CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY (CAP)
Phone: 01274 760720
CAP is passionate about releasing people from a life sentence of poverty, debt, unemployment and addiction. Partnering with the local churches they bring good news, hope and freedom to people in the UK.
If you are feeling weighed down by debt, then we can help. You may think your situation is impossible, but there is hope. Our friendly team will give you a listening ear in the privacy of your own home and provide a real solution to your debts.
Locally we run:
CAP Debt Help – we give free help to anyone in debt. Thousands of people have already been given hope and a solution. The Erith & Thamesmead CAP Debt Centre is based in Belvedere and serves people in parts of the Bexley & Greenwich borough, to make an appointment contact freephone number 0800 328006 or See www.capuk.org.
CAP Money Course – this is a 3-session course, run daytimes or evenings by local CAP Money Coaches, to help with learning better budgeting skills, and is run at various times around Bexley. For upcoming courses, visit www.capuk.org
CAP Drop In Centre – this is weekly support centre for existing clients to gain support between visits or for those wishing to learn more about what CAP can offer we are open from 10-12pm each Tuesday, please call Jackie 07576 315994 to book an appointment.
CAP Life Skills – Life Skills is an eight-week course that will equip you with tools such as how to eat well on a budget, and how to make your money go further. You’ll meet with a group of likeminded people and learn practical skills from our trained coaches – and have some fun along the way to book onto this free course contact Mick on 07942 678551, visit www.capuk.org
CAP Job Club – There are no CAP Job Clubs in the Borough. If any Church would like to consider this as a new project, then please contact Jackie below, or reply to this mailing.
CAP Fresh Starts (formerly Release Groups) – There are no CAP Fresh Start Groups in Bexley. If any Church would like to consider this as a new project, then please contact Jackie below, or reply to this mailing.
CAP Kick Start – This is a new CAP project starting as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Three Churches in Welling are starting to work together on this project and would like to hear from any other churches interested in this. Please contact Jackie below, or reply to this mailing.
Centre Manager – Erith and Thamesmead
Christians Against Poverty
M: 07576 315994
Working Hours Tuesday & Wednesday 10-4pm
Good News – Praise the Lord for answers to prayer.
The trustees of the Bexley Winter Shelter applied to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – administered by the Homeless Link Grant team for a grant to run our night shelter. This would be to cover accommodation in B & B / Hotels, employ a part-time case worker, provide food and protective clothing etc. The good news is that we have been successful and have been granted a large sum of money that will enable us to do just this. So lets all please thank the Lord for his blessing on this situation and project.
We have already secured some B & B accommodation, employed the part-time case worker and have recruited volunteer cooks and kitchens to prepared an evening main meal. This will not be a face-to-face dining room situation but, will be delivered to the guests.
A small ad-hoc working party has been formed, including a very well qualified safe guarding adviser to progress a start on the 18th January.
So please pray that this will run smoothly – that we can find/locate rough sleepers, that a satisfactory assessment can be made and places therefore offered. Pray that guests will understand and put into practice all the safe guards that are so very important at this time and will not drift into inappropriate social mixing or any antisocial behaviour that could jeopardise their place.
Pray for our case worker as it will be a hard learning curve for her and we are relying on her for much.
Thank you for your continued support and concern.
1) Testing centres
You may be aware that Bexley Council is offering a new rapid testing Covid-19 test centre for those with no symptoms. The site, at the Civic Centre, opens on Monday 11th January. There are several other testing centres already open, across the borough, for those who are symptomatic and a walk-in centre.
A thank you from Bexley Council to the Churches Together in Crayford:
FOSTER CARERS URGENTLY NEEDED
There is a pressing need for foster carers across the London Borough of Bexley and the Council is looking to Churches to help find new foster carers.
The London Borough of Bexley is working alongside Christian charity Home for Good to find new foster carers from within Bexley Churches and work with them at providing the best care possible across the Borough. In a recent Church leaders call, their fostering team meeting said that “there are currently no beds in Bexley” meaning children coming into care have to move miles from the borough.
Could you open your home to a vulnerable child or children?
Join us on the Monday 18th January at 8pm where we will hear from Billy-Jo O’Leary, member of a Bexley Church who works for Home for Good, and a Bexley Social Worker, on how we can respond or consider becoming a fostering family.
You can register to attend here: Home for Good
Please can you also help us by sharing this notice in your church communities, networks, notices, social media platforms and wider. For more info about the partnership between Home for Good and Bexley visit homeforgood.org.uk/bexley
We hope to see many on the call next week.
