Definitions matter. The way in which we choose to define a problem influences the solution we offer and therefore shapes our engagement with the world around us. For example, if definitions of poverty focus exclusively on a lack of income, we may come to believe that the solution is simply to give people more money.
Transforming Notts Together is a registered charity (Number 1152870) and a registered company (Number 8399842).
It is managed and run locally, with Trustees and Advisers from a variety of church traditions and experts from strategic partnerships and local government in the region.
The Church of England is well-placed to make a powerful and effective contribution to the growth of the credit union sector. If a substantial proportion of the 1.7 million regular church attendees were to join a credit union – investing some of their savings or taking out small loans - the sector could well achieve its goal of growing from one to two million members.
This paper introduces the concept of asset-based community development (ACBD) - a particular approach to development that uses the skills and capacities of local people to build stronger, more sustainable communities.
ABCD is founded on three key principles:
How churches can address the root causes of food poverty
The extraordinarily high number of people turning to food banks to make ends meet has brought a great deal of media and policy attention to the issue of food poverty.