Together Southwark Who we areWhat we doLearn AboutGet involvedContact us What we do SUPPORTED PROJECTS Supporting local projects is a substantial part of what we do at Together Southwark. Below you can find out more about some exisiting projects that we are supporting and learn more about how you might get support. This year...so far BabyTalk Project This is currently the only parish midwives project in the country. The project is focused on encouraging breastfeeding, nurture and family bonding. It works through St John’s Angell Town and the church school and is involved in connecting with local inter-faith women groups. The project will now integrate mental health support for mothers who suffer from mild post-natal depression and for mothers and carers who have mild mental health problems and will organise a sign posting system for those with higher mental health needs. This has been made possible by a Partners for Health grant provided by The Saturday Hospital Fund and London Catalyst. If you would like to learn more about the project and/or volunteer, please contact Angie Sheridan, the Parish Midwife at email@example.com . Lunchbox-Library at St Dunstan's Church, Bellingham Lunchbox-Library is run by St Dunstan's Church in partnership with Elfrida Primary School and the local Co-operative store to help reduce summer holiday-related hunger and reading loss among children and reduce financial pressure on families in Bellingham. This has been made possible thanks to a grant received from the Diocese of Southwark. The project is offering free healthy hot lunch, kids stories to maintain reading skills, fun day out in the fresh air and bags of additional fun activities to give children a positive experience of summer holidays despite limited financial options. Children are actively involved, they enjoyed making their own healthy pizzas, organise a 'Kids Got Talents' and much more. Parents and carers are very welcome to stay and encouraged to be active participants in Lunchbox Library. Photos will follow soon. In 2016 Erith and Thamesmead Debt Centre The project was set up in partnership with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to help people trapped in spiralling debt to become debt free. A group of churches make up the partnership with CAP. These are St Paul’s, Thamesmead (United Congregation CofE, Methodist and URC); Emmanuel Baptist Church, Thamesmead; North Heath Family Church (Non denominational); Belvedere Baptist Church, Welling Methodist Church, Christ Church Erith (CofE) and All Saints Belvedere (CofE). Erith and Thamesmead Debt Centre was partly funded by CUF-Together Grant. For more information about the project, please contact Ms Kath Andrews, the Centre Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunchbox-Library at St Michael's Church, Southfields Lunchbox Library was funded by a CUF-Together Grant and was run by St Michael & St Stephen’s Church, Southfields in partnership with Ronald Ross Primary School and Southmead Centre for Children and Families to help reduce financial pressure experienced by families during school holidays. It addressed summer holiday-related hunger and reading loss. The project offered free healthy lunch and the team read stories to children and advised parents/adult carers on how they can support children with reading. That was not all, there were fun games, outdoor play and craft activities to give children a positive experience of a summer holiday despite limited financial options. For more information, please contact Mrs Teresa Harris at St Michael and St Stephen’s, Southfields. How to get funding Part of the role of Together Southwark is to help churches, other faith groups, voluntary and community organisations apply for Together Grants from our partner, CUF. The Together Grant programme is run by CUF and provides them with small grants of up to £5,000 to engage in social action and to support them to initiate or develop community work. For eligibility, follow this link: Together Grants How to get support Nelly is the Development Worker for Together Southwark and is always happy to hear from you about how she might be able to support your project. You can contact Nelly here.