It was the Mission Festival in Brecon Cathedral this afternoon, when Bishop’s Lent Appeal cheques were presented to this year’s chosen charities.
This year, the four chosen were Faith in Families, part of the Diocesan Board for Social Responsibility, Hay, Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees (HBTSR), Kids for Kids and Carers Wales.
Presenting the cheques, Archbishop John said: “This service is about the Church understanding what it’s meant to be rather than handing out charitable donations to deserving causes. This service is about the Church proclaiming what it’s meant to be.”
Bishop John’s Lent Appeal has raised more than £100,000 for a variety of good causes since its launch.
In launching this year’s appeal, he called on people to ask themselves ‘Are we Good News to the needy?’.
Hay, Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees
HBTSR is a group of volunteers co-ordinating a local response to the refugee crisis, providing both a welcome and welcome support for refugees and people seeking asylum.
One of its aims is to provide short-term respite and sanctuary for refugees in the peaceful countryside in and around the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Its first away day was in December 2015 and, since then, refugees and asylum seekers, including from from Swansea, Newport and Cardiff, have come to spend time in many locations in and around the national park, including Hay-on-Wye, Brecon, the Elan Valley, Craig y Nos, Llangenny and Llanfihangel Talyllyn.
You can find out more here.
Faith in Families
Faith in Families needs no introduction. It is one of the most impressive ways in which the Diocese has developed its outreach into disadvantaged families and communities in our area. The Diocesan Board for Social Responsibility is involved in highlighting issues of social concern within the Diocese, but, as Faith in Families, it is probably best known for running its projects on behalf of the Diocese.
Currently, because of a major shift in policy by the Welsh Assembly Government, the very existence of some of its work as well as the livelihoods of staff members are under real threat. Your support will be a real boost to the morale of staff and trustees who are fighting to preserve the wonderful community and family work which Faith in Families delivers to people within several disadvantaged communities and who are in both profoundly challenging circumstances and real need.
The Family Centres, Outreach Projects and affordable (in some cases free) Childcare Settings strive to be able to fully provide the much-needed children and family support facilities in one-stop centres, easily accessible within local communities.
Find out more here.
Kids for Kids
Darfur is totally out of the news, yet children live lives off the scale in deprivation. Patricia Parker started Kids for Kids when she saw for herself small children walking for seven hours to reach a handpump, yet there is water underground, if only you can reach it.
Sadly 2018 bodes ill for these forgotten families. Famine Disaster Relief warned in October 2017 that Darfur is in ‘crisis’ because of a failed harvest, yet, by January 2018, not one country or organisation had responded. Donations are diminishing because of so many other disasters in the world, so Kids for Kids year felt able only to adopt three villages instead of five, in order to be able to fund seed & fodder to prevent people starving.
The aim is to help people to help themselves. Families in their 87 villages thankfully are able to diversify. These lucky ones no longer have to rely exclusively on a successful harvest to survive, and there is no malnutrition in our villages. But they are a drop in the ocean of Darfur, where there are over 900 needy communities in dire need of your help.
Find out more here.
Carers Wales’ mission is to make life better for carers. It gives expert advice, information and support, connects carers so no-one has to care alone, campaigns together for lasting change and innovates to find new ways to reach and support carers.
Across Wales there are 370,000 carers who, unpaid support a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.
Carers across Wales provide 96% of care and as our loved ones are living longer with illness or disability, more and more of us will be looking after them.
Every day 6,000 people become carers. Many don’t know how or where to get help. It can be frightening and very lonely.
Find out more here.