LOC Report to SCT AGM

LOC REPORT TO SCT JANUARY 2016

ANGUS MCNAB

  • DEVELOPMENTS:
  • SHIPLEY FOODBANK CENTRE; 283 people fed in 2015. Most of these people were offered prayer, one has become a worker and several are “regular visitors” (not always receiving food). Two new workers started recently with at least four more in pipeline; this will bring us to a more sustainable level for 2016. Bradford North foodbank now have 83 referral agencies working with us. A wide range of people and organisations regularly donate food to the foodbank. In December, Philip Davies visited Shipley foodbank centre. This has led to an even closer working relationship over specific clients.
  • MARKET BIBLE STALL: Recent introduction of Prayer Request cards on the stall. About 80 Bibles given away in 5 months. Looking into buying large print (gospels/NTs?) and other languages in response to demand. More workers getting involved. Greater contact with other traders.
  • COOK CLUB: Regular attendance of 6-8 single, largely older, men, 2 of which are from St. Peter’s. Cath is introducing more diverse meals to accommodate health issues of attendees. We would like to offer training to people wanting to start similar clubs in Shipley and beyond.
  • EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMME: Three coaches currently working in 2 schools. Two more coaches about to be trained. Better relationships with staff at both schools.
  • SALCAN: Christchurch academy have started a breakfast club twice per week using food from the Canteen. 1200 meals ( at least) provided to marginalised and vulnerable people last year. Weekly Alpha course venue.
  • CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH: About 30 guests served by about 20 volunteers from 5 or more different churches. Great atmosphere on the day and much positive feedback from both guests and volunteers. “What a warm welcome and delicious Christmas dinner, Thank you all very much. (I enjoyed) a convivial Christmas this year. It was great!” (Feedback from one guest)
  • FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES:
  • FAITH ACTION AUDIT: to commence in February. Working with a small team of assistants to identify key people in each church/organisation and promote the audit locally.
  • STRAWBALE COMMUNITY CABIN: ongoing
  • FURNITURE LOAN SCHEME: Working on proposal for this with St. Paul’s, Christ Church and ARCH currently involved.
  • BREAKFAST CLUBS: hopefully more clubs can be started in other local schools.
  • PROMOTING LOC ROLE: involved with interview at Thornbury centre later this month.
  1. CHALLENGES:
  • FINANCE: unsuccessful large bid put forward last year. No other current bids in pipeline. Mission Grant funding in final year this year. Informal approaches made to other SCT church leaders.