Project Worker: Kent and South East
Bexley Churches Youth Workers
Bola Ojo, on the TBB Executive (a member of Bexley Christian Life Centre), has been involved in the Home Office Consultation round table discussion on Serious Youth Violence. She is part of Bexley Street Pastors Initiative and sits on behalf of Bexley at the Ascension Trust Synergy Group on youth crime reduction as vice chair, which covers everything to do with serious crime, drugs supply networks, grooming, and protection of young people at the school gates and online.
New Outline Project
TBB, in association with PL9 (https://www.bexleylife.co.uk/pl9) has begun a discussion around beginning a new phase of youth worker led informal support for young people exiting secondary schools, piloting in Bexleyheath Broadway. In Churches in Bexley there are a number of full and part time trained and qualified youth workers, who understanding something of youth culture and the pressures on our young people.
An outline project is in discussion with Bexley Police and Bexley Council, and we are looking for Churches who want to participate in a pilot phase by either/both
- Offering their youth worker (if trained and qualified) for a total of 2-3 hours a week of face to face community based youth work in a team of 2-4 people twice a week
This project will replicate a ‘detached youth work’ model engaging with young people after school at the clocktower, Bexleyheath.
A prayer from Revd Amanda to support this work:
God of perfect community, look now on us and hear our prayer for the ‘New Outline Project’. May we be faithful followers and open our eyes that they may see the deepest needs of our young people.
We pray for young people under a shadow of loneliness and the pressures of youth culture. Lord, friend of the friendless, we pray that through us you will become the friend to young people who are at risk from serious crime, drugs supply networks, grooming, and pray for the protection of young people at the school gates and online.
Let us sit side by side, then standing together let us share the same spirit that draw us together in friendship and unity and peace. Amen
Community Champions needed! The council is looking for links in local community to feedback to them. They are plotting champions on a map and take receipt of leaflets on street near them to deliver and also to flag up any local need. https://www.bexley.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/community-champions
The Bexley helpline number is 020 3045 5398 and other links to assistance available are on this webpage –https://www.bexley.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
BVSC can help with volunteers or linking with other voluntary services – https://bvsc.co.uk/Covid-19
Finally, Isolation Help Bexley are a good contact, as we discussed –https://isolationhelpbexley.com/
Bexley Voluntary Service Council
Bexley Voluntary Service Council new LaunchPad Volunteering Project is now accepting new registrations!
Life can be tough for all sorts of different reasons – not being able to find a job, redundancy, bereavement, struggling with stress, anxiety or low mood, managing long term health conditions, big life events like retirement or just loss of confidence from being alone for a long time . This project is here to support anyone who feels that their mental health is creating a barrier to getting started. No formal diagnosis is needed. The project is open to any age 18+ who lives in the London Borough of Bexley. Visit https://volunteering.bvsc.co.uk/supported-volunteering/launchpad-volunteering-project or call Sky Crook, Supported Volunteering Co-ordinator 0300 302 0056 / 07307 882 164 for a chat about it.
Bexley Winter Shelter
Bexley Winter Shelter – anything resembling the night shelter arrangements over the past four years is not an option, unless with accommodation with separate rooms and washing facilities. There may be some form of drop-in centre during the day to give support where possible. They are praying how they may serve Him and the homeless this coming winter and investigating the Hope into Action model of providing a home for the homeless (see https://www.hopeintoaction.org.uk/).
They are requesting any advice, guidance, or professional input and any knowledge of vacant buildings, houses or even rooms that could be potentially able to provide shelter and for prayer. If you would like to be part of an ongoing BWS prayer team please let them know (firstname.lastname@example.org). Full information below.
Make someone’s day with a letter or card
As part of the #Let’sTalkLoneliness campaign, which launched a year ago, the Minister of Loneliness is encouraging us to write to those who might benefit from a letter. That could be many people at this time of Covid 19, including those who are isolating through health, age or pregnancy. It could also support those who live by themselves and struggling with being unable to see friends and family, or any who may value a letter at this time. Hopefully we will be connecting with many of our congregation.
Writing letters is good way of making sure our friends, family and neighbours know we’re thinking about them.
O God of Compassion,
may each of us
in our desert
detect a sign of your presence.
may each of us be
for our brothers and sisters
a travelling companion
in the fellowship of the Father
Son and the Spirit.
Please use these card template if you wish:
Diamond Jubilee Café
This is a social club for the more mature in our community, offering reminiscence therapy through music, chat, tea and cake in normal times.
The Diamond Jubilee Club (or DJ Club) has been able to re-invent itself for the current lockdown.
The DJ Club goes ‘live’ every Thursday afternoon between 3 and 4 pm.
