‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it’.Hebrews 13:2
Now in our 12th year, we have already assessed over 130 students and have a new project leader who looks after our dedicated and highly qualified volunteer tutors and crèche workers. Our free classes and crèche are thriving and are very much valued by our learners.
The Leeds Food Aid Network (FAN) exists to help the city work together to tackle food poverty and is chaired by Unity in Poverty Action (UPA) (see entry on Sun 4th March). The network involves many Christians who are involved in supporting vulnerable people in a state of food poverty.
The Hunslet Initiative is a community project in south Leeds formed by local church congregations which exists to be a witness through providing positive activities and support. We are involved in a variety of activities including kids clubs, sports activities, schools work, mentoring and trips.
‘I was a stranger and you invited me in.’ Matthew 25:35
Meeting Point provides practical, emotional and spiritual support to asylum seekers and refugees from its base at Christ Church, Upper Armley. We aim to empower beneficiaries, increase skill set and aid integration.
Our teams work hard to help people stay safe in the night life of Leeds, staying with those who have found themselves alone or vulnerable during their night out. They chat, listen, problem-solve and carry out first aid.
Festival Angels is a group of Christians from across the region who, since 2011, have run a café and prayer tent at Leeds Festival. From 20 volunteers in 2011 we now have over 160 volunteers from over five different denominations running the lost property and doing detached work, alongside the café and prayer tent.
Homelessness is gradually on the increase and many of you will have noticed that the presence of people asking for money (known as begging) and people rough sleeping has increased.
The complexities regarding homelessness are significant. For example, not everyone who asks for money is homeless, nor does being homeless always mean that people are rough sleeping on the street - many people staying with family and friends or in emergency accommodation.
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The Leeds Homelessness Charter brings together Council officials, agency workers, Christian charities, informal grass root groups and people with lived experienceto help tackle homelessness more effectively. Working groups are being established around different themes and it’s out of these groups that a set of principles will be established that everyone in the city can work towards.
Leeds Citizens is an alliance of local church congregations and other civil society groups working together for the common good. Through Community Organising, we build relationships across all faiths and campaign for social justice.
‘Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.’ 1 John 3:18
Our focus is the transformation of our local community, enabling people living with dementia to feel safe, valued and able to enjoy continuing their daily activities. Our goal is to encourage and enable all in our community to be dementia aware.