Social Issues and Initiatives 


Eco-Church

We have been making a particular effort  to be "Green" at Trinity for more than 12 years now, at first as part of the EcoCongregation initiative and more recently as part of Eco-church. This video, which was produced for the LL Churches Eco Conference in October 2020, shows some of the things we did to achieve the Eco Congregation Gold Award and more recently, the Bronze Eco Church Award.
Since achieving the Eco-church Bronze Award, good progress has been made towards getting the Silver. One outstanding challenge is the church garden, which has become very overgrown. Plans are being developed to restore it and, perhaps, turn it into a resource for teaching about caring for the environment.
 
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Working with the homeless and the Community Foodbank

Leighton Linslade Homeless Service (LLHS) has been an important presence in the town for many years and in 2013 we at Trinity began to work in partnership with them, by providing a hot meal and fellowship at a Drop-In on one night a week on church premises.
Up until the beginning of the first Lock-down in March 2020, LLHS were running a Night Shelter for Rough Sleepers at Black Horse House (BHH) in North Street. But when it was necessary for numbers of guests there to be limited and for them to live on the premises in order to meet Government Guidelines, the Shelter converted to a hostel, focussing on helping a small number of residents to re-build their lives. At the same time the Trinity Drop-In had to be suspended, along with other activities on the premises.

A government-funded Covid initiative has meant that accommodation is currently made available for all rough sleepers by local authorities and LLHS has been able to close-down BHH Hostel, temporarily at least. The position will be reviewed when the government funding ends in 2022.  

 

Foodbank

LLHS has run a Community Foodbank since 2012 and is continuing to do so, working from the basement of BHH with additional storage elsewhere.  Volunteers from several local churches, including Trinity, help by collecting donations from supermarkets, making up food bags and delivering to needy people. Some of the bags go direct to local households, others are distributed via schools and social services but all are supplied in response to a referral from one of the organisations that engage with and support the recipients.
Until further notice, for information relating to the Foodbank call BHH on 07842 122429 or 01525 373628. 

PLEASE NOTE: TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH IS NOT A COLLECTION POINT OR DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE FOODBANK. PLEASE CALL THE ABOVE NUMBER. THANK YOU.

 

Rough Sleepers and other Homeless People

Information about the work going on at BHH is available on their web site; http://www.llhsblackhorse.org.uk but this is not a point of contact for services for homeless people or rough sleepers.
In response to the Covid 19 crisis Central Beds Council (CBC) expanded and developed their services to include a Rough Sleeper Outreach Service provided by NOAH Enterprise. Anyone sleeping rough or at risk of sleeping rough should be referred to CBC on 0300 300 4370 or direct to NOAH Enterprise at centralbeds.outreach@noahenterprise.org

 

Leighton Linslade Helpers

Leighton Linslade Helpers provide a range of services, from food parcels, prescription deliveries, welfare checks, counselling and listening, free-cycling, personal shopping, to many other ways of supporting families, the elderly and the isolated. Set up during covid Leighton Linslade Helpers has now become a permeant fixture and helps out people in Leighton Linslade and the surround areas.
If you need help there is no need to go through other agencies as there is a self-referral form which you can complete, for yourself, a family member, friend or if you have a neighbour in need.
www.leightonlinsladehelpers.org.uk
or email us on help@leightonlinsladehelpers.org.uk  
or call us on 07517 851 382 to speak to our team of duty officers any time
 

 

 

The newsletter of Joint Public Issues Team September 2021

The newsletter of Joint Public Issues Team
 

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Newsletter 132        September 2021

Dear Friends

 

As autumn begins to arrive in the UK, we’re starting to see many of the
Covid-19 protection schemes winding down. And yet, often our systems and structures still don't offer the support that many people have needed - financial, social, practical. How might we continue working together to ensure everyone has the tools they need to flourish, even beyond the pandemic?

 

I hope that this month’s newsletter provides some opportunities to respond to this challenge. We’ve collected a number of actions you can take to raise your voice - on the climate crisis, the upcoming cut to Universal Credit and supporting asylum seekers. We are so grateful for your ongoing work and support in remaining alert and responsive to the justice issues we see around us.

 

Every blessing

 

Hannah & JPIT

The Great Big Green Week: 18-26 September

The Great Big Green Week is coming up! A national week for communities across England to take action and speak up for climate and nature. Take a look on the Great Big Green Week website to find out about local events.

 

Could you take action, and ask your MP to #RiseToTheMoment this week?

 

Send your MP an origami boat, and ask them to rise to the moment to make sure COP26 delivers climate justice.

