Ali Angus is the Development Worker for Together Southwark, a joint venture between Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of Southwark.
She has been working with us for almost a year, supporting churches and local projects in south London that are engaging with their communities and tackling poverty. We asked her some questions her city and her work.
1. What’s your favourite thing about where you live?
I really love the contrasting environments that make up my neighbourhood. I live near one of the longest high streets in the country - the constantly busy Brighton Road - that has myriad restaurants with food from around the world and then right round the corner is the pretty green space of Tooting Bec Common.
2. What’s the most exciting piece of working going on with churches in your area?
The churches in Streatham have set up Love Streatham which brings the wider Christian family together to benefit the local area. For example, they organised a free Family Funday this summer. St Leonard's Church is also part of the exciting Lambeth South Deanery, which is doing some good work around asset mapping and bringing people together to do social action.
3. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned over the last year?
The most valuable thing I've learnt is to plan, but to leave space to list to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Some of the most awesome work is being carried out by those who have a prophetic vision, a mission and a plan.
4. What are your biggest challenges?
My biggest challenge is that there isn't enough time to get everywhere. I have big dreams but only four days and (at the moment) only me!
5. What is your dream for the next 5 years?
My dream is to see the Southwark Diocese working ever more closely together - being the warp and weft of our communities. And that we trust that, if we do not tire, we can help our most vulnerable members of our communities to reap a rich harvest.
Author: Bethany Eckley
Date: 19 August 2014
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