Andy Dorton came to Hull as a student and hasn’t left since. Since the mid 90’s, he has made his home, along with his wife and two kids, in Hull’s outer most city estate, North Bransholme. He has previously worked as a social worker and homeless hostel manager. He is the Church Urban Fund Link Officer for the Diocese of York, the Church of England’s Social Responsibility Officer for Hull and the East Riding, chair of Hull Youth for Christ, and a Trustee for Church Urban Fund.Read more »
FSNB is a charity based in HMP Shrewsbury. It aims to support the care, resettlement and rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders in Shropshire. It started late 2008 and has helped over 100 offenders. On a small budget, it has had a big impact. Some of its key factors in its success are:
“My main conclusion is that there is no kindness out there – the most difficult thing to extract wasn’t money but human exchange” - Anita Roddick (when living as a homeless person for Skin Deep TV series):
“Churches are not called to be communities of tolerance, that is too shallow – they should be communities of hospitality” – Bishop David Walker, Bishop of Dudley Read more »
Project Idea: “Community Centre Come Dine With Me”
St Leonard’s in Bootle along with 3 local Community Centres came up with the innovative idea of a “Community Centre Come Dine With Me”. It boosted intergenerational links, connected the church congregation and its youth club, strengthened relations between the different centres and raised the profile with local council. Read more »
Regenerate-RISE is a successful project that reaches out to the isolated elderly.
RISE, motivated by Kingdom values, seeks to turn the situation of vulnerability and loneliness upside down by deeply valuing its clients, promoting independence, and providing the opportunity to be a part of a loving community.
Christ the Lord Church, Crawley - A Case Study
Rev Simon Taylor
In 2004 I came to be the vicar of an area of urban need for just half of the week. There were 27 adults and children in total. The rest of the week I was Diocesan Officer for Emerging Leadership. Available only half time, in a small urban setting that had seen some significant challenges suggested that it was possible I went to close the church if the situation remained unchanged…. Read more »
Church Urban Fund's film about Christian community hero in Liverpool wins Jerusalem Award: watch the winning film