Del and Carol Bearfoot perform songs of the 50’s,60’s,70’s and beyond with reminiscence which, if you are able to access their program by Facebook, can be interactive.
Del and Carol are delighted to include birthday greetings and requests. Their program is mainly secular but usually finishes with a spiritual thought, hymn and blessing/prayer.
This program is ideal for people in residential homes or those who enjoy nostalgic music. There are opportunities to dance and also to singalong.
The link to facebook is www.facebook.com/bexleydjc
This link will take you onto their church site—you will see a keyboard and then just scroll down to see the live stream.
The club can also be accessed via the internet, more complicated but you can get full instructions sent to you via email.
For more info please phone 07814 418042.
The program will remain in place until larger gatherings are permitted.
New Memory Cafe
If anyone in your fellowship, group or church is living with dementia,
you are welcome to invite them to this new Memory Cafe.
Christchurch Erith Memory Cafe
For those living with dementia and their carers
To offer friendship and support
Meetings will take place over Zoom in the current situation
Anyone wishing to join can email for an invitation using the address below.
Re-Instate (https://www.re-instate.co.uk/) began in 1966 by the then vicar of St John’s, Erith in West Street, Rev Basil Huett.
Rev Huett recognised that a number of his parishioners struggled with long-term mental health issues.
To support their recovery, he set up a project called Re-Instate, offering work experience within a friendly and supportive environment.
Re-Instate was re-invented for a new generation in 2012, and is still a community-church partnership with St John’s, Erith.
One of Re-instate’s projects is the W-rap Project (https://www.re-instate.co.uk/w-rap-project/)
W-rap™ stands for Well-being, Recovery, Activity Parcels.
IN NORMAL TIME
Re-Instate is a charity working to improve employment opportunities, quality of life and well-being for disadvantaged people in the London Borough of Bexley including people experiencing mental ill-health, people with learning disabilities and young people.
A key part of the vision for Re-Instate is the provision of employment services that build sustainable recovery for people experiencing mental ill-health.
W-rap™ parcels provide items associated with The New Economics Foundations’ Five Ways to Well-being (Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give) to encourage people to incorporate these five actions into their lives. You can learn more here.
DURING THE PANDEMIC
The W-rap™ project has continued to work hard, supplying packs to lots of disadvantaged people across Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham boroughs. In May, this has included 100 activity packs delivered to Oxleas Home Treatment Team in Greenwich, helping to support the mental health and well-being of their service users, 66 boxes to Heathfield Care Home in Northumberland Heath, boxes to support St John’s Church (Erith) stay-at-home congregation during lockdown, Evergreen Care and their Elderberries and Isolation Bexley. We are currently preparing 50 mixed boxes for Carer’s Support for the start of June.
Given the present state of affairs in relation to COVID-19 and social isolation, we are adapting our packages and would like to offer them to older people within Bexley Borough, and different categories of people isolated in their homes at the moment, including parents continuing to home school their children and young people. The packages are geared towards maintaining and improving people’s mental health and well-being within Bexley, and link into the New Economics Foundation’s five ways to well-being above. We cover the whole spectrum from younger – older people; working on incorporating young people’s involvement in the project and specifically targeting older people in Bexley.
I will be interested in hearing from any group who feel that W-rap could help. Please E-mail me: Margaret or phone me on 01322 438155 if these packs would be helpful to support the mental well-being of your service users as an organisation, or as an individual.
See here for other projects run by Re-Instate
St. John’s Church Community Hall
194 West Street, Erith DA8 1AN
Belvedere Community Centre
Mitchell Close, Belvedere DA17 6AA
For those who have money worries during this time, please check out the document below that gives some advice to us all:
As well as the charities listed below, people are seeking help and a safe haven during this time.
Please checkout the link below offering help for those that need this.
HOWBURY FRIENDS FOOD BANK
Operating from St Augustine’s Church Hall, Slade Green
The latest request is from Bexley Borough:
As part of our response to the coronavirus pandemic, we are partnering with Reed recruitment agency to urgently recruit to a number of roles to support Bexley’s care sector and help the most vulnerable in our community.
There are a number of roles available listed on our website<https://www.bexley.gov.uk/news/london-borough-bexley-urgent-call-workers>.
Please share this with your family, friends and anyone you know who may have skills or transferable experience and are available immediately. We will be posting about these roles on our Twitter @LBofBexley and Facebook @LBBexley social media accounts so please share if you can.
These roles will help ensure that Bexley residents receive the support and care that they need either in their homes or in residential care settings. There will be training and support available where appropriate.
