Well done to all at Tamworth Church who took part in the St Basil’s Hike for the Homeless !
Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Here's a summary so far of how the lockdown vouchers have been spent across the UK. Its great to see all the local community projects that have been touched by the kindness of their local church and we hope that links made will be built on.
Aberdeen: Inchgarth Community Centre
Ashby: Westwood Care Home
Beaumaris: St Marys Hostel
Birmingham West: Bread & wine
Bournemouth Winton: B Change Makers
Cambridge: Winter Comfort
Carmel Page: Assist ( Assylum seekers)
Chesterfiield: Hope House
Dunstable: Noah enterprise
Exeter: Cafe visitors gift
Glasgow South: Loaves and Fishes
Hereford: The Living Room
Horley: Community Fridge
Ipswich: Castle Hill Community Centre
Kings Heath, Rowley Regis, Walsall, Clevedon, Stirling, Worcester: Trussell Trust food bank
Nottingham JA: Broxtowe Community Project
Oxford: Helen & Douglas House
Plymouth: Love in a Bag
Spalding: Agape Care foodbank
Sofa Church: Ely Baby Bank
Southampton: Society of St James
Tamworth: Neighbourhood gift drop by sunday school children
Wells: Store House
Worthing: Turning Tides
Wyke: The Bradford Soup Run
Monday, 12 July 2021
Thank you very much for the £50 Lockdown Voucher you sent to us at Southampton. We decided to combine it with our own collection and hand both over to the Society of St James, a charity for the homeless in Southampton and Hampshire https://ssj.org.uk
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
ST BASIL WALK
A number of our Tamworth family are joining the St Basil’s Hike on 24th July as part of our Outreach opportunity.
A few brave ones are tackling the full 24 miles, but most are going for the short walk and, while everyone walks in ‘teams’, they will all set off at roughly the same time and be within shouting distance of each other, so this is providing a lovely opportunity for us to see each other again and help us to get back into the Outreach groove!
If anyone would like to support this venture, we’d be happy to hear from you.
Monday, 14 June 2021
The Sofa Church in Ely spent their COG voucher this week. It went towards nappies and milk for their outreach project. Here’s Chris, one of the volunteers from Ely Baby Bank with the donation.
Monday, 7 June 2021
Thanks for the £50.00 LOCKDOWN VOUCHER.
Clevedon added £50.00 more and we bought items to fill 10 bags with treats for youngsters.
These were distributed by our local Trussell Trust to families with children in the half term week following Whitsun
Keep up the good work
Tuesday, 1 June 2021
I have worked with an organization based in Guildford called Challengers (originally Disability Challengers) who offer play, interaction, one to one development work - and have all sorts of light and sound interaction rooms for their work with disabled children. Most of these are quite severely disabled and to give parents just a couple of hours a week break from having to look after their kids is a bonus. No child (or young person) is ever turned away for being too difficult.
Due to cutbacks they have lost some of their funding and have been really struggling to keep as many services going as possible. Our business has worked with them for 20 years helping with fundraising. The Guildford meeting agreed to give the £50 voucher to Challengers to use for whatever they needed and could get from Tesco.
Here is a lovely report from our Guildford church:
We used the £500 grant from COG as seed funding for computers to 2 different schools.
Firstly we gave 3 refurbished (recent models) I-pads to Gosden House School which is for kids with learning difficulties and who really need an I-pad each to be able to work with the programmes they use. Currently some have to share, so being given some extra was a great boon to them.
In addition to that we bought 2 brand new Chrome Books for a school located in a deprived area of Guildford where some kids really need a computer as they do not have one at home.
The total amount donated by our Guildford church members was eventually almost £2000. The £500 grant was a great start and helped to get the whole exercise going.
During January and February two of our youngsters, Holly Walton and Jacob Constable, set themselves a challenge to collect as much food as they possibly could for our local food bank.
They received a heap of donations, and the voucher from COG was added to the collection. At the end of the challenge period Jacob delivered all the food, along with the voucher, to the food bank. Below is a photo of the volunteers at the food bank who had just received the delivery.