Recent Items: Regional Groups

This is an internal category to maintain and display by geographical region the list of Church-of-England diocesan SR contacts and links to their web sites.

To see an interactive map showing all Church of England dioceses in their Provinces, Click here!

Region: East

Chelmsford Diocese

(esp. Bradwell Episcopal Area)
(to be written)

Ely Diocese

Follow links – Mission, Social Justice, etc

The following is out of date or needs updating…

(Board for Church in Society (For Church in Society follow links under Church and Community) The Board consists of diocesan officers and lay representatives from a wide range of social interests. It seeks to promote, develop and co-ordinate responsible social thought and action within the Diocese. It provides a forum for report and accountability as well as a springboard for action in the Diocese. There is an active Criminal Justice group. Regular day conferences, lectures and displays are arranged on topics of current interest. Newsletters are distributed to the clergy and the parishes. Wherever possible we work with our regional and ecumenical partners.)

(Last update: not recorded)

Peterborough Diocese

Robert Hill is the Bishop’s Officer for Mission in Society

Work is primarily focussed on enabling supporting and encouraging parishes to engage with their Christian social responsibility in the world. This is seen as an integral part of Church Growth.


(Latest update: not recorded)

St Albans Diocese

Social Responsibility Officer

On the home page click on Mission and the social responsibility topics will appear on a menu on the left hand side of the page. Much of the SR work in the diocese is done through 14-specialist groups, which have pages accessible via this menu.

(Latest update: not recorded)

St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Diocese

To be written

end of East region

Region: Midlands

Birmingham Diocese

(to be written)

Coventry Diocese

(to be written)

Derby Diocese

Mission and Ministry Team

Community Action Officer and Community Project Development Officer
Specific information at ‘Community Engagement’

Social Responsibility work is undertaken by 2-officers who are part of Derby Diocese Mission and Ministry team.

Current priorities include: Environment, Mental Healthfinancial inclusion, and project development

publication of Find newsletter full news available on request, articles are freely accessed on the web.

Staff support the development of parish Mission Action Plans, particularly research of the community for ‘where are we starting from?’

Contact: by email to Community Action Officer:

Community Project Development Officer:

(latest update 01/08/2018)

Hereford Diocese

(to be written)

Leicester Diocese

to be written

Lichfield Diocese

Department of Transforming Communities

Serving areas in and around Walsall, Wolverhampton, part of Sandwell, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Telford & Wrekin and much of Shropshire.  where the Transforming Communities webpages are currently being up-dated to include information about issues such as accessibility and disability; debt counselling; diversity and inclusivity; elderly; environmental concerns; family support; health, mental health and well-being; homelessness; offenders and prisons; interfaith relationships; issues of human sexuality; refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers; rural matters; work and the economy. There are also links to Health Care and Prison Chaplaincy and to other organizations with whom we work closely.

(latest update: not recorded)

Lincoln Diocese

Mission Team

Specific information on ‘Social Justice’ is available on the Diocese of Lincoln website.

Social Justice work is facilitated by the Discipleship in the World Officer as part of the Diocese of Lincoln’s Mission team. Our current priorities include: the Environment, Modern Slavery, Dementia Friendly churches, poverty and supporting grass roots projects via the Bishop’s Social Justice Fund. We work with deaneries, parishes and projects and support the development of diocese-wide networks of research activists responding to the challenges facing our diverse communities.

Contact by email:
Discipleship in the World Officer:

Mission Team Leader:

latest update 20/03/2019

Worcester Diocese

Commission for Social Responsibility (CSR)

The website has these pages of particular relevance to Social Responsibility (SR)

Information supplied by,

Doug Chaplin
Mission Development Officer

last updated 8/09/2018

end of midlands region

Region: North

Contact the appropriate regional representative about SR information for a diocese not included in the SRN Regional lists

North Region Representative:

Debbie Dalby
Mark Waddington

Blackburn Diocese and then follow links to Social Responsibility

Within the website section you will find details of projects which we run centrally and the support and networks that we open up to parishes and Deaneries in the Diocese. We also operate Together Lancashire a joint venture of CUF, the Diocese and Lancashire Methodist District.

There are three major Diocesan based projects: one working in the Criminal Justice area working with those who have received Conditional Cautions, providing support and mentoring to them; the second providing both supported and supervised Child Contact sessions for separated and divorced parents, and providing Information Programmes for separating parents; the third major project uses a redundant church building as a family and support centre.

The groupings cover a wide spectrum from Racial Justice and Cohesion to World Development, from Ecology and environment to inclusion and disability issues. The list is not to be considered fixed, it is a fluid list which responds to situations as they arise.

The introduction of Together Lancashire into the mix means that we can now support many other smaller church groups to develop the work that they are doing in the area of Social Justice.

