Social Action Annual Review 2012 Jigsaw Project I am the Father of the fatherless, the defender of widows, I am near the broken hearted and save the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 68:5 and Psalm 34:18) Our call has to be rooted in God’s heart for the lost but in particular the poor, those afflicted and those in need. We live to bring those whose lives we touch closer to the kingdom of God, to demonstrate his love and grace, to impact this world with prophetic acts of kindness and service. Jigsaw exists for this purpose.
involved in supporting confidence building course parents who had social for DDDC called The Art of services involvement in Being Brilliant. their families. With our Jun: We Thanks for support families had were six children returned believing in invited home and four to a children were able to small charities remain at home with celebration at County Hall. support. This was not the Advice Derbyshire set up a case for all those parents Derbyshire Food Bank we work with and Network and we were sometimes we founder members, this has need to help been really useful in them adjust learning how other food Thank you to their new banks operate and being for your supsituation. able to refer people outside port during a Mar: The of our area to other very dark first provision. Jan: Delivery of quarterly Jul: Wirksworth Junior time. KnowJigsaw Market Jigsaw School invited us to talk at ing that I will Garden parcels Clothes an RE lesson and the have food continued with Bank of children were moved to coming in families receiving 2012. organize a Summer Cake each week is weekly provision of These & Plant Sale to raise a lifesaver. vegetables, meat, Open Days money for Jigsaw—it was groceries and the are well lovely to see their occasional treat. We were attended and enthusiasm. able to distribute the good fun. Cathy Aug: The Jigsaw Café was vegetables from the has now taken over the busy during the school summer glut which we day to day running of the holidays; the impact of had stored in the freezer clothes bank and she is not having a free school provided by a grant from doing a fantastic job! meal was felt by many Derbyshire County Apr: We held our Easter families. Our busiest day Council. Celebration with a full was in August when we Feb: We teamed up with meal and Easter eggs for had 32 adult visitors plus CVS to pilot a Cooking on all. We were approached children. Dales Housing a Budget class. This was by Treetops Nursery who invited us to participate in successful so we ran a six made us their Charity of a Week of Action on the week course from Easter. the Year, their support has Hurst Farm Estate. Sadly CVS lost the funding been fantastic. Sep: We were approached for their Health Trainer May: The arrival of the by TeamV to support their post so we were unable to Jigsaw van opened up the Youth Homelessness continue these sessions. possibilities for our Campaign. This was the month when household goods ministry. Oct: This was the month we became formally Jigsaw hosted a of the Newfrontiers Social
A Year in the Life of Jigsaw...
Action Conference, it is good to see we are not alone! Nov: Sadly one of our Café regulars died unexpectedly, we were proud to attend her memorial service. We visited Fareshare in Leicester to investigate ways of increasing food provision as God has spoken clearly about doubling the number of households we support during 2013. Dec: The Jigsaw Christmas meal and delivery of the hampers marked the end of another busy year for Jigsaw.
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IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANY OF US... “The shortest period of time lies between the minute you put some money away for a rainy day and the unexpected arrival of rain.” Jane Bryant Quinn
What’s Planned for 2013
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
Number of rough sleepers* in Derbyshire Dales on Annual National Count Day (27th November)
Families previously needing Jigsaw Market Garden parcels but now out of crisis
Average number of people attending Jigsaw Café each week
Number of families supported by the Jigsaw Market Garden (as of December)
Most people at Jigsaw Café on any week (not counting celebration meals)
People who attended the Jigsaw Christmas Meal
Christmas hampers provided by the Mark Haworth Memorial Fund
Attendees at the Jigsaw Easter Celebration
Number of individuals supported by Jigsaw Market Garden (as of December)
Households supported by a delivery of furniture or other household goods
Individuals reached by the Jigsaw Cafe
0 Not counted
More and more families are struggling to make their money stretch to the next pay day. Prioritising a healthy diet can seem a step too far for those who are balancing the need to pay the fuel bill against the need to feed the children. The provision of food is a key part of three areas of our ministry so in 2013 we will be: Increasing the regular supply of food to Jigsaw: We will be working with other churches in the area to establish the infrastructure for regular donations. Churches interested to date are in Brassington, Darley Dale, South Darley and Wirksworth. We will be providing “Jigsaw Tin Bins” to local organisations so that they can become collection points. Finally, we will be joining a pilot scheme with Fareshare to establish a Derby Hub. Doubling the provision of the Jigsaw Market Garden: Our aim is to be regularly supporting 50 households by December 2013. Increasing the availability of crisis food parcels: Crisis parcels are only available at the moment during the times when the Jigsaw Café is open. We will be exploring ways of increasing access in a crisis.
Mark Haworth Memorial Fund This fund is set up in recognition of Mark’s conviction that showing Jesus to the needy in a practical way means providing a standard we would be happy with ourselves. In addition to the Christmas hamper collection, the fund pays for refurbishment of flats, carpets and large household items. The Fund integrates closely with Jigsaw Thank you so, so much for the and is really the lovely rug for our kids bedroom. fundraising arm that We thought we were going to allows Jigsaw to have to live with concrete floors for ever. It was so quick and easy provide unstinting and unconditional support to get the rug and choosing our to those in need. own colours was amazing. You really are lovely people, thanks for all the help we’ve had this year.
In 2012 we finally managed to raise the funds needed for a van for Jigsaw and that has released a number of areas of ministry to develop. Hosting fundraising activities is fun but it is also hard work. During 2013 there will be 2 formal fundraisers:
Crisis food parcels distributed to people in need
Items of clothing provided from the Jigsaw Clothes Bank Open Days
Miles driven in the Jigsaw van (since 11th May 2012)
The annual Charity Auction on June 15th; and The highly competitive Curry & Quiz Night in October. Both of these events are very popular and provide an ideal opportunity to invite your friends and neighbours. If anyone wants to organise any additional fundraising events then please let Deb know.
* There are strict government rules about counting rough sleepers, this represents only a subset of the homeless.
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Social Action Newsletter (March 2013)