Action For Children (AFC)
Action for Children
On Thursday 9th July 2011 it was exactly 140 years since the Methodist Minister, Rev Thomas Bowman Stephenson, opened the first Children's Home in Waterloo to help London's most vulnerable children. George Oliver and Frederick James Hall were the first grateful inhabitants and since then the charity has supported and helped countless vulnerable children, young people and their families.
Since then, a lot has changed. Instead of one children's home we now have 420 community-based projects across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and help nearly 156,000 children and young people.
As a Church we raise money through various means. Christmas Day collection, Gift vouchers to been given at Christmas, House to House collection, Store collections, Light of Life collecting boxes and donations.
We had a very successful Christmas in 2011. On sunday 4th December we raised £765 in gift vouchers. These were split, with £325 going to AFC projects in the South East and Hampshire and £440 to Fostering South East London and South East all age placements. The family Christmas Carol service at Guildford Cathedral raised £1080 at the retiring collection.
As a church we have raised £3000 in 2012.
For more information the Website is www.actionforchildren.org.uk