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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The benefit cap....

Useful simple leaflet explaining the benefit cap...
download from here

How churches in Blackburn have been responding to the needs of refugees

Rev John Howard-Norman, from Wesley Hall Methodist Church in Blackburn, shares how churches in Blackburn have been responding to the needs of refugees in their community for over a decade…

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Friday, 25 September 2015

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Giovanni Montalent

Harvest Festival Time

Please forward and circulate this widely
At Harvest many churches and schools will be collecting food and donating it to local food banks and community cafe projects.
If you don't have a favourite charity or contacts and information about your local food bank there is a listing of Lancashire projects on the  Together Lancashire website here.
It's also available on a map
Please collect and give a lot...

To download leaflets or posters for your church or community group detailing how people can support their local food bank or project, and what items are most useful folow this link


Thursday, 24 September 2015

S.E.E.D. Annual Fashion Show Saturday, 10 October 2015 from 19:00

This is going to be a great event and lots of people have worked very hard to put it all together. We also have lots of different people who are helping us out for free on the night be modelling, displaying their collections, performing live for us all and kind donation pieces for our auction.

Free Champagne on entry and free entry into Evoque nightclub in Preston afterwards included.

We really need to sell as many tickets as possible in order to make it all worthwhile for our charitable cause. If you cannot attend the event yourself, please consider putting our poster on social media (attached to this email) or even picking up some flyers from the office. There are two versions of the poster attached. The smaller version is better for Facebook etc as it has less text.

You can also buy your tickets via this link:

If you would like to help out at the event, please let me know. We always appreciate any extra support anyone can provide

Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Kind regards,

Emily Morton
Funding & Events
S.E.E.D Lancashire<>

0844 391 5539

Company No : (SEED) 74550528
SEED Charity Number: 1144313
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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Background on Refugees and asylum seekers

The UK government is offering to accept 20,000 Syrian refugees selected from those still in the Middle East.
Before rushing in to offer your spare room or collect van loads of food to take to Calais take a few moments to read up on the situation.
There is very useful guidance from the Local Government association on the current refugee situation here
The asylum seeker and refugee population in the UK - and in Lancashire is already established and needs our support.
Government Statistics show

There were 25,771 asylum applications (main applicants) in YE June 2015, an increase of 10%

compared with the previous 12 months (23,515). The number of applications remains low relative

to the peak number of applications in 2002 (84,132).

• The largest number of applications for asylum came from nationals of Eritrea (3,568), followed

by Pakistan (2,302) and Syria (2,204). A total of 11,600 people were granted asylum or an

alternative form of protection.

Monday, 21 September 2015

FareShare Lancashire and Cumbria


FareShare Lancashire and Cumbria is launching, and has requested me to send
out their brochure. 
If any groups are interested in benefitting from FareShare, please can they contact me on
01772 665958 or 07736 617042. Alternatively, they can email I will then arrange to have a chat with them
about what we can do to support their group or organisation.


Claire Dallison
Operations Manager
FareShare Lancashire and Cumbria

Claire Dallison - Operations Manager

email  web http://

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"The Interfaith Movement" by Philip Lewis and Charlotte Dando. 
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"The Church of England has not only created space for the inclusion of other religious voices in the public sphere, but also actively facilitated and funded interfaith activities and must be commended for this. However, for the most difficult conversations to happen and for people from all faith and belief backgrounds to be full engaged, we must seek a truly equal playing field whereby the Church of England does not always assume the leadership role." 

In 1942, in the shadow of the inhumanity of World War II, Archbishop William Temple co-founded the Council of Christians and Jews. Fast forward nearly sixty years and the question of Christian relations with Jewish people, and now more commonly with Muslims and other minority religions, remains pertinent. Circumstances and contexts have changed, but the difficulty of interreligious or interfaith relations is one which many people of faith (and indeed, many from non-religious backgrounds) are still grappling with.

In the fifth book in the Temple Tracts series on religion and public life, Philip Lewis and Charlotte Dando offer a critical introduction to the "Interfaith Movement". The authors track the historic development of interfaith work at both institutional and grassroots levels, with a special focus on Anglican-Muslim relations in England. From reflecting on successful interfaith work the authors move on to asking difficult questions about the role and sustainability of the interfaith movement, and propose a series of recommendations aimed at ensuring that this significant work has a strong and positive future.  

'The Interfaith Movement' is available to download as an e-book for just £2.99.
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Friday, 18 September 2015

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Greg Smith - Preston Christian Action Network