Ha Fusi School, Lesotho
In Lesotho, Africa, primary education is free, but secondary education 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 and other things. Ever since, Ha Fusi school has been one of our mission partners - we support it with fundraising and prayer.
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 6BA (just behind the church).
The advice centre operates a drop in policy so no appointment is needed.
The 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 e.g. 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. In the church hall foyer there is also a stock of leaflets that are freely available whenever the hall is open.
Christian Aid’s ethos has always 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 - their work falls into two main areas, providing urgent, practical and effective assistance where the need is greatest, and campaigning against poverty and injustice.
The Friary is a faith-based lcoal charity, who work to 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 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.