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ACTS 435

Acts 435 – What is it?

Acts 435 is an online charity (http://acts435.org.uk/) that directly links those wanting to give with those needing their help. It recognises that people want to give, often a little, sometimes more, to people with genuine need. 100% of what is donated to Acts 435 goes directly to those in need.

Participating in Acts 435 – why churches should not delay?

It is quick and simple for a church to get involved with Acts 435. Once local leadership has approved the scheme, the appointed advocate (church volunteer) can be trained and operational in less than a week.  Given current government austerity measures, there is no better time to start. People are suffering from redundancies, isolation and despair up and down the country. The church has a duty, and an opportunity, to step up and show it’s serious about helping those in need.

How does Acts 435 work?

1. Person in need applies to the local church for help
2. Local church receives and verifies the request
3. Request for help is posted on the Acts 435 website
4. Donor chooses from a list of requests and makes a payment via a secure
system online.

How to get involved? 

To get involved, contact Jennifer Herrera at this email  or at tel. 01904 772385


Facts and Figures

  • Acts began in October 2009 as a pilot in the York Diocese
  • Over 4,200 individuals helped since Acts 435 started
  • Over £175,000 gone directly to those individuals in need
  • Acts 435 launched nationwide at General Synod on 12th July, 2010
  • Over 100 churches and Christian charities involved, from Dorset to Glasgow, Liverpool to Saffron Walden and from a range of denominations

“Acts 435 is a fantastic initiative ... It is a very simple idea but a very exciting one! I am proud that the Church is taking practical steps to help those facing practical difficulties.”
Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu

Frequently Asked Questions

 
1. Why is it called Acts 435?

Acts 435 was inspired by the works of the early church, as described in Acts 4:32-35. The early disciples of the risen Christ shared their possessions, and passed money to the apostles to give to anyone who had need.


2. How is Acts 435 funded?

The organisation and administration of Acts 435 is funded by a private donor, and by Gift Aid reclaimed on applicable donations.


3. Why should donors give to Acts 435 and not other charities?

Because with Acts 435 100% of your donation goes directly to the people in need. You can choose who to give your money to, and all of it will go directly to that person.


4. Do you have to be a Christian to ask for money?

No. Acts 435 is run through churches, and we do ask that you are known to the church in order to make a request. This means that we can vouch for the people asking for money and minimise fraud.


5. Where can I get more information to promote Acts 435?

If you would like A5 leaflets, newsletters and/or posters, you should contact Director Jennifer Herrera at admin@acts435.co.uk There are four different poster designs in A3 and A4.


6. What can requests be for?

Acts 435 has been set up with the charity objectives of ‘alleviating poverty’ and for ‘general charitable purposes’. It is important, however, to ensure the requests are reasonable and will appeal to potential donors. Internal advice has been based on Britain's Minimum Income Standard, with a focus on basic need rather than what could be considered the luxury of improving quality of life. Ultimately donors choose what is a reasonable need through what they decide to give to.


7. How does a church become a member of Acts 435?

We need more churches to become involved with Acts 435, and help people in need in their community. To find out more, email admin@acts435.co.uk


8. What is Acts 435 doing to protect against fraud?

Individual applicants must be personally known to the Church where they are applying for help. Advocates are encouraged to make use of networks in the community to connect with as many people in need as possible. Acts 435 requires that applicants produce proof of identity and address.


9. Should advocates wait for applicants to come to them for help?

This depends on the area in which the advocate is working, but in many areas it will be necessary to approach people in need in a sensitive way and suggest they make a request to Acts 435. This is where good communication within the church is key since pastoral workers can refer people to the Acts 435 advocate, and other church members can also come to the advocate with someone they want to nominate.


10. How much money can people ask for?

People can apply for help up to three times each calendar year, asking for up to £100 at any one time subject to a maximum of £300 per individual, per year.


11. How secure is the Acts 435 website?

All our payments are handled by Sage Pay. Sage Pay is audited by an independent auditor on a regular basis to ensure it complies with the latest security standards set out by Visa and MasterCard. Once you have entered your
bank details to make a donation, Sage Pay will securely send these details to the bank to be authorised. This is a completely secure process and Sage Pay ensures your details cannot be accessed by a third party.


The Archbishop of York writes in the Yorkshire Post about Acts435 which helps make a practical difference to local communities.This article originally appeared in the Yorkshire Post on 12 July 2010.