Local Churches, Local Transformation

We believe the local church is uniquely placed to bring about God’s love, hope and justice to the poorest and most marginalised people in England, empowering them to transform their lives.

Across England local churches are making a real impact in the lives of many. The St Andrew's Community Network in Liverpool is one exmaple of this and Church Urban Fund has been able to support their work.

Being poor often leads to a lifetime of poverty

Research has shown that being born into a poor family significantly increase the likelihood of a person living their whole life in poverty. Our Poverty Lookup Tool has shown that, in England, those born into the wealthiest areas can expect to live for over twenty years longer than those born into poorer areas.

In 2013 the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission released their State of the Nation report to monitor and report on what is happening to child poverty and social mobility in our country.

Read the State of the Nation 2013 report on the Gov.uk website:

Engagement with the Credit Union Sector

February 2014

Credit Unions have been proposed as a potential solution to the problem of financial exclusion and payday lending by the Department for Work and Pensions (2012) and the Archbishop of Canterbury (2013).

Consequently, Church Urban Fund conducted a survey to deepen our understanding of current engagement with this sector; to identify barriers to engagement that will need to be overcome if credit unions are to grow.

This presentation shares the main results of that survey.

Emmanuel House

Emmanuel House exists to support homeless and vulnerable people by providing acceptance, encouragement and daily support services. We aim to treat all our visitors as unique individuals, and strive without prejudice to support people on their journey towards a more stable life. We seek to enable individuals to make positive changes in their lifestyles.
Types of volunteers needed: 
We offer a wide range of volunteer roles including: Charity Shop, Kitchen, Reception, East European language volunteer, Volunteer Driver, Support with Computer Learning, Administration, Data Volunteer, Marketing and weekend evening volunteer.
Location or area: 
Contact’s telephone number: 
0115 950 7140

Jericho Road Project

The Jericho Road Project is a joint church initiative supporting those involved in the sex industry in Nottingham. The project has been running for over ten years and is making a difference in women's lives - showing them God’s love, and equipping them with the tools to exit prostitution.
Types of volunteers needed: 
There are many ways to get involved, from baking and making crafts to volunteering as a support worker, prison visitor or driver for our van. Full training is provided. Most roles are for women only, but men can serve by driving the van on outreach, praying for us or supporting in practical ways.
Location or area: 
Contact’s telephone number: 
0115 845 3691