(latest update: not recorded)

Carlisle Diocese

to be written

Chester Diocese

Committee for Social Responsibility

The aim of the Diocese of Chester Committee for Social Responsibility is to resource and support parishes in mission, particularly their social action and outreach. CSR webpages reflect this aim by providing resources, information and links and specifically on our key areas of work; Disability and Deaf Awareness, Counselling and Mental Health, Family Life, Urban Mission and Ministry.

We have working groups focussed upon the following; Environmental concerns, Criminal Justice, World Development, Rural Affairs and Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns.

Current work includes; Life Expectancy Wirral (addressing the gap between rich and poor), Challenging Poverty.

(latest update: not recorded)

Durham Diocese

(to be written)

Manchester Diocese

Transforming Communities Team (currently under redevelopment)

The Transforming Communities Team is based within the Mission and Ministry Department. We support parishes, projects and networks of activists as they seek to develop creative responses the challenges facing diverse local communities and wider issues of global justice.

We currently develop action via three core work streams Anti-Poverty, Welcome and Belonging, and Sustainable World. In each of these we seek work in partnership with other organisations pursuing the same goals.

Since 2015 our anti-poverty work, particularly in relation to homelessness, has been supported by Greater Together Manchester, a joint venture with CUF.

Key Contact:

(latest update: not recorded?)

Newcastle Diocese

to be written

Southwell & Nottingham Diocese

Department for Partnerships and Mission Team

Director of Partnerships and Mission: The Rev’d David McCoulough

Click to visit our web site!

The task of the Partnerships and Mission Team is to help raise awareness in the Diocese of the social and ethical challenges that face us as Christians today, and to encourage and support reflection and action in response to these challenges, witnessing to the Gospel in our public life and in our communities. Central to our mission is working with others in partnership to serve our communities. Our work is integral to the diocesan vision of Growing Disciples Wider Younger Deeper.

On the website you will find sections on: mental health, debt, deaf church, housing justice, older people, workplace chaplaincy, rural community, asylum seekers, disability and Transforming Notts Together.

(latest update 30/07/2018)

Leeds Diocese

(Formerly known as “West Yorks and the Dales”)

The Anglican Diocese of Leeds is the largest and youngest diocese in the UK. It came into existence in 2014 and covers the whole of West Yorkshire, the western part of North Yorkshire, and small parts of South Yorkshire, Lancashire, and County Durham.

Mark Waddington leads the newly registered Church Urban Fund joint venture Wellsprings Together which will deliver the Transforming Communities aspects of diocesan strategy including the work of the CUF Together Network and Near Neighbours programmes.  Of special interest will be loneliness and isolation, homelessness and social integration.

Mark Waddington
Social Engagement & Urban Renewal Team Leader.

Mobile: 07889 177 654
Direct: 0113 353 0265
Twitter: @markwadd

(latest update 2/8/2018)

Liverpool Diocese

to be written

Sheffield Diocese

to be written

Sodor & Man Diocese

to be written

York Diocese

to be written

end of north region

Region: South East & London

Canterbury Diocese

Web site: (click to visit!)
(To be written!)

Chichester Diocese

Web site: (Click to visit!)

Church in Society department

The Church in Society department in the Diocese of Chichester has the role of assisting churches to develop their level of engagement with their local community, of promoting good environmental responsibility amongst churches, and of promoting positive attitudes towards diversity and equality in the diocese. In addition the department manages the Emergency Response plan and offers advice to members of the diocese at all levels on issues of Christian concern in society.
Diocesan Church in Society Adviser: David Farey (Click to email!)
Tel: 01273 425692.
(last updated: unknown?)

Guildford Diocese

Department for Social Responsibility

Web site: (click!)  and follow Department links to Social Responsibility

The Department for Social Responsibility advises the Bishop, Diocese and Parishes on matters of social policy and supports local church projects and practice. We manage a number of services linked to specific areas of work: Health & well-being; children, young people and family support; work economy & business; criminal justice and resettlement; care and support of the elderly; social cohesion; refugees and Interfaith. These arise out of engagement with community issues across the Diocese’s geographical area, working in collaboration and partnership with other public agencies and community groups. We work with all people regardless of their faith and none.
(last updated: unknown?)

London Diocese

(to be written)

London Churches Social Action

Useful Link: Click to visit their home page!
(last update: unknown?)

Oxford Diocese

Board of Mission
(Mission in the World Group)

Web site: Click to visit their home page!

Website contains factsheets and written resources, information about range of social justice issues (especially disability, the spiritual care of older people, mental health, world development), and blogs on environmental and rural issues.
(last update: unknown?)

Portsmouth Diocese

Web Site: Click to visit their home page!

Diocesan Council for Social Responsibility (CSR)

Web Site: Click to visit their home page!

