You are probably aware of the increasing levels of poverty, unemployment, low pay and zero hour contracts in our area.
These issues, coupled with government initiatives of Welfare Reforms, for example the Bedroom Tax and benefits sanctions, means the plight of those on benefits or low incomes has worsened and they become more vulnerable and less in a position to get redress or justice when treated unfairly and harshly.
In his book “On Heaven and Earth” Pope Francis said, “The poor are the treasure of the Church, we cannot adore God if our spirit does not include the needy” (p175).
With this in mind Caritas Middlesbrough (of which CAFOD is a member) along with Thrive Teesside and Together Middlesbrough have been working with people who are struggling with the issues above to help them to share their experiences to raise awareness about the impact that living on benefits or low income is having on their lives.
They will be speaking at an event titled “Dignity In and Out of Work” at 7.00pm on Wednesday 17 September 2014 at Middlesbrough Community Church, Clifton Street, Middlesbrough.
We want to invite as many people to attend as possible both to hear the peoples’ experiences and to be in solidarity with them. Would you be so kind as to publicise the event in your parish/community/group and seek to nominate two or three people to come along to the event?