What we do Our impact Our Impact There are millions of people throughout England who wish to reach out and help others. Our role is to channel their positive energy, providing inspiration, resources and support networks to assist them in making a tangible impact. The Together Network In 2015, the Together Network worked alongside over 500 different churches to help them start or develop social action activities, including a slow-cooking course for people at risk of food poverty in Newcastle, a community hub for vulnerable adults in Canterbury and a weekly lunch club for elderly people in Coventry, with food served by local ex-offenders. The Together Network, in 2015, facilitated almost 350 partnership projects, working alongside over 700 local and national partners. These partnerships help people to avoid duplication and to learn from others’ experience; they also encourage innovation by bringing new partners together for the first time. In 2015, the Together Network delivered 365 workshops, training events and presentations, attended by almost 12,000 people. These events were based on a wide range of topics including financial inclusion, homelessness and the refugee crisis, and also on how to run and sustain work in communities, how to manage volunteers and how to raise funds. Near Neighbours The Near Neighbours small grants programme has now awarded over £3.5 million in grants, reaching almost one million people across the country. A clear distinctive feature of Near Neighbours is the range of activity that is funded, including community gardening, football clubs, multi-faith work with homeless people, women’s group, World War One commemorations, interfaith open days, museum exhibitions, leadership programmes and much more. Over 300 young people have participated in our Catalyst Programme which is a leadership programme that aims to build relationships that help individuals transform their communities for the better. Together Grants In 2015, we awarded a total of £490,000 to 113 projects, with an average grant of £4,330. Together Grants help churches and others to respond to all aspects of poverty, yet most projects seek in particular to tackle poverty of relationship and identity. They do this by providing the kind of consistent and stable support that builds positive relationships; in turn, these relationships build confidence and improve self-identity and resilience, and so bring about lasting change. Just Finance Network The Just Finance Network (JFN) helps local churches to engage practically and effectively with issues of money, debt and credit in their communities. Over three years the JFN has engaged over 400 churches and trained over 350 volunteers to signpost to credit, free debt advice and money skills courses. So far, JFN has helped more than 3500 people join their local credit union.