Social Concerns Group, Petersfield
This group provides a forum for people from our churches concerned about and involved with the community in which we live. It has been meeting regularly since the late 1980's when its first task was to produce an information booklet for the use of the PACT Welcoming Scheme.
Since then it has promoted a number of initiatives including (for a period) a Contact Centre where divorced and separated parents could meet their children; Causeway Prospects, a worship activity for people with learning difficulties; and the popular Christmas Day Lunch for those who would otherwise be alone. Currently we are looking at the support given to older people in our church fellowships and, later, in the community as a whole.
The group encourages a sharing of information and resources, as well as providing feed-back to our congregations so it is helpful to include as many of the churches in PACT as possible.
Notes on Pact Social Concerns Group held at the SA Hall on Mon 9th September 2013 at 10:00 am
Present: Hilary Bonney (Chair), Sue Bone, Pippa Collingwood, Judith Peake, Christine Tully, Joanna Fells, Brian Edwards.
Pippa opened the meeting with prayer.
Matters Arising from meeting of 1st July
1. Food Bank
Brian reported that there is an increased demand and a steady supply of food. Winton House now had a collection point, controlled by Robert Venables. A couple of homeless people are now being regularly supplied with food, but Brian registers each only once during each reporting period.
Since the last meeting a cash donation of £20 and a £20 gift token had been received, together with the regular donation into the PACT food bank account. A cheque for £500.00 for food purchases had been issued in July from the PACT account; there was now £1,230.93 in this account. The sale of near to date items raised £9.00. Brian had purchased £100 worth of gift vouchers, issued £125 worth and had £185 remaining. He used £307.06 to purchase the needed items and £10 on display materials. There was £306.21 cash in hand.
Items Brian needs to buy: include washing powder, nappies, UHT milk, sugar, spaghetti, meat balls, biscuits, tins of potatoes.
Food Issues: Since the last meeting there had been 41 issues of food helping 50 adults and 37 children.
These issues were initiated by:
The food bank started three years ago; there had been 555 issues since Sept. 2010 helping 1295 adults /children. Brian noted that more groups were now referring people to the food bank.
Churches should each have a copy of the referral form. They were asked to make their own copies as needed. The church administrators needed to know how the food bank functions.
Brian would be on holiday from 5th - 25th November. Linda would request help if needed.
2. Christmas Lunch
Katie has called the first meeting of the Christmas lunch planning meeting, to take place in St Peter’s church meeting room on Thurs 12th Sept at 12.30pm. Each church was encouraged to be represented.
The PACT committee ascertained that there was no need for CRB checks for those transporting guests.
3. Winton House
Volunteers are needed for the Pop In cafe and the office. A musical evening and BBQ will be held at Winton House Sun Sept 15th 4-7pm, at a cost of £6.00 per ticket.
These were being designed by students from Buriton and matters were well in hand. Christine would ask the church ‘card reps’ to discuss and amend distribution lists sometime in the week beginning Oct 21st. The bundling would take place in the week beginning 18th November. Brian reminded us that he would not be available to collect the cards from the printers.
The meeting was closed with prayer
Date of next meeting Mon 11th Noveber 2013 10:00 am in the Salvation Army Hall.