Transforming Communities Together...

is a Joint Venture with Lichfield Diocese and the Church Urban Fund.

Transforming Communities Together (TCT) works with churches and local organisations to support people in their communities who are vulnerable to or experiencing aspects of poverty. We adopt an asset-based approach, working with those impacted by challenges such as mental health, homelessness, modern day slavery, food poverty and asylum. At our core is development work, linking together on areas of common concern with churches, communities, and organizations in the voluntary and statutory sector. Out of these links, distinct projects emerge for which we seek dedicated funding.

Our Development Worker is: James Henderson

Social Action

Many churches are actively involved in responding to issues of poverty in a variety of different ways. As well as practical generosity and acts of kindness, churches can organise their engagement by adopting several different programmes.

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)

We particularly encourage the approach of Asset-Based Community Development which helps to focus on the talents of people and communities, rather than their needs.

Families Champions

Love Black Country Families has a vision to equip the Black Country Church to support vulnerable families by linking individuals in congregations with the experts ready to help them.

How to Help Homeless People

Follow the link for some advice from Church Housing Trust.  For TCTs work on homelessness click here

Modern Slavery

We are a partner Diocese with the Church of England's new Clewer Initiative, which enables Church of England dioceses and wider church networks to develop strategies for detecting modern slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care.

Sandwell Churches Link

Sandwell Churches' Link connects and equips churches and organisations to reduce poverty in Sandwell.   SCL Director, Laura Nott writes: '2017 has been a year of consolidation and growth for SCL. Our conference in February launched the Jubilee Food Network, bringing together people and initiatives which move beyond food charity and towards food sovereignty. We launched our Jubilee Money network in May, offering free Financial Capability training to church volunteers in all of Sandwell's six towns this year. We now have local church networks set up in Smethwick, Oldbury, Rowley Regis, West Bromwich and Wednesbury, all of whom are meeting and praying together regularly.

Our focus for 2018 is developing a Food Power alliance to create a food poverty action plan, and exploring how churches can best respond to homelessness.'

Contact Laura Nott for more information

Refugee/Asylum - Stories of Welcome

selection of stories illustrating some of the many ways in which members of churches across the Diocese of Lichfield support asylum seekers and refugees

Wolverhampton Poverty Truth Commission

TCT is the lead agency in Wolverhampton Poverty Truth (WPT), a national movement of five active Truth Commissions, working closely with Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Barrow Cadbury Trust. WPT is comprised of eight ‘Grassroots Voices’ who have a lived experience of poverty and who want to reduce inequality in the city. They are working with eighteen ‘City Shapers’ comprised of civic and business leaders, people who make decisions about how Wolverhampton is run. 

They have built relationships and together they have identified three priorities which will help make a difference to people living in poverty within the priority areas. These are

  • Mental Health,
  • Support Networks
  • Housing.

The Mental Health priority will focus on how employers can help to prevent the downward spiral of mental health in the workplace. Those employers who are willing to support members of staff affected by mental health issues, will sign up to an Employer’s pledge.

The Support Network priority will be looking at ways of making it easier for people in poverty to access services through Wolverhampton Information Network where WPT will extend access to the Council’s Website.

The Housing priority is looking at priority housing for homeless young people by way of utilising Co-operative housing, and the provision of Starter Kits for those moving into accommodation.

Plans are in progress to address the issue of attitudes towards people in poverty within places such as Job Centres. The commission will continue until 31st August 2018, following up on pledges and commitments made  on14th June at our showcase event.   

Contact: James Henderson

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Places of Welcome

The Places of Welcome movement has continued to develop in the Diocese and nationally, creating spaces where people feel safe to connect, belong and contribute. There are now POWs in Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Most of these are in our Anglican Churches, and there are growing numbers hosted by other Christian denominations as well as faith and community groups, such as Community Centres, Libraries, mosques and temples.

With grants and crowdfunding, Helen Titterton was appointed in October 2017 as Places of Welcome Enabler to work across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. James Henderson has support the developments of the national network in conjunction with Joint Ventures across the Country.

A closer co-operation with Near Neighbours will see the national and local Places of Welcome networks continue to strengthen and grow into the future.

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