Part of the Dover Deanery, in the Diocese of Canterbury, Kent.
to have Dr Stuart Field from at St Margaret's today (Sunday 12th May)-
Porchlight is a charity we have supported for a long time now, and
the work they do with the homeless and vulnerably housed in Kent, and
particularly Canterbury, is humbling. Homelessness is a complex
issue, with multiple compounding factors, that takes a holistic
approach from many angles to unpick and release its victims from its
tentacles. It feels too big to even begin to tackle, so maybe let's
not try to change the world, let's try and change that little bit of
the world that we touch. Between us we can surely make up a jigsaw of
change to create a more beautiful picture.
1.6 million - that's the number of food packs issued by food banks run by the Trussell Trust, the UK's biggest food bank network, last year. In ONE year. That's a 19% increase on the previous year. Add in the smaller charities and trusts and it rises even further. But don't worry, austerity is officially over, so it can't possibly be that that's causing the problems.
Came across a video by the RSA on rural poverty issues - it's based on case studies in the Peak District but is equally relevant to our little corner of the land:
God's Lone Country from the RSA
A 2% drop in rough sleepers last year hailed as an achievement - what do we call the 165% rise in numbers since 2010? Please think about supporting charities that help the homeless and vulnerable - they are the ones working on the frontline, picking up the pieces, day after day. Humanity is not reserved only for those with a roof over their heads, everyone deserves dignity.