As well as our main Church project, we also support several other charities with smaller sums, collected during communion services at the church.
The charities supported in 2011 were as follows:
December/January 2011: Macmillan Nurses
For many people affected by cancer, Macmillan nurses are a valued and trusted source of expert information, advice and support - free of charge. There are over 3000 Macmillan nurses across the UK, working both in hospitals and in the community. They are a source of support, helping with all the things that people affected by cancer want and need. It's not only patients who live with cancer, so they also help carers, families and communities. They guide people through the system, supporting them every step of the way.They fund nurses and other specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres. They rely on supporters for 99% of their income. Without this help they couldn't provide any of the services for people living with cancer.
February 2011: British Heart Foundation
The vision of the British Heart Foundation is of a world in which people do not die prematurely of heart disease. They hope to achieve this through pioneering research, vital prevention activity and ensuring quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease. When you have a vision that big in mind, it helps to set some milestones along the way. That’s why they’ve set a number of objectives to guide their day-to-day work. But they can’t do any of it alone. They are working alongside government, other health charities, health professionals and thousands of dedicated supporters to beat heart disease. Everybody has a part to play. Within a generation, they aim to: reduce cardiovascular disease in the UK to one of the lowest levels in Europe. Within a decade, they aim to half the number of people under 75 who die from cardiovascular disease, make sure at least two thirds of people under 75 survive a heart attack, reduce heart-related deaths in all UK local authority areas to the current level in South East England or below, reverse the increase in childhood obesity.
April 2011: NEPACS
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.
May 2011: 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.
June 2011: Youth for Christ (YFC)
YFC is a national Christian charity that was founded by Billy Graham in 1946. Working with around 300,000 young people each month, it draws alongside teens from every background and culture in Britain. Staff and countless local volunteers specialise in working with unchurched youth: communicating and demonstrating the Christian faith. Local Centres tackle the real issues facing youth today, such as: family breakdown, binge drinking, bullying and self-worth. It also helps churches to reach out to their local young people with relevant youth resources and evangelistic activity holidays.
July 2011: St Cuthbert's Hospice
The Hospice opened in 1988 and provides day care and treatments for people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as giving support to their families. A 10 bed In-Patient Unit opened in 2006 to provide specialist palliative care to people living in Durham, Chester le Street and Derwentside.
August 2011: Church Benevolence Fund
This is an emergency hardship fund for immediate distribution to needy cases within the Church and its community. It is distributed at the discretion of the Minister.
September 2011: The RNLI
The RNLI has saved more than 139,000 lives since its foundation in 1824 by providing a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the coasts of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland as well as a seasonal lifeguard service on many of the busiest beaches in England and Wales. In addition the RNLI works to promote sea and beach safety.
October 2011: Kwagala
Keith Johnson and Chris Harder visited Uganda in May and much progress was made. Plans were finalized with the architect and a project manager was appointed. The transfer of land was expedited and as a result the building work started in the last week of June. During the visit Chris and Keith lived at the home and occupied the children with games . The children particularly like flying paper planes, making paper hats and blowing and chasing bubbles. A day was spent visiting the swimming pool and another at the wildlife park. The children were happy and generally looked well. The delivery of clothes which we took out (approx 50 kilo of supplies) became a fashion parade. A welcome party to celebrate the arrival of Destiny and Vanessa was popular and the family is now at the maximum of eight children. After our visit it was necessary to move again as the landlord wanted a rent increase so they are currently occupying the house of Esters mother in law pending more suitable arrangements. The trust would like to thank Elvet for the continuing interest and support and pictures of the visit are in the church hall.
November 2011: 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, campaign on a range of issues affecting Service people.
Dec 2011/Jan 2012: South Tyneside Churches KEY Project
KEY was established in 1992 as a direct response to the death of a homeless young man on the streets of South Shields. Churches Together in South Tyneside were appalled that such a thing could happen in their town and decided to seek to respond to the needs of young homeless people. Initially they collected food and cleaning materials to give out to young people in need. Today, a group of volunteers put together Emergency Support Packs to assist young people starting out on their first tenancy, between benefit claims or, simply, in need. In order to prevent young people from becoming homeless in the first place, KEY provides a mediation service for young people and their families with a view to the young people remaining at home or returning there. However, if necessary, KEY also assists some young people to find and keep a home, working closely with housing providers, colleges and youth services. Elvet member, Jean Burnside, is Chief Officer of KEY and an experienced social worker. She works with voluntary organisations to ensure that KEY does its best for the young homeless of South Tyneside. With all the recent cuts to funding, local authorities and voluntary organisations alike are struggling for funding. All have to "deliver more for less" and KEY has had to make four staff members redundant in recent months. Despite this, KEY is keen to develop the second, 10-bed, property - as this is the right way forward for the organization.