On 16th March the Just Finance Foundation was officially launched at a reception at Lambeth Palace. The Just Finance Foundation has grown out of the Archbishop’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Saving and is working to create a fairer financial system in this country.

The Just Finance Foundation comprises an important part of the work of Church Urban Fund alongside our Together Network and Near Neighbours programme, all of which are a part of our work to bring fullness of life to people and communities across the country.

  

 
The Just Finance Foundation has two current programmes of work:

Just Finance Network: seeking to match the different resources of local churches (people, buildings, skills, money and networks) with the varied needs of credit unions, local community finance organisations and debt and money advice services.

LifeSavers: a national financial education and savings club programme for primary schools to equip children with the knowledge, skills, and values to manage money well now and in the future, working in partnership with Young Enterprise, a leading UK enterprise and financial education charity.

The Launch 

At Lambeth guests were joined by Douglas Flint, newly appointed Chairman of the Just Finance Foundation and Chairman of HSBC, as well as Bishops Adrian Newman and Jonathan Gibbs, chairs of the JFN and LifeSavers steering groups, respectively.

As Douglas Flint and the Bishops work to guide the Just Finance Foundation they are joined by Rowena Young, Executive Director of the Just Finance Foundation. 

 

This is what Rowena had to say about becoming a part of the Just Finance Foundation:

 "The Just Finance Foundation is being established at an extraordinary point in time, when both more people are struggling to make ends meet and there is more recognition we need to change the conditions so that prudent financial management pays.

“With its combination of ethics and pragmatism, and a phenomenal network of Church members in communities across England, the JFF brings powerful new assets to the cause and I feel inspired by their example to make long-term change." 

At Church Urban Fund we are very excited about the growth of this work that started several years ago and received such widespread support last year with the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Mustard Seed Appeal.

Through this work and your support of the Just Finance Foundation lives will be changed and the financial system in our country will be made fairer for all.