Redland Park supports a local and an international charity each year, as well as supporting Christian Aid through collections and a church fair. Here are the church charities for 2020-2021:
INTERNATIONAL: Toilet Twinning:
Sanitation is serious stuff, and if you’re going to talk with authority on the subject you’ll need a few key phrases. We bring villagers together in workshops and encourage them to join action groups focused on issues that concern the community, such as farming. Slowly, sensitively, our partners encourage men to allow women to have a say in household decisions, often for the first time. Women carry the heavier burden in terms of collecting water and caring for the family, yet often have no voice.
Our partners help set up small village committees, of both men and women, to look at the link between practices such as open defecation and ill health. For many, this is a revelation: they have never understood why their children fall ill with sickness and diarrhoea in the rainy season. Then, they are keen to have a latrine. Before latrine-building starts, there’s hygiene education on practices such as hand-washing. This is key to behaviour change in the long term.
Our partners involve local people in deciding on the design and materials to be used in latrine building. This means latrines are both appropriate and affordable. People generally build their own latrine, and this means they are much more likely to continue to use it, and maintain it – ensuring the project is sustainable. We strongly believe that the best way to bring transformation in poor communities is to work with them, rather than doing things for them. It’s all about dignity and self-respect.
LOCAL: Caring in Bristol
We are striving to create a society where everyone has a home, has hope and is part of their community. We don’t believe that homelessness is a simple issue with a simple solution. That’s why we work across a number of projects helping people move away from the streets and preventing people becoming homeless in the first place. Our projects:
This city can
Caring at Christmas
Bristol: Best city in the world?
Housing Support Handbook
The Caring Handbook Covid-19 Edition
The 365 Shelter
Redland Park also regularly supports Traidcraft which sells goods from developing countries at fair prices that guarantee a better deal for the people who produce them and their families. They cut out the middle men and deal directly with producers. The Traidcraft stall is open after Sunday morning service.
Redland Park regularly runs fund raising events for the charities they support. These include concerts, fairs, cake sales, quizzes and sponsored activities.