Advocacy and Campaigns
Action is about intervening in given situation, like jumping into a river to save someone who is drowning. Activism starts when you look at the river and ask why so many people are drowning.
We are called not only to serve those in need but also to speak up for those who are not being heard – to be a voice for the voiceless. Church and Community wants to help you to find a way to campaign effectively for the people in your world who desperately need change and desperately need a voice to be heard. Please explore this page for resources and organisations to help you understand what advocacy is all about and how you can enable currently voiceless people to tell their own stories.
Useful website links
CARE: is a well-established mainstream Christian charity which provides resources and helps to bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy, with the aim of making a Christian difference for the sake of the future.
CHASTE (Churches Alert to Sex Trafficking Across Europe): actively works for the global eradication of trafficking for sexual exploitation, the provision of practical care and support for those who have been trafficked and the suppression of demand which drives the supply of women into the sex markets of Europe.
Church Action on Poverty: is a national ecumenical Christian social justice charity committed to tackling poverty in the UK, working in partnership with churches and people in poverty to find solutions to poverty, locally, nationally and globally.
Churches for All: is a partnership of UK Christian disability organisations, aiming to help churches create and sustain an environment where disabled people can participate fully in church life for the benefit of all.
Debt on our Doorstep: is a national campaign working to end extortionate and irresponsible lending and ensure universal access to affordable credit and fair financial services.
Enabling Christians Serving Refugees: seek to assist and equip Christians to express God’s love in practical and informed ways to asylum seekers and refugees in the UK by providing information and resources and improving co-ordination between practitioners.
Jubilee Debt Campaign: is demanding an end to the scandal of poor countries paying money to the rich world, calling for 100% cancellation of unpayable and unfair poor country debts.
Micah Challenge UK: is a coalition of Christian organisations and churches united as part of the international Micah Challenge movement to hold their governments to account for the promises made towards the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.
SPEAK: is a network connecting together young adults and students to campaign and pray about issues of global injustice, with a desire to see people positioned and equipped to bring spiritual, social, economic, political and environmental transformation.
Stop Climate Chaos: is the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities, demanding practical action by the UK to prevent global warming rising beyond the two degrees centigrade danger threshold.
Stop the Traffik: is a global movement of ordinary activists from around the world who believe that people should not be bought and sold, working together in areas of education, advocacy and fundraising.
VOX (Valuing Older eXperience): draws together individuals and groups engaged in valuing the experience of older people, hoping to complement and celebrate existing work and strengthen the voice of members in order to help create a world that reflects God’s view of growing older.