Every year the Bishop’s Lent Call supports local projects in the Diocese of Southwark – one in each of the Episcopal Areas of Croydon, Kingston and Woolwich. These projects have covered a wide range of activities in places all around the Diocese but have all had one thing in common – they support people in their local communities who are in need. That need may differ from project to project but the support is always there.
This year the projects benefiting from the Lent Call are Bede House – a local community charity supporting the communities in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe; the Croydon branch of the Association for Pastoral Care in Mental Health, which aims to help people with mental health issues realise their full potential as individuals and so improve the quality of their lives; and The Spires Centre in Streatham which helps people who are homeless or in insecure accommodation and are also facing complex issues such as long term unemployment, physical and mental health issues and substance abuse problems.
The first of the projects we are featuring is Bede House: in our first film Nick Dunne, the Director, tells us more about the project and what it does for the local community and in the second film we meet Bobbi – who started as a service user at Bede’s youth project when she was 8 and is now a Lead Youth Worker at the same youth project