St Giles' Mission Partners
Ha Fusi School, Lesotho
In Lesotho, primary eduction is free, but secondary eduction is not. The Ha Fusi school is an Anglican secondary school which was established in 2006. Elizabeth and David Dunford, members of St Giles, spent two years living and working in Lesotho - Elizabeth teaching at the school and David using his skills to support the school - with IT among other things. David and Elizabeth are now home, and Ha Fusi school continues to be one of our mission partners - we will support it with fund raising and prayer. Click here for more.
Friends International's vision is that every international student in the UK should have a Christian friend, giving them the opportunity to respond to the message of Jesus Christ and return home with the desire and skills to spread the Gospel in their own country and throughout the world.
West Bridgford Advice Centre
The West Bridgford Advice Centre is open every Wednesday from 9-30am to 12-30pm in St Giles’ Church Hall, Stratford Road, West Bridgford, NG2 6AZ (just behind the church.)
Their team of volunteers provides advice and information about a wide range of issues and can signpost clients to more specialised agencies according to their needs eg issues around housing, debt, relationships, employment, and consumer problems. They offer support to access benefits and help with form filling and when required, complete forms with clients.
We have internet access at the church hall and so can provide clients with up to date information about a wide range of issues. In the Church Hall entrance they also provide a stock of leaflets that are freely available whenever the hall is open. We operate a drop in policy so no appointment is needed.
Christian Aid’s ethos has remained the same – to assist people and communities on the basis of need, regardless of race, religion or nationality. Its work is founded on Christian faith and powered by hope. Wherever they can make a difference, Christian Aid works with and through local organisations - known as partners – and their work falls into two main areas:– Providing urgent, practical and effective assistance where the need is greatest; and campaigning against poverty and injustice. At St Giles we have two main focuses of activity for Christian Aid: 1) Christian Aid week in May when an army of willing volunteers take to the streets delivering and collecting the famous red envelopes. 2) The Quiz Night – this is the biggest single fundraising event in support of Christian Aid in the East Midlands – and it’s also a great night out!
Friary Drop-In Centre, West Bridgford
The Friary Drop-In is a faith-based registered charity, located in West Bridgford. They assist homeless and disadvantaged people in and around Nottingham. Their overall aim is to promote the relief of poverty in the lives of the individuals we encounter.
They encounter up to 120 people in need of assistance on any given drop-in session. In practical terms, they offer people free welfare services such as food parcels, clothing, toiletries, laundry facilities (for a small fee), shower facilities and small household items for people moving into accommodation. They also provide a listening ear for people who just need some emotional support. In addition, they offer a free crèche for those with children and an allotment project for those who want to experience the outdoors growing vegetables for soup, which is given out for free during drop-in sessions. There are two tenancy support workers who assist vulnerable people in maintaining tenancies.