Other Charities Supported by St John's

Charitable Outreach

At the November Church Meeting, the following resolution was passed regarding charitable giving for 2014:

“That 5% of the church’s regular giving in 2015 should continue to be shared amongst the following four charities:

 

Homeless Action in Barnet : 25%

HAB website

 

 

 North London Hospice : 25%

 

Miriam Dean Fund  : 25%

Miriam Dean website

 

 

Commitment for Life (supporting Christian Aid partners) :  25%

 

Also, 50% of all the money raised at our Coffee Mornings and other fundraising events, goes to a nominated charity – currently, North London Hospice. Junior Church often raises further funds for Miriam Dean and at Christmas, we support CRISIS and the London Churches Refugee Fund. We also try to respond to disaster appeals whenever appropriate, through Christian Aid.

St John’s takes an active part in raising money during Christian Aid Week by participating in the house-to-house collection along roads in the local area, as well as supporting campaigns to combat world poverty. At Harvest, the church collects dried food goods and men’s clothing items for Homeless Action in Barnet. We regard the charitable giving of the church as a way of responding to those in greatest need and as a practical expression of our Christian faith.

 

We are about to begin hosting the Barnet Winter Shelter for the third year, it might be  interesting to remind ourselves about the work of Homeless Action in Barnet (HAB), as it is HAB who provide St. John's with all the names of the guests. Their services continue to be in great demand throughout the whole year.

HAB's aim is to help a variety of clients whose circumstances might include any of the following:

· Rough sleepers;

· Those in insecure accommodation, where the tenancy is under threat;

· Those in temporary accommodation;

· Those in permanent accommodation but in need of support to maintain their tenancy.

To all its clients HAB offers a place to rest as well as meals, hot drinks, showers, laundry, clean clothes,resettlement support, medical, social and psychiatric services, drug and alcohol support, referrals to winter shelter, referrals to tenancy support, counselling, group work and other activities.The following statistics are quoted on their website:

· We are currently helping over 250 people.

· Nearly half are men aged 40-60 years.

· We have about 450 visits to the centre per week.

· Nearly half of our visitors use the GP service.

· One quarter visit our dentist.

· Nearly half of our clients are disabled.

· There are about 50 visits made to the medical services each week.

· 36% of our clients consider themselves to have a drugs or alcohol problem.

· 36 machine loads of washing are done each week.

A dynamic team of about 30 volunteers help with the running of the Day Centre in Woodhouse Road,

North Finchley and donations of good quality men’s clothing, non-perishable food items and small

household items for those setting up home are always welcomed.

 

 

 


Charity Support
Webpage icon Christian Aid Week 2015
Webpage icon Winter Shelter
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