St Luke's Church, Buckfastleigh
OUTSIDE MISSION LINKS
Thika Diocese, Kenya
We are currently developing a link with Thika Diocese, to the north of Nairobi, in Kenya. In particular, we shall link with the parish of Juja.
Giving Back - Totnes
You may find leaflets in coffee shops in Totnes encouraging people to give to this initiative, rather than to homeless people on the street. It has been running for three years now; they provide a drop-in centre in the mornings at Totnes Connection Hub where there are hot meals, clothes, a foodbank and a listening ear.
There was previously a soup kitchen, but this has been absorbed into the new venture, which concentrates on moving people on, rather than letting them become dependent on food handouts. To this end they do a “needs assessment”, and will help with job applications, housing needs, budgeting concerns etc. There is access to the internet, and volunteers will help with making phone calls and arranging appointments.
In the afternoons support workers attend from agencies such as Together Drugs and Alcohol for appointments, and the staff work closely with the CAB and others for advice on benefits or debt etc. They run Level 2 vocational courses, and therapies which can help with mental health concerns. They no longer run a night shelter, as emergency accommodation can be arranged at short notice with the relevant authorities.
This is a Christian charity, with the emphasis on prevention of hardship, reaching out to people hopefully before the situation becomes too bad. They try to help people experiencing difficulties, assisting them with a way forward. They are supported in the community by donations and in kind – food, clothes, etc. They are keen to work with other foodbanks including ours and in fact can provide resources there as well. There is a new family centre next door where there are play facilities for toddlers. All the staff are volunteers, so that every donation goes directly to help those in need.
Following the ending of a previous link due to retirement, we have decided to support Christian Aid, with its worldlwide work of relief and development and campaigning.