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We’re partnering with others across the nation to share stories and top tips for supporting people and communities.

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Difficult times

In these difficult times, we feel it’s vital to work together and share the hope we have.

We’ve created #peopleofhope alongside:

  • Diocese of Lichfield
  • CUF Together Network
  • Wellsprings Together

The idea is to use the hashtag to regularly share stories of the great work that individuals, churches and other groups are doing to support others in the community.

We’ll also share top tips and resources.

You can follow and join in, using #peopleofhope on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

New partners include:

* Places of Welcome

* Near Neighbours

* Together Sussex

* Hope Virgo

* The Clewer Initiative

* Civil Society Consulting

* Church Urban Fund

* Church Action on Poverty

* YMCA Opendoor

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Our early #peopleofhope thinking - 21st December 2019

Reflecting Back

We’ve been reflecting back to the end of 2019, when we were thinking and praying about what 2020 had in store for us.

As a staff team, the theme of being #peopleofhope in a troubled and unequal world really resonated with us all.

Fast forward to the present, and this theme is even more relevant!

This is our original post from December 21st 2019, posted via Instagram

• @impactpoverty • As we reflect on 2019 and look forward to 2020, we pledge to redouble our efforts to be #peopleofhope. Where there is so much discord, Poverty, injustice and inequality, we need #hope more than anything else: “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” St Augustine

