiting Scheme are available at http://linkvisiting.org/category/getting-started/
TOYOURCREDIT June 2015
We had an excellent day seminar on migration last week (June 2015), attended by around 50 people from across London and across the denominations.
The contributions from the day, together with the Bible passages people brought with them, and an art work created on the day, are now on our website:
Click for their home page!
The next stage in our Common Voice process is to reflect more deeply on the issues raised on the day and what the Spirit is saying to the churches on migration.
Please let us know if you have any reflections on the day. We will feed these into the core group’s next meeting when we shall draft some common voice for us all to consider further.
Peace to all,Â Steven.
Canon Steven Saxby,
If you havenâ€™t already seen it, this is a good You Tube video of the Shrinking the Footprint conference – with some faces you might recogise!
Please encourage anyone reading this Credit Union article on the day you circulated it to use the reissued article which is now online, the former one is withdrawn.
Stella Collishaw, Community Action Officer
Mission and Ministry Team Derby Diocese
SHELLSHOCKED PROPHETS Former Anglican Army Chaplains in Inter-War Britain by Linda Parker
“The Anglican chaplains who served in the Great War were changed by their experience of total war. They returned determined to revitalise the Anglican Church in Britain… ” (Read more)
Could you circulate the attached to the SR Network, it is a little unusual, but it may be of interest.
With best wishes