One of the things we hear about a lot as we go around is neighbours helping each other – giving lifts to hospital, helping with
the garden, lending tools,
visiting the housebound. Some people say it happens quite a lot already, others that it’s not as much as it used to be. But everyone agrees it’s a good thing, and it would be good if it happened more.
So what would it take to make that happen? Would it help to have a coordinated scheme to link up people who can offer help with people who need it? Or is it better for it happen informally, as neighbours get to know and look out for each other? We’d love to know what you think. If anyone would be interested in helping to organise it, we’d be happy to work with you and publicise it in future editions of the newsletter.
Imagine how it could work...
Mary, who has recently retired and has her own car, goes to the Care Scheme web page to say that she might be able to give people lifts
Susie, who is bringing up two small children on her own, and lives in the next street to Mary, needs to get to the hospital quickly one afternoon because her 6-month old daughter has croup. She rings the coordinator to see if anyone can help.
The coordinator looks for people able to offer lifts who live close to Susie, and gives Susie Mary’s phone number.
Susie rings Mary, who happens to be free, and is delighted to take her to the hospital. She gives Mary a donation to cover her petrol costs.
If Mary hadn’t been free, Susie would ring the coordinator back and see if there was anybody else who could help.
Does this sound good to you? Would you like to talk it through? Please contact us - we'd love to talk!
We take the protection and safety of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. All Volunteers in the church who work directly with children, youth or vulnerable adults are checked with the national Disclosure and Barring Service. If you have any concerns about safeguarding and would like to talk to someone, here are some useful phone numbers...
Brickworks Pastor, Fred Swartz - 07745 301136
Brickworks Women's Ministry, Lacey Swartz - 07470 060211
Brickworks Safeguarding Lead, Ruth Garratt - 01384 824611
Parish Vicar, Simon Falshaw - 01384 423142
Parish Curate, Jon Evans - 07584 919697
Parish Safeguarding Officer, Gloria Burrows - 01384 894948
Diocesan Safeguarding Officer, Hilary Higton - 07495 060869
Childline - 0800 1111
Age Concern UK - 0800 678 1602
Dudley Social Care - 0300 555 0055 (out of hours 0300 555 8574)
Non-urgent Police Enquiries - 101
Emergency Calls - 999
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28 Shepherds Brook Rd
Stourbridge, DY9 7DX
Phone: 07745 301136
Brickworks Church is an outreach from Christ Church Lye (the one with the WWI soldier statue in front).