Prison Fellowship's mission is to show Christ’s love to prisoners by coming alongside them and supporting them. We seek through prayer and practical care to help, support and develop a Christian ministry to prisoners and their families. We do this through our network of volunteers, and have over 2,500 volunteers. We are currently involved with almost all of the 120 prisons in England and Wales.
We are a Christian project, walking alongside women who are working in the Sex Industry.
Our aim is to offer friendship and support to women in a non-judgemental and non-discriminatory way, whilst nurturing self-worth and giving help to access the appropriate services if necessary.
The purpose of Restore’s outreach is to offer a pastoral service to those affected by the Sex Industry and our vision is to demonstrate God’s love to women. The team will seek to build genuine relationships, and where appropriate offer prayer. We also seek to meet immediate needs and refer to appropriate services and agencies when needed.
When a crisis strikes a family with children, its effects can be devastating. Many of us would turn to relatives and friends for support but some families can be really isolated with nobody there to help them. Stabilising families before they reach a breaking point is key to reducing the number of children who need to go into care. An award-winning charity, Safe Families has benefitted over 6000 children since it was launched in the UK in 2013.
The name ‘Saffires’ is inspired by the gem stones, sapphires – we changed the spelling on purpose to be unique! Sapphires form under the earth in darkness and under great pressure. When the stones are cut in a special way, they reflect light in a star shape. We all face darkness and difficulty in our lives. We believe people can to come into a place of light where they reflect God’s beauty. All women are made as precious, individuals and each of us have great worth. We wanted our name to reflect this truth.
School Pastors is a further initiative of The Ascension Trust (AT) specifically aimed at secondary education. AT is best known for the Street Pastors movement, which have been operating in Derby, under the governance of Derby City Mission since 2009. School & College Pastors are expanding nationally and currently operating in 34 different locations around the UK. Like Street Pastors, School Pastors are managed by Richard & Shirley Wormsley from Reach Derby.
We are currently planning to launch School Pastors in Derby during 2020. We are currently in consultation with churches and schools in advance of a formal launch and plan to be recruitment and training of School Pastors this spring. However you can register your interest now via our page on the Derby City Mission website.
What does a School Pastor do?
School Pastors provide uniformed teams in groups of 2 or 3 for an hour or so in locations requested by the school. This could be by the school gates or in places where young people congregate. School Pastors teams may also be involved in mentoring schemes, leading assemblies and running reading clubs. There are many opportunities, and other School Pastors initiatives are finding that once a relationship with a school is established, schools often say to them, ‘We like you … what else can you do for us?’
Shoulder-to-Shoulder is run by St Alkmunds Church in partnership with a number or churches, providing practical support for vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Derby. Once a month, mostly during the summer/Autumn seasons, teams of volunteers spend a day decorating, gardening and cleaning, making a significant difference to someone's life. This outstanding demonstration of love in action has often been the tipping point which triggers long term sustainable recovery in those we help.
We are all volunteers, mostly from churches across Derby. We want to demonstrate to people that God loves them, that they are not forgotten, and we would like to invite you to join us. Experience the challenge, grit, and satisfaction of being part of God's work in our local community.
We work closely with Derby City Council who identify the people for us to help. They provide the long term contact, ensuring that change is sustainable. We also connect people into local church families where we know of groups offering friendship and support.
Every Thursday from 6pm, from Ozzy Road Baptist Church, up to 100 guests are provided with a hot meal lovingly served with a big dose of support and friendship. Derby City Mission is now overseeing the project with Reach Church Derby remaining as a prayer and financial partner.
Derby Street Pastors are a part of the national Street Pastor network and have been operating in Derby since February 2009. We operate under the umbrella and governance of Derby City Mission and Richard & Shirley Wormsley of Reach Derby are currently employed part time by DCM to manage the project. We currently have a team of 50 trained volunteers from 23 local churches who provide a visible, peaceful and reassuring presence for everyone in the city centre.
Street Pastors, usually in a team of four, are out and about between 10pm and 4am on Friday and Saturday nights. People enjoying a night out in the city centre may at some point find themselves in a place of vulnerability or difficulty, and we are there - listening, caring and helping. Our hope is that everyone has a safe and enjoyable night out. It is our aim to leave someone in a better situation than when we first met them. A shift may involve helping someone sober up and ensuring that they have safe transport home, reuniting people with friends, administering first aid for those who are injured, or simply chatting with people about their lives, hopes and fears.
Due to the high level of training that is mandatory to become a Street Pastor we operate an annual recruitment programme. However you are welcome to join our team of Prayer Supporters who faithfully pray for the work of our teams each week.
We aim to provide free confidential care, information and support for women and their families facing difficult choices in pregnancy, in relation to parenting, adoption and termination. We also provide support for women and their families after pregnancy loss through termination or miscarriage.
The organisation was founded in response to the needs of refugees arriving in the UK and the stories they shared of their lives and their journeys. Through building relationships with those from refugee communities we were able to identify their needs and the best ways to respond.
We believe that making those who are fleeing war, persecution, and conflict feel welcome will give the best possible chance of integration, support and opportunities to rebuild their lives. One of the best resources a refugee can have to help them settle in their new home is a good social network. Friendships and connectedness can help overcome the many challenges faced by those seeking refuge.
Welcome Boxes specifically equips churches to welcome and support asylum seekers, housed in Home Office accommodation. Trained volunteers deliver a Welcome Box, filled with small gifts, to the homes of people who have recently arrived in the area. They provide information about local groups and services and support asylum seekers to find a place to belong within community. Reach Nottingham and Reach Leicester both run Welcome Boxes in their cities.
Welcome Churches trains and equips local churches to welcome refugees arriving in their community. We are building a network of churches around the UK committed to welcoming refugees. This means that as refugees and asylum seekers move around the UK, they can easily find a church to welcome them into the community. Through our Welcome Network, we profile refugee-welcoming churches around the UK so that individuals can ‘Create a Welcome’ for a refugee they know who is moving to a new area. Reach Nottingham, Reach Leicester and Reach Derby are all part of the Welcome Network.