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Social Responsibility - part of the Parish Mission Support Department

The Parish Mission Support Department exists to serve the churches and communities of Blackburn Diocese.  The range of work covered by the department is represented by the 'Five Marks of Mission'.

  • To proclaim the good news of the kingdom
  • To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth

    These five marks can be sumarised as Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform and Treasure.

    The diocesan commitment to 'Social Responsibility' seeks to encourage work in the last three marks of mission - Tend, Transform and Treasure

    All we do will seek to reflect the Kingdom values of Christ our Lord

    We seek to stimulate, develop and sustain Christian Social Action across the Diocese

    We do this by working in partnership with all people through the parish structures and beyond – liaising and working with people from all sectors of the community

    We facilitate projects:

    • Supporting Family Life
    • Enabling ex-prisoners to gain meaningful employment and/or training
    • Improving the health of ex-prisoners and their families
    • Supporting young children and their families through their early years, especially male carers
    • Supporting families with children having difficulties in school
    • Running Child Contact meetings for separating / divorced parents
    • Running a family centre in Nelson

    In addition we have groups which investigate and stimulate action in:

    • Racial Justice and Cohesion
    • Disability, Inclusion and Sensory Deprivation
    • Ecology and the Environment
    • Rural Affairs
    • World Development (including Fairtrade)
    • Substance abuse
    • Partnership working
    • Working in multi-faith areas

    We are always looking for people who are committed to Christian Social Action and would welcome both volunteers and ideas for other topics which you may think should be looked at

  • External Links

    Churches Criminal Justice Forum is a network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Its purpose is to uphold Christian values in the field of criminal justice, to promote awareness of criminal justice issues in the churches and to make representations to Government on behalf of the churches. It advocates the use of restorative justice, supports Christians working in the criminal justice system, and promotes community projects to reduce offending

     

    Church Housing Trust. Church Housing Trust is committed to changing the lives of homeless people and raises funds to support the work of over 70 projects throughout England, including hostels and women’s refuges. Specialist help is given to young people; the ex Services; vulnerable young parents and children; people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems, and ex offenders. Watch the video on our website to see examples.  Please CLICK HERE  for the 2015-16 Church Housing Trust leaflet.

     

    Fairtrade Foundation. Our vision is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential

     

    Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world

     

    NACRO. Nacro's vision is a safer society where everyone belongs, human rights are respected and preventing crime means tackling social exclusion and re-integrating those who offend

     

    National Offender Management Service. Our aims are to protect the public, reduce re-offending, punish offenders, rehabilitate offenders and ensure victims feel justice has been done

     

    NOTA. The National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers developing work with sexual abusers preventing sexual abuse

     

    NSPCC. Help for children and teenagers

     

    Partners in World Development. On this site you will find links to many kinds of world development work being done around the Church of England’s dioceses, including: tackling the root causes of global poverty, debt and economic injustice, seeking to make trade fair and to bring about trade justice, highlighting the connection between climate change and poverty and combating the scourges of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and similar diseases

     

    Stop it Now! UK & Ireland is a campaign, managed by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, which aims to prevent child sexual abuse by raising awareness and encouraging early recognition and responses to the problem by abusers themselves and those close to them

     
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