CRIBS is supported by many individuals in Bexley and beyond. Our database is approaching 900 people. We value enormously the goodwill and practical support of so many incredible people. We regularly remind ourselves that we couldn’t operate without the many loyal supporters who stand with us. As well as individuals, CRIBS receives a good deal of its income from local churches of all denominations. There are 25 churches across the borough who faithfully send money monthly, quarterly or annually.
We send out mailings to all our supporters three times a year. These provide up-to-date information, news and stories from all our different projects. Our CEO regularly speaks at local churches, youth groups and other public events, so you can catch him in person and hear what's happening first hand. Keep an eye on our events page for more information.
Every year we hold a celebration event giving thanks to God for the past year and giving a chance to hear about and pray for what's planned for the future.
CRIBS has over thirty Ambassadors in Bexley Borough churches. Ambassadors take a vital role in promoting the work of CRIBS in their church which includes handing out quarterly newsletters and advertising and promoting CRIBS news and events.
To find out more about becoming an Ambassador please contact the CRiBS Office.
Tom Parsons has been Vicar of Christ Church, Sidcup since 2010. He brings experience of very different sorts of communities, having previously worked in churches in Cumbria and central London.
Helen Jones has been a teacher and headteacher for over 30 years. She now works as an education consultant with organisations including a large partnership of primary schools and the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership. Helen brings her passion for education, leadership experience and knowledge of the current education landscape to support CRiBS.
Julie Douglas is a registered social worker, working with children and families in a large Local Authority having previously been a Probation Officer at the start of her social work career. Julie has been involved in church leadership most of her life and is married to a vicar. She is involved in children and youth work and safeguarding in their parish and brings her passion for keeping children and young people safe, an eye for detail and desire for excellence!
The trustees are responsible to The Charity Commissioners for the sound financial management and to donors and supporters for the efficient use of resources.
Policies are in place covering important issues such as Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, Safeguarding Children, Anti-radicalisation, Data Protection and Complaints which are all regularly reviewed.
We currently have a team of seven Trustees; all respected Christian people who draw on a wide range of skills and experience.
Martin Andrews is an independent financial advisor who brings his business skills to CRIBS and advises on financial and administrative matters.
David Linley worked with London City Mission for over 40 years, latterly as Communications Director, before serving as London Director of More Than Gold to help mobilise the Church to be involved in ventures around the 2012 Olympic Games.
Bola Ojo brings expertise from her experience working in local government senior management - especially in education, community development and work with young people. Bola now works in international development as a management consultant on health and education projects which includes outreach work in Africa.
Steve Burnett Following a career in the technology and software services sector, Steve now works independently as a management consultant and interim executive, helping organisations improve and grow. Steve brings many years of business experience to support the CRiBS team in planning and developing the work.