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Together Liverpool - May Newsletter

As we approach Volunteers’ Week on June 1st-7th we encourage you to join us in taking time to say thank you to the millions of volunteers who support our communities from within faith based settings and beyond.

We pray for those who have given so generously of their time and resources to take part in social action, during exceptionally difficult circumstances amid the pandemic, and for those who have not been able to due to coronavirus.

Please also tell us the stories of volunteers who have made a Bigger Difference in your church and community in the Diocese of Liverpool area, so we can continue to share these through the year.

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This newsletter we are blessed to share a wealth of resources, research and events from across our Network of Kindness connections, starting with ground-breaking work from Messy Church BRF into Deepening Discipleship, through their A Voyage of Discovery project.

We invite you join Life on the Breadline's on-line conference, at which our Food Insecurity Lead Executive Naomi Maynard will be a keynote speaker. We also encourage you to join a This is Rubbish webinar to introduce the Food Abundance and Equality Declaration, to which we are a signatory, calling for systemic solutions to end the need for food banks, and prevent food waste.

Please read on to find out about free Carbon Literacy Courses from Faiths4Change for faith and community group members,
a Zoom call to learn how churches can partner with the Kids Matter parenting programme, the latest Freedom Bus tour from Modern Slavery campaign Stop the Traffik, and a Refugee Week webinar about Reset's refugee resettlement programme.

We also share details of the latest statistics from the Money Charity indicating 10.1 million people showed signs of financial distress in January 2021, with 2.4 million people having problem debt. Please pray for systemic change and sustainable solutions to this financial crisis.

Finally thank you to all those churches from across the Diocese of Liverpool who applied for our Feast of Fun grants to run food-based community activities this summer. We are delighted to be able to fund or part fund all those who applied, and offer thanks for the volunteers who will deliver these initiatives.

The Together Liverpool team