Tackling Homelessness Together
By now, all parishes will have received Bishop Pete’s advance notification of the Diocese of London Homelessness Appeal which launches on 27 November 2017. The Homelessness Appeal will encompass the 2018 Lent Appeal and will continue until the 31 March 2018.
One of the challenges of running an appeal such as this is that so many of our churches and parishes already work unceasingly to serve those in need in a wide variety of ways..
To provide a focus for the appeal, we worked with Capital Mass and Housing Justice to identify an area of work that multiple parishes are already involved with across the Diocese. Providing winter night shelters came top of the list and so we have selected 15 charities to partner with: most assist our parishes to provide winter night shelters throughout the coldest months of the year; two charities provide all year round night shelters.
Our partner charities are drawn from across the Diocese:
- All People, All Places
- CARIS Islington
- ECWNS (Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter
- Firm Foundation
- Glass Door
- Hackney Doorways
- Hope for Southall Street Homeless
- Shelter from the Storm
- Cally Crash Pad (The Pilion Trust)
- The Shelter Project Hounslow
- Together in Barnet
All have roots at the parish level, and possess a passion to make a difference to those experiencing homelessness; the reason why they have been chosen to be the beneficiary charities of this appeal.
A copy of the poster, along with an introductory letter and some advice for Church Treasurers will be sent out during the week beginning 27 November. Additional online resources including short power-point presentations for you to use and share during the appeal will also be available on the webpage.
Links to each of our partner charities will also be included to help identify further those organisations that are active in each of the episcopal areas.
We are also working alongside Capital Mass in order to raise awareness of homelessness and suggests ways that parishes (and individuals) can practically respond to this immense and urgent challenge. A series of events are being planned for the New Year – details to follow shortly.
Finally, during the extended period for this appeal, we are asking all our parishes to prayerfully consider how we as a Diocese can start Tackling Homelessness, Together, and support our partner charities to continue to serve those experiencing homelessness in this very practical way.
Please also share your fundraising stories with us. From the simple decision to give one week’s collection to the appeal, to the more adventurous fundraising extravaganza, we want to know and broadcast your creativity.
More information about the Homelessness Appeal is available from Carol Ward.