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WITH THANKS TO POMPEY CHIMES  PARISH NEWS DECEMBER 2013/JANUARY2014 FOR THE FOLLOWING  REPORT .

WELFARE REFORM IS PLUNGING PEOPLE INTO DEBT AND LEAVING DESPARATE PEOPLE WALKING MILES FOR FOOD ,OUR DIOCESAN SYNOD HEARD .

A DEBATE ON THE IMPACT OF FINANCIAL AUSTERITY AND CHANGES IN BENEFITS -AND HOW CREDIT UNIONS COULD HELP THOSE STUCK IN DEBT -HEARD FROM EXPERTS WHO WORK WITH DISADVANTAGED PEOPLE IN THE DIOCESE .

THE FOUR SPEAKERS INCLUDED CAROLE DAMPER ,CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE ROBERTS CENTRE WHICH HELPS FAMILIES IN PORTSMOUTH .SHE  SHARED STATISTICS ,INCLUDING THE FACT THAT PEOPLE LIVING IN THE POOREST AREA OF PORTSMOUTH DIE ON AVERAGE 11 YEARS YOUNGER THAN THOSE IN THE RICHEST AREA OF THE CITY ,AND THAT ONE IN FIVE OF THE CITY`S OLDER PEOPLE LIVE IN POVERTY .

SHE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE SO CALLED `BEDROOM TAX`,WHICH PENALISES THOSE FOUND TO BE UNDER OCCUPYING THEIR HOMES .

SOME FAMILIES HAD BEEN PLUNGED INTO DEBT FOR THE FIRST TIME ,AND COULD DO NOTHING ABOUT THEIR UNDER -OCCUPANCY AS SMALLER HOMES WEREN`T  AVAILABLE .

AND SHE SAID THAT WHILE FOODBANKS WERE HELPFUL ,PEOPLE JUST BECAME DEPENDENT ON SHORT-TERM HANDOUTS RATHER THAN FINDING A LONG TERM SOLUTION .

NICKY YUERN FROM THE YOU TRUST, WHICH WORKS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE ,THE HOMELESS AND PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES ,SAID THAT THEY HAD SEEN 11,000 PEOPLE IN 2012 -13 .THIRTY PER CENT OF ENQUIRIES WERE ABOUT  CHANGES IN WELFARE BENEFITS ,MANY WERE DESPERATE .

SOME ARE CONCIDERED FIT FOR WORK DESPITE BEING IN THE FINAL STAGES OF CANCER, SOME HAVEN`T EATEN FOR DAYS ,AND SOME PEOPLE ARE SECTIONED ON THE PREMISES .

SHE WARNED THAT COUNCILS WHICH WANTED TO HELP ,BUT HAD NO RESOURCES TO DO SO ,WOULD RELY INCREASINGLY ON VOLUNTARY GROUPS SUCH AS OUR  GOOD NEIGHBOURS SUPPORT SERVICE.

SAM WILKES -HOLMES OPERATIONS MANAGER AT HAMPSHIRE CREDIT UNION ,EXPLAINED THAT THE CHANGE TO THE UNIVERSAL CREDIT SYSTEM ,AND THE PAYING OF HOUSING COSTS TO A TENANT RATHER THAN A LANDLORD ,MEAN THAT SOMEONE WHO PREVIOUSLY RECIEVED £70 A WEEK IN EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT ALLOWANCE ,MIGHT NOW GET £1,200 A MONTH AND BE EXPECTED TO BUDGET THAT AMOUNT .

HE TOLD THE SYNOD ABOUT THE C U RIGHT LOANS, WHICH WOULD HELP THE CREDIT UNION OFFER INSTANT ,LOWER COST LOANS TO THOSE WHO WOULD BE OTHERWISE TEMPTED TO TRY PAYDAY LOAN COMPANYS .

AND CANON ANTHONY MACROW-WOOD, WHO IS ORGANISING A NEW CHURCHES`MUTUAL CREDIT UNION ,EXPLAINED HOW CHURCHES COULD HELP EXISTING CREDIT UNIONS .HE SAID THAT CHURCH LEADERS SHOULD ASK CREDIT UNIONS WHAT SUPPORT THEY WOULD LIKE.

SOME MIGHT NEED STRATEGIC HELP ,SOME MIGHT WANT WORSHIPPERS TO SAVE WITH THEM OR BORROW FROM THEM ,AND SOME CHURCHES MIGHT BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE TO BECOME SERVICE POINTS FOR CREDIT UNION MEMBERS.

THE CHURCHES` MUTUAL CREDIT UNION WILL START TRADING IN OCTOBER 2014 AND MIGHT PROVIDE A NEW MODEL FOR FUNDING MISSION .

INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THE DIOCESE IS DOING TO HELP CREDIT UNIONS AND SOME HELPFUL WEBSITES ON THESE ISSUES ,CAN BE FOUND AT www.portsmouth .anglican .org/creditunions

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PAT  CARTER  1 : 1 TUITION     2013

HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND ENHANCED CRB CHECKED TUTOR  . FRIENDLY AND PATIENT . MY STUDENTS GET GREAT RESULTS  ! I CAN MOTIVATE AND BUILD CONFIDENCE . TAILORED PROGRAMMES .SEE MY TESTIMONIAL PAGE .

GCSE  AS/A LEVEL DEGREE

HISTORY , ORAL HISTORY , ENGLISH LANGUAGE  AND ENGLISH  LITERATURE ,

GEOGRAPHY , ART , ESSAY WRITING , STUDY SKILLS , MIND – MAPS , EXAM TECHNIQUES , WRITING TECHNIQUES .

DYSLEXIA , ADD , ADHD , LEARNING DIFFICULTIES .

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JOIN US FOR A HALLOWEEN THEMED INFORMATIVE DISCUSSION ON ACADEMIES AND WHICH LOCAL SCHOOLS ARE ALREADY MAKING THEIR INTENTIONS KNOWN

ON THE 31ST OF OCTOBER 2012  AT MENUHIN ROOM , 3RD FLOOR , CENTRAL LIBARY , PORTSMOUTH , HAMPSHIRE , ENGLAND .

HOW WILL IT  AFFECT  YOU AND YOUR SCHOOL? COME ALONG AND FIND OUT ! WE ARE INVITING ALL SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF TO A HALLOWEEN EVENT .

CHILDREN ARE VERY WELCOME , THERE WILL BE A SMALL GIFT FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARRIVE DRESSED UP !

TEA , COFFEE AND SOFT DRINKS WILL BE AVAILABLE

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The traditional British Pub sign is an art form in its own right. Some signs also portray long forgotten historical events. One of the best examples is near Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The beautifully painted ‘Ship Leopard’ sign depicts an incident from 200 years ago. Look closely and you can see the cannon smoke. It records an event so serious it caused some Americans to call for war with Britain. It resulted in death and political embarrassment. The final outcome was that an American ship became ‘anchored’ in a small corner of England, UK, where it will remain forever.

Ship Leopard Pub Sign

Ship Leopard Pub Sign

To see a larger image, find the sign location, and to learn the forgotten history of this incident, please go to the Photo Gallery, and look for the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair.

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The  African Women’s Forum gathered in Portsmouth City Museum in February 2012, to learn about and experience oral history and arts. The funding of which had been made available by the museum’s Charles Dickens project. Please see the Workshop page for an outline of the day’s activities and outcomes.

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