What we give to :
We support a nationwide network of food banks and together we provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
In the UK, more than 14 million people are living in poverty – including 4.5 million children. We support more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK to provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in crisis, as well as support to help people resolve the crises they face. Between April 2018 and March 2019, food banks in our network provided a record 1.6 million food supplies to people in crisis, a 19% increase on the previous year.
"Today in Northern Ireland, over 335,000 people are living with a chest, heart and stroke condition. Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke is your local charity, leading the fight against chest, heart and stroke illnesses. Our aim is to support those living with these life changing conditions and prevent others from becoming ill.
We offer practical and emotional support to individuals and families at what can be a difficult time in their lives. Our support services aim to enhance quality of life and increase independence and confidence. We provide an opportunity for people to meet together and share experiences while benefitting from a structured programme of activities including rehabilitation, exercise and information. We run health promotion programmes in schools, homeless hostels, in workplaces and within the community. We fund research relating to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. We campaign for people and families who are affected by these conditions.
We are a local charity and have been working for the people of Northern Ireland for over 70 years. Over 80% of our work is funded by public donations from local people and all the money we raise is spent in Northern Ireland."
How can I give?
It costs a good deal of money (at least £85k every year) to run the United Parish, money which must be entirely raised each year by our members as we receive no outside funding from the wider Church of Ireland or elsewhere. These costs include contributions to the Diocese, all staffing costs (Rector, Parish Administrator, Musical Director, Cleaner, and maintenance people) and the maintenance of our beautiful buildings, the two Churches, Parish Hall and Vicarage. On top of this we spend significant funds on Community outreach and support for charities, which we consider central to our mission.
In the past we have benefitted enormously from Parishioners giving their time freely to complete a significant amount of voluntary work which reduces the cost of paying for some services such a cleaning and grass cutting, but this is in decline as people have aged or have less time to spare in their increasingly busy lives. Filling this gap increases the money we need to raise on an ongoing basis. All giving, both financial and in time, is entirely voluntary and we very much appreciate all contributions - large and small.
We raise all our income in the following ways:
· Monthly Standing Orders;· Weekly Envelopes;
· Plate collections;
· Fund raising events; and
It is our policy to donate at least 50% of all proceeds of our fund raising events to a local charity chosen by the Parish each year. By choosing a single main charity we can give them a significant sum, rather that sharing small amounts around many causes.
We can maximise the value of your financial giving in two ways:
· If you are a UK Taxpayer, please Gift Aid your giving so that we can reclaim the tax; and
· Pay by monthly Standing Order so that we have a steady income stream to avoid credit charges.
Regular contributions are vital as our cash reserves would only allow the Parish to keep going for around two months.
If you already give and have not reviewed the level of your contributions for several years, please consider increasing your support to help us meet costs which continue to rise year on year due to inflation.
We operate two accounts, one for day to day expenses (including salaries) and one for building projects, and encourage people to contribute to both. The building account, known as the “Fabric Fund”, is vital to allow us to improve our facilities to meet the needs of the Parish, for example, improving disabled access. Separate envelopes and standing order forms are available for each account.
Please contact the Treasurer Andrew Kane – 2 Templewell, Templepatrick, BT39 0AB, email@example.com if you wish to set up a standing order or make a donation of any kind or Envelope Secretary Isobel McCollam 7 Lylehill Rd Templepatrick BT39 0EN if you wish to receive Envelopes.
You may also print off a Standing Order form and send it to me. Andrew Kane (Treasurer)