DELETE Simple Gifts Unitarian Centre for Social Action

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Institution: The Simple Gifts Unitarian Centre for Social Action is modeled on the work of the Mansford Street Unitarian Chapel in Bethnal Green, which has a long history of social outreach within the local community. From its founding in the 1860s, the Mansford Street Unitarian Chapel was used to house programs designed to improve the lives of area residents. The Simple Gifts Unitarian Centre was founded in 2011 to reclaim this legacy and to start new programs of community support and outreach, including social justice trainings for youth, a weekly community coffee house, and a variety of community services.

Location: London, England, UK

Volunteer Placement: The volunteer will assist with program development as the organization expands its opportunities, with community outreach in the neighborhood surrounding the church, and with outreach to the wider Unitarian community to increase volunteer involvement.

Timeframe: Flexible; minimum placement of two weeks.

Housing: In partnership with Simple Gifts Area Unitarian churches will provide free housing for up to eight weeks.

Supervision and support: Simple Gifts staff and area Unitarian ministers will offer orientation, support and supervision.

Costs and Stipend: Housing is provided free of charge up to eight weeks. UUCSJ will provide a stipend of $150 per week to assist with food and incidentals for up to eight weeks (up to $1,200 total). Volunteer is responsible for transportation to and from London.

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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at and 617-301-4303