Are you passionate about social justice? Bristol Cathedral and the Diocese of Bristol are exploring establishing a Social Justice Network – and they need your involvement.

A recent Church of England report highlighted social responsibility as being at the heart of the Gospel. The vision for the Social Justice Network is to see if we can be greater than the sum of our parts by looking beyond the parish and making connections with others: to learn, to see the bigger picture, and to gain encouragement. It is primarily aimed a Christians across the Diocese, but is open to those of all faiths and none. If you are interested in finding out more see: http://bristol-cathedral.co.uk/social-justice/

 

Are you passionate about social justice? Bristol Cathedral and the Diocese of Bristol are exploring establishing a Social Justice Network – and they need your involvement.

A recent Church of England report highlighted social responsibility as being at the heart of the Gospel. The vision for the Social Justice Network is to see if we can be greater than the sum of our parts by looking beyond the parish and making connections with others: to learn, to see the bigger picture, and to gain encouragement. It is primarily aimed a Christians across the Diocese, but is open to those of all faiths and none. If you are interested in finding out more see: http://bristol-cathedral.co.uk/social-justice/

 

Are you passionate about social justice? Bristol Cathedral and the Diocese of Bristol are exploring establishing a Social Justice Network – and they need your involvement.

A recent Church of England report highlighted social responsibility as being at the heart of the Gospel. The vision for the Social Justice Network is to see if we can be greater than the sum of our parts by looking beyond the parish and making connections with others: to learn, to see the bigger picture, and to gain encouragement. It is primarily aimed a Christians across the Diocese, but is open to those of all faiths and none. If you are interested in finding out more see: http://bristol-cathedral.co.uk/social-justice/

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children – Donations needed – The City Council is calling for the participation of faith groups in helping them to create a wraparound approach to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children coming to Bristol and helping to fill in the gaps where Social Services and the Council are stretched. In this first phase of help they would welcome any donations of the following:

  • Laptops
  • Phones
  • Bikes, bike helmets and locksIf you are also trained in one of the following and would like to offer any of these services free to unaccompanied minors contact rachel.molano@bristol.gov.uk.
  • All of which can be dropped off at the Children’s Services Reception during office hours and marked for the attention of James Beardsall. Please bear in mind that the majority of the unaccompanied minors are aged 15-18 so they are not looking for young children’s bikes etc. The address is: Children’s Services Reception B Bond, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN
  • Driving lessons
  • Outward Bounds courses
  • Teaching English as a foreign language

Public consultation on Caste in Great Britain and Equality Law – On 28 March the Government Equalities Office (GEO) launched a public consultation on ‘Caste in Great Britain and Equality Law’.

The consultation is described as seeking views on how best to ensure that there is appropriate legal protection against caste discrimination. The consultation website notes that “This ban could be applied: a) by formally making caste an aspect of race in the Equality Act 2010 or

  1. b) through developing case law in the courts and employment tribunals. In either case, businesses and public authorities would have to consider caste discrimination in the same way they consider other aspects of race discrimination when dealing with employees, customers or service users.”

Full details of the consultation and how to respond are at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/caste-in-great-britain-and-equality-law-a-public-consulation. The consultation closes on 18 July.

 

Bank of England consultation on new bank notes – The November/December issue of the IFN e-bulletin reported that a number of faith communities were concerned that the new polymer £5 bank notes issued by the Bank of England contain a trace of tallow, a product derived from animal fat. On 15 February the Bank of England issued a statement about the matter – http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/Pages/news/2017/024.aspx and a document setting out the key factors behind its decision to continue to use the new £5 notes, and to continue with production of the new £10 note due for release in September – http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/Documents/other/polymerassessment.pdf.

The tender for production of the £20 note has been put on hold to accommodate a decision on the future composition of the polymer used. On 30 March the Bank of England launched a consultation on Polymer Additives. The closing date for responses is 12 May. For further information on the consultation, including how to respond, visit http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/polymer/Pages/pc2017.aspx.

 

Windmill Hill City Farm – Learning Together – The farm, at Philip St, Bristol, BS3 4EA, is looking for volunteers to join a new intergenerational project. They are looking for people of all ages who’d like to get involved in a new project bringing together senior citizens and younger people to share skills. Whether you’re interested in cooking or computing, drawing or digging, building or baking, there is something for you. For more information or to apply to take part in the project, please contact Julie: 0117 963 3252 or julie.thorpe@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk

YMCA Bristol Hostel Appeal  YMCA Bath Group is raising money to create safe accommodation for homeless young people in Bristol. The organisers believe that every young person should have a safe place to stay. In Bristol, more and more young people do not have this. They are converting the Old Police Headquarters on Bridewell Street in Bristol city centre into a hostel that will provide accommodation for 72 young people each year. As government finances come under pressure, young people are finding it harder and harder to find safe accommodation when they are in crisis. Once built, our hostel will be entirely self-funding through commercial accommodation in the same building. Not only does this make it financially sustainable, but it also creates a non-stigmatising, non-institutional setting for the homeless young people that will stay there. They need your support to make this happen. Please donate through this page: http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/bathymca/ymcabristolIf you would like to discuss other ways of giving please get in touch with Ben Silvey at bensilvey@bristolymca.co.uk or 07881 244 953.

b.friend – befriending asylum seekers and refugees the b.friend craft collective! Join 8 asylum seeking women and fellow volunteers in central Bristol to create and build community on Saturday afternoons. Help make beautiful things for the collective to sell! Minimum commitment of 2 Saturdays a month. Contact Sam on sam@b-friend.org.uk to find out more.

Could someone in your faith community spare an hour and a half once a fortnight to befriend an isolated asylum seeker or refugee in Bristol? Sam Sayer, project manager for b.friend is looking for new volunteers who would like to befriend someone from another culture and show God’s love practically to those on the margins. Befriending will involve listening, helping with English and spending time enjoying Bristol together. More Information see: www.bridgesforcommunities.com  For more details and to book a place please contact Sam: sam@b-friend.org.uk/07759 293884.