Acts 435 focuses on providing specific practical help for those people locally known through the church to be in need in small but significant ways.
Acts 435 connects people in need with people who want to help. The advocate is a named person within a partner church or charity who posts the requests directly on the website. They reach out to those in need which can be done in a variety of ways:
- directly through people known to them to be in need.
- through ministries their church might run such as a food bank, debt advice, community café, job club or toddler group.
- through referring organisations such as the local school or citizen’s advice.
Acts 435 has a mixture of advocates. Some have used Acts 435 as a way to start connecting with people in need. Others use it alongside other ministries they already run to meet the needs in their community. To get a flavour of the different ways our advocates use Acts 435 see our Advocate Spotlights.
Advocates also promote the charity to potential donors who can directly help those in need.
It is so easy to use and a brilliant tool in the toolbox for helping people in need in our local communityHenry Wilson, REACH Community Projects
It is crucial that the local church or charity develops a sense of ownership with advocates operating within and under the authority of the church/charity’s leadership. The amount of time that advocates need to give will vary according to the church and the needs of the area. Your organisation can have more than one advocate.
Many advocates focus on meeting with people in need. However, Acts 435 also needs donor-focused advocates who can inspire their church and community to commit to give to people struggling financially.
Becoming an Advocate
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