About us

CUF was established by the Church of England as a practical response to unmet need and has been active in local communities for over 30 years. Our vision is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness.

We work through the Church of England’s local parish networks, and alongside other faith-based and secular organisations, to bring about positive change in neighbourhoods.

We work by building trust, empowering local people to have a go at addressing the areas of greatest need in their communities, and speaking out against injustice.

We are committed to working through relational partnerships which bring about long-term, sustainable change by mobilising local people to be the source of the change they want to see and to use the assets already available in their community.

We are committed to bringing about long-term, sustainable change

How we work

We bring about change in three ways.

Through the Together Network, a network of local relational partnerships, we work with churches, national and local government, charities and foundations, as well as individual supporters, to bring about positive change in communities.

We run themed, National Programmes to support local communities in bringing about the change they want to see:

Near Neighbours works to create integration and social cohesion by addressing hate and prejudice in local communities and by encouraging different communities to work together to address unmet need in their community.

Places of Welcome works with local community groups to make sure that everyone in their area has a safe place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation.

Just Finance Network addresses issues of financial exclusion and the distress caused by unmanageable personal debt, by developing community-based responses and financial services.

We also use the practical knowledge gained at a local level to influence policy and better inform decision makers in government and more widely.

Find out about the impact of our work.