As well as our main Church project, we also support several other charities with smaller sums, collected after communion services at the church.
Charities supported in previous years can be seen on the following pages:
The charities being supported this year are as given below. Clicking on a title will open a new tab containing the web page of the relevant charity.
Dec 2019 and Janurary 2020: Foodbank
Foodbank don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Elvet is both a collection point for Foodbank donations (deposits may be made in the yellow collection receptacle in the church foyer) and a distribution point for referred clients needing food, toiletries and fuel vouchers.
Those who have been issued referral slips from participating agencies (e.g. from Housing Associations, job centre, Social Services etc) may collect food at Elvet every Tuesday afternoon between 1.30pm – 3pm. The volunteers who manage this service are from within the local community and many are Elvet members.
February 2020: DASH - Durham Action for Single Homeless
“Everyone, regardless of circumstances, should have a fundamental right to a place of shelter, and help to rebuild their life.”
DASH are an independent charity that provides accommodation with support to people who are homeless or are about to become homeless.
The objects of the charity:
The provision of charitable social housing.
To promote the care, education and training of people with a mental or physical disability.
DASH has been making a positive intervention on single homelessness for forty-five years.
They do this through;
the provision of Supported Housing
a project specifically for vulnerable women facing multiple complex needs
enhanced housing management services
the provision of affordable shared housing for homeless people and people in housing need.
They currently accommodate up to 63 people in a variety of properties on short, medium or longer term agreements, and our aim is to provide a supportive and stable environment in order to give people the best chance of addressing the problems that caused their homelessness and an opportunity to move forward into independence.
March: Benevolence Fund
An emergency hardship fund for immediate distribution to needy cases within the Church and its community. Distributed at the discretion of the Minister.
April : Cheezy Waffles
The Cheesy Waffles Project is a registered charity that works with young people with additional needs between the ages of 7 - 30. Although our project is predominantly for young people with learning disabilities it is not exclusive to and everyone is welcome.
We are a non-profitable project delivering clubs and activities for young people to attend in their leisure time.
All of our activities are subsidised by grants, donations and our own fundraising efforts to ensure that everyone can afford to take part and have fun together.
Young people have the opportunity to take part in residentials, trips away, shopping excursions, meals out, sports activities, cookery programmes etc. This gives them an opportunity to go out without support from their family giving respite to carers but also developing the young people’s independent skills.
All young people learn skills through taking part in activities that will help them with the transition into adulthood and promote self-awareness and independency.
This September, the Cheesy Waffles Project celebrates its 15th anniversary.
May: Christian Aid
This is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. It works globally to eradicate the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. Christian Aid is part of a wider movement for social justice and provides urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes. Its essential purpose is to expose the scandal of poverty; to help in practical ways to root it out from the world; to challenge and change structures and systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.
NEPACS is a long-standing charity in the north east of England building bridges for prisoners, their families and the community. The society supports and assists prisoners, families and friends of prisoners in their visits to the prison and helps children visiting relatives in prison to feel welcome and find the experience as pleasant as possible. The society also relieves hardship due to the poverty of some offenders and their families, and supports the education and training of offenders to help in their rehabilitation.
July: The Leybourne Trust
The Leybourne Trust is a circuit based charity which was set up to provide materials for the training and support of Local Preachers.
It is proposed that the trust should take over the funding of the Roots magazine for all preachers in the circuit. This amounts to an annual cost of around £1000. Whilst there are sufficient funds in the Trust to fund the first year, it will be necessary to identify regular funding for the Trust if it is to be able to meet this new commitment.
The Durham and Deerness Valley Circuit greatly values the work of its local preachers and for some years has funded the annual subscription for Roots magazine for all Local Preachers. This magazine provides valuable resource materials for preachers linked to the lectionary
In view of the need to continue to support our local preachers, each church in the circuit is requested to consider making an annual minimum donation to the Leybourne Trust of £100.
August: Benevolence Fund
An emergency hardship fund for immediate distribution to needy cases within the Church and its community. Distributed
at the discretion of the Minister.
September: Tear Fund
Tear Fund is a Christian organisation born out of the Evangelical Alliance in 1968. Tear Fund aims to help people in the world who are in the greatest need. They work through local churches, church based and Christian partners to seek out and help the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in these places. They help communities through a process which leads them to name their own needs, recognise their own strengths and find their own solutions to poverty. This has proven to be effective, long lasting , far reaching and transformative.
So far more than 75,000 churches have been envisioned, helping them address poverty and injustice in their communities; more than 17 million people have been helped through community development projects; more than 7.6 million people have been helped to recover from and prepare for disasters; more than 175 unjust policies and practices have been changed to deliver justice for poor communities.
The aim of Josie’s Dragonfly Trust is to brighten the lives of children & young people living with cancer and to provide a moment of happiness when a moment is all they have.
1. Cash Gifts: They provide a single cash gift of £500 to young people between 13 and 20yrs and when cancer treatment is no longer considered curative. The money is for them to spend as they wish.
2. Dragonfly Dreams: Are for younger children (and sometimes older ones too)They can arrange a treat, a day out or to buy something that a child desperately wants. This really helps particularly when time is short. They support families by taking away some of the stress they face when they want to arrange something special for their child. Where possible they will arrange everything to help provide some extra memories.
3. Arts & Craft Activity Boxes for children on cancer wards.
Josie got a real buzz from purchasing activities and crafts for children and teenagers at the RVI in Newcastle where she was treated. She knew that having something to do could mean the difference between a good day in hospital or an unbearable day. They give a large parcel weighing about 15kg, full of activities and crafts to all of the Children’s Cancer Specialist Hospitals across the UK two or three times a year.
November: Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion is a UK charity that provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependents. They are one of the UK's largest membership organizations and recognized as custodians of Remembrance. They also run the annual Poppy Appeal. They help serving and ex-Service personnel and their families; not just those who fought in the two World Wars, but also those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting today. They provide welfare services, and campaign on a range of issues affecting Service people.
December: Durham Night Shelter
Durham Winter Night Night Shelter Provides emergency accommodation to rough sleepers in Durham if the night time temperature is or is predicted to be 0 degrees centigrade or below.
Durham Night Shelter is a collaborative initiative of many of the Durham churches, to provide overnight accommodation, safety and food for homeless people during the winter months .
The shelter has successfully supported a number of homeless people, both men and women during the coldest nights and relies upon the kindness and compassion of volunteers.
Church premises are used to support this initiative.