St Michael & All Angels

Sharing God's Love

Charity of the Month

Each month we support a different charity. Information about the chosen charity is published in the Parish magazine, and a presentation is made at the 10.30 service on the first Sunday of the month.

The charity for the month of June is The Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today. 

“Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. Someone develops it every three minutes and there’s currently no cure.” 

Alzheimer's Society calls it the biggest health and social care challenge of our time. As the largest and most influential dementia charity in the UK, they are calling on everyone to unite. Working together they know they will achieve their vision – a world without dementia. 

They are meeting this challenge in three ways, through Support, Society and Research. 

They support those living with dementia, through their National Dementia Helpline, providing reassurance, improving confidence and motivation and through Dementia Cafes and Singing Groups. 

They are changing society for the better, by working towards Dementia Friendly Communities and helping society to become more inclusive for people with dementia. 

They are investing more money than ever in research and attracting more talented researchers to the field. 

“Forty years ago an article was published in The Sunday Observer about my husband, Lawrence, who had dementia. Following the publicity, I united with others who wanted to create lasting change for people with dementia. This group went on to be known as Alzheimer's Society. Now, 40 years later, the Society has gone beyond what I ever thought possible. This is all thanks to you.  Without your support, Alzheimer's Society would not be where it is today. You're wonderful.”
Morella Kayman MBE Vice President & Co-founder, Alzheimer's Society

The Charity for the month of July is Five Talents

Just imagine for a second what your life would be like without a bank account. No current or savings account – could you function?

In the western world, we take owning a bank account for granted, and yet in developing countries thousands and thousands of people are without any form of banking, which makes starting any sort of business virtually impossible. Trying to improve one’s lot in life and escape poverty is extremely challenging. Limited resources can turn circumstances like illness or crop failure into a major obstacle for communities struggling with economic empowerment. Families have to make impossible choices between sending their children to school or putting food on the table, between urgent medical care or paying to heat a home, between buying a source of clean water, or fixing necessary farm equipment. All of which we in the west take so much for granted.

Addressing these barriers to economic empowerment within a community not only strengthens their ability to succeed in the short term but also helps them become more resilient in the face of unexpected disasters.

This is where Five Talents can help. Five Talents is a Christian charity that empowers the poor in developing countries through microenterprise development.

Working closely with local Churches in some of the world’s poorest areas, Five Talents helps women and men to identify, develop and use their God given talents for good.

Five Talents programmes serve people of all faiths (or none) regardless of religious backgrounds. All their programmes seek to serve the small, poorer, riskier communities and live out the Gospel imperative to help the needy by empowering them to develop their own businesses through community savings, literacy, financial literacy and business skills training. These businesses provide jobs in the communities, all started with small loans that go a long way in a developing country.

Five Talents works in nine developing countries: Burundi, Bolivia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The importance of microfinance is also linked to the impact it has on gender relations. Women are empowered to make decisions about how to save and invest their incomes and earn money for themselves, which increases their decision-making power in their households and in their communities more widely.

Women across the globe have accomplished incredible feats like purchasing farms on their own, sending their children to school and installing electrical utilities in their homes. Empowered women are starting businesses, investing in their families and ensuring their children have the best start in life.

Five Talents’ partners work closely with the whole community to teach about the positive role women can play and to teach women about their rights.

By supporting a Christian microfinance organisation the Church can demonstrate

      *      A hand up not a hand out.

      *      Support for enterprise not just aid.

      *      Sustainable solutions, not just maintenance models.

      *      Support for women, who represent two thirds of Five Talents clients.

Find out more on the Five Talents website

Read about Katito from Tanzania: ‘The main business I am doing is mainly food, but sometimes I supply fresh milk around the streets. I have managed to pay school fees and other expenses for my three children who are studying at Primary school. The business has been expanding day by day.’