Tag Archives: Poverty

Tackling Modern day Slavery

Tackling Modern Day Slavery Amongst Homeless Individuals

As winter arrives, churches and communities across the UK are opening their churches and community centres and running night shelters to provide a warm bed to those who have nowhere else to go. But homeless people are still vulnerable to another danger: modern slavery.

That’s why The Clewer Initiative has worked together with Housing Justice, as well as Caritas Westminster and Capital Mass, to produce a video on modern slavery and homelessness.

Homeless people across the UK are being targeted by people who want to exploit them for profit. They will recruit them on the streets, at soup kitchens, and at night shelters, promising them a job and a place to stay.

“When people are in such a desperate situation, you’re at such a low ebb in terms of your confidence, self-esteem, your self-worth, and you’re prime to being exploited.”

— Mark Brennan, Shelter Projects Coordinator, Housing Justice

Watch the video here!

Prayer of St Francis

Credit Unions

The Credit Union Movement has always stressed the all humanity are brothers and sisters and puts this ideal into practice in the economic field. No words have expressed this idea more beautifully or more meaningfully than the Prayer of St. Francis which has since been widely recognised as the official prayer of the Credit Union Movement.

LORD
Make me an instrument of thy peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving, that we receive
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned
And it is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.

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St John the Baptist Church: Communion, Sanctuary and Citizens

St John the BaptistOn Day 2 we started with a Eucharist at St John the Baptist Church and were welcomed by Rev’d Canon Dr Sarah Rowland Jones and then heard from the founder of the Women Seeking Sanctuary Action Group, a Cameroonian refugee Constance Nzeneu, and then from Jonathan Cox about Cardiff Citizens.

Continue reading St John the Baptist Church: Communion, Sanctuary and Citizens

Richard Kirlew: ‘Mostly hills and sheep’

2014-10-07 18.57.29Mostly Hills and Sheep; a Rural View offered by Revd Richard Kirlew, National Lead Rural Life Adviser, Church in Wales.

Richard has a passion for rurality – and finds this means pushing boundaries and working outside the box, with farmers, farming unions, charities and very small rural communities, pub ministry.

Continue reading Richard Kirlew: ‘Mostly hills and sheep’

Promoting Responsible Credit and Saving July 2014 Newsletter

Promoting Responsible Credit and Saving July 2014 Newsletter

Murston ‘Community Bank’

A recently retired couple with banking experience, a generous gift from a local builder and the prayers and determination of a small congregation have been the key ingredients in the launch of Murston Community Bank. …

In June Westminster Abbey hosted a celebration of 50 years of credit unions in Great Britain …

And more

Cumbria Welfare Reform Commission

I haven’t been involved in a poverty hearing but I was heavily involved in the work of the Cumbria Welfare Reform Commission, looking into the impacts of welfare reform, including several days of hearings in the first few months of 2014. The Commission was chaired by Rt Rev James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle, and I was a member of the support team.

The Commission’s report was published on 27 June. Please find attached here both the full report and the executive summary. I would be grateful if you could circulate them to SRN members.

Thanks and best wishes,

Helen Boothroyd

Social Responsibility Development Officer, Churches Together in Cumbria

Promoting responsible credit and saving: July newsletter

Promoting Responsible Credit and Saving

July 2014 Newsletter

This edition includes:

  • Murston ‘Community Bank’
  • In a recent speech to the Credit Union Foundation Archbishop Justin Welby reflected on the Church’s activity to support credit unions
  • In June Westminster Abbey hosted a celebration of  50 years of credit unions in Great Britain.
  • 70 people gathered in Birmingham to hear about the work of the Archbishop’s Task Group and the Church Credit Champions Network,
  • Payday Lending; Fixing a Broken Market is a new report from The Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • The Financial Conduct Authority has recently issued new regulations for the consumer credit market
  • ‘We need a union of the streets’ is a song and music video produced by Charles Bailey and featuring rapper Question Musiq.

Church Urban Fund – The Web of Poverty

From Bethany Eckley, Research Manager

I thought I might forward to you Church Urban Fund’s latest policy paper: The Web of Poverty.

 This paper sets out our organisational understanding of poverty; what is it and how does it affect people’s lives?

 We find it helpful to think about poverty as a web of interlinked factors that together, have a significant impact on an individual’s ability to flourish. As such, we group the diverse aspects of poverty into three categories: poverty of resources, relationship and identity.

The paper also explains our approach to tackling poverty and how, through our Together Network, we seek to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised in England. It shows that our aim is to inform, inspire, resource and support churches as they work to tackle poverty and build strong, flourishing communities.

 If you would like any hard copies of this report, please let me know.

 Very best wishes,

Bethany