Greater Manchester Community Chaplaincy; Sex offenders support and reduction

Church Urban Fund supported the Greater Manchester Community Chaplaincy in their work with sex offenders. The Chaplaincy uses the Circle of Support and Accountability model which works towards a substantial reduction in sexual offending by providing a range of services through support and accountability structures. Volunteers support the individual to lead an offence-free and productive life, and help manage any further risk of sexual harm.

GrowTH; Ex-homeless support

GrowTH is a Christian response to poverty in Tower Hamlets. One of the ways in which they are doing this is through work with the homeless in this east London Borough. They have been able to house numerous people but found that the recently ex-homeless still need support if they are to avoid falling back into homelessness. Following a successful pilot in the summer of 2013 they sought to employ an advocate worker who would mobilise their volunteer base to help and support those recently housed.

Jubilee Christian Fellowship; Community kitchen

Jubilee Christian Fellowship is an independent church in Grantham, with a strong track record in community work and a good partnership working with local statutory and community groups. They looked to develop a new Community Kitchen offering basic cookery skills, food hygiene/catering training and rehabilitation work with ex-offenders. Church Urban Fund support enabled them to do this. They are working in partnership with a local college to offer free training for Level 2 basic Food Hygiene.

St Paul’s Church; Pub to community hub conversion

St Paul’s Church sought to buy and convert a disused pub into a community hub in a deprived estate.  The local pub was the last remaining community building on the estate, with a youth centre having been burnt down and not replaced. The local authority had offered the church up to £120,000 to purchase the building as a community asset transfer but only on the condition that the building was sound, with a viable strong business plan and a community consultation having been carried out.

The Source; Youth Cafe

The Source was funded by Church Urban Fund for a cafe drop-in and after school project. They provide a safe environment for young people keeping them engaged in positive activities and volunteering opportunities. Mid week drop-in and afterschool sessions gives young people support with school, skills and employment training.

St Aubyn's Church; Jubilee Work Club

Church Urban Fund’s support for St Aubyn's Church in Exeter meant that they were able to establish a pilot work club for the unemployed in their local library. Working together with local community organisations and volunteers they supported this with the aim of launching further work clubs nearby. The parish is the most deprived in Exeter and there is a history of long-term unemployment.

St Barnabas’ Learning Centre; Support services for migrant families

St Barnabas’ found that it had become a hub for newly arrived migrant families who were seeking help. Their area is home to a large number of migrant families and workers who needed support and help with everyday situations. Investment by Church Urban Fund meant that a permanent worker was be able to go out and support them in the community as well as offering ESOL classes.