Church Life, Of The Cloth, Social Action

Banned from the Band


I am barred from taking an active part in my church not because I won't wear a uniform, but because I can't afford to. I am banned from being a useful member of my church because I am poor.

Church Life, Social Action

How the Salvation Army changed the world.


"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if, one only remembers to turn on the light" - Albus Dumbledore, a great wizard, and perhaps in another life, a Salvationist.

Church Life, Social Action

The old time hostels


Part of a documentary from the 80's about the Salvation Army. This clip shows one of the hostels I grew up in and my parents managed.

Craft Business, Free Makes, Handcrafting, Social Action, Textile Stories

The Quilts of Hope Project


The Quilts of Hope project will bring communities together to make quilts filled with hope and love to vulnerable people.

Church Life, Social Action

The Poverty of Self Worth


I've just come home from one of the most frustrating evenings. I've been in London for the launch of the Joseph Rountree Foundation strategy for solving poverty in the UK. An important event which I urge you to search the hashtag #solveukpoverty and find the video of the event. At 4pm we (20 of us)… Continue reading The Poverty of Self Worth

Church Life, Social Action

Be the Angel (and other tips)


Wow! That last post of mine sure got a lot of views. Thanks everyone. I put a link at the bottom of the page in case you didn't see it. I read a Twitter post from @blackbuttongirl who asked me what can be done? And I got thinking. I'm excellent at saying what's wrong, but… Continue reading Be the Angel (and other tips)

Church Life, Social Action

Communicating Poverty


This is a post I have written for the Leeds Poverty Truth commission, which I post here for others to read and ponder.  Over the past seven years I've gone from being hospitalised every couple months to getting a place at University. I didn't do it alone and although it was hard work it also… Continue reading Communicating Poverty