Acts 435 exists to serve churches and local charities who are already seeing desperate need in their communities, or those who want to engage further to bring hope into situations of desperation.
Through partnering with Acts 435 your church can be enabled to meet the practical everyday needs of those facing poverty and hardship in your local community.
Acts 435 facilitates the direct connection between those who are in need, and those who want to help, via our online giving website. The partner church or charity, knowing the genuine needs in their community, nominates an Advocate who posts the requests for help onto the website. Once a request is posted it can be met by one donor, or more, donors, giving what they can towards a small gift that can make a big difference.
Acts 435 currently partners with around 500 churches and charities, all utilising Acts 435 in their own context. A church may decide to resource their already ongoing ministries such as a food bank, debt advice centre, job club or toddler group. Other churches may proactively seek to start connecting with those in need in their local community; for example, making contact with the local council or Citizens Advice Bureau to offer referrals, or beginning a drop-in café.
To get an idea of the different ways our partners use Acts 435 see our Advocate Stories.
Our church or charity want to partner with Acts 435, what do we do next?
What does your church or local charity need to do?
Your church needs to nominate one volunteer who is the known contact for Acts 435, and who has some basic computer and admin experience. We ask that you let your congregations know that you're now partnering with Acts 435 and encourage them to give through our website
Are there any costs involved?
No, the organisation and administration of Acts 435 is funded entirely by Gift Aid reclaimed on applicable donations. Therefore, there are no costs incurred by the churches who partner with us, and 100% of donations go towards the direct need of the applicant.
What does Acts 435 provide?
Acts 435 provides training for the nominated volunteer, from the partner church (known as an Advocate). The training is online and takes around one hour to complete. Once completed Acts 435 provides that person with the login details and the support to get started. We can also provide ongoing support, and are on hand to answer any questions.
What is the role of the Acts 435 Advocate?
The role of the Advocate is to post requests onto the Acts 435 website on behalf of those who are directly known to be in need through ministries their church might run such as a food bank, debt advice, community café, job club or toddler group, or through referring organisations such as the local school or Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Some have used Acts 435 as away to start connecting with people in need. Others use it alongside other ministries they already run to meet the needs in their community.
What do churches say about partnering with Acts 435?
At a time when the need is perhaps at its greatest, it’s good to see how generous people are being, in so many ways, and to be involved in spreading that generosity to where it’s most needed.Alan, local Advocate, Cleckheaton Methodist Church
The Noah's Ark Centre is much stronger with Acts 435 in our toolbox. The real value of Acts 435 is not in the requests, it’s a part of a valuable service to those in need in the local Halifax community.Andrew, local Advocate, Noah's Ark Centre, Halifax
It really does bring hope to despairing people when they're in crisis. They've really have lost hope and one act of kindness from the donors of Acts 435 can really make such a difference, and bring hope. It helps them to see that you know they can move on and that people do care.Sara, local Advocate, The Well, West Auckland
As a fairly small church we do what we can to engage with the poor in our community through ministries like our CAP Job Club. However, working with Acts 435 has opened the door to reach out further. We could not do this with our own church finances, and we are able to bring a witness of faith and love to people.Nick, local church leader, Champions Church, Skipton
Our church or charity want to partner with Acts 435!
Becoming an Advocate
If your church or local charity wants to partner with Acts 435, please complete the form below and we will get in touch as soon as possible.