The church mission work of St Philip’s Grassroots Centre in Nelson is now in focus – thanks to a new video made by the Church Urban Fund and available online.
CUF visited the centre and interviewed staff, volunteers and other direct beneficiaries of the Grassroots project, including computer literacy learners and confidence-building participants. They also looked at the work of the Foodbank that is run weekly from the centre.
The filming took place as CUF supports Together Lancashire, a partnership between the Church of England’s Blackburn Diocese, Lancashire Methodist District and CUF itself.
The finished film has been uploaded on CUF’s website as part of a series of profiles on work being carried out across the UK.
CUF aims to tackle poverty and transform the lives of the poorest and marginalised members of society, while Together Lancashire is managed and run locally, responding to local needs and supporting church leaders and members, community and youth workers and voluntary activists to tackle the effects of poverty.
The five minute film looks at the people who use the centre and work there. Suzanne Waddicor, who features in it and is project manager of Grassroots in Leeds Road, said: “I hope the film will highlight the continuing need for our support in the heart of our poorest communities and will hopefully raise awareness of issues around poverty that will inspire more churches to get involved and make a difference.”
Canon Ed Saville, lead officer for Social Responsibility for the Diocese, said: “This is a place of mission as well as a place of service. Involving people from churches in meeting the needs of the community is a central part of Christian faith. We hope this joint work will continue until we manage to remove all causes of poverty.”
Jeremy Aspinall, Director of Communications of the Church Urban Fund, added: “The work of Grassroots Centre in helping the poor and marginalised is inspirational, and so also is the Nurture room that provides breakfast for children arriving at school hungry.” If you, your church or place of worship want to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877640.