Who we are
Question: Where (pre-lockdown) would you have found in the same room old white British folk, migrants with little English from countries such as Turkey, Afghanistan, Bulgaria and Sri Lanka, and local schoolchildren?
Answer: At Silver Street Community Church's Tuesday cafe!
Silver Street Community Church is a vibrant church based in Edmonton, one of the most deprived areas of London. The church was started five years ago and has grown from an initial team of 35 adults and children to over 100. The congregation is diverse, including a many from BAME groups, reflecting the community in which we’re based.
The work we do forms a key part of local efforts to tackle inequality and bring together diverse communities that would never normally mix.
Above you can see a short video from before lockdown to give you a flavour of the church community.
What we do
Our aim is to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the local community and we’ve had the privilege of walking alongside people going through a wide range of challenging circumstances including bereavement, mental health crises, cancer diagnoses, chronic pain, domestic violence incidents, family breakup, poverty, housing issues and asylum claims.
We run a wide range of activities that are open to everyone regardless of religious background. In addition to the usual Sunday service and Tuesday evening fellowship, we have an open church lunch each Sunday and run a weekly community café and English class, a Turkish fellowship, football training for local school children and the ‘Refined’ youth group on Friday evenings. We operate a food bank and a Fellowship Fund through which we help individuals with specific short-term financial needs.
- "We’ve been part of a family of very different people powerfully united by Jesus" - Nathan, former member
Why we need your support
These services and activities are costly to deliver, requiring one-to-one support and drawing on the lived experiences of multiple staff members. Covid-19 has made this sort of provision even more in demand but harder (and more expensive) to fund.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, our finances were healthy. But job loss among our regular supporters alongside restrictions on other activities means that we are struggling to make ends meet this year.
We have cut costs where we can, but core staff costs cannot be reduced without affecting services. We therefore need funding towards these staff costs as well as to help us adapt the services we offer to operate both in person (socially distanced) and online.