|A Time For Giving|
Seasonal message from Northfield Conservative representatives
The Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter has opened up again in December. Each night of the week, until March, a different church opens its doors to give a hot dinner, a bed for the night and then breakfast. Those in need are given support and help and hopefully can move on to more permanent housing.
The Street Pastors go out on the streets of Ealing, Acton and Southall every Friday offering solace and support to those out and about. The staggering fact is that crime halves in the areas that the street pastors are out, according to the local Police.
The Ealing Foodbank is now open with branches across the borough, in Southall, Acton and elsewhere. They give three days emergency food to those in crisis.
We know that Christmas can be a lonely time for those on their own and we all know the good work done by the Samaritans. Their west London base is on Junction Road, Little Ealing, and is staffed by over 100 volunteers every day of the year.
The Disasters Emergency Committee which co-ordinates charity aid for all major disasters, most recently for the Philippines disaster, has reported record amounts given by the British public, and that the help is indeed getting through. The Philippines is a part of the world, with which few in Britain have direct personal links or knowledge, and yet our common sense of humanity shows how much we care.
Recent research by the Cabinet Office has determined that almost 80% of us feel we “belong” to our neighbourhood. Over 70% have volunteered informally over the past year by helping neighbours and friends locally, whilst over 40% have volunteered in a more formal way.
This might sound like an advertisement for all the good work done by so many caring people, and in a way it is. However, unfortunately there are always those less fortunate than others. So its heart warming that so many people are willing to give their time and money to help those in need. Volunteering is truly at the heart of our community.
With best wishes for Christmas and the new year from us all
Councillor David Millican, Councillor Mark Reen, Councillor Phil Taylor
December 19th 2013