Mothers’ Union is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families worldwide. In 83 countries, their members share one heartfelt vision – to bring about a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. This is not a vague hope, but a goal Mothers’ Union actively pursues through prayer, programmes, policy work and community relationships. By supporting marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity, they tackle the most urgent needs challenging relationships and communities.
Mothers’ Union is partnering with Prison Fellowship to increase the reach of the Angel Tree programme in prisons. This has resulted in two faith organisations working together to help those whose family life has met with adversity.
“Seeing our members get involved in Angel Tree has been very inspiring; it’s such a wonderful project that helps parents in prison maintain the relationship with their children. The trouble that the members take to ensure that they get just the right gift for the child is very heartening, and the appreciative comments from both the parents in prison, and their children, make it all worthwhile.”
Roseleen Fox, Mothers’ Union Programmes Manager
SPCK are the Anglican mission agency which works through publishing. Their mission is to promote Christian ideas and values; they do this by publishing, and supporting the publishing of, books and resources for people for people of all denominational and faith backgrounds.
This publishing model – working in partnership to bring written content to people who will value it – enables them to be a small team with a disproportionately large impact. They partner with thinkers, writers and creators to identify, invest in and create outstanding products; and with retailers, distributors, technology companies and overseas publishers to make these products widely and affordably available to people who will benefit from them.
SPCK hope that their work will help fulfil their vision of a world where everyone is able to understand the Christian message and live the Christian life to the full. This means reaching not just committed Christians, but people on the edges of or outside of Christianity.
Prison Fellowship’s partnership with SPCK was created to address the shortage of appropriate reading material in prisons that both appeal to adults and have a suitable reading level for those with lower literacy skills.
The Why me? service, campaigns and advocacy work all seek to promote Restorative Justice for the benefits of victims. They are a national charity working with victims, offenders, statutory services, voluntary organisations and Criminal Justice agencies. Their work promotes the right of everyone who has suffered as a result of a crime to have their chance to talk about what happened with the offender.
Why Me? and Prison Fellowship have been in partnership since 2014. After offenders complete the Sycamore Tree programme, Why me? then works with individual offenders who wish to meet their own victims in a Restorative Justice setting. The expertise of our two organisations on both the offender and victim sides results in safe, appropriate and successful RJ outcomes being achieved for all involved.