Black 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.
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 and PITS-STOP.
In an imaginative initiative, Love Black Country and Transforming Communities Together have created a consortium between themselves and four charities which focus in different ways on children and families – Home for Good, Safe Families for Children, TLG and YMCA Open Door – so that congregations in the Black Country are able to respond to the need by linking to just one consortium. The ground-breaking project invites each Black Country congregation to nominate a ‘Families Champion,’ who will act as the point of contact between the local church and the consortium of charities in all matters relating to children and families in need. More information about the initiative here.
Sam Knight is the ‘Families Champions’ Coordinator. Sam and her husband Steve have four grown-up children. They live in Stourbridge and attend Chawn Hill Church. For the last 15 years Sam has worked in Children’s Centres in Dudley. Contact Sam via this e-mail address.
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.