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“CUF was established by the Church of England as a practical response to unmet need and has been active in local communities for over 30-years. Our vision is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness.”

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Invitation to discuss the connection between faith & social action

You are welcome to Join us…

at the John Lewis Community Hub above Birmingham New Street train station on

Monday 25 September 2017, 2.30-4.30 pm

for a discussion with other members of the Social Responsibility Network about research, evaluation and monitoring of the connection between faith and social action.

We’ll be joined by Heather Buckingham, (Research Lead, CUF) and Bev Botting (Head of Research & Stats, Church House).


Revd Dr David Primrose, Director of Transforming Communities

RSVP: by 11 September 2017 to Ann Wright

Christians in Practice

Christians in Practice

Simon Foster writes…

“…David Primrose wants you to know about the launch of our research Christians in Practice, which will take place on Thursday 19 October 2017 in the West Midlands.”

“Our research, backed by CUF, Arthur Rank Centre, and the dioceses of Lichfield and Birmingham, has surveyed over 1,000  Church of England churchgoers in 32 congregations, and we’re interviewing 30 individuals in depth, to explore how Christians regard the connection between faith and practice.  Like our previous research, What Helps Disciples Grow, we’re shaping a research report and launch event to provide practical learning for the church.  The results are pouring in at the moment.   The responses I’m seeing to questions like ‘how could your church help you connect your faith and your community activity?’ promise some very interesting reflection on the day.”

“If you’re interested, please put the date in your diary.   We’ll add your name to our regular mailing list and send you more details in the coming weeks.”

Simon Foster, Researcher, Christians in Practice

Project website:

St Peter’s Saltley Trust:

The Project Team (seen in the photo)

You’re most likely to speak to project researcher Simon Foster (right). He’s been at Saltley Trust for 2 years and previously led the What Helps Disciples Grow project.

You might also meet Elizabeth Bramley (CUF Researcher) or Dr Ian Jones, Saltley Trust’s Director (left).

Post_BRexit hate crime and the churches

Martin Kettle writes…

The update I have done on hate crime and all that, with all the material about church initiatives having been supplied by Kat Brealey, is at

I attach the document as well.

Hate Crime and the churches

Martin Kettle

Home Affairs Policy Adviser

Mission & Public Affairs Division

Archbishops’ Council, Church of England

Church House, Gt Smith St,

London SW1P 3AZ

Tel: 0207 898 1531

Mob: 07738 883715

Are you up for a challenge?

Dear Ann

We had a fantastic response to our email announcing The Advent Sleepout Challenge 2015. Lots of you have already said that you will be holding your own sleepouts. And the great news is, the Advent Sleepout Challenge website is now live, so you can start to get organised!

What’s the challenge all about?

This Advent, people all over England will be sleeping out with friends, families, churches and community groups in spaces transformed into Advent ‘stables’. This could be in churches, community halls, scout huts or even garden sheds. The aim is to come together, have fun and raise sponsorship money that will help Church Urban Fund reach out to some of England’s most marginalised people.

What to do next

The first thing is to visit

On the website you can download the toolkit which is packed with useful resources, tips and advice to make sure your event is a huge success. You’ll also find video ‘How To’ guides to take you through the registration process and how to invite people to your event.

Make Advent really special this year

The Advent Sleepout Challenge is your chance to do something really special in the build up to Christmas. It will bring communities together and give hope and support to thousands of people across England.

So please take the challenge and help us transform even more lives.

Best regards,

The Church Urban Fund Team

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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Thank you from Church Urban Fund

Thank you for supporting Poverty Sunday!

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who organised a frugal lunch or Poverty Sunday service, and to all those who attended!

From cheese and bread to soup and a roll you have all been working hard to help raise vital funds to tackle poverty in England. Some of you even had frugal brunches!

You told us some of the ways Poverty Sunday helped you think about poverty in your community…

St James’ Church in Bolton used a map to think about the people they could share grace with in their lives.

All Saints’, Evesham used sticky notes to write down ways they could tackle poverty in their community and pinned them on a board.

Share your Poverty Sunday photos and stories by sending us a message.

