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What Would Make You Jump Out of an Airplane?

By Simon Hoare – CEO of Acts Trust

This year Acts is 15 years old. I remember joining the small team that year in my mid-20’s; we were full of ideas about how we could change the City of Lincoln for good and Make a Difference.

Interview with Night Light Student Volunteers

by Pam Jenkinson – Night Light Café Project Worker

We have been really fortunate this year to have eighteen volunteers at our Night Light Cafes who are currently psychology students and attend either Bishop Grosseteste University or Lincoln University as part of their work experience placements. We have been overwhelmed with the quality and commitment they have shown to our project and many have continued to volunteer, even though they no longer need to put the placement hours in! 

Two of our outstanding student volunteers are Lauren and Ellie-Mae and I spoke with them about how they had heard about us. 

Our Brilliant Team at Hykeham Distribution Centre

By Cat Middleton – Foodbank Project Worker

In April we opened our fifth Distribution Centre, which is located in North Hykeham. When we mapped out what areas of the city Lincoln Foodbank were reaching and how far guest’s were having to travel to collect a food parcel, we decided we needed to plant another Distribution centre in the South of the city to make it as easy as possible for guests to access a food parcel. There are three churches partnering together with a group of volunteers to help run the Distribution centre. Our team leaders Mel and Sheila have done a brilliant job in helping set up the centre and making sure everything runs smoothly.

Interview: with Night Light Volunteers Martin and Kathryn

by Stacey Marriott – Night Light Crisis Café Coordinator

This week I caught up with two of the Night Light volunteers, Martin and Kathryn. Martin has previously been a guest at the Night Light Cafes and has recently applied and trained to become a ‘Peer Volunteer’. This role is for individuals who are no longer in crisis and want to become part of the Night Light community on a longer term basis, in a supporting capacity. Kathryn first applied to volunteer last summer and is now based with the Alive café at Newland on a Sunday evening having previously helped at the Bridge Central Café during lockdown 3. 

Can a Christian be depressed?

By Pam Jenkinson – Night Light Crisis Café Project Worker

I would want to start this blog with – of course – what a silly question! However, is it one? If someone has been set free because of the blood of Jesus, knows very clearly where they are heading, then surely there is no place for depression? Surely, Christians should be dancing and celebrating every day? What have they got to be depressed about or worry about anything? Don’t they believe the Bible when it says in John 8:36 – so if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed – there is no room for depression, anxiety or fear? Do they lack faith?

Yet …

Sometimes when we don’t know what to say, a hug says enough.

By Cat Middleton – Foodbank Project Worker

Today feels like a BIG day. It’s the day where we are officially allowed to HUG friends and family after a year of social distancing (be sensible!). I love a good hug! It lifts me up and makes me feel ok, so today, whatever situation you find yourself in, if you are ready, hug someone you love.

Power to the People – How can we empower ourselves?

By Stacey Marriott – Night Light Crisis Cafe Coordinator

I was recently offered a course of therapy sessions, and as a firm believer that such activity is beneficial to all, whether they are feeling the need for it or not, I jumped at the chance. Over the course of seven sessions, with the assistance of the therapist I identified areas of my life which were troublesome and in need of some work. I learnt strategies for managing these situations better and discovered so much about the inner workings of my mind.

Would you Survive a Pandemic Living in a Country where you don’t Speak the Language?

By Simon Hoare – CEO of Acts Trust

This last year has created some difficult challenges yet some innovative opportunities for our teams. Kerry Werling is one of our frontline team volunteers; I caught up with her to discover how life in Lincoln has been for non-english speaking people during the pandemic.

Is a Food Parcel enough to stop Food Poverty?

By Amy Colley – Lincoln Foodbank Coordinator

“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.”

Desmond Tutu

A catch up with a Night Light Café Volunteer

By Pam Jenkinson – Night Light Crisis Café Project Worker

Without our committed volunteers, the Night Light Cafes would not be able to function. We have a dedicated team, who want to make a difference to those who may be in crisis and have a desire to provide support and empathy to others.

I visited one of our cafes this week and caught up with one of our faithful volunteers Angela, who has been at the cafes for over six months now. I asked her what inspired her to give up her evenings to run the café and she said she didn’t like to see people struggling and felt this was a great way to help others and promote positive mental health.

How has Energize helped young people through the recent COVID pandemic?

By Lauren Johnson

Over the course of the pandemic, young people across Lincoln have connected in with Energize in various ways through schools work delivery, holiday schemes, sports, evening youth clubs, and trips.

OUR WORK

Find out more about our projects.

LINCOLN FOODBANK

Provision of food aid and the development of Lincoln’s Waste Food Supermarket

ENERGIZE

Youth Work services into schools and local communities

RESTORE

Empowering those 18+ with skills, opportunities and friendship

NIGHT LIGHT CAFES

Providing a safe space at night for those experiencing a mental health crisis

FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP

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EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO END POVERTY


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