Dioceses asked to help fight modern slavery
An exciting new partnership, The Clewer Initiative, could use the eyes and ears of people who care to bring help to at least 12,000 people in the UK who may be victims of modern slavery. This figure suggests that there are at least 200 people within Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire who are being exploited in domestic servitude, the sex trade, under labour exploitation or being deceived into giving up an organ. If this figure sounds small, it is part of a very large international picture: more than 200 years after the abolition of slavery there are still an estimated 45.8 million men, women and children trapped in modern slavery.
The Clewer Initiative is a 3 year project to enable Church of England dioceses and wider Church networks to develop strategies to detect modern slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care. Working with the Church locally, the plan is to identify resources that can be utilised, develop partnerships with others working in this area, and create a wider network of advocates seeking to end modern slavery together.
The initiative forms part of the Church of England’s approach to eradicating modern slavery and is funded by the Clewer Sisters, an Anglican order of Augustinian sisters, founded in 1852 to help marginalised, mainly young women, finding themselves homeless and drawn into the sex trade, by providing them with shelter and a trade.
Watch out for further news. Meanwhile, find resources at www.theclewerinitiative.org/resources/
You won’t be able to keep this quiet: ‘Thank Your Vicar Week’ is coming!
‘Thank Your Vicar Week,’ which takes place during 15th-22nd October, provides parishes and schools with an opportunity for communities to say a big ‘thank you’ to clergy for everything they do for others.
Over a third of dioceses celebrated the first national Thank Your Vicar Week last year and SeeRound Online is promoting it this year for the first time.
Thank your Vicar Week is an initiative of St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy, a charity which cares for the health and wellbeing of Anglican clergy and their families.There are free resources for a special service in church or a special school assembly to celebrate your clergy available at www.stlukeshealthcare.org.uk/events
Suggestions for how to mark the occasion include interviewing your Vicar during a service or assembly, having short one-sentence ‘votes of thanks’ from the congregation, baking a special cake, offering to help with something at church or around the vicarage. Or, you could give St Luke’s Healthcare a donation!