Keith Berry completes his Poverty Pilgrimage!

Keith Berry completes his Poverty Pilgrimage!

Together Canterbury's Keith Berry has completed his Poverty Pilgrimage in the run up to Poverty Sunday!

Keith Berry, Together Canterbury Development Officer, and David Kemp, former Canterbury Diocesan Secretary, have completed their four day Poverty Pilgrimage by bike around the diocese:

"Visiting ten community projects in four days left us with a clear idea of the wide ranging and complex nature of poverty. The projects covered work with young people with poor job prospects, homeless people, older people with dementia, food banks, debt centres, and community hubs and drop in centres"- Keith Berry

In all the projects visited, Keith said that the support of churches was vital in providing premises, resources and volunteers to create sustainable community responses. Keith was also overwhelmed by the level of commitment of the volunteers in the projects working to bring about change in their own communities.

Keith and David’s journey began at Murston Community Bank and Hub in All Saint’s Church, Murston, Sittingbourne, which on its opening 18 months ago, was Kent’s first community bank to be held in a church. It finished at the launch of the new Tenterden Savers Community Hub at St. Mildred’s Church, Tenterden; the third such initiative in the diocese which combines a credit union and other community services in a single church location.

Some of the other projects they visited included:

  • Holy Trinity Church, Margate, a busy community focused church, where the COGS Dementia group meets on a weekly basis offering a time of activity, stimulation, music and fun for people with mild dementia.
  • The Aspire team at Global Generation Church, Margate, whose course works with young people who are struggling to find access to further education, training and employment opportunities.
  • The Rainbow Centre, Folkestone, a multi-denominational project celebrating 30 years of church collaboration this year. It provides a Crisis Drop-in service supporting homeless people and those facing eviction.
  • Deal Area Foodbank, a foodbank that works closely with its partners to provide a more 'joined- up' service to its clients.

You can still show your support and donate to their Poverty Pilgrimage on the Just Giving page here

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To find out more about Poverty Sunday and how to get involved go to www.povertysunday.org.uk

 

 

 

Author: Lynsey Robinson

Date: 17 June 2015

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