Through our partnership with CUF and the Diocese of Canterbury we aim to improve access to resources, make local work more effective, and create a framework for others to respond to the social challenges in Kent, by offering time and money, action and prayer. We engage with churches of all denominations, as well as faith based organisations, to encourage them to work together and with others in responding to poverty and marginalisation. We also enable the sharing of information (about funding, training, opportunities and ways of working) in order to create a co-ordinated and robust response to specific local issues.

 

Through our Development Worker we offer practical advice and guidance to parishes considering how they can better serve the socially and financially deprived in their communities; this includes highlighting funding, training and other opportunities to help develop new ways of working.

 

Our current priorities are:

Assisting Connecting Canterbury to grow their network of community hubs across the city of Canterbury to further assist those in need by signposting and active listening. 

 

 

Partnering with Catching Lives and Porchlight to launch the Break the Cycle project which seeks to provide accommodation for ex prisoners released into homelessness and then work with them to find long term solutions to their difficulties.

 

 

 Working with Age UK in Kent to partner with them in providing a new solution to the problem of increasing demand for social care at a time of reducing financial support from central and local government.

  

 Providing the Cash Smart:Credit Savvy money course either as a Train the Trainer resource or as a direct intervention for people to learn how to control their money and develop a budgeting habit.

 

Current projects include:

The development of networks of community hubs including Connecting Canterbury

Facilitation of Know Your Church Know Your Community courses which help parishes examine the Mission possibilities for their buildings and community

Building partnerships with local authorities and other organisations working with marginalised communities

Encouraging and equipping volunteers and volunteer networks

Raising grant funding to support paid community workers