Era of a New Dawn

Through CUF’s School of Social Leadership, your generosity will help identify, train and support local leaders who can tackle important issues in the communities they serve.

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Why we need a School for Social Leadership

We have watched the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic bite deeply into the social fabric of people’s lives and have reacted quickly to help. While the emphasis of our work will always be on empowering disenfranchised communities and developing a flourishing, mutual society - through the power of relationships - we now have a different part to play...

To meet the urgent need for more trained volunteers to support existing services; To raise up more local leaders to bring fresh energy to addressing local issues; To help churches grow disciples who are committed to loving their neighbours; And, to convene local partnerships of solidarity, because the social problems we face are bigger than any one organisation can solve alone.

‘Effective local action is contingent on the availability and effectiveness of local leaders’

Right Revd Adrian Newman, Bishop in Residence

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How we are developing leadership in local communities

COVID CASH RECOVERY – helping people find the financial advice they need

The pandemic has created new challenges for those living on limited incomes, those in insecure employment and those receiving benefits. It can be difficult for people to know what they’re entitled to and where to go for help.

COVID Cash Recovery is a free, online course that trains churches, charities, community leaders and volunteers to offer accurate information and signpost to further sources of help and advice.

Adeyinka Olushonde, a community worker in Liverpool

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Positive Pathways – helping homeless people find safe accommodation and wrap-around support.

Positive Pathways encompasses:
• Keeping safe and developing safe relationships
• Mental health and substance understanding
• Enabling access to faith/spirituality
• Accessing health services
• Food access and cookery skills
• Access to benefits, debt advice and financial understanding
• Social integration
• Accessing training, education, employment and volunteering
• Access to housing and managing accommodation
• Continued mentoring and learning

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will equip volunteers to start a cookery group for isolated women

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will pay for a BAME young person to complete the Catalyst leadership programme



will fund developing the language skills of refugees and migrants through a six-week English conversation course

How your gift will help launch the School of Social Leadership

Between now and Christmas, we are urgently developing a new role for CUF, a School of Social Leadership which will help identify, champion and grow the next generation of local leaders to build a faith-based social action movement across the country.

A suite of programmes will be developed including:

  • Social leadership training including a social action ‘alpha’ style course;
  • Volunteer training initially tackling homelessness through befriending and community integration via our Positive Pathways programme;
  • BAME young leader training targeting adults aged 16-25 with unrealised potential via our Catalyst programme;
  • Financial inclusion training for primary children via our LifeSavers programme.
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will pay for a volunteer coordinator for one month to deliver wrap-around support through a homelessness project

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will enable a primary school to set up the Lifesavers programme, including training and equipping staff to teach financial education



will fund a playgroup for six months to support vulnerable families by building relationships and tackling isolation

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