Seeking Local Justice
Progress of the Food Banks in the Gedling/Carlton area
The food bank opened on Friday 5th July at Phoenix Methodist church, the second in our area. Tins and food that can be stored
e.g. rice pasta toothpaste and toiletries are collected by local churches plus the ‘Hub’ CVS and the Ark. These are weighed, sorted and stored at the Main Street Methodist church on Carlton Hill. Then a list of a suitable variety is packed for individual or family use.
These are given to people who come to the food banks with a voucher. Vouchers are available from registered points (who have an information pack) and these tend to be schools, the police, the Ark on Wollaton Avenue, and the CVS –Hub on Main Road Gedling.
The 2 Food Banks are staffed by volunteers from the local churches working together and are registered and trained. The Main Street Food Bank has been open Tuesdays 12-2pm since May and although slow to start is now seeing an increase in demand. Hope Nottingham have reported that 500 children (plus adults) have received food in this area since the Winter Appeal began. Phoenix church opens Fridays 1-3pm and would be grateful for more volunteers. Thank you to all who continue to support by giving food. Margaret Hicking.
Please pray and give thanks for the growing unity among churches as they work together.
Thanks to everyone who has donated items to the local Foodbanks.
You are making a difference to people who are in a time of crisis.
Please continue your prayers and donating items (see list below). There is a box in church to put your donations in.
Here is news of the Diocesan children's charity we support through our annual Toy Service and through collection boxes to take home and fill. Please contact Eleanor if you would like a collection box.
Family Care work with young people and their families. One of their projects, Spiral, supports families affected by bereavement and put on activities to help children who have lost parents to deal with their loss. They provide practical advice, counselling, art therapy, fun days out and a place to go where people understand and care about how they are feeling. The Spiral project also arrange dedicated sporting activities for children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse which includes an eight week yoga group and a 12 week boxercise group.
Family Care also work with families and children who are seeking adoption. They are promoting the need for siblings to be adopted together and not split up. Research shows that if brother and sisters continue to live with each other, it enables them to attach more securely with their new forever families.
If you would like to know more about the services Family Care offers, they can be contacted on 0115 9603010. www.familycarenottingham.org.uk
Eleanor Crossley, All Hallows Church link co-ordinator
The Ark, Wollaton Avenue, Gedling
12 Wollaton Avenue, Gedling, Nottingham, NG4 4HX (Get directions)
Tel: 0115 8599556
The Ark is the community café, meeting place and advice and information centre that is run by the Phoenix Farm Open Door Project, an independent charity. It was established by Phoenix Farm Methodist Church working with
All Hallows, Westdale Lane Baptists, St James, and Gedling Road Methodists. Churches Working Together for Gedling
The Ark provides friendship, a warm welcome and a place to belong.
It can also help with advice on benefits, housing, debts, money management and general life skills.
We also provide basic computer training and help with family history research.
We are always open to providing new services where we can see a need.
The Ark is open Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 3pm. We also open on Saturday mornings sometimes for special events. Please call in and see us at any of these times or ring us for more information.
We are a specifically Christian charity and believe that we should serve our community out of Christian love, by seeking and meeting the needs in our community.
Apart from our manager, we are run entirely by volunteers, some of which are members of our church.
Caring for God's Creation
Throwing our old furniture or electrical items? You may want to contact the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) and see if they can be given a new lease of life on 0845 602 8003 or www.frn.org.uk
After being given a new lease of life your donated items are supplied to low income families. FRN diverts 90,000 tonnes of waste from landfill a year.