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Prisons Week of Prayer

11 - 17th October 2020

Spurgeons is one of twenty faith-based organisations working in prisons who come together to plan this annual campaign, which starts on Prisons Sunday, the second Sunday in October. The aim is to raise awareness and encourage prayer for everyone affected by imprisonment and the criminal justice system. We take an active part in preparing the prayer resources, available from the Prisons Week of Prayer website.

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United in Lockdown

The word ‘lockdown’ is everyday language in prisons. Since COVID-19 we have all become familiar with what it means and feels like. We may have a better understanding of what life can be like both inside and outside the prison walls for prisoners and their children and families, of the loneliness and difficulties of separation, of living with constant uncertainty and trying to stay hopeful and positive.

Spurgeons staff have had to find different ways of supporting families and children unable to visit their dads and relatives in prison, to try to keep a connection, so that they know that our help for all of them continues to be there – that they are not alone.

Prisons Week Prayer

For forty years this prayer has been spoken, read and offered by thousands of individuals and congregations during Prisons Week.

Prisons Week Prayer

Lord, you offer freedom to all people.
We pray for those in prison.
Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist.
Support with your love
prisoners and their families and friends,
prison staff and all who care.
Heal those who have been wounded
by the actions of others,
especially the victims of crime.
Help us to forgive one another,
to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together
with Christ in his strength and in his Spirit,
now and every day.

Amen.

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18 hours ago

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Christmas can be an especially difficult time, both for dads in prison, and the families affected by a prison sentence. Your donation can help support a family when they need it the most, helping dads be great parents to their children, enabling them to bond as a family under the most extreme of circumstances.

Find out more: spurgeons.org/christmas-appeal/

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2 days ago

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Throughout the pandemic, our #wiltshire Children's Services teams have adapted and worked together to support colleagues development through peer on peer training in order to better support, local families.

Colleagues across the team with different knowledge and experience have been delivering training to their peers.

The Early Years Team have utilised their knowledge and expertise in child development to deliver peer on peer training remotely to the Family Support Worker team.

Caroline Wells from our Wiltshire team says: ''The impact on children and families over this lockdown period has been evidenced through parental feedback showing greater participation in the strategies being shared with children in the home learning environment.''

Find out more about our Wiltshire teams:
East Wiltshire Children's Centres
South Wiltshire Children's Centres
West Wiltshire Children's Centres

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A gift in your Will makes a lasting difference to vulnerable young children and their families.

For over 153 years Spurgeons has been blessed to receive bequests which have allowed us to continue working with the children and young people who need us most. Including Spurgeons in your Will helps us continue to give vulnerable children a better present and a more hopeful future.

Have your Will made for free through our Will writing services with Farewill. Find out more: spurgeons.org/support-us/leaving-a-gift-in-your-will/

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3 days ago

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Making a difference in the lives of children and families sits at the heart of what we believe and what we do. That is why Spurgeons exists - to give children and young people, particularly those that are vulnerable, a better life today and a more hope-filled future.

We have three key values that are woven through our work:

✨We are compassionate.
✨We are inclusive.
✨We are hopeful.

Read about the variety of ways in which we support children, young people and families in our latest Impact Report: spurgeons.org/impact-report-2020

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4 days ago

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Our team at #peterborough have had some great feedback from their virtual 'Chatter Matters' courses which helps parents and carers to recognise and build on their children's communication skills.

👏Well done Natasha and Anna at Honeyhill Children's Centre

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