HOPE – Volunteer and paid job opportunities

A message from the HOPE centre

We should like to draw your attention to the following volunteering and employed job opportunities.  Please do all you can to publicise them in your Churches:

1. Macclesfield Night Shelter – Volunteer Equipment Co-ordinator

The WHAM Night Shelter is to run from the week-end before Christmas to the week-end before Easter inclusive. There is an urgent  need for this three month period for an Equipment Co-ordinator, a volunteer who is a good organiser, to check the equipment each week, ensure that it is complete, clean and in good working order, and liaise with Cre8 who transport it from location to location.  Anyone who is interested and would like to know more should contact Reverend David Wightman at david.wightman1@ntlworld.com as soon as possible please.

2. Sunday Morning Hospital Services in St Luke’s Chapel – once per month – but come first for a ‘taster’!

A number of Macclesfield Churches support this very valuable initiative but there is an urgent need for more volunteers to ensure that the Service can be sustained.

Volunteers arrive at Macclesfield Hospital at about 10.00am each Sunday, visit patients and encourage them to come to the service in the Chapel. The volunteers then help the patients who wish to come to the service to get to the Chapel. They then take an active part in conducting the service itself, afterwards chatting to the patients and helping them back to their wards. The management and the administrative and the nursing staff of the Hospital are very supportive and helpful.

In the first instance, anyone who is interested and would like to know more should contact Eileen Delight, the Co-ordinator for Holy Trinity Church Hurdsfield by calling her on 01625 428117 or emailing Pip at the Hope Centre.

3. The Message Trust is seeking two key people for its Finance Team in the employed posts of Management Accountant (full-time) and Payroll Officer (part-time).

Please use this link http://www.message.org.uk/category/jobs/ or contact Les Hutchinson, HR Manager by email at Les.Hutchinson@message.org.uk.  Alternatively call him on 0161 946 2330, 07729 582911 or 0161 946 2300 (Reception) or write to him at Lancaster House, Harper Road, Sharston, Manchester, M22 4RG

Refugee Crisis Appeal – Update

An Amazing Response to the Bollington Refugee Crisis Appeal!

Our vicar writes…
Might I add my own huge thanks to that of Nora Carlin, the organiser of the Warrington based charity Refugees-Aid from the Northwest of England, for all those in Bollington (and from all around the Macclesfield area) who responded so generously when we opened St Oswald’s Church during September and October to receive gifts of warm clothing, waterproofs, coats, hats, socks, gloves, walking shoes, blankets, sleeping bags, holdalls, toiletries and much more, for onward distribution to desperate refugees from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa! Do please visit this Warrington charity’s Facebook page for any updates and for further suggestions of ways you can continue to help many more individuals and families displaced by economic hardship and fleeing from terrible conflicts over the coming winter months.

Thanks are due here to all our Bollington church members who made this community venture possible. We are grateful to those who gave their time and energy in so many ways, such as opening and closing the church each day, meeting the costs of publicity, emptying cupboards and drawers, washing and ironing items to bring along, praying for all concerned, sorting clothes, packing and labelling bags, and transporting everything to the collection points in Stockport and Warrington. Special thanks must go to Hannah, Dave, Ken & Sue, Christine, Sue W, Joan K, Maggie, Jennifer R, Sue B, Anthea, Bev, Luise, Jenny R, Chris, Jean & Brian, Hilary, Margaret, Michael F, Ken E, Mrs Downing & Bollington Cross PTA, the young people of RiCH, Claire and other Praise & Play parents, and to everyone else in the wider congregation (you know who you are!) who contributed in whatever way to helping those in desperate need at this critical time.

I reckon the activity in Santa’s grotto even in the long run-up to Christmas was nothing compared with that to be seen in St Oswald’s Church, piled high as it was with gifts brought in from across our local community over those five busy weeks! Thank you so much to all our volunteer Bollington elves! As you have blessed the lives of so many strangers with sack-loads of much needed goods, may God likewise bless you in generous measure this Christmas and always!

Veronica

Please note that the main appeal is now closed and the church will revert to normal opening hours. Thank you for your support. If you have additional items to donate please contact the Warrington depot.

[Link to Refugees – Aid from the North West Facebook page]

Bollington Refugee Appeal

We launched our refugee appeal at the Civic Service on Sunday 20th September, 12.00 noon. We appealed for donations of waterproofs, men’s clothing, socks, hats, gloves, walking shoes, blankets and sleeping bags, folding chairs, tea, coffee, sugar and toiletries, as well as donations of cash.

