Welcoming the Stranger Conference
As more Asylum Seekers and Refugees are dispersed in to our area, the need to share and develop good supportive practice grows so Asylum Link Merseyside are holding a “Welcoming the Stranger” conference.
This free conference will gather an overview, celebrate existing work and further develop networks of support in the region. In addition, the Council of Europe has just produced, in seven European languages, an excellent, practical folder entitled “Language Support for Adult Refugees”; this has been designed to meet the growing need to help volunteers provide practical language support throughout Europe. Asylum Link Merseyside and one other centre, in the London area, will be disseminating the English version of this very useful “toolkit”.
Jimmy Mc Govern and Frank Cottrell-Boyce, both friends of Asylum Link Merseyside, will be speaking at the conference at LACE, Sefton Park, Liverpool L17 1AA, on Tuesday 13 November , 10am to 3.30pm.
Please register your interest as soon as possible, preferably by Friday 5 October. The conference is open to anyone. They anticipate a high level of interest from many varied groups and sectors across the region, so email your interest to email@example.com
Join the Women, Peace and the Church 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 on 24 November at Liverpool Hope University.
More information here
General Data Protection Regulation
Further to Help & Advice Bulletin 63 on the General Data Protection Regulation 2016, which will become law on , Church House has now produced some basic advice and some template documents:
- Hints and Tips – Good Data Protection Practice
- Establishing Good Data Protection Practice in Your Church – Checklist
- A template Consent Form
- A template Data Privacy Statement
These are all available to download from: https://urc.org.uk/GDPR.html.
Mersey has adapted the URC Consent Policy to include tick boxes. You can download the Mersey one from our website. I would add that if a church finds it is processing personal data for several different purposes (eg, membership records, giving them news and information, sharing pastoral news about them, publicity, fundraising, etc), it would be preferable to provide separate boxes to tick to enable people to consent to some processing but not others.
The Directory for Social Change provides a useful brief overview here: https://www.dsc.org.uk/wp-
The Church of England has provided further resources, which may be of some help, although the terminology will differ in places: http://www.parishresources.
The Methodist Church has provided a helpful list of dos and don’ts: https://www.tmcp.org.uk/about/
http://www.gdprforchurches.org.uk/- Free advice
The Mersey Consent Template, can be VIEWED HERE
A Church Data Audit Form can be viewed HERE
In the Autumn it is planned to create a video which will be online and help take forward Walking the Way.
At the request of the Walking the Way steering group, I am forwarding to you the information that you need to encourage people far and wide to create a “vox pop” on their smart phones which will contribute to this video. The “Notes to Help us get started” explain what this is all about. The other two documents are consent forms for interviews with people under 16.
If you have any questions about this please forward them to Tracey Hardingham for passing on to the steering group.
Revd Fiona Thomas
Secretary for Education & Learning| The United Reformed Church
86 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RT
020 7916 8635
General Assembly Youth Intern Opportunity Are you aged between 18-26 years old?
Are you looking for an internship or looking to further your work experience?
The United Reformed Church is looking for two Youth Interns to make a real impact on its most significant council meeting by assisting and supporting the General Assembly Arrangements Committee (AAC) plan and run the July 2018 General Assembly in Nottingham.
But what does that mean for you?
Experience! You will be involved in all aspects of the event planning, from attending committee meetings to working out of the main office at the event. This is a great chance to develop your current talents and build up some brand-new skills along the way.
It is also an opportunity to feed a youth perspective into the planning and management of the decision-making council of the Church.
What will it cost me?
The answer is NOTHING but your time. The two positions will be fully paid for! From travel to and from meetings to food and staying at the event… we pay it all!
So… let’s look at the role in more detail!
As part of the planning of the Assembly, the Youth Interns will be taking part in AAC meetings. Contributions and observations in the meetings are always met with appreciation.
At the Assembly itself, you will be involved in any and/ or all of the following: GA Office support (inc. Admin); Session Timekeeping; Accommodation management; Drafting of Assembly documents; GA Representative Liaison and any other jobs that arise during the event.
We promise you will have fun during General Assembly. Just ask our last Intern, Katy Ollerenshaw.
“Being an intern in the office was great. I got to see Assembly from a whole other side, there was always someone to answer my questions and everyone was welcoming. It was never boring and there was always something happening, it was honestly a lot of fun. I would recommend to anyone new to Assembly or who has been many times before.”
To find out more or apply, please contact:
Ann Barton, Secretary to the Assembly Arrangement Committee Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Merseyside Council of Faiths met yesterday and made a statement on the Westminster Atrocities.
This has gone to the RC and CofE Communications Officers already.
If the idea of using the Universal Prayer for Peace in Sunday Services could be promoted then that would be a meaningful follow-up
A few other matters from the meeting:
The Archdiocese has kindly agreed to look after the Council of Faiths small money which will save sorting out a new ban account. The Diocese and the Free Churches have promised to pay contributions and the Treasurer will be sending reminders
With the rise of such current issues like Westminster and to streamline the work a Council of Faiths Standing Committee has been formed of the Joint Chairs Dr Shiv Pande MBE DL (Hindu) and the Revd Dr Sheryl Anderson with Revd Dr Crispin Pailing (Christian) and Carlo Shroder (Ba’hai) plus the Secretary.
The excellent initiative on Resettlement of Syrian Refugees spearheaded by the Archdiocese via Steve Atherton has been promoted by the Anglican Interfaith Adviser Nadine Daniel and a meeting with the Home Office to discuss the situation in and around Merseyside is scheduled for 3.00 p.m. at LACE. The Churches are very fortunate to have Steve and Nadine who have undertaken this work with energy, tenacity and sensitivity.
We had a very interesting presenting on Faith in the Media and if anyone would like the Powerpoint please let me know.
Churches Together in the Merseyside Region publish guide to welcoming asylum seekers
REGISTRATION OF CHURCHES FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE