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Diocese refugee Appeal

Revd Fr. G Jones - 14 Sep 2015

Dear Friends,

As the worst humanitarian crisis of our time continues to unfold before our eyes, many of us are left wondering what practical things we can do to alleviate the unimaginable suffering of some of the worlds most vulnerable people. Thousands of refugees are orphaned children whose parents and wider family have either died during travel or been murdered in the land of their birth. This means that thousands of refugee children are in need of emergency, short term and long term foster care in the UK.
I have recently become associated with the charity Home for Good.
Home for Good works with many local authorities across the UK and are compiling a database of people who have space in their homes and may be interested in exploring further the possibility of fostering unaccompanied asylum-seeking children for a few days in an emergency, short term or long term. 
I'm appealing to you to think about the possibility of registering as a potential foster carer for these children. Clergy in particular often have large Vicarage's with unoccupied rooms and are often well placed to offer this kind of practical and loving help with the support of their parish communities.
Unaccompanied minors are extremely vulnerable and may also be traumatised following the loss of everything and everyone they know, long and tortuous journeys, and possibly having witnessed the violent death of family members. They may find it difficult to communicate and difficult to trust. It is vitally important that these children are placed in safe homes where they can have the time, space and support to begin to rebuild their lives. 
Could this be you? For further information or to register your initial interest please visit: http://www.homeforgood.org.uk/respond
If you would like an informal chat about this, please do be in touch with me.
Thank you.
Fr Gareth
 
The Reverend Father Gareth Jones
Vicar | St Mary the Virgin, Great Ilford

St Mary's Vicarage
26 South Park Road
Ilford  IG1 1 SS

t. +44 (0) 20 8478 0546
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Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting in the church on Tuesday 2nd October and for sharing their views. It was good to hear so many people were keen to give their support to the church as it seeks to find a viable option for the continued provision of community meeting space and a place to worship.

 Many people discussed fundraising options following the meeting and the Parochial Church Council (PCC) will discuss these alongside the other issues raised as soon as is practicable and will feed back to you.

In the meantime if anyone wishes to become involved in providing practical support please feel free to call in after any of our Sunday services (9am or 10.30am) and speak to any members of the PCC.

Many blessings, All Saints Church