A Glass Half Full

Exploring strengths-based approaches to community development

What is the difference between a needs-based and a strengths-based approach to community development? Which approach are we using in our church or our community? How would our activities look different if we switched from one to the other?

Last Wednesday, a small group of academics, church leaders and practitioners met together to discuss these questions. In doing so, we wanted to understand more about how can we can effectively tackle poverty and build strong, vibrant communities. 

Fullness of Life Together: Reimagining Christian engagement in our communities

Thousands of churches around the country are working to support people in their communities, providing activities ranging from food banks and debt advice, to night shelters and job clubs. 

Both Church Urban Fund and Livability work to support churches as they engage with their communities and have contributed to the development of a Christian response to local life for many years. Given the impressive scale and diversity of Christian community engagement, it is all the more important that we continue to reflect upon the nature of that work and its impact.

Tell Me Your Story

Starting conversations about poverty in England

February 2015

As the general election approaches, we urgently need a constructive conversation about the reality of poverty for the people who experience it. We believe that this conversation needs to start with listening to people’s stories.

In this report we share three stories that show how complex life can be for ordinary people on a low income - the challenging situations they face and the hard decisions that need to be taken in difficult financial circumstances.

Church in Action

A national survey of church-based social action

February 2015

Social action is not an optional side project for the Church; it is core to its heart and mission. The commitment to this calling can be clearly seen in the sheer scale and diversity of activities offered by local churches, ranging from food banks and debt advice, to lunch clubs and fitness classes. 

This report reveals the scale and nature of Anglican social action in England.

Together Middlesbrough Newsletter - May 2014

Paul Ferguson, Chair of Together Middlesbrough

Read the latest news in the Together Middlesbrough News, including the appointment of Venerable Paul Ferguson as the new Bishop of Whitby.  Paul is Chair of Trustees for Together Middlesbrough and we know that he will take the concerns of the communities of Middlesbrough and surroundings areas into his new role.  The newsletter also contains lots of information about work going on locally as well as ideas about funding.