Supporting Christian Charities through healing and the arts.
ALL SAINTS COMMUNITY ARTS
‘I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly’
Situated on a busy high street, All Saints Church aims to create a centre for spiritual welfare and healthy living for the whole community. Over the past fifteen years All Saints Community Arts (a sub group of All Saints PCC) has facilitated a wide range of creative opportunities for local people. The Anchor Foundation are now enabling us to provide an Art Therapy Service on our site, offering sessions to a group of parents of teenagers and young people with additional needs.
Rope seeks to transform the lives of thousands of needy people. Motivated by Christian compassion, we support projects in over 30 countries worldwide, working with partners to provide basic needs, education and income generation opportunities.
100% of every gift to Rope is used to benefit the poor. Rope’s running costs are covered by the Friends of Rope fund. The Anchor Foundation grant has helped internally displaced people in North-eastern Uganda participate in an income generating scheme by teaching new farming methods of growing ground-nuts, enabling them to become self supporting. Health and hygiene training has helped improve their quality of lfe.
Changing Tunes is a charity that uses music teaching, rehearsing, recording, performance, improvisation and composition to aid the rehabilitation of prisoners and ex-prisoners. The common purpose created through the shared experience of making music provides many opportunities to mentor and befriend, build self esteem, educate, assist and change attitudes of prisoners. Evidence shows that prisoners we work with both pre and post release have a re-offending rate of less than 15%, a 75% reduction compared to the national average. Anchor’s support has helped fund some of these sessions directly, enable recordings to be made, and funded management and training of our Musicians in Residence.
Greenbelt is an annual, all age, multi-disciplinary arts festival with its roots in the Christian tradition, but with an embrace that is inclusive and wide reaching. Greenbelt Festival is developing the way it works with and for young people and to achieve this we needed a full time member of staff. We are very grateful to the Anchor Foundation for contributing towards funding this role. Since August 2010, we have been able to employ a Youth Participation Co-ordinator who has been working to engage young people as decision makers, volunteers and programmers.
Scargill Movement is a Community house in North Yorkshire that runs a series of retreats and conferences. At the heart is the hospitality of God: the welcome that he gives to everyone. As people relax we find that God comes into the space that is created. The Anchor Foundation have helped us with a grant for the bursary fund: this enables a variety of groups that cannot afford it to come to Scargill and experience the welcome of God and enjoy the Yorkshire Dales. Groups include people with learning difficulties, asylum seekers, churches ministering to inner city areas and homeless people.
Crisis Centre Ministries (CCM) are a Christian charity in Bristol that help homeless people and drug addicts. To combat this problem CCM run four projects. The Wild Goose Café, the LITE Course, East Bristol Foodbank and, our latest project, a Women’s Only Night Centre (WONC). These projects aim to help people off the streets, and keep them off by running retraining courses and continuing to support them in practical ways. We have won an award in recognition of the support the two hundred-fifty plus volunteers provide. The Anchor Foundation’s three year grant has supported The Wild Goose in enabling it to develop feeding more people and helping more people off the streets.’
We are a charity working amongst the tribal people of South India. We began by running tailoring centres and literacy schools in the villages and we have now built and run a home for abandoned children, providing a loving, nurturing environment for these children, some of whom have disabilities and developmental delay. We aim to look after them to a high standard – helping each one to feel an individual, a cherished part of a loving family and supporting them to reach their potential. It is so rewarding to see them grow, change and thrive, and this is all thanks to help that The Anchor Foundation and others have provided. We continue to run vocational training projects and other aid work amongst the villages, positively impacting communities for good.
Handcrafted is a Christian charity working with disadvantaged people in County Durham who long to turn their lives around, but need opportunities, mentoring and practical help. We work with people who have multiple and complex needs, including homelessness, mental health, offending and drug & alcohol abuse. We involve them in meaningful and empowering training doing woodwork, landscape gardening and house renovation projects.
The Anchor Foundation gave us a grant towards the core costs of running our programme of practical activities for a group of adults. We saw them progress from difficult and chaotic lives to finding new skills, routine and purpose.
The Sharakat Project is a community project based at St Paul’s Church, Manningham, Bradford. It has grown from the church’s vision to serve the local community in a way that fosters well being, includes the marginalised and encourages cross cultural and cross-faith relationships. It seeks to be a practical witness to the love of God in the community. The Anchor Foundation grant has enabled us to establish our Scones and Samosas cooking group and Knit together craft group which provide safe spaces for women of different faiths and cultures to meet and build friendships, reducing isolation and improving community cohesion.
Raising Families implemented by Samaritans Purse, acts as a catalyst for enabling thousands of poor families to break free from poverty. It does this by equipping local churches to enable poor families in their communities to make the most of local resources, skills and opportunities.
Now in its second year in Rwanda, 515 pastors have been trained and their churches have been envisioned. 10,300 families have been impacted with 2,562 individuals accepting Jesus into their lives. 9,785 families’ children are safe from abuse, neglect and exploitation, 8,755 families have access to health services and 4,223 families are saving regularly to lift themselves out of poverty.
The grant from The Anchor Foundation has helped to make all this possible.
CSW is a Christian organisation working for freedom of religion or belief in over 20 countries. We protect, support and campaign for religious minorities who face injustice because of their religion or belief.
In Nigeria, we’re providing a lifeline for women widowed by attacks by the Fulani herdsmen. These attacks can involve hundreds of heavily-armed herdsmen entering non-Muslim villages, burning down houses and killing. Between 2015-2016, reports indicate 1,425 have died in such attacks. Through the support of The Anchor Foundation, women have turned their lives around by learning to make bags, detergent or toiletries, enabling them to set up micro businesses to support their own children and orphans.
The United Benefice of Brailsford employed an artist who developed Christian art from scripture, through paintings, sculpture and illustrations in order to spread the Christian message and enhance spirituality in schools, the parish and amongst clergy. The biblical messages in the art works offer greater inspiration in church services.
The Anchor Foundation sponsored the artist for three years to spread the word of God through art and to children in particular, to help them express themselves through the creation of art works. This has encouraged Christianity in school lessons and has offered another means of communication especially if they struggle with the written word.