A DAY IN THE LIFE 

Sunderland Connect Network helps Sunderland's churches to maximise the impact they make in the community.

Sunderland Connect Network helps Sunderland's churches to maximise the impact they make in the community.

Sunderland Connect Network helps Sunderland's churches to maximise the impact they make in the community.

One of the best ways to understand our work is to see what we do every day. Here's an average day in the life...

10am

This morning I'm meeting with someone who runs a local food bank in Sunderland. She wants to engage more with the Network so she can support people who use the food bank more effectively. I'm able to give her lots of useful information about other support for vulnerable people. 

We talk about mental health first aid and our Health Champion training, which supports churches to be part of the solution to wellbeing issues in the city.

I ask if she'd like to become a Connect Network Champion for her church. This means she'd help coordinate information flowing between the Network and the Church. I give her a pack and I'm on to my next task.

The local authority have been in touch to ask about hot meal provision for vulnerable people over Christmas. They want to create a comprehensive list of what's on offer.

 

They know that churches will be doing a lot to feed and support people but they don't have the resources to contact churches individually. 

Using our connections with churches in the Network, I find out what's on and feed back. This helps the local authority create a list to help more people access hot food over winter.

Noon

2pm

More phone calls from contacts in the city. First, it's a local school teacher who is looking for someone to deliver assemblies and RE classes. I know just the person and put them in touch.

Next it is our contact at the Business Development District. They want to increase footfall in the city centre and know that our H'Away in a Manger celebration was really successful a few years ago.

 

I have to tell them that we can't do it again this year due to lack of capacity, which is a shame. Maybe next year if we get enough volunteers...?

Finally, a quick call from a local gym. They've donated to our Christmas hamper campaign but want to do more. I signpost them to the Sunderland Wellbeing Network; I think they'll be a perfect fit.

On to another meeting. This time we're talking about services in Sunderland for people with a dual diagnosis of mental health and drug & alcohol issues. 

At the front line of crisis in the community, churches know that the system isn't working for these vulnerable people. So Sunderland Connect Network are delighted to have a seat at the table, feeding back the experience of our churches.

 

The findings of the meeting will be reported back to the Council leader to inform the citywide plan. This is just one of many areas where Sunderland Connect Network are able to help shape the future of the city and its services.

4pm

These are just some of the ways we help churches amplify their impact in the community. Want to get involved? 

Connect Network 

Fusebox, 90 Coronation Street, Hendon, Sunderland. SR1 2HE

CHARITY NUMBER: 1180558 

TEL: 07588 471 808

EMAIL: info@connectnetwork.uk

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