Reverend Freda Evans
Following a multi-faceted background of working in politics, Freda felt called to be ordained through her 20 years of voluntary work with Crisis, being Chair for over 10 of its embryonic years. During this time she was engaged with single homeless projects across Britain and Northern Ireland, involved with setting up the earliest cold weather shelters, and setting up and running a separate Women’s Open Christmas.
She sat on a DHSS steering committee to provide primary health care for single homeless people in a variety of settings in East London, Bloomsbury and Camden.
Her work with women in need led to some years as a prison visitor at Holloway Prison where she subsequently became Chair of the Board. She was a member of a Ministerial Review of the role of Boards of Visitors in Penal Establishments at that time. She was a member of the charity Griffin Society, providing accommodation for women coming out of prison and worked on a committee with the DHSS to set up an innovative project for women leaving secure hospitals, linked with Broadmoor Hospital.
During her training for ordination in North London, she was Deputy Director of the Depaul Trust, in its formative years, providing different levels of accommodation for long term street homeless 17 – 25 year olds.
Churchwarden and Vice Chair of the PCC (Parochial Church Council)
Revd Siobhan Bridge