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Charities We Support

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As part of our stewardship before God, our PCC committed 7.5% of the parish’s total regular pledged giving through Standing Orders, Envelopes or the Parish Giving Scheme. Seven charities are being supported by us. The charities considered were nominated by our congregations of which two are local, two national and two international with one coming from the special relationship formed with Easington during the Covid Appeal.  We are supporting these charities from January 2022 to December 2023.

Citizens Advice Fareham

Citizens Advice Fareham is a local charity, affiliated with the national organisation of Citizens Advice offices around the country. They have been dedicated to helping the people of Fareham since 1942 with impartial, independent, free and confidential advice on welfare benefits, debt, housing, consumer problems, family & relationship issues, employment worries and more.

 

This holistic service is delivered by a team of trained and dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the people of Fareham Borough. In addition there are paid caseworkers to whom the general service can refer clients with more complex or ongoing needs. Advice is provided over the phone and face to face.

 

In the last full year of 2022 the service helped just under 3,000 clients. Of these, Welfare Benefits accounted for the highest demand, Debt second with Housing issues and Universal Credit problems third.

 

Sadly, since the restricted funding commitment made by Fareham Borough Council in April 2023, the outreaches which were available in Portchester, Stubbington and Titchfield Common have been closed. Further, the main office on the first floor of the library in Fareham town centre cannot currently open on Wednesdays due to a lack of funds.

Two Saints

Two Saints, based in Fareham, offers support to people who are homeless, vulnerable or at risk of becoming homeless and need help rebuilding their lives for a brighter future. Their services include safe, flexible and reliable client led housing and support with a focus on reducing homelessness, improving health and wellbeing and building on individual’s skills and resilience to break the cycle of homelessness, poverty and exclusion. The charity works across Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.

 

Their services include; outreach to people who are sleeping rough, supported accommodation (direct access hostels, move-on accommodation, and resettlement flats), day centres, community support, Housing First, mental health support and landlord support services.

 

Their vision is to be a safety net for people in tough times and the springboard to a brighter future.

The Amber Trust

The Amber Trust provide musical opportunities for blind and partially sighted children, and children with more complex needs, via its Music Awards and Music Services.

 

On TV recently there was an extremely talented pianist called Lucy who has been taught to play the piano through the Amber Trust Music Service. Lucy achieved ‘performance of the night’ on the finale of Channel 4’s The Piano, receiving a standing ovation for her performance of Debussy’s Arabesque no. 1 at the Royal Festival Hall. Lucy has a profound vision impairment and learns to play using her sense of touch, following her teacher’s fingers on the keyboard and listening to the piece being played.

 

The Amber Trust run a scheme called Little Amber where practitioners visit young children (0-4) in the home and make music together. Each family receives a set of percussion instruments and ideas for musical/sound activities. These help the children develop their ability to communicate and express their emotions through music.

 

‘With Music in Mind’ is a relatively new project that supports children and young people with neurodegenerative conditions including vision impairment. Music can bring a sense of hope and peace to these children and their families when life is difficult.

The Naked Truth

The Naked Truth Community is a collective of individuals who have the vision for a better story than the one porn tells. A story where individuals, families, communities and societies are free to flourish in the absence of exploitation, addiction and objectification. Naked Truth is part of a faith-based charity and seeks to help both churches and culture talk about and tackle the damaging impact of porn on individuals, families and society.

 

The majority of their programmes have no religious content and are purposefully aimed at and accessible to people of any or no faith. However, the project is rooted in and inspired by the Christian faith. What does this look like? As a team they are a fairly “broad church” and represent some of the differing views on the Christian spectrum with a breadth of denominations, theologies and practices. Yet they are unified in their belief that in the DNA of Christianity is hope, transformation and freedom. They are inspired by the life and example of Jesus who demonstrated unconditional love for all people and want their relationships, programmes and content to reflect those values.

 

Naked Truth also provide content, resources, training and events created specifically for Christians and Churches seeking faith-based help for themselves and their congregation.

Justice Defenders

Justice Defenders train paralegals and lawyers within defenceless communities across three African countries to provide legal services for themselves and others. Because everyone deserves a fair hearing.

 

They are a charitable movement, working to ensure the defenceless become the defenders. Their model intentionally includes those who would consider themselves – or may be considered by others – to be marginalised or in conflict with the law. Some defenders were previously attackers. This means training individuals in unlikely places. Justice defenders live in prisons and palaces; they come from death row and Davos. And if these defenders can be unleashed within the justice system, they can serve the community and strengthen the system, helping ensure a fair hearing for all.

 

The charity partners with world-class academic institutions, such as the University of London, to tutor and facilitate law degrees for prison communities. They provide training to equip prisoners and prison staff to become auxiliary paralegals and offer prison officials secondment opportunities in the UK. They establish law practices within prisons, providing free services, and running legal awareness offices for those without access to justice.

Médecins Sans Frontières

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) translates to Doctors without Borders. They provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare in more than 70 countries around the world, saving lives and easing the suffering of people in crisis.  Their teams are made up of tens of thousands of health professionals, logistic and administrative staff – bound together by their charter.  Their actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. MSF is a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation.

 

Médecins Sans Frontières provides medical care to millions of people caught in crises around the world. Recently they have been working with the people of Ukraine and Turkey.

CAP Debt Counselling Service at the Community of Hope in Durham

This charity is in the community As part of the original HTSCF Covid Emergency Fund in 2021-22, we provided two types of support to the Easington Deanery in the Durham Diocese. The region, already facing the issues of unemployment, debt and anti-social behaviour that commonly blight former pit villages, was badly affected by the financial and social consequences of the pandemic.

 

Our first support was short-term emergency food and fuel poverty assistance to those most adversely affected by the pandemic.  

 

The second was to contribute towards the start-up costs of establishing the Community of Hope Building in Thornley in the Deanery, to house a new Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Counselling Service for an area with a population of 100,000 people. This service is now established and the rent of the building is covered for the near-term, but staffing and other operating costs have to be met on a continuing basis.  Our further financial contributions will help ensure the service is kept on a financially sustainable footing for the coming year.