The evergreen charity has put the following request out:
To help us get through the next few months, we have opened a GoFundMePage for Evergreen.
Can you please share this with all your contacts and ask them to share with all their contacts also.
We are trying to put together a telephone befriending service to support our older community but need to have all our office staff working to deal with the many issues that will arise.
It is good to see the community coming together and supporting each other. Together, we will get through this. Together we will make a difference.
Please take care and stay safe,
Pete & Diane.
Also looking for help are the food banks:
BEXLEY FOODBANK DONATIONS
The Foodbank now more that ever is an important resource for families at this time of lock down. CTiC have recently been able to donate £330 from across the CTiC. This is vital community work we can participate in if we are able. Please see the Foodbank details on the St Paulinus website or get in contact with Marilyn Downes 01322 294569 if you need further information on how to donate.
Check out our separate page for the Food Bank
Poverty and Hope Appeal – 2020
The Diocese have had to postpone the launch of our annual Poverty and Hope Appeal due to the restrictions imposed by the response to COVID-19. The launch of the Appeal will hopefully be in time for Harvest. They are planning to support the same projects included in the 2019 Appeal.
You can still donate to the Appeal by making out a cheque to ‘Rochester-DBF Poverty and Hope Appeal’ and sending it to Debbie Cooper, Appeal Coordinator, Poverty and Hope, 6 Calverley Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2SH. Alternative ways to make a donation on 01892-527611 or email email@example.com. https://www.rochester.anglican.org/diocese/poverty-amp-hope/
All donations will be greatly appreciated to help the vital work being carried out by our partners to help the most disadvantaged people, whose circumstances are now even more difficult.
From Transform Bexley Borough:
Volunteer to help others during the Coronavirus pandemic
The Council and Bexley Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) are working together to support Bexley residents who are able to give their time to support vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
If you are a local resident who would like to help, please take a look at Bexley’s Volunteer Hub – BVSC’s volunteering scheme – which will match you with local charities, community groups and local people who need help.
Register at the Volunteer Hub at https://bvsc.co.uk/covid-19 / 0300 302 0056
No matter what skills you have to offer, where you’re based in Bexley or how much – or little – time you have to spare, if you’ve volunteered before, or even if you have self-isolated, there are charities and community groups who will welcome your help.
“The pandemic is creating extra challenges for many vulnerable people, so I urge anyone who has the time and is able to help to share your details with the Volunteer Hub in ways that suit your own skills and interests” said Council Leader Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE.
“We are very pleased to be working with BVSC on this scheme, because they are a well-established organisation working closely with Bexley’s fantastic voluntary community groups. They can direct you to the people and places that need your help most.” BVSC will do its best to help local charities and community groups who need extra volunteers. Full details are available at a way of volunteering to help others. If your organisation NEEDS volunteers to continue, please also contact BVSC in this way.
To keep up-to-date if you are online please sign up for the Council’s Bexley Magazine Extra email newsletter. Please share the information you pick up from reliable sources like this with your family, friends and neighbours, and especially with anyone you know who cannot access it.
A Bexley Coronavirus Helpline has now been launched.
From Sophie Leedham, Acting Head of Community Partnerships LB Bexley:
We are also keen to build up our understanding of what community support is already being mobilised locally and how we can help. If you would like to catch up on this, please do get in touch. We are looking to share the wonderful displays of community spirit on our twitter and facebook page @BexleyTogether so please do share with us what is happening near you and find us on there if you haven’t already (also contact at CommunityPartnerships@bexley.gov.uk).
1. Bexley Foodbank continues to welcome extra volunteers at this time when many regular volunteers are needing to self-isolate (contact the manager Gill Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org / 07932 431350)
2. Bexley Winter Shelter (BWS) 2020 closed today (a week early) because the Mayor of London has secured temporary accommodation and other support for all the remaining guests as part of a London-wide programme to serve and protect rough sleepers, who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and other threats to health. This year in Bexley the BWS managed to secure stable housing for 8 or 9 of the guests, a great outcome. Please consider praying for them.
3. Evergreen Care Bexley: “To help us get through the next few months, we have opened a GoFundMePage for Evergreen. Please can you pass this information on as able? We are trying to put together a telephone befriending service to support our older community but need to have all our office staff working to deal with the many issues that will arise. It is good to see the community coming together and supporting each other. Together, we will get through this. Together we will make a difference.” Pete & Diane Kot email@example.com
4. The London City Mission event “Evening out with the LCM” on Thurs 28th May at Sidcup Baptist Church has sadly been cancelled. George Hider
5. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has postponed the Graham Tour that was taking place in Autumn 2020. David Linley