Monday, 25 January 2021

KNITTING GRANT

The project was to help the homeless and vulnerable in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area.  In particular the winter shelters set up around the Nottingham area.  I contacted both Arena Church in Ilkeston who support food banks and winter shelters in the area and also Emmanuel House who run a drop-in centre for the homeless providing food and also administering donations in and around the area.  Due to Covid 19 and the lockdown situation in the area most of the homeless are in temporary shelters and hostels, etc.   I contacted them both and asked if they would like the Derby knitting group to help in any way and that we had knitted several woolly hats already if they would be useful to them.   Arena requested some of the hats which they can distribute as required.  Emmanuel House suggested that some bags, gloves, masks and gel would be useful for many of the residents due to the current circumstances.

 After discussion with the area knitting coordinator Rebecca Drury, from Ashby Church,  I decided to apply for a COG grant of £120.00 to support this project.

The 28 bags for Emmanuel House each contained:  a knitted hat with gloves, masks, sanitiser gel and tissues.    







Monday, 7 December 2020

Fundraising role

COG are looking for a volunteer FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR !

If you attend a UK Christadelphian Church, are passionate about unconditional outreach, share COG's mission values are innovative, enthusiastic and a good communicator this may be for you !

The key part of your role would be to take the lead in creating exciting ideas to help our churches to fundraise for COG , and to promote these online or in person.
Time required : Average 1 hour per week.

Interested ?
Email the COG team for a volunteer role description and application form at christadpelphianoutreachgroup@gmail.com



Hug a Home Plymouth

 

Plymouth Christadelphians

This was such a lovely project to do, we brought all the throws in a light teddy bear brown so all residents had identical and tubs of chocolates for the staff.

We found our nearest home and after a few emails and telephone calls organized it with St Ann’s.

Due to COVID we kept this to a small number of people to do and we wanted to pack the parcels so we could leave them standing in the boxes to comply with the home’s rules. We are delivering them next week so they can then store them for a period before giving them out at Christmas. It has been a great thing to do and I know many more people would of been involved if it was possible.





Hug a Home Exeter

Here is a case study from Emma Palmer and the Christadelphian church in Exeter. Thankyou to everyone involved in this pilot project.
During COVID those who live in residential care homes have had to face months of isolation.
They are classed as “highly vulnerable” and as a result, visits from family and trips out to break up the days have stopped. Sadly, some have been very unwell during this time, others, with dementia have become increasingly confused. Without regular visits from loved ones their memories for them have lessened. Carers have found it difficult to deal with, a difficult job has become harder. They all need our love and recognition which is why Hug-a-Home is a greatly appreciated project.
We chose a home closest to our hall in Exeter, we have not spoken to them before but they have been very touched by being “chosen” to receive our gifts. There are 32 residents and 32 members of staff. I emailed the manager and she provided my with a list of their first names. I then ordered 32 blankets from various websites, all of which were delivered within a week. We bought some top quality biscuits and chocolates for the staff – there are great offers out there. Members of the church volunteered to wrap a number of gifts which I delivered to some and the others collected from the hall. They were allocated the name of the residents or staff member and then wrote a short note in a Christmas card to send our love. Once all had been wrapped they could be returned to the hall or collected from their homes. I just have to drop them off at the home in the week before Christmas.
It is very easy, very simple and can involve people who are isolating at home, of any age. We hope to continue to send notes to the residents over the coming months. Maybe we could visit them once this is all over, arrange for some to come to our coffee mornings?
To show love and care is to live the gospel.
How blessed we are to be able to do this even in a time of crisis.





















































































Wednesday, 28 October 2020

BAGS OF LOVE

Here is a report from one of our recent 'Bags of Love' deliveries to one of our churches at Wyke. If you would like to help us send more sleeping bags and rucksacks out please head to our website and click on 'Donate'. www.cog-uk.org

The Bradford Soup Run was founded by John Temple and has been helping homeless

people since 1984.

Some people may think they provide just soup, but there’s rather more to it than that…

A typical meal starts with a combination of

 Orange and mango juice with vitamin supplement

 Soup and soft white rolls

 Nutritious stew

 Tea/Coffee and biscuits followed by an apple, orange and banana

Afterwards, the clients choose clothing, boots/shoes; bedding and bags and bags of

encouragement.  The work has been particularly challenging in the current conditions.

Here is John with the 20 sleeping bags in his car.



Tuesday, 27 October 2020

COMMUNITY PANTRY

 Community pantry's are a great way to help your community in lockdown. You can work with local shops to get 'Fare Share' food and this week, my local foodbank has donated some of their surplus food to us to help feed local children this half term. It's as simple as putting food outside your door in a box but it can make such a difference to your neighbours.



Thursday, 22 October 2020

WORCESTER UPDATE

 Here's an update from one of our churches at Worcester with ideas of how to adapt your outreach during lockdown:

During the initial peak, we were very aware that care homes would not be receiving the same amazing support and assistance that our own homes were, so we established a link with a care home in Worcester. We’ve baked cakes for the staff and residents, and raised funds to help them finish their sensory room (I’ve attached a couple of photos).
We’ve also been trying to keep in touch with many of the families that attended our toddler group. Helen Downes recorded a number of story sessions to help keep little ones entertained during lockdown. These were put on YouTube (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9xcW5adBEmU this is a link to one as an example), and the link was sent to as many of the parents/careers that we could reach. We asked people to pass it on to as many other parents of little ones as possible.
We’ve now set up a Facebook Messenger group for toddler parents and carers, and have begun hosting a weekly zoom story and chat session! My farm animal sounds are as good as ever!
With Christmas not that far off, we’re planning to bring some Christmas cheer to our community. Music and messages are in the process of being recorded for sharing! They’ll form part of our Christmas Eve Service which we will invite families and friends to watch online.
We’re also looking into how the Christmas ‘Shoebox Appeal’ might work this year, and are considering putting together some care packs for residents in care homes who will be without visitors this Christmas.
It’s all a little strange, but we’re learning how to adapt as an ecclesia.

BAGS OF LOVE

 As the weather turns colder , just a reminder of our '𝐁𝐚𝐠𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞' project.

This means that we can send you a batch of up to 20 𝙧𝙪𝙘𝙠𝙨𝙖𝙘𝙠𝙨 𝙤𝙧 𝙨𝙡𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙗𝙖𝙜𝙨 via Amazon.
These can be distributed by you or your church to local homeless groups or assylum seekers in hostels etc.
If you would like some please email us at this address with your address and phone number and we will be in touch with more info:
christadelphianoutreachgroup@gmail.com




THE LITTLE THINGS

 Remember the little things can make a huge difference...

🛒 Give to the food bank
☕️ Leave money for a coffee
🧥 Donate to support those seeking asylum




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