Supporting local people
Over ten years we have supported families and individuals with Parenting, Debt advice and Money Skills. We’ve run a Toddler Group, painted walls, provided furniture and delivered food parcels in partnership with Selby District Food Bank. Each year we work with local churches, bringing Christmas presents to struggling local families.
“Richard gave me a push to go back to the CAB again for another try … and at last I got a Debt Relief Order. I was so relieved – I was over the moon. I no-longer worry about having the doors locked all the time and keeping the curtains drawn, and telling the kids not to answer the door.” MG
Emotional & spiritual support
Loneliness and hopelessness are two real challenges to some local people. Edge Community provides emotional support: befriending, helping with relationship difficulties, bereavement – whenever life feels a lot too much.
“I would like to say ‘thank you’ for the tremendous support you have given me and my family since we became part of your community. It has been a great help to talk and ‘vent’ without feeling judged.” MT
We have worked with Selby Community Primary since 2006, supporting learning through assisting in classes and small groups, and helping the school community be a positive spiritual place. We help children explore Christian faith through hundreds of assemblies, RE and special services.
JAFFA after-school club is a weekly group for KS2 children that helps them explore their faith and spirituality through games, drama, crafts and story-telling. Run by Captain Neil and a group of committed volunteers it is in its 10th year!
We have also run annual Holiday Clubs, family events and taught cycle safety.
With Young People
We partner with the Bus Stop Youth ministry to provide young people with a safe and welcoming space. With a converted double-decker bus we provide a weekly Youth Cafe.
Each week we befriend and support @30 teenagers – some find life is a challenge and don’t always have the support they need.
We support disadvantaged young people, helping them reach their potential and make a difference in their community. Trained staff and volunteers address life issues, behaviour and self-esteem.
We help young people make good choices, benefiting themselves and the community, encouraging maturity in taking responsibility, and helping them find emotional healing. We build confidence, emotional resilience and model constructive ways of relating. We help older young people to develop leadership skills and will provide training.
Other groups and activities include:
Youth Alpha on the bus
Self harm Support Group
Subbuteo Football group
Model Train group
Our young people have produced 3 films on real life issues:
Every year we join with other churches to take a coach load of teenagers to the Big Night Out youth event at Lightwater valley.
Flaxley Road already has a great community spirit, and we’ve been working to build on that through various Community events and activities:
Community drop-in weekly on the Bus – Wednesday afternoons
we ran a Community Cafe in the local pub before it closed
celebrating special occasions
at the annual Town Fun Day
with the Community Allotment