If you have a safeguarding concern, you can contact the local Independent Person for your parish. 

Their details can be found on individual church websites or on the church noticeboard.

Also see the links page or on A Church Near You.

If you are not sure who to contact our local benefice Safeguarding Administrator is Karen Morgan 01455 699259 or 07853 339936. 

In Leicester Diocese, if you have concerns about a child, young person or an adult who may have been harmed or be at risk of harm, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers for advice and support: Rachael Spiers 0116 2615341 or Peter Holloway 0116 261524.

If you have concerns about the immediate safety of someone please don’t delay in ringing the Police on 999 or Children or Adult Services:

  • Leicester City Children and Adults Services (incl. out of hours for Children’s Services) – 0116 454 1004
  • Leicester City and Leicestershire Adult Services out of hours – 0116 255 1606
  • Leicestershire Children’s Service (incl. out of hours) – 0116 305 0005
  • Leicestershire Adult Services (daytime) – 0116 305 0004
Out of Hours Safeguarding Cover - If you need advice about a safeguarding matter out of office hours (evenings and weekends) please call:
  • Thirtyone:eight tel 0303 003 1111 (Option 2) - Callers should state that they are calling from 'Leicester Diocese'.
In an emergency (especially if someone is in immediate danger of harm) you should always call 999 and ask for the police.

Childline For children who want someone to talk to Tel: 0800 1111

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Which star do you follow??                                                        

As we move into the Christmas season, it’s really easy to lose the plot – spend, eat and drink too much, argue, get competitive about decorations, lights, dinner…adverts tell us it will all be a disaster if things are not perfect. 

What a guilt trip! How did we even get here? And not to mention a December election…

In the middle of the darkest days of the year, we need anticipation, hope, light, joy… so where do you find yours? Which ‘threads’ or ‘posts’ do you read? 

What ‘tweets’ are helpful to you at this time of year? 

Which ‘stars’ are you following – the winners, the famous, the successful, the busy……or the one ‘star’ that Christians follow?

We are all on a journey through life – and just like the Kings in the Christmas story, we might not be sure of exactly where we find ourselves, or who is helpful to us – but we’re all on the journey. And we know that at the end of it there will be, as there was for the Kings, a life-changing encounter with Jesus and his family. 

We pray the same is true for you….choose wisely the star you follow!


We the parishes of The Avon-Swift Benefice commit ourselves to God and to one another, seeking to become a community that is centred on Christ and inspired by the Spirit to respond to the love of the Father and share it with others."

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