St Paul's with St Mary's Wooburn

Charity Support

Matthew 6:19-21 "Don't store up treasures here on earth, where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be."

Our Church family currently supports the following charities:-


Wycombe Homeless Connection

 

www.wyhoc.org.uk

from their web-site:

 

You could say we fight injustice. Or you could say we help individuals overcome the housing shortage, the unintended consequences of government policies, unwise life choices, poverty, poor health, bad upbringing, complex bureaucracy … it’s quite a list.

Either way: with the help of a small dedicated staff and an army of local volunteers, we help homeless people overcome the obstacles they face in finding or keeping accommodation and achieving stability.

 We believe that every homeless individual in High Wycombe has worth and should have the chance of a fresh start, no matter what their situation. That’s why we treat every homeless person we meet with dignity and respect, and our staff and volunteers go the second mile to provide support. Our work is built on the support of the local community.

We focus on those who do not qualify for housing help from the council.

We have four objectives:

We aim to reduce the harms of homelessness: without creating dependency, we give out emergency food, clothing and bedding to those on the street. We run the Wycombe Winter Night Shelter not only to save life but also to provide a period of stability to allow guests to work with our staff on longer term solutions.

We help homeless people find or keep accommodation. We help them understand their situation, provide advice on their options, help them deal with officialdom and challenge unfair practice. We connect people with accommodation to suit their circumstances, from social housing to rehab, community or hostel. We help people fight unfair evictions. We refer them to specialist agencies to deal with problems like addiction or mental health.

We help people reconnect with the community by reigniting their ambitions, helping them maintain their tenancies and assisting them to move towards employment.

Finally, we help people get any official help they are entitled to.


Our advice and support centre is open every weekday in the centre of High Wycombe. 

Wycombe Homeless Connection was started by local churches in 2007 out of Christian concern for the poor state of local rough sleepers they were in contact with. The charity’s first project was the Wycombe Winter Night Shelter, which still runs annually. Soon afterwards, year-round advice and support services were added because people were becoming homeless all year. Unfortunately, it’s still happening.


ONELIFE

www.onelifeleaders.com

from their web-site:

 At Onelife we believe that Leadership is influence.

Whether that is over the dinner table with family or the board meeting with executives. From the classroom to the chat room, the House of Commons to the after show party we all have an opportunity to influence, to put our fingerprint on the world. When we come into a relationship with Jesus we step out into every sphere of society in partnership with God and we can influence and shape our surroundings to leave His imprint on the world. Imagine a day when the UK is populated with character-full, Christian leaders, connected, supported and transforming society for the better in politics, education, the arts and entertainment, media, the Church, business and in the family...  

At Onelife we imagine that day, and celebrate every time we get to play our part in envisioning and raising up a generation of exceptional leaders distinguished by the very presence of God at work in and through their lives. 


Our Values

Here are some core values that are important to us at Onelife.   We want these values to shape who we are and determine our attitudes, decisions and actions as we work together.

WE HAVE A WORD AND SPIRIT THEOLOGY

We carry an expectancy for both the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to shape, lead and guide us in all that we do. A deep relationship with Jesus and following his example is the motivation for all that Onelife does.

IT’S ALL ABOUT CHURCH.

We’re not interested in doing something separate to Church, but for Onelife to be resourcing young people to be connected in their local church context, active, grounded and bringing change in their local communities.

WE WANT TO IMPACT THE UK.

Our primary focus is to inspire and train leaders to reach every sphere of the UK. We are committed to our culture and society for the long haul and want to see this vision become a reality.

RELATIONSHIP IS IMPORTANT TO US.

We believe that the best leadership is learnt relationally and often ‘caught’ rather than ‘taught’. We value accountable, honouring and deep relationships in all we do.

CHARACTER BEFORE GIFTING.

We are committed to investing in the ‘unseen’ before growing the ‘seen’. We are convinced that servant hood and humility are the benchmark of leadership.

DOING THINGS WELL.

We want to aim for excellence in everything we do, but never at the cost of the presence of God.

GET GOOD AT GIVING UP.

We want to give God glory and point people to him. We also want to remain creative and innovative and avoid holding on too tightly to ideas and roles in our team. We're up for letting go of things if we sense God is taking us in a new direction.  

 

 THE WALK CHILDREN'S CHURCH,NAKURU

www.walkcentre.org

We are working with the Walk Centre a UK registered charity (UK registered charity number 1129576) which provides grants to The Walk Children’s Church in Nakuru, Kenya which helps slum-dwelling children and their families by providing education, healthcare and food aid.

 The residents of the Hilton Slum, reside on the edges of Nakuru’s local rubbish dump. The community experiences poor health, poverty and high levels of unemployment. The levels of unemployment have remained high and all government run schools require regular fees which are beyond the means of the locals.

The Walk Centre began in April 2005 in order to cater for the needs of the local Hilton Slum, Nakuru, Kenya. Alex and Patricia Maina, both teachers by trade and respected members of the community, identified the needs of the slum and gave up their jobs to establish and run The Walk Centre.

The Walk Centre provides the children with a basic education, regular meals and emotional support. We also provide financial assistance to the locals to enable access to medical care, food and basic housing maintenance.

To find out more about what they do please explore their website site further.

Please click here for the latest Walk Centre Newsletter (February 2019)

 

As well as helping with the charity's many projects we aim to provide girls with handmade dresses and boys with handmade shorts and all children with hats. Please go to the web-site below for details of the forthcoming workshops in 2019:

Read more: http://dressesmadewithlove.webnode.com/

The next workshops are on 9th February and 2nd March 2019, 11.30 am to 2.30 pm.

 

We also have a collection point for the OneCanTrust at                 St. Paul's Church

 ONECANTRUST

www.onecantrust.org.uk

from their web-site:

Who we are

One Can Trust seeks to develop community based projects, drawing together people from many different backgrounds, of all faiths or none to solve the issues of inequality and poverty.

What we do

Our first major project is the One Can Trust Foodbank, providing food to people across South Bucks who find themselves in times of crisis.

Since 2011, One Can Trust has operated foodbank based in High Wycombe, serving the town and South Buckinghamshire.

Growing quickly to address a growing crisis of food poverty we collect over £200,000 worth of food every year from all over the community.

We sort it, store it and create food parcels that have fed well over 30,000 adults and children.

We partner with almost 100 front line agencies who refer people to us for food aid.

We have scores of collection points and have worked with schools, churches, community groups, supermarkets and businesses of all sorts as well as our core of approximately 120 volunteers. From our store, we are able to pack and send out approximately 400 parcels a month.

Food aid reaches people through our network of food pick up centres, via our team of deliverers and through partners who have referred their clients.

Inspired by and building on the success of the foodbank we are hoping to start new projects that share its characteristics and community building character.  We are open to ideas.