Transform – The Big Society

A Christian Response To The Needs Of Our Communities

Christ Church Chilwell, with other Church of England parishes, has been challenged by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham and the Archdeacon of Nottingham about how it will respond to the Government’s Big Society initiative and the increasing needs within the community.

Because of concerns about using the term “Big Society”, we have decided to respond under the heading “Transform – a Christian Response to the needs of our Communities”.  This fits in with the church’s vision, which is “to be a people transformed by God, seeking to transform our communities with love”.

Rather than setting up new initiatives, we have decided:

1.    To reaffirm our support for Hope Nottingham

In addition to Hope’s existing projects, an exciting initiative which they launched in November 2011 was the Beeston and NG9 Foodbank.  The Foodbank is affiliated to the Trussell Trust, which brings together foodbanks operating throughout the country.  People are encouraged to donate food to the Foodbank.  This can be brought to the church at service-times or when the church-office is open during the week.  For information on Hope Nottingham, follow the link to their website on the right-hand side of this page.  A list of the sorts of food which are suitable for donation can be found in the link below.

2.    To encourage people to support and, if possible, volunteer for groups and activities which already exist to serve the wider community.

Locally, Voluntary Action Broxtowe (see link below) has Volunteer Coordinators who can suggest groups which may need help.  Opportunities for volunteering can also be found on the Do-it website (see link below) – simply input your postcode for local volunteering opportunities which have been advertised.