Imagine a future where every individual and community in England is flourishing

Imagine a future where every individual and community in England is flourishing

August Newsletter

Leave a legacy that will continue transforming lives for years to come…

Long-term supporter, Steve Purcell, recently showed his passion to see the lives of the poorest and most marginalised in England transformed.

When his mother passed away, Steve transferred his share of his mother’s legacy to Church Urban Fund. In her memory, Steve asked that his gift benefit projects working with the elderly to break down the barriers that lead to isolation and loneliness.

Watch Steve as he visits two of the twelve projects his gift supported

Help make our vision for the future become a reality today.

In-Memory Envelopes

Many of our supporters told us that our in- memory envelopes are a really positive way to commemorate the life of a loved one. They are often used as an alternative option to flowers.

Contact our resources team on to order your free in-memory envelopes

Latest Research

Poverty Events

Church Urban Fund and Edinburgh University’s Divinity School, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, are hosting a series of events that will bring people from different disciplines and sectors to talk about poverty issues. So far two of the four events have taken place:

Growing Stronger Together: how can we build flourishing communities?
A Silent Epidemic: how can we share one another’s loneliness?

Follow the links to download reports of the events and to listen to the presentations delivered by key speakers including Maurice Glasman, Prof Luke Bretherton and Prof John Swinton.

Homelessness: are we really helping?

Together Middlesbrough and Cleveland, a joint venture between Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of York, recently hosted an event on the theme of homelessness.

Gathering together a large group of practitioners from local homelessness agencies, faith-based charities and the local authority, the day was a chance to reflect on how these agencies could work together to more effectively transform the lives of the homeless.

Read the summary of the talks and discussions from the day.

Upcoming Events

Money Matters Conference

Join us on November 5th in Manchester at our Money Matters National Conference. Hear from Sir Hector Sants, head of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s task group on responsible credit and savings, Karen Rowlingson, Professor of Social Policy at Birmingham University, and Canon Dr Angus Ritchie, executive director of the Centre for Theology and Community in London.

Financial exclusion is one of the most pressing public policy issues of our time.

Through the conference we want to bring together church leaders, church members, activists and community-based practitioners to:

Build understanding of financial exclusion
Reflect theologically on what a fairer and more inclusive financial system could look like
Showcase a variety of efforts to build financial inclusion and build the capacity of participants to join in those efforts in their local community

Read our latest blog on some of the realities of financial exclusion.

Inspired? Get your tickets for the conference.

Latest Resources

Share Your Harvest

Our Harvest Resources are ready to download!

This year we’re encouraging churches to praise and thank God for His abundant provision using our preaching notes and reflection, and our prayers.

Take action this Harvest by sharing with those in our society who have less. You could organise a Harvest Supper fundraiser to help us continue to support those most in need.

Download the resources.

Other News

School Uniforms for Families Seeking Asylum

Together Middlesbrough and Cleveland are supporting an appeal for second hand school uniforms in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, and Stockton on Tees. They are hoping to collect enough uniforms to organise a day when families seeking asylum can go to a venue to choose school uniforms for their children’s schools before the new term starts.

If you can help please get in touch with Bini Araium, Investing in People and Culture, on 07411157589.

Donations are being taken within the next two weeks at the IPC, the basement of the John Paul Centre, Middlesbrough, TS1 5AU
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