Volunteer with us

Christian CARE is seeking to appoint a new

Family support coordinator

to start in Spring 2021

Family Support - the provision of food and other household essentials - is central to the work of Christian CARE. So does Christian CARE run a Foodbank? Yes and No! We do respond to emergency referrals for food, for example when there are benefit delays. However our Family Support is about giving a smaller number of families, who are really struggling to provide for their children, a measure of food security. We usually befriend the parents and help the children in these families too, so it is a very personal service. Our shoppers deliver food parcels meeting specific family needs regularly each fortnight [currently each month]. We also include baby, household and toiletry items if necessary. At Christmas we provide hampers for over 30 families. Some of the women we help are domestic violence victims in Merton Refuge.

The Coordinator, who serves on our CARE Committee of 7 members, looks after the shoppers and the families they visit, to see that all is going smoothly. She/he has the support of a Food Stores Organiser who ensures that a good range of items are always in stock and will also pack bags and do some of the emergency deliveries. She/he has contacts with churches, schools and women’s groups who donate groceries particularly at Harvest time. The Coordinator is assisted in the record-keeping by the Office Administrator.

The first parents our current Coordinator met and worked with 5 years ago were living in a dark, damp, musty flat and were facing imminent eviction. They had no money at all to provide for their 2 children; there was a baby about to born and they had nothing ready for her arrival. A few months later, in a temporary home equipped by Christian CARE with all the bedding they needed, with the baby safely born and all the children given warm clothes and, most importantly, with food, toiletries and nappies being delivered regularly through the Family Support scheme, the mother spoke so movingly:

‘I say to my daughter, “Whenever the story of our family is told, we will never forget what Christian CARE has done for us at this time. You have stood by us in our time of need”’ .

CLICK HERE for ‘Care Coordinated’ – a presentation on the work of the CARE Committee

CLICK HERE for a personal story by a befriender / shopper

CLICK HERE for a summary of the Family Support Coordinator’s role

If you would like to find out more about this rewarding volunteering opportunity, then email or phone Gillian Thick, CARE Coordinator, gillian.thick@christiancaremerton.org.uk / 07932 628840.

Bert Hyde, our founder, “One of God’s diamonds”
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Header photograph of Morden, courtesy of Merton Council