The church was open 8.30 am – 5.30 pm from Monday 21st September – Friday 23rd October to receive donations. We liaised directly with agencies taking supplies to refugees in Calais, Greece and Eastern Europe.

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Support for the community of Bosley

The events in Bosley this July shocked everyone in the local area, and the community has rallied around to help and raise funds to help the people affected by the disaster.
If you would like to contribute to the BOSLEY DISASTER APPEAL please send donations to:
BOSLEY DISASTER APPEAL
PO Box 645
MACCLESFIELD
SK10 9LU

Knitting for Ugandan babies

The charity “Born on the Edge” is currently working on a project at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital in the east of Uganda. They are setting up a ward for babies that are born too soon or too small. These children are not able to control their body temperature properly and, even in a warm country like Uganda, need tiny hats, cardigans and blankets in order to keep warm enough to survive.
Our “Bollington Church News” editor, Katharine Howe, enlisted the help of a group of knitting volunteers among our congregation to help support the charity. On Sunday 14 December a large selection of knitted items was displayed at the front of the church to be be blessed before being packed to be sent off to Uganda. At this time in the Church’s year we remember how Mary gave birth to the baby Jesus in difficult circumstances far from home.
In early 2015 we heard of the discharge from hospital of the first baby to have a “Bollington hat”!
A big “Thank You” to all who have helped in this marathon effort, some of whom are shown in the group photo.

Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union

St Oswald’s support for Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has famously criticised payday lenders such as Wonga, and vowed to put them out of business by promoting credit unions as an ethical alternative. He has set up a Task Group to develop the Church of England’s on-going support for local credit unions as part of a more competitive financial sector which encourages responsible lending and saving. (see more on the Church of England website).
Our Parochial Church Council has recently agreed to support our local Credit Union by investing some of our parish reserves with them. Investing our money in the credit union provides funds that can be used to help people needing short-term funds at ethical interest rates.
Individuals within the congregation may also wish to support Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union. To find more details call into Macclesfield Library from 10.00am to 12.00 noon on Thursdays or visit their website.
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Help support our local Food Bank

An ongoing appeal!

As part of our Harvest Thanksgiving, we have always chosen from a wide range of charity appeals and our Harvest focus has recently included collecting money for Christian Aid, or Send-A-Cow, or Water Aid, or Farm Africa, or the Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy. For the 2012 Harvest Appeal we started working in co-operation with our companion churches in Bollington to gather together non-perishable food items under the umbrella of “Hampers of Hope”. This is part of the North-East Cheshire Food-bank, a voluntary organisation which provides emergency food parcels for local families who find themselves in critical need of provisions, often not knowing where their family’s next meal is coming from. You may be thinking that such a situation surely doesn’t arise here on our doorstep in Bollington and Kerridge! But sadly our present economic climate has indeed brought what we often think of as solely “Third World” desperation much closer to home.

The volunteers at Hampers of Hope work in partnership with frontline care professionals to identify people in need. The recipients of the emergency hampers (which aim to include a minimum of three days’ worth of non-perishable foodstuffs) may well be adept at keeping their plight hidden from their neighbours, often feeling shocked that this unexpected crisis situation could somehow have happened to them, when in normal circumstances they have been able to cope alright in the past. Hampers of Hope works with all the recipients in confidence, respecting their privacy, but providing a vital lifeline at a time of particular need.

Bollington Life Church acts as a Collection and Distribution Point for Hampers of Hope in our immediate locality. On Sunday 7 October 2012, members of all the Christian Churches in Bollington came together for a joint Harvest Service at 3.00pm in the Church at Hawthorn Road. We brought along to this service a variety of non-perishable foodstuffs to add to the Hampers of Hope store cupboards.

But this help is needed as an ongoing support throughout the years. We are still collecting for Hampers of Hope at the back of church (look out for the big red bin). Why not go shopping tomorrow at your favourite supermarket and take advantage of any BOGOF offers on some of the following products? These include:

milk (UHT or powdered); sugar (500g); long-life fruit juice; fruit squash; soup; pasta sauces; tinned sponge pudding; tinned tomatoes; cereals; tinned rice pudding; tea bags; instant coffee; rice; pasta; instant mashed potato; tinned meat or fish; tinned fruit; jam; biscuits; snack bars.

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Just think what you yourself would welcome as a life-saving gift of staple foods if you were to find yourself in a similarly desperate situation. Please take the trouble to put those extras into your own shopping trolley when the opportunity arises and bring them to St Oswald’s on Sundays from now on.

Thank you.

Veronica