Charitable Support by St Giles Church
St Giles 50 50 Club
The St Giles Church 50 50 Club started in May 2015 and now has over 55 members.
You buy a number (or as many numbers as you like!) for £5 per month. Half of this goes to St Giles and half is paid out in the monthly prize draw. At Christmas we have a Super Draw!
The more people who join the club, the more money we raise for the church and the greater the prize money each month.
In the our first year of operation we are on track to raise over £1500 to go towards the running costs of our Church.
Draws are every second Sunday
Janice leads the draw in the church hall after All Together
Winners are displayed on the 50 50 notice board in the lobby and you get a cheque from Bernard, our treasurer
Please join in!
We welcome anyone from our congregation, family and friends, or the wider community over the age of 18 years
Every number is entered in every draw so you could win more than once a year!
The club will be managed by a committee answerable to the PCC including the Vicar and the Treasurer and will be audited once a year. You can leave the draw at any time with one month’s notice.
Where do I sign up for my number?
Pick up a leaflet in the lobby in church.
Fill in the application form and return to Sarah Shay to get your draw number
Fill in the standing order form and post or take this to your bank, or if you have on-line banking you can set this up yourself
See the 50 50 Club noticeboard for updates and winners!
There is a strong committee working tirelessly at St Giles to support the Children’s Society which is a Christian- based children’s charity supporting all children in the UK.
The committee hold numerous events to raise money during the year as well as organising svings boxes for everyone to keep at home.
One of the Committee members, Jo Simpson, wrote about her visit to the LEAP project in Leeds
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Leeds LEAP project, funded by the Children’s Society, and based in The Cubic Business Centre, Stanningley Road, Leeds 13.
I found my visit both informative and inspiring. The staff were welcoming and enthusiastic about the projects they were developing to benefit the young people of Leeds. The Centre was colourful and bright, with informative displays and good facilities for training and staff and volunteer development.
LEAP stands for Listening, Empowerment, Advocacy and Participation. The LEAP project is committed to enabling disabled and refugee children, alongside professionals, to overcome barriers and to challenge ignorance that stops them reaching their full potential.
Leeds City Council and Leeds Early Years Development and Children’s Partnership are involved in funding and supporting the programmes with The Children’s Society.
There are two specific projects for young people funded in Leeds
- Supporting disabled children aged 11-19 by arranging training, support and opportunities for volunteers to Befriend a young disabled person. The befriender will help the young person to undertake activities such as going swimming, to the cinema, shopping, or undertaking sports, art or music, cooking, reading and other activities chosen by the young person, by enabling them and helping them in whatever capacity is appropriate. The befrienders are given stringent checks, and training which includes many aspects, such as legislation, moving and handling, behaviour issues, communication, dietary requirements, mobility issues, etc.
- Supporting young refugees and asylum seekers aged 13-19 not in education, employment and training, (NEET) and encouraging and supporting them into education, employment and training, (EET). Many of these young people need help to negotiate the systems and application routes. They may need translation services and help into a safe environment. An Integrated Youth Support Service is available and works in partnership with agencies to smooth the young peoples path into opportunities.
I spoke to one project worker who was telling me about a 13 year old asylum seeker, whose mother is disabled. The girl is her mothers main carer. She is having to adjust to education in another language, whilst providing much physical support at home. They are not housed in a particularly suitable property, and the area has many social issues. Her LEAP project worker is trying to improve the situation for the whole family whilst concentrating on supporting the young girl.
A significant training programme has been developed to support staff and volunteers in their roles. A training DVD has been produced, alongside a Charter, most articulately and movingly created by disabled children in Leeds expressing their expectations of professionals who work with them.
The Childrens Society has also developed a CD-Rom and toolkit for disabled children and young people with communication difficulties, called “I’ll go First”. This offers a customised package to enable the child to indicate their requirements, and includes colourful hardwearing boards with illustrations and electrostatic stickers. The CD-Rom enables the children to make their views known in a creative and immediate way. The system, called the PACT project is used in more than 60 local authorities, and is unique.
I am pleased to be associated with a charity which is making a difference for the vulnerable children and young people of Leeds.
St Giles supports the Fair Trade movement in its desire to gain greater equity in international trade and its contribution to sustainable development by ensuring that disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world get a better deal.
The Fair Trade movement has grown enormously since it was first established in the 1950s with many people now regularly purchasing Fairtrade products during their weekly shop. But there is still more to do, if the world is to truly be a fairer place to live.
For those worshipping at St Giles, Fair Trade products are regularly available after the Sunday morning service to be purchased.
Events are held at St Giles to support each year the awareness raising Fairtrade Fortnight. Themes for Fairtrade Fortnight have been “The Big Swap”, “Go! Bananas” when more than 370,000 people in the UK ate a Fairtrade banana within a 24 hour period!
St Giles supports Christian Aid in its vision to end poverty in the world.
This is an enormously ambitious vision but Christian Aid as a Christian organisation insists that the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
How do we at St Giles do our bit to turn this vision into reality?
Each year St Giles supports Christian Aid Week, their annual fundraising event. In conjunction with the Methodist Church in Bramhope, 40 volunteers knock on every door of every house within Bramhope with a Christian Aid envelope and seek a donation.
In addition to this, we hold in Church a special concert or event usually during Christian Aid week to raise further funds for Christian Aid. Events in the past have featured the Steeton Male Voice Choir concert, Brass Praise, a special concert with Guiseley Brass Band and the Alan Cuckston Singers.
Other events during the course of the year may also raise funds for Christian Aid, for example collections taken at our annual village service.
These funds raised go into Christian Aid’s work which is focused in a number of key areas: climate change, trade, conflict, HIV and malaria, rights and justice. This is in addition to its better known work offering disaster relief at times of emergencies such as earthquakes and flooding.