Help available from charity ‘Buttle UK’ for children without a bed

“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

Link to BBC Radio 4 to listen!

WAKE UP CALL Half a million British children don’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

Read the full article in the Sun! 

Be aware! Some readers may find neighboring articles in the Sun unacceptable

Link to charity ‘Buttle UK’, web site to apply for help!

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Modern Day Slavery

BBC National News in July 2018

Here are links to BBC articles on this topical subject:

“Slavery victims complete college course”

Click to read the BBC News article!

“Modern slavery law review as gangs ‘evolve’ “

Click to read the BBC News article!

“Trafficked and forced into prostitution”

Click to view the BBC News Video article!


Virtual College

Here is another useful resource on this subject:

“NCA: Modern slavery is more prevalent than previously thought”

Click to view the ‘Virtual College’ article!

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Growing the Rural Church project

Building Conversations:
Churches for Rural Communities

A day conference exploring how rural churches
can use their buildings creatively to support
ministry and better serve their communities

Wednesday 31 October 2018

The Welcome Centre, Coventry

Open the Conference Flyer here!

This information is provided by :

Sally Farrant
Social Responsibility – Dementia, Disability, Fairtrade etc
Church and Society, The Church of England in Devon

Community Engagement – Livability

Mental Health in the community

Click here to reach the full newsletter !

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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SRN 2017 Annual Conference: Summary Report

Between Glory and Grief: the precarious wonder of the Body of Christ

Here is the Summary Report of the SRN Annual Conference, held 24-26 October 2017, at Luther King House, Manchester

Click here to reach the report! (This report is freely available)

The following list links to five further reports from Conference 2017 . Items 2-4 cover the three main sessions

(Please note, access to these documents requires a password, available with membership of SRN)

  1. Introduction to Manchester, Bishop David.
  2. Whose body is grievable? Session One
  3. The precarious body in the outer estate. Session Two
  4. The precarious body as glorious other. Session Three
  5. Community sponsorship of refugees

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New Year’s Honour – awarded to Wendy Coombey

Congratulations to Wendy Coombey!

New Year Honour for Diocese Support Minister
Congratulations to our Community Partnership and Funding Officer Wendy Coombey whose work has been recognised by the Queen.

Wendy has been awarded an MBE for services to churches in the New Year’s Honours list.

Speaking about the award Wendy said: “I’m moved that my friends and colleagues have put me forward to receive this award.

“To be recognised by them means so much, but I couldn’t do my work in isolation, so I see this as recognition for all the volunteers, the communities across Herefordshire and South Shropshire, all the PCC’s and Christian communities that work so hard to look after their Church buildings, or serve the people in their villages and towns across the Diocese.”

Click here to read more about it!

(Thank you to David Primrose for sending this info)