Social Issues and Initiatives 


Eco-Church

We have been making a particular effort  to be "Green" at Trinity for more than 12 years now, at first as part of the EcoCongregation initiative and more recently as part of Eco-church. This video, which was produced for the LL Churches Eco Conference in October 2020, shows some of the things we did to achieve the Eco Congregation Gold Award and more recently, the Bronze Eco Church Award.
Since achieving the Eco-church Bronze Award, good progress has been made towards getting the Silver. One outstanding challenge is the church garden, which has become very overgrown. Plans are being developed to restore it and, perhaps, turn it into a resource for teaching about caring for the environment.
 
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Working with the homeless and the Community Foodbank

Leighton Linslade Homeless Service (LLHS) has been an important presence in the town for many years and in 2013 we at Trinity began to work in partnership with them, by providing a hot meal and fellowship at a Drop-In on one night a week on church premises.
Up until the beginning of the first Lock-down in March 2020, LLHS were running a Night Shelter for Rough Sleepers at Black Horse House (BHH) in North Street. But when it was necessary for numbers of guests there to be limited and for them to live on the premises in order to meet Government Guidelines, the Shelter converted to a hostel, focussing on helping a small number of residents to re-build their lives. At the same time the Trinity Drop-In had to be suspended, along with other activities on the premises.

A government-funded Covid initiative has meant that accommodation is currently made available for all rough sleepers by local authorities and LLHS has been able to close-down BHH Hostel, temporarily at least. The position will be reviewed when the government funding ends in 2022.  

 

Foodbank

LLHS has run a Community Foodbank since 2012 and is continuing to do so, working from the basement of BHH with additional storage elsewhere.  Volunteers from several local churches, including Trinity, help by collecting donations from supermarkets, making up food bags and delivering to needy people. Some of the bags go direct to local households, others are distributed via schools and social services but all are supplied in response to a referral from one of the organisations that engage with and support the recipients.
Until further notice, for information relating to the Foodbank call BHH on 07842 122429 or 01525 373628. 

PLEASE NOTE: TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH IS NOT A COLLECTION POINT OR DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE FOODBANK. PLEASE CALL THE ABOVE NUMBER. THANK YOU.

 

Rough Sleepers and other Homeless People

Information about the work going on at BHH is available on their web site; http://www.llhsblackhorse.org.uk but this is not a point of contact for services for homeless people or rough sleepers.
In response to the Covid 19 crisis Central Beds Council (CBC) expanded and developed their services to include a Rough Sleeper Outreach Service provided by NOAH Enterprise. Anyone sleeping rough or at risk of sleeping rough should be referred to CBC on 0300 300 4370 or direct to NOAH Enterprise at centralbeds.outreach@noahenterprise.org

 

Leighton Linslade Helpers

Leighton Linslade Helpers provide a range of services, from food parcels, prescription deliveries, welfare checks, counselling and listening, free-cycling, personal shopping, to many other ways of supporting families, the elderly and the isolated. Set up during covid Leighton Linslade Helpers has now become a permenant fixture and helps out people in Leighton Linslade and the surround areas.
If you need help there is no need to go through other agencies as there is a self-referral form which you can complete, for yourself, a family member, friend or if you have a neighbour in need.
www.leightonlinsladehelpers.org.uk
or email us on help@leightonlinsladehelpers.org.uk  
or call us on 07517 851 382 to speak to our team of duty officers any time
 

 

 

The newsletter of Joint Public Issues Team May 2022

 
The newsletter of Joint Public Issues Team
 

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Newsletter 140        May 2022

Dear Friends

 

 

The last month in political life has made for interesting viewing. Disappointingly, the end of April saw the passage of the Nationality and Borders Bill into law. So many of you have campaigned with us and stood alongside asylum seekers and refugees in your community since the Bill was introduced. Whilst this is not what we had hoped for, we know that it will not stop the outpouring of love, solidarity and action from so many people across our communities. We can and will do better than this for those seeking sanctuary in the UK. Thank you for offering a more hopeful picture than our legislation seeks to allow.

 

We’ve also seen local elections in Scotland, Wales and England and national elections in Ireland, as well as the State Opening of Parliament, where the government set out their agenda for the year ahead. There’s lots still to respond to, and it’s in this context we’re excited to gather together for our national conference on 11 June. We’re looking forward to seeing many of you online or in London then.

 

Every blessing

Hannah & all the Joint Public Issues Team

From the Ground Up: One month to go!

There’s only one month to go until our conference! Have you booked your tickets yet? Don’t miss out on what promises to be an inspiring day of digging deeper into what unearthing hope and seeking justice means where you are.

 

Book your ticket here

We know that the challenges facing our communities at the moment are growing. Rising cost of living, increasing pressure to adapt to lower climate living, global conflict and a political space conflicted by divisiveness all shape how we seek justice at both a local and national level.

 

We want the conference to be a really useful day, to offer you the opportunity to grow in your skills and go deeper in your exploration of what it means to seek justice as a person of faith. Our keynote panels, workshops and creative prompts are all designed to facilitate greater learning and exploration throughout the day. Our hope is that you will leave energised by the conversations you have had and the things you have learnt.

