LOCKDOWN PROJECT LAUNCH
Thursday, 25 February 2021
So many places have been thankful for sleeping bags and rucksacks over the last few years.
Monday, 1 February 2021
We have been piloting a ‘Hug a Home’ project in the South West over the winter. Here are some great photos from one of the homes where residents received the gift of a blanket. I couldn’t choose any so I’ve put them all on- hope you enjoy!
Saturday, 30 January 2021
Here’s a report from our Wyke church who have taken us up on our ‘Bags of Love’ offer and delivered 50 rucksacks this week to their local charity:
Monday, 25 January 2021
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
COG are looking for a volunteer FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR !
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.
Wednesday, 28 October 2020
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
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'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.