In our community
Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
Christians Against Poverty is a national Christian charity specialising in debt counselling for people in financial difficulty, including those in need of bankruptcy or insolvency. It also provides Job Clubs for those seeking employment and Fresh Start Courses for people looking to overcome addictions and dependencies.
The CAP centre in Suffolk is: St John The Baptist Church of England Church, Church Street, Saxmundham IP17 1EP.
Ipswich Winter Night Shelter
The Ipswich Winter Night Shelter provides an overnight shelter during December to March for the homeless in Ipswich. It is hosted each night by several different churches. The shelter accommodates up to twelve people per night. Providing a warm and safe place for guests. Guests can freshen up, enjoy a hot nourishing dinner, spend the evening in a warm and safe place, share time in friendly company, sleep in a clean and comfortable bed and eat a good breakfast in the morning before they depart for the day. Several venues also have showers. Guests are encouraged to access the help and advice they need from local organisations in order to restore their lives. Support is given to help them find long-term accommodation, regain their self-esteem and find their place in society. The Ipswich Winter Night Shelter is one of the projects run by the Selig (Suffolk) Trust.
Meet up Mondays
Loneliness can be devastating but did you know that as many as 1 in 10 of us say the TV is our main companion?
MeetUpMondays™ give hospitality businesses the opportunity to help change this, to show love for the community and to showcase their lovely, friendly pub, cafe, tea room or hotel lounge, as a place of warm welcome.
These regular meet ups, for people of all ages, create opportunities for those who might otherwise find it difficult to make new friends, to break into a new community (or back into it after time alone), or to just get out of the house and have a bit of chat over tea, coffee and toast provided by the venue.
A full list of MeetUpMOnday locations can be found here.
Parish Nursing is a Christian charity who support people in the Walton community towards whole person healthcare. This is care for the person’s overall well-being, incorporating body, mind and spirit. This may include general health advice, special health events and courses, a drop-in clinic, Sole Mates and foot care and chair based exercise classes. Parish Nurses are currently available in Felixstowe and Bury St Edmunds.
Walton Parish Nursing: www.waltonpn.org.uk
Rural Coffee Caravan
Launched by the Revd Canon Sally Fogden. The Rural Coffee Caravan started up in 2003 to tackle rural isolation and promote community spirit. The Rural Coffee Caravan delivers information and friendship across Suffolk. Information is power – and the Rural Coffee Caravan befriends people and offers them access to the information they need to empower them.
Knowing what’s going on in our own communities isn’t always easy. It is especially difficult if access to transport is limited, or the village shop or pub or post office has gone, or you live in one of Suffolk’s very scattered parishes. The caravan brings the Project to rural communities, equipped with coffee, tea & homemade cakes, along with all sorts of information about organisations and the services they offer you.
Suffolk Guild of Ringers
The Suffolk Guild has linked bellringers across the county since 1923 and can start you on the way into this life-changing hobby. The Guild is divided into four districts: North East, South East, North West, and South West and there are various district events providing opportunities to meet ringers and even ring some bells. Ringing is an exercise for the body and the brain. It involves concentration, and application. It’s a great social activity too. If you want to find out more, get involved or find a group where you can learn ringing please visit their website www.suffolkbells.org.uk.
Suffolk Network is connecting Christian Community in Suffolk with news, events, training as well as job opportunites.
Talitha Koum is an Ipswich based charity whose mission is to reach out with love, compassion and practical support to vulnerable women. They provide supported housing for women recovering from addictions and other life challenges. They have a purpose-built therapeutic accommodation is set on a 2-acre rural site known as The Hope Centre. The team also run Women Together Recovery Support groups in three locations in the Ipswich area. These provide a supportive, safe environment for any women whose lives have been affected by addiction.
Talitha Koum is a charity founded on Christian principles. The spiritual element to life is an important one which can look very different for different people. Respecting that not all hold a Christian outlook on life, they provide an excellent option for those who wish to explore their faith while staying at The Hope Centre. For this reason, omwen of any faith or none is welcome and if a woman wants to explore their spiritual wellbeing while they are there they will encourage them to do so.
Town Pastors are Christian volunteers from local churches who are out in town centres on Friday and/or Saturday nights, being a positive influence on the streets and providing help and support to vulnerable people. In addition to street patrols groups are supported while out on the streets by a Prayer Team, some who pray at our bases in town while others pray from home.
Currently operating in 10 towns: Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Haverhill, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Sudbury, Woodbridge & Leiston and also in Dereham, Norfolk. Town Pastors in each town are a response from Christian churches to local needs in partnership with the main Town Pastors organisation which provides help with initial set-up, training and ongoing support. Each scheme works together with the agreement and support of specific local government and constabulary bodies.
Latitude Festival Pastors – offering support and care over the course of the festival. From welcoming people onto the site, to patrolling the camping areas and late night venues, Pastors bring a unique form of care and unconditional love to anyone who needs it. All Festival Pastors are trained Town Pastors with plenty of experience in the the streets of Suffolk around the clubs and bars of the night time economy. Look out for the Festival Pastors Cafe in the village area and drop in for a coffee and chat to our friendly cafe staff. Follow on Facebook @festivalpastors.