Charity of the month 2017

Each month our congregation support and pray for the charitable work of others.  The 2017 charities of the month are as below, do click on the link for further information.

January:  The Samaritans

The Samaritans support many people who find January to be a particularly difficult time of year.  They say,

'People talk to us anytime they like, in their own way, and off the record - about whatever’s getting to them.
You don't have to be suicidal.'

February: Church Urban Fund

CUF was established by the Church of England as a practical response to unmet need and has been active in local communities for over 30 years. Their vision is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness.

They work through the Church of England’s local parish networks, and alongside other faith-based and secular organisations, to bring about positive change in neighbourhoods.

They work by building trust, empowering local people to have a go at addressing the areas of greatest need in their communities, and speaking out against injustice.

The CUF is committed to working through relational partnerships which bring about long-term, sustainable change by mobilising local people to be the source of the change they want to see and to use the assets already available in their community.

March: Yatton House

Yatton House Society is committed to developing the individual with a learning/physical disability by initiating and organising activities aimed at maximising individual progression.

This incorporates: Personal growth, Community knowledge, Fellowship, Self help, Social Skills, Further Education, Leisure Activities, Craftwork, Counselling, Home economics and much more.

Yatton House was developed in 1976 from a youth club in Great Ayton dedicated to the physically and mentally disabled - a need which had been identified by the Archbishop of York in a letter to local Parish Churches. During 1980 a number of parents with disabled youngsters discovered that beyond the years of statutory education, there were few facilities available in the form of day care, highlighting a danger that that impetus of earlier school education could be lost. Following meetings with Social Services Yatton House Society was born in 1981 - 'The International Year of the Disabled.'

April: United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG)

USPG is a church-based charity working in direct partnership with Anglican churches throughout the world.  For over 300 years they have been sharing God’s love through practical action, and seeing lives transformed.  Their goal is to help more and more people ‘take hold of the life that is truly life’ (1 Timothy 6:19).

Our donations during April and also throughout the year are to assist the Anglican Church in Greece and its work with refugees. The situation is desparate, following border closures in the Balkans, tens of thousands of refugees are now stranded in Greece with limited options, many with seriously inadequate support.  It is unclear whether they will be able to receive protection and support in Greece or whether they can move onward and be relocated to other European countries.  There is a critical shortage of suitable accommodation, and thousands are living in overcrowded centres and camps where they are vulnerable to smugglers and traffickers.  Options for these refugees are unlikely to materialise soon and organisations estimate they will require significant assistance for months, or even years, to come.

May: Bible Society

Working in over 200 countries, Bible Society is a charity on a global mission to bring the Bible to life for every man, woman and child. They believe that when people engage with the Bible, lives can change – for good.

June: Church Housing Trust

Church Housing Trust helps homeless people to rebuild their lives. Their roots go back to 1882, when Revd Wilson Carlile began working with homeless people in central London. To this day, they uphold the Christian values of supporting those in need, and we help more than 3,500 people every year.

They fund training, volunteering and work opportunities, personal development and training in life skills. They provide grants for clothing, travel, and group activities and for furniture and household essentials when people move in to a home of their own.

July: Mission to Seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.5 million crewmen and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat.

They work in over 200 ports caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Through a global network of Chaplains, Staff and Volunteers they offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship-visits, Flying Angel seafarers' centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services.

August: Mothers' Union Away from it All

Mothers' Union AFIA holidays are a practical and important way to help support family life. Each year the MU offers on average 550 families a holiday through the AFIA holiday scheme. The scheme is funded by the members of Mothers' Union and enables around 850 adults and 1200 children to get away for a break in the UK each year.

The scheme is open to anyone who is under stress. Applicants do not have to be a member of a church or any organisation. It is also possible for people to apply personally or on the behalf of someone else. 

September: Stokesley and District Community Care Association

The CCA supports people interested in volunteering and volunteer using organisations by providing information, advice and support on good practice.

The Community Care Association also provides services for local people in Stokesley, Great Ayton, Great Broughton, Hutton Rudby and all the villages within a 15 mile radius.

October: The Mary Thompson Fund

The Mary Thompson Fund is a hardship fund responding to the critical and emergency needs of those who are seeking sanctuary or are settled refugees in the Tees Valley, for things such as:

medical expenses
emergency food packs
furniture for unfurnished accommodation
maternity wear and baby needs
expenses incurred when meeting solicitors
phone cards
travel costs to visit detained relatives
help towards college expenses
travel arrangements for school children
three nights’ emergency accommodation
Established in 2001 in response to the urgent needs of refugees and asylum seekers in the Tees valley, the Mary Thompson Fund relies on the generous support of individuals and groups in the area. The work of the fund is carried out by volunteers.

Help is provided only when no other sources of assistance are available, and often to people who are at a critical point in their search for a safe place to live.

November: The Corrymeela Community

Corrymeela believes that people can learn to live and work well together. They have fifty years of experience working alongside fractured communities and groups who are finding their relationships difficult, as well as addressing relational, societal, structural and power dynamics.

December: Christian Aid

Christian Aid fights poverty, because everyone should have the opportunity to thrive.  They work in partnership with churches, individuals and local organisations in communities worldwide, supporting people of all faiths and none to rise out of poverty.