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Charity offers hope in community

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With the launch of a new charity, Hope Community, the vision is to see the Church develop as a catalyst for change and a force for good.   

Jonny has gained considerable experience since leaving his home town of Stockport some 16 years ago. He’s now an adopted Cumbrian and his heart is to serve the local church in Cumbria and Lancashire.

After the devastation of Storm Desmond, Jonny was one of key people in the town of Kendal to help respond to the aftermath. Following his work in flood recovery he has been to Downing Street and won the Spirit of Cumbria award.

The launch of Hope Community takes place at Capernwray Hall, Saturday 18th February, 2pm.

The guest speaker that afternoon is Mr Roy Crowne, Executive Director of Hope. “I’m thrilled to see HOPE Community launched with Jonny Gios as the Community Networker. His experience of community engagement, pastorally and around youth ministry stands him in good stead for this position and some of the innovative initiatives that Jonny has done have really established the church at the heart of its community”.

Jonny commented that; “We’re expectant and excited to serve local churches in our region to see how we can help them engage better in their communities. There are many needs in our communities and with the skills and volunteers the church has it can be an amazing resource to not only change people’s lives but also see transformed communities too. Please do come along to our launch to find out more, we’d love to see you”.

Premier’s Northern Correspondent Ian Britton spoke with Jonny Gios who is leading Hope Community to find out more about this new initiative.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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