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"Doves are an image of hope & the hope that things will start to get better..." We came across this great idea from @DovesofH & just had to share it! Houses, shops and churches are decorating doves to be a sign of hope. Download yours now at https://twitter.com/dovesofh/status/1260938281287667718?s=21 #peopleofhope
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55) Many people have gained a lot of comfort from reading or listening to poetry. #TheGreatRealisation by @probstomfoolery is one of our favourites! Enjoy https://youtu.be/Nw5KQMXDiM4 #peopleofhope "The people dusted off their instincts, they remembered how to smile." #peopleofhope
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54) "Art helps us identify with one another" said Olafur Eliasson. Kids (and adults) in our neighbourhood have been really blessed by an unknown person creating a trail of @LEGO_Group models in a local wood, giving us all a safe shared activity during lockdown #peopleofhope 🌳
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53) Salvador Dalí said a "True artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others." We heard recently of Rachel, who has rediscovered painting during lockdown. Not only does it give her pleasure, she turns the pictures into notelets & gives them to elderly neighbours so that they can stay in touch! #peopleofhope 🎨🖌️
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52) People are doing many practical things to be #peopleofhope during lockdown. Our friends ‪@justiceandcare‬ are raising awareness of Modern Slavery. Just take a pic of yourself at your door with a sign saying #unlockthedoors & share with that hashtag on social media! 🚪
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51) Lockdown Book Club. Why not suggest to friends or family to start a book club, all read a book or watch a film and discuss it on Whatsapp or Zoom. Its a great way to keep connected with people and will help your conversations to not be dominated by virus or lockdown. #PeopleOfHope
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50) It's Thursday so people across the country will be clapping for the NHS tonight, but what can we do throughout the week? Why not take the 20 seconds it takes to wash your hands to pray for the NHS and other essential workers. #PeopleOfHope #ClapForNHS #PrayForNHS
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48) Lockdown may be easing but life will still be difficult for many people with households across the country being thrown into financial chaos due to the Coronavirus. Our colleagues at Just Finance Foundation have created a COVID Cash Course, a free course to train community leaders and organisation to deliver financial capability information remotely to individuals in their community. Find out more here https://www.justfinancefoundation.org.uk/covid-cash-course #PeopleofHope
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47) Being kinder to yourself is a decision we have to make moment by moment, and it can be transformational for our mental health! #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #PeopleOfHope 🧡
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46) We find the 10 keys to happier living from @actionhappiness so helpful for our mental health, especially during this crisis. We are working particularly towards increasing giving, connections and resilience 🙌 Image: @purpleheroncomm #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #peopleofhope 🧡
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45) For todays #peopleofhope post, we're delighted to share a moving & thought provoking blog by Rev Cassius Francis from @impactpoverty He shares his experience of grief & how this affected his wellbeing. He overcame - you can too! https://tctogether.org.uk/whats-new/rejecting-competitive-coping #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
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44) 🧡#kindness One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times - amid the fear, there community, support and hope. @TogetherSussex have been reflecting on posting items to cheer people up! 💌#peopleofhope #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
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43) 📣 It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek! Join us this week as we share some top tips and resources to support #wellbeing at this difficult time. Download a supporter pack at https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/MHAW20-Supporter-Pack_Final.pdf #peopleofhope 🧡💛
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42) We can't visit a museum in person for now, but you can look at 2,000 of the world's museum collections from your sofa for free using this website! Immerse yourself in some beautiful art and culture for your mental health🌎🙌 👉artsandculture.google.com/partner #peopleofhope 🧡
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41) We may be a couple of months into the crisis but for many the financial impact is being felt all the more keenly. Our colleagues at @justfinancefdn are updating the Coronavirus Financial Help Hub with new information + resources. 👉www.justfinancefoundation.org.uk/coronavirus-help-hub #peopleofhope 🧡
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40) We love @actionhappiness 's 'Meaningful May' calendar - it gives one small action each day that help us respond to the crisis with a sense of purpose! Why not follow along for the rest of the month? 📅 👉actionforhappiness.org/meaningful-may #MeaningfulMay #peopleofhope 🧡
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39) The way ahead is still uncertain for so many of us, which can be disheartening and stressful. If today stretching before you feels daunting or depressing, pick just ONE small thing you want to do today - like make a meal/ take a walk/ call a friend. #peopleofhope 🧡
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38) During this time it can be so hard to know how to make a difference, or how to seek help yourself. Our friends at @acts435 are all about making it simple to give to people directly, helping bridge the gap during a financial crisis 🌈 👉acts435.org.uk #peoplehope🧡
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37) #BigPicnicforHope is an opportunity to help honour heroes past and present. Many of us would have been commemorating #VE75 today with street parties. See http://bigpicnicforhope.com/ for more info #peopleofhope
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36) JFK said "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Our hope & 🙏 is that this appreciation for all of our key workers and the vital work they do lives on past this current situation. #PeopleofHope
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35) Many churches have gone online but what if you don’t have internet access? @JustinWelby‬ has launched #DailyHope - a free phone line to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes. It offers music, prayers, reflections & services 24 / 7 Call 0800 804 8044. #PeopleofHope
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34) One of the silver linings of lockdown has been an increased appreciation of nature and the cosmos. Marcus Aurelius advised us to "Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them." Try taking a look up at tonight's night sky 🌌 👀 #PeopleofHope
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33) Last week we heard the welcome news that the UK was "past the peak" of the coronavirus outbreak. Lockdown will continue - preventing a 2nd spike in cases, so here's some lovely #MondayMotivation to keep being #peopleofhope from @LichfieldGospel 'Hold On' https://youtu.be/8JgBmZBzlIc
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32) The current crisis can be especially challenging for those of us with existing mental health problems. @mentalhealth have some clear explanations of the key challenges and some good advice on coping 🧡 👉www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/pre-existing-mental-health-problems #peopleofhope #COVID19 #BetterTogether
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31) The wonderful @FunPalaces have practical suggestions anyone can take to connect a little more in their community or simply pass time creatively in self-isolation, and they've called them Tiny Revolutions of Connection -how beautiful! 👉https://funpalaces.co.uk/news/tiny-revolutions-of-connection/ #peopleofhope🧡
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30) In partnership with an experienced school chaplain, this booklet has been put together by @ChurchArmy for youth workers and others, to help young people who have been bereaved during the Covid 19 crisis. 👉https://churcharmy.org/Publisher/File.aspx?ID=250716 #peopleofhope
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29) How can we love our neighbours in care homes, from a distance? Our partners in London @capitalmass, have put together some practical and innovative ways you could offer support - many ways cost nothing (or next to nothing)!🧡 👉👉bit.ly/3cUMPu1 #peopleofhope
