Poverty

Cassius FrancisBlack Country people battling debt are to benefit from the appointment of a new worker who will coordinate efforts across the four boroughs to help them become more financially resilient. The Revd Cassius Francis has joined Transforming Communities Together as its ‘Just Finance Black County Development Worker.’ The Black County is the fourth area in the country to benefit from a dedicated development worker. Contact Cassius at this address

The Black Country Foodbank is a co-operative response to the increasing levels of food poverty across the Black Country. The Foodbank enjoys support from many churches, as well as businesses, clubs and individuals. There are 20 collection centres across the four boroughs and a storage/distribution point in Brierley Hill. More information via this link

The Well, home of the Wolverhampton Foodbank, has launched a ‘500 Club’ with the aim of enlisting five hundred people who can give £10 a month to help underpin their expanding service, which is in increasing demand. For more information about the Wolverhampton Foodbank and its ‘500 Club,’ visit this website


Modern slavery

Tragically, modern slavery and human trafficking are very much present in the Black Country, as in every part of the country. Thankfully Christian groups are responding to the need by supporting people rescued from slavery and by working with the authorities to raise awareness of the issue. These groups include the Adavu Project, My Gateway to Freedom, The Medaille Trust and PITS-STOP


Dementia

Su Parker is the Dementia-Friendly Enabler for the Black Country part of the Church-of-England Diocese of Lichfield. In her role, Joy will aim to:

  • Deliver ‘Dementia-Friendly Church’ courses in four sessions, covering pastoral care, church services, church buildings and community networks

  • Deliver services in individual churches to raise awareness among the whole congregation, using the national ‘Dementia Friends’ initiative

  • Offer advice and support when requested.

More information from Su via this link. 


Refugees

In April 2016, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland launched the ‘Focus on Refugees’ website to provide a link to stories and resources relating to the current migrant crisis. Access the links via http://focusonrefugees.org.

Change the story

Christian Aid recently launched its CHANGE THE STORY initiative to encourage Christians to write to local newspapers with positive stories about refugees and those who offer welcome and support to them. More information via this link.