Your valued support goes toward helping people like Dave.

Dave found himself alone and on the street, completely hopeless, until the Joel project in Kingston Upon Thames, stepped in.

They gave Dave the space and support to turn his life around and now he is able to talk about overcoming his difficulties and his hope for a new life.

And the good news is there is still time to hold your own frugal lunch and help transform more lives.

The resources are available here.

Just to let you know Poverty Sunday 2016 will be on Sunday June 12th!

Come along to our Money Matters National Conference.

This year at our National Conference we will be exploring the issues surrounding financial exclusion. We want to help you bring the best advice and service in this area.

It is often the poorest and most vulnerable in our society who find themselves being charged more for basic goods and paying extortionately high interest rates, and we want to see an end to this.

Join us in Manchester on November 5th to hear from keynote speakers Sir Hector Sants, Professor Karen Rowlingson and Canon Dr Angus Ritchie.

Find out more about the conference.

Poverty Sunday

Poverty Sunday on 21 June gives us an opportunity to reflect on issues of poverty in England. But poverty isn’t just about a lack of money or material wealth. This Poverty Sunday we want to remember the millions of people who are affected by the modern epidemic of loneliness and isolation. There are nearly 5 million people in this country who say they have no close friends.

In this short film Valerie reflects on how it used to be:

At Church Urban Fund we’re working to turn this problem around

With help from Church Urban Fund, churches and projects are working to hold out the hand of love and friendship to their communities. Churches like St Paul’s in west Hackney who with support from Church Urban Fund reached out to their local senior citizens with a weekly 1940s style afternoon tea and entertainment, to help break down loneliness and isolation.

With loneliness and isolation a growing problem, will you help us do more?

Valerie is clear about the benefit she found from attending these events. Will you help us with a gift today, so that we’re able to support more churches and groups as they work to break down the loneliness and isolation in their communities? We’re working with churches and organisations all over the country that are reaching out to people like Valerie – who are lonely, or homeless, or new to an area, where they can find support and flourish. Just like it used to be.

Thank-you for your time.

With every blessing

Manchester Update

Dear Ann,
Following the departure of Debbie Dalby and in consequence restructuring within the diocesan office, I have been appointed as the Team Leader for the new Transforming Communities Team within the Mission and Ministry Department.
I am therefore now the new Manchester Diocese contact for SR issues, and very much look forward to building on Debbie’s contribution to the network together with my colleagues in the Transforming Communities Team. I would be grateful if you would update members on the changes.

Best wishes, Alison
Alison Peacock
Mission Planning Officer
Diocese of Manchester
Tel: 0161 828 1447

CUF Lent Course

Here’s another useful resource for Lent.  Does anyone else have anything they have prepared, or are aware of?  It would be good to compile a list to go on our website.


Hope for Lent

Disenchantment with our political and economic systems is running very high.

So where might we find genuine hope – hope that will not disappoint us?

Christians believe that any hope we can really trust must have its source in the grace and love of God. That’s more than a pious platitude: in the midst of so much cynicism and disappointment, the Church is both showing and telling a different way to live.

Hope, Actually is a five week Lent course which explores the hope we find in Jesus Christ, and its power to transform our increasingly anxious and cynical society.

Each session has a mix of discussion, Bible study (on that Sunday’s lectionary readings) and video stories. It ends with suggestions for prayer and ideas for action.

Greater Manchester Poverty Report

I attach a report on a survey of poverty in Greater Manchester produced as part of  a partnership initiative between the Greater Manchester Poverty Action Group, the University of Manchester and the Diocese of Manchester.

The report has been produced as a follow up to a recommendation of the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission, and sits alongside a new online Poverty Monitor designed to resource community groups and anti-poverty activists in the area:

Both the report and the monitor have a distinct geographical focus, but the report findings and citizen social science methodology may be of interest to members of the SR network working on similar issues.  Everyone is free to share and use the report if at all helpful to your work – there are contact details for all organisations involved and I am happy to answer any questions if required.

Best wishes

Alison Peacock

Mission Planning Officer

Diocese of Manchester