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Topical issues and links

Fairtrade

www.fairtrade.org.uk

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.


Parish Nursing

www.parishnursing.org.uk

This is a growing movement that seeks to deliver whole person health care through the local church.


Rural church

www.fcn.org.uk - Farm Crisis Network

FCN's confidential Helpline is staffed by FCN volunteers from 7am - 11pm every day of the year. The Farm Crisis Network Helpline number is 03000 111 999. Callers will only be charged for a local rate call. There is also an e-Helpline chris@fcn.org.uk. Talking with someone who understands farming but is not directly involved in their situation can be a real support and, when appropriate, callers are offered a visit from a FCN volunteer.

www.arthurrankcentre.org.uk - The Arthur Rank Centre (ARC)

The ARC is an ecumenical Christian charity founded in 1972 to be a focus and resource for the work of churches in rural areas through the sharing of good practice, the provision of training and the encouragement of Christian ministry. It offers numerous training, liturgical and other resources to rural parishes.


Social Justice

www.christianaid.org.uk

“Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty – and we believe that vision can become a reality”

Regional Office:

Christian Aid Office, Upper Rooms,Loughborough Baptist Church, Baxter Gate, Loughborough, LE11 1TG

01509 265013

 Email: mgage@christian-aid.org
Office opening hours: 9-5, Monday to Friday.

www.makepovertyhistory.org
The biggest ever anti-poverty movement came together under the banner of MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY in 2005. Great steps forward were made, but the fight against poverty continues.


Street Pastors

There are now several teams of Street Pastors in our diocese, offering friendship and support to revellers on Saturday nights. Find out more about this ecumenical movement at:

www.streetpastors.org

Read an article about Street Pastors in the Diocese of Peterborough


Urban church

www.cuf.org.uk - Church Urban Fund

CUF was set up after the publication of the Faith in the City report in 1987 to support social action in the poorest parts of England. In partnership with other organisations it supports ‘men and women who are looking to do extraordinary things for the good of others in their communities’. It offers funding to projects in the worst 10% of areas of deprivation in England, or which address the needs of deprived or vulnerable groups of people, not limited to a specific geographical area.


Church Housing Trust

http://churchhousingtrust.org.uk/

This charity is dedicated to the rehabilitation and resettlement of homeless people of all ages and backgrounds. By tackling the longer-term issues that perpetuate homelessness, rather than providing quick fixes, Church Housing Trust offers new beginnings for homeless people of all ages.”