221 Divorce Help - Call for Hub Churches

A break up of a marriage or long-term partnership can be devastating and many within our communities have been affected by both the emotional and practical difficulties when a relationship ends. It is therefore good to know that there are volunteers in the Diocese who are working to support those affected.  

221 is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation, run by volunteers and committed to helping people who are finding it hard to cope when they face the break-up of a relationship. They provide support groups and a telephone helpline and know that the support of others who have been in a similar situation and a listening ear at crucial times can make all the difference to those who are facing an uncertain future.  

But 221 needs our help to continue to provide its crucial work and is looking for churches across the Diocese who are prepared to act as hubs – providing a space for the group to meet in a private room, either in the church or associated building, so the groups can reach more of those who need their support.  

Revd Judy Evans, Bishop’s Adviser for Healing Ministry, is shortly to host a group in her parish, and feels this is part of the holistic nature of healing ministry which encompasses healing for the individual, relationships and the community.  Healing does not mean that the relationship can go back to what it was, but it can enable someone to move forward.  

Archdeacon Alison has seen the impact that 221 has had and said; ‘When a marriage ends it can be a lonely and disorienting time. 221 (Two to One) provides a helping hand to those who need support at a crucial point in their lives and we in turn can easily help them to support people simply by offering them a space in our churches. This small gesture can really help this valuable ministry. I commend you to consider supporting this local charity.’ 

If you feel you can help, please contact Jenny Firth at 221 jenny@221.org.uk. 


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