Partnership Development Officer

The Point

Sunday 23rd September sees the Launch of a new Sunday evening Service. Gathering Camberley’s curious 15-25s.
Get excited about a new monthly gathering for 15-25s coming to Camberley this September 2018! See our YouTube Promo
For those wanting to explore the BIG questions of life (i.e. “What’s the POINT in life”). For those wanting to meet others and be part of a new community.
With food, contemporary music, engaging talksgames, and opportunities for prayer.

It’s for youth and young adults across Surrey Heath.

  • Sunday 23rd September
  • Sunday 14th October
  • Sunday 18th November
  • Sunday 9th December

The Hope Hub! Latest News

On Friday the 13th July we officially opened The Hope Hub, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP came to formally “Cut the ribbon” and spoke about the importance of the work that is being done. The Mayor Cllr Dan Adams also spoke of why he particularly recognises the importance of this work. Mags Mercer, the Hope Hubs CEO, talked about the hopes & aims of the Hub and how they are already working with 26 individuals in need.

 

Many other representatives of local organisations such as the Surrey Heath Borough Council, Citizens Advice, Accent Housing, Frontline, BESOM, Frimley Fuel Allotment, Rotary and of course churches also joined with us in the Garden of St. Tarcisius House from where the Hope Hub is currently operating temporarily.

To find out more visit:
The Hope Hub website

Homeless Reduction Act & Universal Credit

On the 21st June Crossroads Church hosted an excellent half day conference where many people who are working in the community with those impacted by the Housing Legislation & Welfare changes (i.e. from local Charities & Community Projects, Councillors, Officers & Support Workers from SCC & SHBC, Housing Association staff etc.), heard excellent presentations from:

  • Clive Jinman (Head of Housing at Surrey Heath BC)
  • Mags Mercer (CEO of the Hope Hub)
  • Holly Sperling & Sue Monk (Officers for the Department for Work & Pensions)
  • Jane Nicole (Area Lead for Oddfellows Credit Union).

The Presentations will be available below (as I receive copies):

Partnerhsip HRA Presentation

The Hope Hub-Overview-MM-June18.pptx

Universal Credit Partner Presentation Universal Credit Partner Presentation

June 2018 Concord Branch Credit Union Presentation

This site was also recommended if you want further info on Universal Credit:  https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/

SHINE2

Earlier in the month a few of us attended the SHINE2 event in Reading – it was a truly encouraging day. With Street Pastors & Angels from as far as Boscombe, Bournemouth, Basingstoke, Reading, Aldershot, Windsor, Maidenhead, Fleet and more.

Paul Blakey MBE – founder of Street Angels in Halifax and CNI network facilitated the day and the Keynote speakers were : Les Isaacs (CEO of Street Pastors) & Steve Clifford (General Director of the Evangelical Alliance) we were so blessed to have these 3 in one room on one day.

Les spoke about how Jesus only did what the father showed him (John 5: 19-20) and so it is for us, we need to pray to know what God is asking us to do as we will be ineffective unless we do what our Father shows us. Steve Clifford spoke about being sent (John 20: 19-23) and how we may feel we have been disqualified for some reason – yet God calls us the ordinary to do the extraordinary and how we need the Holy Spirit with us. He celebrated how the church makes up the majority of volunteering with Food banks, Youth Work, Debt Counselling, Addiction Recovery and Homelessness.

We had  Insights from many other Street Angel and Street Pastor groups. One or two in particular struck me – Rail Pastors (working with British Transport Police) Incidents have reduced by 30 % since their project started,  also Windsor and Maidenhead shared stories of being on the streets the night of the Royal wedding and helping a Blind & mute person who had come and was in a wheel chair!!!!  Paul Blakey told a story of the Norwich Street Angels being called over by staff at the Railway station, they had a young Mexican lady who had come to the UK as a result of a man who she met on the internet and who paid her fare to get here. When she arrived she discovered he was trapping her into being his sexual slave. She had managed to escape and got as far as the Station – the street angels got her to Norwich Airport and miraculously got an airline to fly her back to Mexico free of Charge. WOW!

In the Afternoon we had very interesting & informative talk by Suzette Jones (Health & Wellbeing adviser for the Diocese of Guildford) about Modern Day Slavery & Human Trafficking. Here is a number to put in your phones 0800 012 1700 & http://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org should you suspect anyone of being trapped in this situation (Car Wash & Nail bars especially) there is a Safe car wash APP you can use to help track down the Car Washes that use Trapped workers https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/safecarwash & here is a thought provoking video https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=66&v=I6OddIYjQ-E

After some networking and Sharing we closed in prayer. If you want to know more Click here

Other ways to get involved?

SA Recruitment poster

Other ways we can we bring the reality of Christ into peoples lives?
Become a Camberley Street Angel
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We are always recruiting further volunteers to join our existing team of Street Angels, adult volunteers who care and provide practical support for  people using the night clubs and other venues in Camberley on Friday / Saturday nights. The closing date for the current round of interviews and training is past but if you are interested in joining the Street Angels team please still contact:  Richard Salt  0808 108 1128 or email: Camberleystreetangels1@gmail.com, alternatively contact Karen.pdo.ctc@gmail.com for more info, an application pack to be considered for the next round of training which will be in the Autumn.

 

If you are interested in any of the Projects we run in Camberley  click here for our Associates or are interested in any of our churches, click  Who we are. Alternatively if you want to get in touch with me, please use the Contact us page or email karen.pdo.ctc@gmail.com

In addition to our Associate projects we have identified these as our Key 6 priorities:

  1. Response to Poverty (David Reed is leading this element of our work and can be contacted by email: centremanager@stmaryscamberley.org.uk
  2. Prayer – Sarah Shearer has recently been coordinating our prayer activity – which has included 40 days of prayer for Lent and Advent.
    See also our Monthly Prayer Cycle if you would like to join with us in prayer for our town and those who live and work in it.
  3. Children & Families (here is our Toddlers Leaflet)
  4. Youth – the majority of our Youth Outreach is carried out via Camberley YFC
  5. Street Angels – our Coordinator is Richard Salt – to volunteer or find out more see our Webpages
  6. Older people! (please see this Older Peoples Flyer)

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Karen Kendall  (karen.pdo.ctc@gmail.com)