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HOMES FOR UKRAINE SPONSORSHIP SCHEME

The government’s ground-breaking Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme is the first time since World War II that it has been possible for people to welcome refugees directly into their own homes as a way for them to enter the country legally and acquire the right to live and work here.  It’s also exceptional in that it is uncapped.  There is no limit to how many people can find refuge here in Britain if people can be found to host them.  The response of the British public has been fantastic!  However, this is a scheme which has been designed to bring people in at speed and at scale without a great deal of planning.  It can be daunting, complicated and frustrating to navigate.  There is as yet little support for hosts and it doesn’t provide a way for people who can’t host to offer support.  But you don’t have to go it alone.

Barnet Citizens is working in partnership with Citizens UK to build a co-ordinated community response in Barnet.  We will support hosts and prospective hosts to think through the practicalities, navigate the process of matching and making the application, planning for arrival and beyond and providing ongoing support.  We will provide safeguarding processes, training, resources, support structures, planning for what happens after the first six months and large-scale matching through partner organisations in Ukraine, Poland and Moldova. We will build a wider volunteer support network to engage the expertise and resources of volunteers unable to host but willing to help.

If you would like to be a part of our efforts to welcome Ukrainian refugees to Barnet please sign up here:  https://forms.gle/XQbpztxAYW3UgJVr5  

We will be holding initial informational meetings for hosts and prospective hosts soon. 

For more information contact Tamara Joseph at chair@fps.org.  

SUPPORT AND HOMES FOR UKRAINIAN REFUGEES IN BARNET  

Are you thinking about hosting or intending to host Ukrainians through the Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme?  Are you unable to host but willing to volunteer your time to support Ukrainian refugees in Barnet in other ways?  Barnet Citizens and the Barnet Refugee Welcome Board are ready to support you to join a borough-wide community response to welcome Ukrainians to Barnet.  

OUR RECORD  

We are an alliance of Civil Society institutions representing thousands of people who live, work and pray in Barnet. We build relationships across boundaries of faith, race and class and campaign on issues that matter to our members to make Barnet a better place.  We campaigned to convince Barnet Council to resettle 50 Syrian refugees in Barnet and we supported the 15 families who arrived in a variety of ways including: holding a welcome party; providing ongoing ESL support; sourcing bikes for the children; arranging for Middlesex University to offer English language access courses and tuition waivers enabling 5 refugees to complete their degrees; holding a weekly coffee morning and toddler drop-in; finding employment.  We have experience of providing direct support to newly arrived refugee families in Barnet.    

HOW WE CAN HELP  

We are ready to support you whether you are intending to host, thinking about hosting, or able to support Ukrainian refugees arriving in Barnet in other ways.  Barnet Citizens has partnered with Citizens UK to identify hosts for 50 Ukrainian refugees in Barnet.  Citizens has already received pledges for 500 places and expects to have 1,000 the end of the week.  We think that Barnet can go a lot further than 50 – we think we can find room for at least 100 Ukrainians in Barnet.  Citizens UK is working to ensure that the Homes for Ukraine sponsorship program is delivered in a way that is safe, sustainable, supported and at scale.  We will support prospective hosts to think through the considerations and practicalities of hosting.  We will help with the process of matching, application and planning for arrival.  We will work with Citizens UK to provide safeguarding processes, training, resources, support structures, planning for what happens after the first six months and large-scale matching through partner organisations in Ukraine, Poland and Moldova.   We will also co-ordinate a wider community response to engage the support and expertise of volunteers who are unable to host but have much to contribute in other ways.  We will be building a local support network that will support hosts however they are matching with people to sponsor.     

HOW YOU CAN HELP  

If you would like to be part of a borough wide mutual aid group of hosts and volunteers building an active community of welcome in Barnet for Ukrainian refugees, please join us by completing the form below.    

We are collecting this information now, but this scheme is only a week old and we don’t yet know exactly how matching will work so you may need to give some of this information again or we may need to ask for further information at a later stage.    

This information will be collected and held by Finchley Progressive Synagogue and processed in accordance with our obligations under the Data Protection Act 2018.  It will only be used for the purpose of supporting Ukrainians arriving in Barnet through the Homes for Ukraine program.    

https://forms.gle/XQbpztxAYW3UgJVr5

We will be holding initial information sessions for prospective hosts and will contact you about them shortly.    

