Jubilee+ has been concerned about specific areas of social justice for some time, and over the past 3-4 years has spent time focusing on Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Care for the Elderly, Addictions, and Churches in Deprived Areas. With all of these areas of concern, we have sought to create or join networks of churches, Christian charities and Christian organisations that are working in that field. In some of them, we take a lead (for example Refugee and Asylum seekers), in others, we join with existing networks (for example Care for the Elderly). We are keen to build these networks to:
1) Increase the capacity of the local church to become more effective: this might be through training, conferencing, networking and encouragement. We aim to help churches learn, grow and develop in ministries in these areas.
2) Begin to look at how we can affect national and local policy-making by speaking to those in power - this might include lobbying, supporting, challenging or encouraging.
One of the key ways we can help is by making current information widely available, through directing churches to information-rich websites that can give them the help and direction they need. One key factor we find time and again is the reinvention of the wheel with all the attendant mistakes everyone makes. By presenting a good web site with information about what churches are doing, how they are doing it, and what is available in a one-stop site, we are able to help in many more situations than any training event could manage. A good example of this is our Refugee and Asylum Seeker site: https://jubilee-plus.org/refugee-network/
If you would like to know more about any of our networking groups, or would like to join with us, please email Paul Mogford on firstname.lastname@example.org