Just as we enter the second lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic, today’s Grapevine shares something which has borne fruit in the first. We’d like to tell you about the Catholic Partnership for Covid Emergency Relief, here in the Diocese of Nottingham – and invite you to be part of it.
Even when we are confined behind closed doors, we can reach out to others. In solidarity, no-one is alone. Please get in touch if you, your parish or your organisation would like to work with others to relieve poverty and distress as this pandemic goes on.
Keep safe and well
Paul (Programme Leader for Social Action)
In this issue
– Partners in Covid-19 emergency relief
– Could you help us make grant applications?
– Greater Lincoln Active Faith Network – network gathering
– Together, we are Caritas: still time to book
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A charitable partnership for the pandemic
We all know the hardship which the Coronavirus is causing. Those who were already the most vulnerable in our diocese are the hardest-hit. So in May the diocese formed the Catholic Partnership for Covid Emergency Relief, with charities across the diocese.
As we enter a second national lockdown, we can be sure the challenges will be with us for many more months to come.
Visit the partnership’s page on the diocesan website
Find out what we’ve achieved so far.
Meet the founding partners
The partnership brings together organisations with which parishes and individual Catholics have long supported – because of their Catholic heritage, or because we pray, give, and volunteer for them.
Parishes can be members too – two in Leicester are founder members. Currently the partnership includes:
– Agencies which serve homeless or vulnerable people: Emmanuel House, central Nottingham, The Friary, West Bridgford and the Padley Group, Derby.
– Blessed Sacrament and St Peter’s parishes in Leicester, whose Justice and Peace Group supports three foodbanks, including E2 Food Hub
– Two further foodbanks in Derbyshire: Hope for Belper and the Zink Project (High Peak).
We’ve reached over 5,000 people so far
In June 2020 we raised a grant of £36,102 from the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation to provide emergency relief over the summer of 2020. That enabled the Diocese to help over 5,000 people at risk of hunger and homelessness in the pandemic.
Download our report to find out what we have achieved so far.
As the second lockdown looms, we’re not going to stand by. We are ready to take the next step – and that is where you can help us.
Sign up your parish or organisation
The ministry of charity is at the heart of who we are as the Church. We’re looking to expand the partnership to meet the challenges of this next phase of the pandemic. Partners will be able to:
– Form joint projects and funding bids to Catholic donors and others
– Recruit volunteers and support in parishes around the diocese
– Harness the power of Catholic social teaching to ‘heal the world’.
If you, your parish or project see a need and would like to make common cause through the Catholic Partnership for Covid Emergency Relief, get in touch.
Can you help? Volunteers sought
We are particularly seeking volunteers with specific skills:
– writing funding bids to grantmaking trusts
– book-keeping, budgeting and monitoring expenditure of successful projects
– co-ordinating meetings by Zoom.
For a chat about what help is needed, and how you might play a part, contact Paul Bodenham, Programme Leader for Social Action. Or come to a partnership meeting planned for our volunteers on Thursday 25 November to be held by Zoom. Get in touch if you’d like the joining details.
Through 2020 Greater Lincoln Active Faith Network has pulled together the efforts of the churches in Lincoln in order to serve the people of Lincoln during this difficult time. Join their annual Network Gathering on 12th November, 7.30pm on Zoom!
You will need to register to attend the zoom call – so please click this link to do so – spaces are limited so book in to avoid disappointment.
For the last 43 years, Faith in Families
have provided struggling families across the East Midlands with hampers of toys and food for Christmas. These families have experienced difficult times and have been referred via the charity’s School Social Work Service. Without such support these families will have nothing; children will have no presents to open on Christmas Day.
The aim of Faith in Families’ Christmas Appeal is to ensure that these families don’t go without each year. This year their aim is to provide 100 families across the region with a £100 voucher for a local supermarket. Visit their website to find out ways in which you can help a family under pressure this Christmas.
Faith in Families is a member of the Caritas Social Action Network
Have you booked for Saturday?
If you get your skates on there is still time to register for Together, we are Caritas, this Saturday’s landmark event in our diocese’s journey to joining Caritas. Your booking will need to be in by Wednesday evening so that we can send you the joining details.
Find out more about Together, we are Caritas on the diocesan website
Book a place now and we’ll send you details for joining us on the day.
It is the unwavering faith, the open hearts, and the piercing courage
of people from every level of every society
that carries us through every major social breakdown
to the emergence again of the humanization of humanity.
In every region, everywhere, they are the unsung but mighty voices
of community, high-mindedness, and deep resolve.
They are the prophets of each era who prod the rest of the world
into seeing newly what it means to be fully alive,
personally, nationally, and spiritually.
Sr Joan Chittister
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