Charities we support
Each year at Stilettos we are blessed with incredible teaching from amazing guest speakers, lead into the presence of God through awesome worship and we’re encouraged and lifted up through our time together as friends and family. But more than that, at Stilettos we are incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to outlive Jesus’ teaching to give (Acts 20v35)
During our time together at Stilettos Conference, we take an offering as part of our worship to God. The money collected is then distributed equally between three local charitable projects. This year we are proud to support Square Peg Studios, Restore, and Pregnancy Crisis Care. As well as giving to these three charities, we also take time to celebrate and honour three ladies who have been nominated by friends as someone who has suffered some tough life circumstances but have remained strong in their faith and brought joy and encouragement to those around them. And as if that wasn’t enough, we also take the opportunity to collect items needed by a local project. At Stilettos 2016 we supported the Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service.
Restore is rebuilding the life intended by providing a safe place where women can get the respect and dignity that every person deserves, receive practical help to build the strong foundations in our society that every person needs, and provide much needed hope that, no matter what traumatic experiences they’ve had, they can enjoy a fulfilled life free from fear, which is the type of life that every person is worth.
That’s our mission.
SQUARE PEG STUDIOS
Square Peg Studio has a youth centered vision which recognises and facilitates kids and young adult gifting through developing it via art which helps them to grow in confidence and skills for an independent life. It was founded by Claire Hine who has two children on the autistic spectrum. An artist herself, Claire has seen amazing results via the involvement of art. Mums of Fascinating Kids is the family support network used to support families that have children with autism, ADD and behaviour disorders.
PREGNANCY CRISIS CARE
Pregnancy Crisis Care was founded in 2008 as a professional and confidential service available to anyone experiencing unintended pregnancy, pregnancy loss or difficulties following an abortion*.
We are passionately committed to helping women and couples through pregnancy crises; offering free, confidential, impartial support and counselling.
Is there someone in your life who has been through a hard season in theirs? Would you like the opportunity to honour, encourage, support and celebrate them? ‘Surprise-a-girl’ is your chance to partner with us in order to do just that. Each year we celebrate 2 women from our community who have been nominated by someone from their world. These beautiful ladies have been through incredible challenging situations but have kept God at the centre and continued to bring joy and encourage to those around them. We honour them by giving personal gifts, showing them that we believe in them, honour them and support them.
If you would like to nominate someone, please email us at email@example.com with their details and, if selected, we will partner with you to surprise them at Stilettos 2017.
Each year we take the opportunity to collect small gifts that make a huge difference. This year we are collecting sanitary care packs and children’s school supplies in order to send them to the women and children caught in the refugee crisis in Syria and Iraq.
Women’s Sanitary Care Packs
Displaced Syrian and Iraqi women are living in overcrowded camps and unfinished buildings in terrible conditions with unsuitable toilets. In one building alone, 150 families with an average of five children, are sharing four toilets between them. They have little access to water or sanitary items to keep clean.
Children’s School Supplies
Education has become a casualty of war in Syria and Iraq, with an estimated 2.8 million Syrian children out of school and more than 60,000 in Erbil, Iraq alone. UNICEF estimates 1.5 million Iraqi children are already displaced with numbers rapidly increasing every day due to the battle to retake Mosul. Living in overcrowded camps with inadequate basic needs, children’s education is almost non-existent. Boredom and lack of safe spaces to play or learn put children at risk of kidnap, sexual exploitation and terrorist grooming, and destroys their future mental development.
We are honoured to have partnered with GAiN UK to collect these essential items to help make a very practical difference for these women and children living in these circumstances. You can either donate a complete pack, or individual items from the items listed below.