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Newsletter – Nov 2022

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Newsletter – Nov 2022

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In this second edition of our newsletter, you can find out more about our Reverse Advent Calendar challenge. Hear more about our newest community market project. And learn something about how we are supporting unemployed people back into work. Oh, and we have a little, seasonal poem as well…

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Reverse Advent Calendar

It’s that time of year again! The Reverse Advent Calendar challenge is back. So what is a reverse Advent calendar? Well, it’s similar to a traditional Advent calendar but instead of opening a window and receiving a chocolate treat each day you donate an item of food to our foodbank. To start the challenge, simply find a large box and on the first day place in a box of cereal; on the second day a packet of rice; on the third day some pasta… And so on until the box is full. You can then drop the box off at any of our city centre donation points. Over the past three years this has been a roaring success for Micah Liverpool and helped us bring in enough donations to cover the increased demand we experience at Christmas time. This year we are expecting to feed over 1000 people in December and each and every donation will help us provide food parcels to those that need them most. To see a list of suggested items and to learn more about the Reverse Advent Calendar click here https://micahliverpool.com/blog-post/return-of-the-reverse-advent-calendar/

 

C3 Success

Micah Liverpool recently opened its newest community market in partnership with C3 Church and Powerful Beyond All Measure [PBAM]. This market is based at C3 Church which is on Kempston Street, Lpool 3 and is open on Fridays between 10.30am and 12:30pm. Since opening in September, the community market has registered 63 families and supported over 125 individuals.  Danielle Azanuwha from PBAM said “The community market has been a great success. It’s been amazing meeting lots of new community members whilst still working with the families we already know. PBAM are really pleased to work in partnership with Micah and C3 church”. At the community market guests can receive a warm welcome, tea, coffee, and toast as well as 15 food or household items for just a £1.50 weekly membership fee. If you would like to learn more about our community markets, click here https://micahliverpool.com/communitymarket/

 

Recruitability build back

Micah’s recruitability programme is back up and running and in full swing. Restarting again post pandemic, Micah Liverpool has made a concerted effort to re-introduce the recruitability programme with a view to helping unemployed people get back into work. Since March 2022, we have successfully worked with four cohorts of participants and in partnership with Liverpool Cathedral, St Dunstan’s Church, C3 Church and Together Liverpool provided practical, meaningful volunteer opportunities to all who took part. In the past 9 months, we have supported 40 participants and helped 8 people move into employment. A further 32 qualifications have also been achieved. If you would like to join the programme or are an employer who may be able to offer support, please click here https://micahliverpool.com/recruitability/

 

Group Donations

If you are a business, school, church or large group and would like to make a food donation to Micah, please contact Paul O’Brien at Paul.obrien@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk or call on 07932 842337 to arrange a collection. The final date for collections before Christmas will be Thursday 22nd December. Alternatively, you can donate food at our donation points at Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Liverpool Parish (St Nick’s) Church. We thank you in advance for your support.

 

The Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
But over at the cathedral while others did sleep,
An army of helpers had a deadline to keep

Making up food parcels, wrapping up toys,
Sorting out gifts for good girls and boys
Because no one should go hungry at Christmas
It’s not fair. It’s not right.
So onward they toil until dawn’s early light

And when the bells ring out on that new Christmas morn,
They’ll smile at each other for their work is then done
And quietly and humbly, they’ll go on their way
Warm in the knowledge that they made Christmas Day

A little poem to say thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who give generously and freely of their time, not only at Christmas, but right throughout the year…

May we be the first to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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