In the midst of the current crisis, we have a great opportunity as a church to CARE for our city.
Now more than ever we feel the importance of caring for our city and the most vulnerable around us. Over the years at Emmanuel, we have engaged in many different ways to provide practical help and support to those in need.
As part of our involvement in four Foodbanks (Brighton, Whitehawk, Fishersgate & Shoreham) and the Nightshelter, we are also working with other agencies in the city, coordinating the collection, organisation and delivery of food to the most vulnerable and in need in the city.
To do this we need a small army of volunteers. You can help out by simply giving a couple of hours each week (or more) if you have the time available?
If you'd like to volunteer by giving some of your time to help, please use the following link to fill out a Next Step form and select the "I'd like to volunteer for CARE" option, and someone will be in touch with you to follow up.
Food items needed for the Brighton food bank (Urgent items in BOLD)
Here are a few ways in which we can respond to this pandemic and care for those around us.
Please contact your local community leaders to let them know if you have time, a car or availability to connect with your local community in any way.
This is another great App to connect with the community in your neighbourhood. More information available here: https://nextdoor.co.uk/
This app works by connecting people in your local postcode area. It not only helps you stay up to date about what is going on in your area but is now being used as a COVID-19 support platform for neighbourhoods.
Mutual Aid Groups (Whats app groups)
The Mutual Aid groups aim to help households in your area with tasks such as prescription collection, food shopping and dog walking, as well as being a friendly voice on the phone when needed. You can search for your nearest group and be added to a Whats app group for your street. This can help support the most vulnerable on your street/ locality. https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/
In spite of the Night Shelter coming to a close, there are still a few ways people can still volunteer with this project. Volunteers are required to deliver food to their new venue. Please email Georgia Collier if you are able to offer some spare time and are not currently in complete isolation.
Age UK is looking for volunteers to support the elderly in your local community. www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/neighbourly-volunteering/
Why not use the downloadable and printable postcard created for you to fill out and pop through a neighbour’s letterboxes? This allows you to connect with your neighbours as well as offering care & finding out any specific needs they may have.
Throughout the month of November last year, we ran giving campaign into exactly caring for our city and the most vulnerable around us. The money given will enable the CARE team to deliver many different initiatives that we are involved in, in our local area.
Click here to GIVE online
Watch a video from Joel Virgo introducing the Care for our City giving campaign
In this video, we go on location to two of the projects we are involved in as well as meet the team who make ‘Care For Our City’ happen.
In this Sunday’s video, Rob Liddiard talks to us about how we mentor and counsel those in need. He particular highlights KEYS Community Detox which we are a part of. A programme to help people escape from alcohol and drug addiction.
In this video, Naomi White and Georgia Collier talk us through how we are using our Emmanuel buildings to Care For Our City.
In our final video of the Care For Our City campaign, Matt Davis shows us the food bank projects we are involved in.