For many years Newtownabbey Methodist Mission has supported the local community in the provision of vouchers for food or fuel costs to families in dire need throughout the year. At Christmas time the Mission aims to help as many people as are referred to them through the statutory agencies who need help either in the provision of toys or again with vouchers.
It is regrettable that in these days there are many people who are living on or below the poverty line and the Mission is grateful that there are now “Food Banks” on which many depend.
Belfast City Mission (BCM) are delighted to receive a grant of £10,000 from the BBC’s Children in Need for its Parent Support Project in Ards.
The grant will go towards the salary of a Domicilliary Worker and the Project’s Baby Mornings
The Parent Support Project offers one to one support, formal group work and informal peer support to young parents. Advice and support are provided on all issues relating to parenting, for instance, healthy eating, personal care when pregnant, positive parenting techniques, stimulating play and the importance of peer support.
Day nurseries managed by two of the Methodist Church in Ireland’s Missions have been nominated for a prestigious Families First Service Best Nursery award. The day nurseries are Puddleducks, managed by the Belfast Central Mission and Bright Sparks, managed by the East Belfast Mission.
Last year Belfast Central Mission (BCM) distributed over 3.070 toy parcels and 1,650 food parcels to local families and older people in need.
With redundancies continuing across the country and an increasing number of families facing a difficult festive period, BCM is hopeful that once again the general public will dig deep to donate food and toy items to help those in need.
Following a request for meetings over the impact of on-going cuts in the welfare system on the most vulnerable, Church leaders today met with the Chair of the Social Development Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Alex Maskey MLA, and other representatives of Sinn Féin. This follows their meeting on 20th October with Minister for Social Development, Mervyn Storey MLA (DUP).
Following representation by the Church leaders on behalf of those who face a negative impact by the proposed welfare reforms, the leaders were pleased that the Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA invited them to meet him to discuss the topic. This meeting took place today at Stormont.
Celebrations are taking place at Belfast Central Mission (BCM) to mark the 125th anniversary of the charity which was founded in 1889. As part of those celebrations the Linen Hall Library, Belfast will be hosting an exhibition of BCM’s archive photographs, documents and artefacts at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast from 22 October to 29 November. The exhibition is called 'Changing Scenes'.