Red Box Appeal
One of our latest projects in which we are encouraging branches to join, is the Red Box Scheme. We are aware of the talk of ‘Period Poverty’ so we are contacting schools asking if they would like a red box containing pants, sanitary towels, tampax, wipes and tights. Keep your ears pinned how it is progressing and join in, if you are able.
This email was received from Judith, the coordinator of the Clewer Project which is a collaboration of MU and South Yorkshire Police.
As we near the end of this year and prepare to celebrate God’s presence with us, I’d like to take the opportunity to say a very big thank you to you and all the MU members in the diocese. The response to the request to provide emergency bags for victims of modern slavery and trafficking has been quite overwhelming. You have all been more than generous. It’s been one of the highlights of my year. Thank you so much.
I do wish you all the blessings of the season.
Sylvia Charles presenting the first 8 bags to The South Yorkshire Police
Our Diocese has partnered with the Clewer Initiative (CI) together with the South Yorkshire Police Anti-Slavery Unit. Sheffield Diocese has agreed to provide bags of essential supplies for people who the Police “rescue” and are awaiting safe accommodation. Sheffield MU have agreed to fill 50 bags, which is the number specified for one year. The first batch will soon be ready to hand over to the CI and the Police. If you would like to know more can I recommend the article in the summer edition of Families First written by Ursula Kopp, Regional Development Manager. This article explains in detail how the Archbishop of Canterbury started the initiative and how it is progressing to date. There is also a useful resource within this article, which can be used at Branch level to raise more awareness and understanding. There is also a Clewer website which you can visit for upto date information www.theclewerinitiative.org
There are seven holidays booked this year. The funds are quite low at the moment so we need to encourage more funding for this very important project. We have more holidays booked this year as social services have come back onboard after a break.