Thank you!    

Tamara Joseph,  

Chair, Finchley Progressive Synagogue  

Co-Chair, Barnet Citizens.   


CARITAS UKRAINE APPEAL

Caritas Ukraine and Caritas Poland are working on the ground. The Ukrainian Catholic Church in the UK and Ukrainian Cultural organizations have organized an appeal the details of which are attached.

The appeal will go directly to support this work in Ukraine and Poland. This is the simplest and most direct way to get resources to those NGO’s working in the field.

Many thanks

John Coleby

Director Caritas Westminster

 caritaswestminster.org.uk 


FEEDBACK FROM SYNODAL LISTENING EVENTS

In autumn 2021, parishes, schools and communities in the diocese took part in listening events to listen to each other and to discern what the Holy Spirit is saying to the faithful, in the first phase of the synodal pathway initiated at the request of Pope Francis. The following is the report of the findings, which was presented at a pre-synodal gathering in Westminster Cathedral on 19th February 2022.

Resources from the day:
Cardinal’s synodal gathering summation
Cardinal’s homily at the synodal gathering
Photos from the synodal gathering


VOLUNTEERS FOR CAFOD

CAFOD is looking for volunteers with public speaking skills to promote our work in Parishes and Schools.

Please email tsheen@cafod.org.uk  for further details.


LIVE ONLINE SERVICES

All weekend masses are being live streamed. Special events, such as funerals, will also be live streamed on request.

Access via our You Tube channel – visit our channel here

Then click the video marked ‘LIVE NOW‘, usually at the top of the page

Please also visit the channel for recordings of services

***PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL BY CLICKING THE RED ‘SUBSCRIBE’ BUTTON AT THE TOP RIGHT OF THE CHANNEL PAGE. THAT WAY YOU’LL ALWAYS BE NOTIFIED WHEN A SERVICE IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. IT WILL ALSO HELP US BOOST THE VISIBILITY OF OUR SERVICES ONLINE***

SUNDAY SERVICES RECORDINGS
Permission to stream music in our live stream services obtained from One License A735471


PARISH NEWSLETTER

(29th May 2022)

Click here for the archive of old newsletters


ST ALBAN’S PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP

The playgroup is now up and running from 9:45am – 11:15am on Mondays. Please click here for more information.


CATHOLIC CERTIFICATE IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) provides parish catechists with knowledge and understanding of theology and the Catholic faith. You can learn the course in person, by distance learning or online – details below:

Centers (in person learning)
http://brs-ccrs.org.uk/index.php/course-centres

Life-Light Home Study Courses (distance learning)
info@studylifelight.com
01844 351 514

CCRS Online (online learning)
ccrsonline@hope.ac.uk
0151 291 3055


CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD

This takes place at the 9.30 Family Mass on Sundays. It is aimed at children from 0-7 years old as they usually begin preparation for First Holy Communion at 7.


HOW TO BECOME A CATHOLIC

Would you like to know more about the Catholic Church and its Teachings? Perhaps you might be thinking of becoming a Catholic and want to know how?

Our church has a group for adults which meets every Wednesday evening at 8.00pm in the Presbytery. Why not come along to find out more? In the meantime, just phone us on 020 8446 0224 or email us at finchleynorth@rcdow.org.uk to let us know you’re interested and if you wish, we can put you in touch with someone who can tell you what to expect and answer your questions.

You will be made very welcome.


Please visit the Donate to our Parish page if you are in a position to support the church financially at this time.

There is also a contactless device situated in the church porch which enables those who wish to donate in this fashion.


ST ALBAN’S CENTERING PRAYER GROUP

Every 4th Sunday of the month in 2022.

Due to Covid 19 we are now running as a virtual Zoom group on the same dates and times until further notice.  Please email Carole O’Reilly coreilly396@btinternet.com for more information as to how to join.

2022 dates:

24th Apr; 22nd May; 26th Jun; 24th Jul; 28th Aug; 25th Sep; 23rd Oct; 27th Nov.

From: 16.00-17.30hrs

Especially welcome in these fragile times


CONTACT INFORMATION

Our postal address is 51 Nether Street, Finchley, N12 7NN. It is located 200 yards from Tally Ho Corner.

You can contact us on 020 8446 0224.

Our email address is finchleynorth@rcdow.org.uk

We’re keen to hear from you, so please feel free to contact us.