CSR runs a number of social programmes mainly at parish or diocesan level, in South East Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

CSR seeks to encourage engagement, impact and leadership in the community. In recent years, it has been switching its emphasis towards a more socially enterprising approach. We seek to help Anglican churches re-think their aims, vision and purpose by looking at innovative and inspirational new ways of engaging people in local communities that are meaningful and sustainable with our rapid development programme (rdp). We also host the Good Neighbours Network ( which supports about 4,000 volunteers across Hampshire in 123 independent local groups with simple neighbourly help such as driving people to GP or hospital appointments, shopping, befriending or DIY. We also work with others, including the Kaospilots School in Denmark, on creative leadership approaches and build new skills.

Director of Social Enterprise and Engagement

Diocese of Portsmouthm: 07828 522600

Good Neighbours Network

Diocesan Office, Peninsular House,
Wharf Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO2 8HB

(latest update: 27 August 2018, DJS)

Rochester Diocese

Our Social Action work comes under Community Engagement Social Action.

Click here for the link:

Current issues we’re engaging in are:

  • Addictions
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Modern Slavery
  • Responsible Credit 


(latest update: 5 Jul 2019, DJS)

Southwark Diocese

Web Site: Click to visit their home page!

(to be written)

End of South East England & London region

Region: South West

Bath & Wells Diocese

to be written

Bristol Diocese

to be written

Exeter Diocese

Exeter Diocese has a department for Church & Society which comprises an Administrative Secretary, Director, Social Responsibility Officer (SRO) and a Together Network development worker (‘Transforming Plymouth Together’ Joint Venture) as paid staff. In addition, we have a voluntary Interfaith Adviser and an Environmental Adviser and work with other volunteers on specific tasks.

Our current main activities include ecumenical working groups on Dementia, Fairtrade, Green Action, Mental Health and Modern Slavery. Issues of food and nutrition (including Fair Access to Food/Food Poverty and Food Security) are high priorities and promoted through local partnerships. The environmental work includes a 10-year low carbon strategy as we develop as an Eco Diocese, and a Living Churchyards initiative to promote wildlife conservation and biodiversity. We also manage a successful interfaith ecological network which meets regularly bring together people from different faith and belief traditions.

Prison and criminal justice affairs are managed through SW Peninsula Initiative Community Chaplaincy which we set up about 10-years ago, whilst anti-poverty, equalities and social inclusion work continues through community projects such as Exeter Community Initiatives and TPT. The Diocese is seeking to be a Living Wage Employer and a Mindful Employer.

We also work closely with our Devon Churches Rural Forum and the ‘Growing the Rural Church’ project.

Click here to visit our site!

SW SROs meet every 3-months with an annual residential gathering and occasional training days. We cooperate strongly on many issues and founded EcoChurch South West (partnership with 7-Dioceses and Ecotricity) ten years ago.

(latest update 1/8/18)

Gloucester Diocese

In Gloucester Diocese, social responsibility is held within the Mission and Ministry department.  The focus is on enabling local churches to engage with their local communities at greater depth, encouraging partnerships working, networking and a depth of local relationship in order for social responsibility work to emerge at a local level.  When several churches or benefices are working on a particular issue, we enable networking so that experience and best practice can be shared.  Under our current vision, we have four particular priorities: Community engagement, with a focus on the Asset Based Community Development model (ABCD); Mental Health; Environment; and Inclusion/exclusion.  More information is available through the following website pages:

Social responsibility: (Click!)

Inclusive community: (Click!)

Environment: (Click!)

(latest update 31/07/2018)

Salisbury Diocese

to be written

Winchester Diocese

The Diocese of Winchester has recently set up a new organisation, the Winchester Social Enterprise (WSE), to support parish-based enterprising activity and help them to be more engaged in their local communities for the common good, as part of the Diocesan strategy to be ‘agents of social transformation’. WSE is focussing initially on setting up a network of Christian-based nurseries and pre-schools, under the name Launchpad Early years ( which will have some directly run settings and support other parish run settings. WSE also supports training in social enterprise and networking opportunities.

Director of Social Enterprise and Engagement

Diocese of Winchester

m: 07828 522600

Launchpad Early Years

Diocesan Office, Old Alresford Place, Old Alresford, Hants SO24 9DH

(latest update: 27 August 2018, DJS)

end of south west region

Region: Province of Wales

Swansea and Brecon Diocese

Board for Social Responsibility

A blue square with the words Faith in Families above a paragraph describing the organisation which is part of the Swansea and Brecon Diocese, in Wales Province.
Faith in Families logo adapted by djs for use on SRN website Mar 2019

The Diocese of Swansea and Brecon Board for Social Responsibility Ltd is involved in highlighting issues of social concern within the Diocese. It is a Registered Charity and works within the Diocese in co-ordination with the Bishop and the Diocesan Board of Finance and is also supported by the Diocesan Mothers Union.

The Board runs a number of Projects on behalf of the Diocese.

(latest update 25/03/2019)

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