The Social Justice Programme seeks to inspire and support parishes and the whole Diocese as together we respond to the needs of local communities and the wider world.
The king will answer them, ‘Truly, I tell you, just as you did it to the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
= Latest updates
The social justice report to February 2015 Diocesan Synod is available here.
Mental Health Matters - the Church of England's official web resources for mental health issues, packed with useful information is at http://www.mentalhealthmatters-cofe.org/
Social action is core to the heart and mission of Church of England, a national survey shows
Who is my neighbour? General Election 2015.
The Church of England House of Bishops' produced a Pastoral Letter on the General Election entitled Who Is My Neighbour? (read here). An 8 page summary of the letter was produced by the Revd Wendy Pugh of Alderbury Deanery and is available on this website.
The national Church has also produced a 16 page study guide to Who Is My Neighbour? (read here).
General Election hustings
Updated information on organising a General Election hustings in 2015 is available at https://ctbielections.org.uk/. See item 7 in the new Toolkit below!
Attending a General Elections hustings? Here are 10 possible questions to ask candidates on the environment, suggested by the Diocesan Environment Group.
NEW Social Justice Toolkit
Seven key ways to get involved and make a difference in your local area:
1- Social Justice Champions
2- Good Neighbours
3- Credit Unions
4- MakeLunch (Meals for needy children in the holidays)
6- Community Audits
7- General Election
Friday 13 March
The Alabaré Annual Sleep Out in Salisbury and Trowbridge
Raising essential funds to support the homeless using Drop-in Centres in Salisbury and Trowbridge. Users come from all walks of life, benefitting from hot meals and drinks, clothing and washing facilities. Just as important is the practical, non-judgemental support and advice available on health, housing, employment and training. The Drop-in Centres are funded entirely through the generosity of individuals and organisations but, faced with a greater number of vulnerable adults calls on the service are increasing.
In the last three years, some 370 willing supporters, many from local churches, schools, businesses and community groups, have experienced what it is like to sleep outdoors in winter on the cold, hard ground of the Cathedral Cloisters or at the United Church, Trowbridge. One night is long enough - what if you faced it night after night? On average, homeless people die 30 years before the national average. Even more tragic, homeless people are considerably more likely to commit suicide than the general population.
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Church Urban Fund have written to the Bishop of Salisbury.
Clergy briefing here
- Key facts about your parish, plus a report on poverty in England:
- How churches can address the root causes of food poverty:
- Materials for One World Week, Oct 2015 (Poverty and Inequality):
Social Justice Programme
In response to the consultation, Christians in the Community; Challenging Injustice and Need, a small group has worked to develop a programme that includes project ideas that can be replicated in local settings as well as supporting wider campaigns for justice.
The Social Justice Programme also encompasses our continuing work that includes care for the environment, international development, addressing poverty issues, inclusion, racial justice, Gypsies and Travellers, urban priority areas, rural affairs, and links to government at local and national levels.
The Social Justice Programme is supported by Colin Brady working as the Social Justice Programme Manager and by the Social Justice Working Group. Email Colin via email@example.com.