Woodstock Methodist Church regularly supports charities through its "church project", a particular cause for which we both raise money and raise awareness, usually for a period of two years. These alternate between something overseas and something closer to home. Our current church project, adopted in May 2016, concerns two UK charities, Dogs for Good and the Oxford-based Asylum Welcome. Prior to that we were supporting two overseas charities, these being ZANE, which works in Zimbabwe, and the READ project in India (one of the partner projects of the Methodist charity All We Can). By the end of April 2016, we were able to give them both £1000.
We support our charities both through fundraising, particularly by our donations for coffee following Sunday morning worship, and by raising awareness of the issues involved. We will be supporting our current charities until May 2018 by which time we hope we will again be able to give them £1000 each.
Dogs for Good
Dogs for Good explores ways dogs can help people overcome specific challenges and enrich and improve lives and communities. This includes ...
- Assistance Dogs – The charity trains assistance dogs that support both adults and children with a range of disabilities and also children with autism.
- Community Dogs – The charity also trains activity and therapy dogs to work with specialist handlers in communities and schools.
- The PAWS Family Dog team gives advice and support to help people get the most out of their relationship with their pet dog.
One of our church families has been involved with the initial puppy training for Dogs for Good for many years.
Asylum Welcome welcomes asylum seekers, refugees and detainees who have fled persecution and danger in their own countries and seek refuge in Oxford and Oxfordshire. It seeks to make a difference through a range of high quality, practical services that reflect the priorities of asylum seekers, refugees and detainees. These include ...
- Support and advice services;
- Legal rights support;
- Education services;
- Support for those seeking jobs;
- Help with food, clothing and other items;
- Support for Syrian families brought to Oxford under the government's programme of resettlement from camps in Lebanon and Jordan;
- The raising of public awareness;
- Public advocacy for policy change.