A series of faith-based initiatives, located in the Heeley district of Sheffield and aiming to reduce the effects of poverty in the city, will be the focus for this year’s annual pilgrimage, organised by Sheffield Church Action on Poverty. The event takes place on Saturday, 12 October and starts at 9.30am at Highfield Methodist Church, Sharrow.
The three mile circular walk which has, in the past, been held in various parts of the city, is designed to raise awareness and understanding of how poverty is affecting people in Sheffield and the initiatives being taken by groups spanning different faiths.
For the first time in its history, the Pilgrimage will visit the Medina Mosque on Wolseley Road to hear about initiatives run by the Muslim community.
The Pilgrimage will end at St Wilfrid’s Centre, which provides support for homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded adults in Sheffield, and opened St Wilfrid’s Place in 2017, creating 20 self-contained apartments for adults with a history of homelessness.
At St Wilfrid’s participants will also hear from Paul Blomfield MP whose Sheffield Central constituency includes many of the locations the Pilgrimage will visit.
Other stops on the Pilgrimage will include Heeley Christ Church, Heeley City Farm and St Vincent’s Furniture Store.
- Heeley Christ Church has launched a not for profit community café called ‘Café Care’ as “a place of acceptance and equality” which provides friendship and a non-judgemental listening ear.
- Heeley City Farm has been running a programme to support children who might otherwise be hungry in the school holidays.
- St Vincent’s Furniture Store collects unwanted and unused items of furniture and redistributes them to support the vulnerable and disadvantaged people of Sheffield. It is an initiative of the St Vincent de Paul Society, which aims to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need.
Participation in the pilgrimage is free and open to anyone willing to be informed, challenged and changed by what they see and hear.
Pilgrims are advised to wear suitable shoes and to bring raingear, drinking water, sandwiches for the lunch break and their own first aid equipment.
Sheffield Church Action on Poverty, part of the national ecumenical Christian social justice charity, is committed to tackling poverty in the UK.
If you would like more information or to take part in the pilgrimage, please contact Bob Rae, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07710 116701.
Photograph courtesy of David Price