The Springfield Project | Christian Vocations

The Springfield Project

Type: Support service
Charity based in the East of Birmingham serving the local community of Sparkhill through a range of targeted and universal services for families, children and adults.

 

The Springfield Project is an award winning registered Christian charity and company limited by guarantee. We were set up by St Christopher’s Church in 2008 to help show God’s love in our community through practical service and action. Our core area of benefit stretches beyond the church parish into the Sparkhill, Moseley and Hall Green areas of Birmingham.

In 2017/18 we had an income over a £1m, employed 60 people, and were supported by over 100 volunteers. Together we helped over 5,000 people from 2000 families who spoke over 16 different languages. We achieved this through a range of services.

 

Our Children’s Centre services including home visits to families with young children, parenting and health courses, job clubs, debt advice, stay and play, family support work, and community festivals. We operate a nursery that helps children to be school ready, own six houses to provide housing for vulnerable families, and run activities on a local allotment, community orchard and forest school.  We expanded the Springfield Neighbour Scheme with local health centres to help adults with a range of health needs to serve a wider group and area and now call it Community Services. During its second year this service engaged with 286 individuals referred for support, with the majority reporting a significant improvement in their wellbeing.

This year also saw a series of anniversaries. Our partnership with St Christophers Church to deliver the Stay and Play group ‘Seedlings’ celebrated its 30th anniversary, while we celebrated 10 years of the opening of the new Springfield Centre built on the site of the old church hall.

 

Our Founder

St Christopher’s church was the founder of the Springfield Project and operated many of the community services since 1988, prior to transferring them to a charitable company in 2008. The Church continues to provide a range of support for the charity, such as trustees, buildings for the charity to operate out of, volunteers and helpers for regular activities such as ‘seedlings’ play and stay, and prayer for our work and those we work with.

 

Governance

The Springfield Project is a charitable company limited by guarantee, incorporated on May 1st 2008 and registered as charity on March 16th 2010.  The company was established under a Memorandum of Association that established the objects and powers of the charitable company and is governed under its Articles of Association. These documents were updated in September 2018.

 

Objectives and aims

 

The charitable aims of the company as set out in our founding documents state:

The objects of the charity are to provide care and support to people nationally, and in particular to children, young people and families in the ward of Springfield, and the city of Birmingham in accordance with the tenets of the Christian faith as understood by the Church of England, in particular but not exclusively by the provision of spiritual and other support, advice, services and facilities in the interests of social welfare for education and recreation with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents.

 

Provided that the objects of the Charity shall be delivered without distinction of age, sex, sexual orientation, mental capacity, race, creed or colour or of political, religious or other opinion; that the freedom of people of all faiths or none to hold and to express their beliefs and convictions respectfully and freely, within the limits of the UK law, is acknowledged; and that our Christian faith or belief shall not be imposed on others.

 

  1. Our vision, mission and values

Our objectives are reflected in our vision, mission and values statement. This is set out below:

 

Our vision is to show God’s love in our community

Every child, adult and family in our community will have the opportunity to live life in all its fullness.

Our mission is to help others live life to the full

Our mission is to meet people at their point of need and work with them to identify a pathway which will enable, empower or enrich them.

 

Our values are rooted in the Christian faith

As an expression of the church’s mission, all aspects of our activities should reflect the love, compassion and forgiveness which Christians believe are most perfectly displayed through Jesus Christ.

 

We seek to live out the example of Jesus, who welcomed everyone, listened, and served others and wanted us all to grow to experience life in all its fullness. He says, in the Bible, “I have come in order that you might have life, and have it to the full” John 10:10. “I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me” Matthew 25:40. “For I came to serve not to be served…” Mark 10:45. In Acts 6, Jesus’ early followers made it a priority to organise care for others. This continues to be our mandate.

 

Our values

Our values define how we deliver our services. There are regularly highlighted with staff, volunteers and service users form part of the induction procedure for new staff and volunteers.  In seeking to show God's love in the community and living life to the full, we expect all who represent the Springfield Project to share our values:

 

Welcoming and inclusive: We seek to provide a safe space for our community where all are welcome.  We embrace diversity, celebrating the way in which people of different faiths or no faith can work together to bring about positive change in the lives of individuals and the community.  We treat all who come to the Project with respect and warmth and recognise each person as an individual.

 

Listening: We recognise and value the unique insights and experiences of members of our community. We seek to ensure that the views of all those who have an interest in the Project inform the continuous development of our services.

 

Serving: We seek to contribute to the transformation of the lives of individuals, families and the wider community. We show compassion in our work, and strive to meet people at their point of need. We seek to get alongside people to share their stories, and offer support.

 

Professional: Our community deserves the best we can give them; therefore we recruit professionally qualified staff on the basis of their skills, knowledge and experience. We welcome and value the contribution of our trained volunteers who greatly enhance our services. We have policies and procedures in place to help us achieve our aims and objectives. 

 

  • We look for the best in people and seek to empower them to use their strengths to take charge of their own lives and to support others. We are all on a journey of life-long learning.  We learn through our daily life and work, as well as through discussion, reflection, practice and education.  We accept mistakes and apologies, and encourage others by showing change and growth in ourselves.

 

Our partners are those who can help our community

 

Our values, rooted in our faith, may be shared by others too and we work in partnership with others to achieve our aims.We celebrate that Christians are not the only people motivated to work for the good of the community.As a place of practical compassion where many people gather, we are glad to learn together with others how they live out their values and faith.