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28) At home shouldn’t mean at risk. If you or someone you know is suffering from #DomesticAbuse, isolation rules do not apply. Police response & support services remain available. Find support: http://gov.uk/domestic-abuse Call 999 if you are in immediate danger #peopleofhope
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27) A positive thing that has emerged during #Covid19 is renewed appreciation for our key workers. As well as our fantastic NHS & emergency workers, we're now a lot more grateful for the vital role carers, delivery drivers, supermarket workers, bus & train drivers play #peopleofhope
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26) It’s been great to see people sharing rainbows to show their hope in tough situations and their support for the @NHSuk NHS. Rainbows are found in both Jewish and Christian texts as a sign of God’s promise to humanity. Are you joining in with #ClapForCarers 🌈 #peopleofhope
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25) If you are needing a moment of calm or rest, we've been enjoying the wonderful piano sounds of #HaniaRani and her track 'Glass'. Listen with headphones for the full effect 🎧 🎵 🎶 🎹 https://youtu.be/l0yRNQj2_tc Enjoy!! #peopleofhope
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24) In the normal rush and busyness, it can seem hard to have time to reflect, but now, more than ever, it's really important to have time to do this. This week, we'll be sharing some tools we have found useful. The first is this beautiful poem by Lynn Unger. #peopleofhope Promise this world your love- for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, so long as we all shall live. http://www.lynnungar.com/poems/pandemic/
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23) This week we’ll be focusing on #reflecting. Many of us have been inspired by 99-year-old war veteran @captaintommoore who has now raised £26m+ for the NHS after walking 100+ laps of his garden. This highlights how we can all be #peopleofhope & do our bit 📷 ‪@rebeccavosborne‬
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22) Lessen your standards. Pressure to sustain something unsustainable doesn't work! Learn to let some things go #SurvivingLockdown #ExpertsByExperience #covid19UK #LockdownLife Top tips from @truthpoverty on how to get through social distancing and isolation.
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21) You may not be able to go out or buy expensive dinners but try and make a special meal. Home cooking instead of takeaways is a nice way to do this #SurvivingLockdown #ExpertsByExperience #Covid19 #covid19UK
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20) Although hopefully much that has to be postponed can be done next year, there are others that will be lost. It is good to let yourself grieve over that loss #SurvivingLockdown #ExpertsByExperience #QuarantineLife #COVID19 #covid19UK #povertytruth
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19) Phone people. It's good to hear familiar voices. If you can't do that, listen to podcasts for a similar effect, particularly if you often listen to the same person #SurvivingLockdown #QuarantineLife #ExpertsByExperience #Covid19 #covid19uk #peopleofhope #povertytruth
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18) People struggling against poverty have lifetimes of knowledge surviving without enough food; occupying children when you can't go anywhere; coping with being in all the time. This week Manchester Poverty Truth Commission share #toptips @truthpoverty #peopleofhope @churchpoverty
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17) Many of us are noticing the wonderful birdsong in both urban and rural areas. The RSPB have a number of tools to help you identify which bird is singing. The Robin is one of our favourites! #peopleofhope
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16) The stress, uncertainty and lack of usual routine caused by the pandemic are naturally putting a strain on relationships. But there are things we can do to protect them - The Institue for Family Studies suggest some helpful tips. Read more: bit.ly/3e5FOrO #peopleofhope
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15) Consuming too much news can fuel anxiety and leave you overwhelmed, yet its addictive. Try to read some positive news as well! (we promise there is loads!) One of our favourite places to do this is @goodgoodgood + their newsletter full of uplifting news pieces! #peopleofhope
14) What a lovely idea from @nearneighbours, designed to help you connect with neighbours! Kindness really is contagious - whilst we're 'social distancing' let's not forget our deep need for social contact + be creative in loving our neighbours🧡#peopleofhope near-neighbours.org.uk/card
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13) Maintaining communication is keen during this period! How about this week, schedule in some time to catch up with friends and family. Please remember that whatever you are feeling is valid - it's okay to grieve your past, laugh at memes, feel sad about trips being cancelled. But whatever you do please talk! 🗣☎️ #peopleofhope
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12) There is no denying it at the moment, there is so much uncertainty around the world as we face coronavirus. A lot of us are not even sure how to deal with all the emotions we are feeling. What we have to realise is now more important than ever to look after our mental health and see this as a priority. One way of dealing with this is to be grateful! Take some times out today (just a few minutes) to reflect on the week and what you are grateful for. We would love to hear them below in the comments. #peopleofhope
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11) Many people are now working from home for the first time. Human connections are more vital than ever as working from home can feel isolating. @MHFAEngland have some great tips and a video at https://mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/ #MyWholeSelf #peopleofhope
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10) #EveryMindMatters has been developed by @PHE_uk & @MHFAEngland to encourage everyone to understand more about mental health, how to look after it, and how to support others. We've been trying out their self care tool at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/your-mind-plan-quiz Why not have a go too? #peopleofhope
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9) Many of us are spending more time at home than ever before. This week, all our #peopleofhope posts are going to be focused on our mental #wellbeing. We're starting with this great checklist from @MHFAEngland ✅ 👍
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8) Today we share this Prayer for Pandemic. We pray that, now that we are needed more than ever, we can find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours. #peopleofhope Read the full prayer at www.ccvichapel.org/post/prayer-for-a-pandemic-cameron-bellm
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7) Today we're sharing our favourite advice for maintaining a routine and looking after your mental health – living life *well* - whilst living in this unsettling time + practicing social distancing: Wisdom from John Mark Comer #peopleofhope 👉Dig deeper: www.brdgtwn.church/rule
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6) Through NHS Volunteer Responders you can be part of an 'army' of volunteers who will support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from Coronavirus. 👉https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS #peopleofhope
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5) Today we share these beautiful words from Laura K Fanucci Take this opportunity to reflect on what you’re grateful for today, despite life being quite different right now. Being thankful for the smallest of things can change your whole perspective 🧡 #peopleofhope
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4) COVID-19 is already having a significant impact on the finances and daily lives of all in the UK. Our colleagues at the Just Finance Foundation have created the Coronavirus Financial Help Hub which answers common questions and signposts to resources, to help people navigate this difficult time. #peopleofhope
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3) Foodbank colleagues are telling us that there is increasing demand + decreasing donations + inability for them to bulk buy & replenish stocks = a perfect storm! Please support your local Foodbank if you can. #sharingiscaring #peopleofhope
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2) Do you know your neighbours? Many of us don’t but the postcards produced by Viral Kindness are helping to change that! It’s a great way to offer help and support. Download a copy at bit.ly/viral-kindness-cards and share your stories using #peopleofhope #ViralKindness
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1) In these uncertain times, it’s vital that we come #together to support each other. We all have a part to play! Starting today, we're partnering with @Lichfield_CofE & @TogNetworkEng & @WellspringsT to share top tips and stories. Look out for #peopleofhope