TL has supported individual churches and community groups as they serve their communities.  Taking the poverty strand for the BwD Church Leaders' group, TL has found set-up resource for a Parish Nursing scheme.  We have also given grants and equipment for those addressing food poverty and insecurity.

Child poverty is a particular issue; TL organised a conference in 2016 to examine the causes and effects, both short and long term, of child poverty.   As a result, further meetings are arranged periodically to bring those involved in supporting children and young people together to share information and be more cohesive in their response.  

We drew together over 50 health and third sector professionals to examine what what was necessary to act on child poverty in May 2017.  The report is here and the presentations are attached to the presenters' names.  We had input from Dr Carol Ewing, VP Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and Katharine Knox, Policy and Research Manager at JRF.  Chaired by Dominic Harrison, Director of Public Health for BwD.  Follow up actions will be announced in due course, but will include challenging policy implementation and breaking down barriers which get in the way of supporting our children and families.

The report from the first meeting is here and the second meeting was held on 30 November 2016, and addressed the issues facing pre-11s and in particular how schools are responding.  The notes are here.  

Blackburn with Darwen public and third sector organisations are developing the BwD Food Alliance.  

We want to put you on the map!  We are extending our map of foodbanks etc to include all faith based social activities in Blackburn with Darwen. 

Blackburn and East Lancashire Faith Audit our new map (April 2017) showing every faith linked group and activity that we know about in East Lancashire.  If you are not there and want to be please let us know.

Blackburn Church Leaders meet monthly to pray for communities and individuals in BwD.  There is much for which we can be thankful, as we stand together to support refugees and asylym seekers, the homeless, those suffering food poverty, mental health issues, and poor health.