 

You can find guidance and templates on our website. 

Write to your MP

In Scotland? Be part of Climate Fringe Week! Take a look on their website to find out more.

Keep the uplift

 

At the beginning of October, the UK Government plans to cut Universal Credit by £20 per week. This move could push 2.3 million people into debt, and force over a million people to skip meals and switch the heating off in their homes.

Sign the letter: If you’re a lay or ordained church leader, join the open letter highlighting concern about the impact of the cut in churches and communities.

Sign the open letter

Email your MP: The Trussell Trust have produced a quick online action to email your MP, to ask them to urge the government to keep the lifeline.

Write to your MP

The Nationality and Borders Bill

This month, the Nationality and Borders Bill will begin at the committee stage in the House of Commons. The bill proposes legislation which creates a two-tier system for asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, which could put thousands of vulnerable people at risk. You can read our blog about how this is demonstrated by the situation in Afghanistan here. We are calling for a reform of the system, which instead promotes dignity and flourishing.

 

Join our mailing list

 

We are gathering a group of people from across the UK for email and zoom briefings as the bill progresses through parliament. Our next zoom call will be on Thursday 7 October at 8pm. Register on our website to receive the details.

Sign up to the mailing list

What’s wrong with the Nationality and Borders Bill?
Webinar: 28 September 2021, 4pm-5:15pm.


Hosted by Ripon City of Sanctuary and Asylum Matters, this briefing is for clergy and lay leaders of all faiths and denominations.

Register here

 

Faith in Politics: Building and Sustaining Community Relationships with Emma Hardy MP

 

 

In the final episode of Season 4, join Rodney as he interviews Labour MP Emma Hardy. Emma reflects on the important role that faith has played in her political life and the lessons of Covid-19 for society and the Church. Rodney and Lucy muse on the idea of what community truly means and reflect on their favourite interviews within the last year.

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The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

 

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill has been introduced to the House of Lords this week. Alongside over 350 other civil society organisations, JPIT’s denominations have raised concerns about the bill. These include impacts on the right to protest, the threat it poses to traveller communities and the potential for policies to be introduced that more deeply entrench racial injustices in the justice system.

Read the letter here

Season of Creation 2021

We’re halfway through Season of Creation 2021! Have you spent time celebrating creation in your worship yet?

 

We’ve teamed up with Eco-Congregation Scotland to produce a resources hub, with poems, discussion questions, prayers, activities and videos. Take a look to see if there’s something that would work for your church.

Find the resources

Social Care

 

“It is a serious problem that in the one week when social care is at the top of the news agenda, remarkably little attention has been given to those who need its help or do the hard work of delivering care day to day.”

 

Following proposed reforms to the social care system, Paul has written about the proposed social care reforms, and why they are in danger of falling short of the changes needed.

Read the social care blog here

Climate Sunday

We’re delighted that a recording of the Nations’ Climate Sunday Service, broadcast from Glasgow Cathedral on Sunday 5 September, is now available to watch.

Watch the Nations' Climate Sunday Service 

Churches can hold a Climate Sunday up until COP26 begins on 31 October! Have you registered your churches’ service yet? Let us know about your Climate Sunday service here.

Register your Climate Sunday

Meet our new starters

As we said goodbye to JPIT’s 2020-21 interns, we welcomed three new additions to the team! Meet Beth, Matt and Ryan. They are joining JPIT as interns for 2021-2022. You can get to know them by reading their welcome blogs!

Meet Matt

Meet Beth

Meet Ryan

Politics in the Pulpit: New Season

The new season of Politics in the Pulpit has begun. To kick off, our new host Revd David Mayne chatted with Revd Anne Bennett, and most recently with Bishop Paul Bayes about the lectionary passages for 19 September.

 

Politics in the Pulpit is a weekly podcast, where we have a conversation about the lectionary passages for the coming weekend. It’s usually released on a Tuesday, so check our website weekly for the latest episode or follow us on PodbeanApple Podcasts or Spotify.

Listen now

Dates for your diary

19 September - Peace Sunday – Find out more here

 

2–8 October - Good Money Week – Find resources here

 

10 October - World Homeless Day – Find out more here

 

10–16 October - Prisons Week (England and Wales) – Find out more here

 

10–17 October - Week of Prayer for World Peace – Find resources here

 

11-17 October - Challenge Poverty Week – Get involved here

 

18 October - Anti-Slavery Day – Find out more here

 

17–24 October - One World Week – Find out more here

To publicise an event or project, or to follow up on any of the issues mentioned here, contact us on enquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk