Tag Archives: Poverty

CUF Plan germinates!

 

Dear David,

Thank you for your continued support of the Mustard Seed Appeal and the Just Finance Foundation. We wanted to update you on some significant pieces of news as we work towards fairer finance.

First step towards fairer credit as Wonga goes into administration

The announcement that high cost credit provider Wonga has gone into administration is a sign that the Just Finance Foundation’s work is having a real impact. The rates charged by Wonga for their loans have been one of the criticisms of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who wants to see a fairer credit landscape for all. In 2013 he announced the church would compete Wonga out of business by supporting more ethical credit unions.

Canon Paul Hackwood, Executive Director of Church Urban Fund and Trustee of the Just Finance Foundation says:

‘Today we are seeing the result of the much-needed tougher financial regulations starting to bite. The Just Finance Foundation (JFF) – the Archbishop’s charity focused on fostering a fair financial system – is working to promote financial health, of many struggling with debt right across the social spectrum, and particularly among those for whom making ends meet is a daily struggle.’

Read the full article in yesterdays (30/08/2018) Guardian  here

What comes after Welby’s War on Wonga

Just a few weeks before ago, Rowena Young, Executive Director for the Just Finance Foundation (JFF), outlined the plans for how the JFF might help to increase our nation’s financial capability.

Read her article in the Church Times here

This extract came from an email from:

Church Urban Fund

Church House, 27 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AZ

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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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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