 

Want to book but cost is holding you back? We’ve got free tickets available for people on low incomes or aged under 25. Just choose the free ticket option when you book.

 

We’d really love to see as many of you there as possible, either online or onsite. If you’ve got questions before you book, don’t hesitate to contact us at enquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk or call 020 7916 8632.

The Cost of Living Crisis - Webinars

Tuesday 24th May 7-8pm

Wednesday 25th May 2:30-3:30pm

 

The Cost of Living Crisis is affecting communities across the UK. Families who were already experiencing financial challenges are struggling to stay afloat. Families who were managing before are now struggling for the first time.

 

We’re working with Church on the Margins to release a new briefing about the Cost of Living crisis, coming soon. We will be launching this briefing with an event aimed at church and community leaders (lay and ordained), exploring:

 

  • The wider context of the rising cost of living;
  • How the Cost of Living Crisis might affect your community;
  • How we can respond locally;
  • How we can work together to build an effective national response.

Register for the webinars

Net Zero in my Neighbourhood

‘Councils are well-placed to deliver on net zero as they are the master planners of places, convenors of civil society and business, and have detailed knowledge of place and people. With their understanding of the specific needs of their locality, they can ensure the transition to net zero is just and appropriate to place.’

 

 

We’re launching a new campaign: ‘Net Zero In My Neighbourhood’. Have you every wondered what it would look like for your community to be net-zero? Local councils play a key role in creating a just and fair transition to net-zero up and down the country. That’s why we’re encouraging churches to get involved, and to be part of the transition.

 

Learn about the potential for churches, councils and communities in Matt's blog introducing the campaign.

Click here to read the blog

Britain: Global Power and Good Neighbour?

Monday 27th June, 8 – 9:30pm, Online and at Telford International Centre

 

The UK Government have often used the term ‘Global Britain’ to refer to the strengths Britain can demonstrate on the international stage. What would it look like to be a ‘Global Britain’ which prioritises peace and justice? How might the Church speak into this debate?

 

 

Join the Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng for the annual Beckly Lecture, exploring what it means to be a global Britain in the context of our faith.

Click here to register to join online or in Telford

 

The Queen’s Speech

 

On Tuesday 10th May, Prince Charles opened parliament on the Queen’s behalf and set out the government’s agenda in the Queen’s speech. At a time when the cost of living is rapidly rising, and many more people are at risk of being pushed into destitution, did the speech actually address solutions? Listen to Paul’s interview on UCB to find out more.

Click here to listen to Paul's interview

 

Faith in Politics – Feedback!

 

Do you listen to our Faith in Politics Podcast? As part of a review of how JPIT uses our podcasts, we’d like to hear from you. We are setting up a small focus group for just one meeting. The outcome of the discussion will directly feed into the wider survey we will be conducting in June. There won’t be any ongoing commitment.

 

 

If you’d like to get involved, please email enquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk.

 

Reminder: Call for an end to Nuclear Weapon investment

 

Do you bank with Barclays, HSBC or NatWest?

 

Do you have your pension with Royal London, Nest or People’s Pension?

 

 

If you do, then we want to hear from you! We are calling for these institutions to end their investment in companies that produce nuclear weapons. For a template letter or Tweets to send then please email daviesb@methodistchurch.org.uk.

 

Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast

 

The National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast is taking place on Tuesday 5th July from 7:30am to 9am. This year’s theme will be ‘Serving the Common Good’, with keynote speakers, seminars and events for church leaders.

 

Could you invite your MP? Local churches can invite their MP to the prayer breakfast, and then accompany them on the day. This could be a great way to build a relationship with your MP.

 

 

To register, head to Book your ticket – Christians in Parliament and enter the access code CHL22. If you want to find out more about the morning, click here: 2022 Programme – Christians in Parliament.

Events

European Christian Environment Network Conference 2022: 13-15 June, Online. Join speakers and projects from across Europe to explore the ‘challenges we are living in’. Click here to find out more.

 

'A Home for Everyone: responding to the displacement of populations': Dr Sam Wells, for the London Churches Refugee Fun’s annual lecture: 20 June at 7pm, at St Martin in the Fields. Click here to see more on their website.

 

‘The Spirit that crosses borders: exploring faith in the context of migration’: 2-5 June 2022, Wesley House Cambridge and Online. The Centre for Faith in Public Life at Wesley House is hosting a series of events at Pentecost exploring faith questions arising in the context of migration, with contributors from around the world. Click here to find out more.

Dates for your diary

Click on the title to find resources and information about each event.

 

5th June - Environment Sunday (also Pentecost)

 

11th June -  JPIT Conference

 

12th June -  Tax Justice Sunday

 

17th–26th June - Refugee Festival Scotland

 

20th–26th June - Refugee Week

 

26th June -  International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

To publicise an event or project, or to follow up on any of the issues mentioned here, contact us on enquiries@jointpublicissues.org.uk