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TOGETHER NETWORK MONITORING REPORT
Transcript of TOGETHER NETWORK MONITORING REPORT
Reporting period January - June 2015
1. SUPPORTING CHURCH-LED SOCIAL ACTION
Over the last six months, the Together Network has worked alongside
churches and church-run projects, helping them to develop social action activities in their neighbourhoods.
THE NETWORK OFFERS DIFFERENT KINDS OF SUPPORT TO CHURCHES:
Financial guidance, such help with bid writing and budgets
Capacity building and training, and volunteer support
Project planning and development
Mentoring and support
Financial and business planning
Linking to specialist advice, support, and wider networks
Development of a strategic vision
2. BUILDING LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
The Together Network aims to see community development achieved through local, collaborative partnerships.
Over the last six months, the Together Network has facilitated
Since 2013, JVs have worked in partnerships with over
of which have been developed in the last six months.
From November 2014 - February 2015, Transforming Notts Together facilitated a partnership between five churches in running a Winter Night Shelter.
Over the winter the shelter provided
off the street, saw
of the individuals rehoused,
volunteer hours completed, and raised over
churches of different denominations
other faith groups
food banks and job centres
Transforming Lives Together in Chester has met with the probation officer who organises ‘Unpaid Work’, to discuss how churches can get involved with the rehabilitation of offenders. It is hoped that both offenders and church communities would benefit from increased contact. The Diocesan Criminal Justice group are now considering a probation placement.
One of Thrive Together Birmingham's core pieces of work for 2014/15 has been developing the Places of Welcome network, run by diverse community groups across the city.
Places of Welcome are spaces where anyone can come and be welcomed and supported. By June 2015 there were 37 active Places of Welcome in the Birmingham diocesan area, 10 of which were new to the network in 2015.
The Places of Welcome network has also grown in Walsall and Wolverhamption, facilitated by Transforming Communities Together, and other JVs are exploring possibilities for bringing Places of Welcome to their areas too.
3. TRAINING, WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
In the last six months, the Together Network has...
workshops and training sessions, attended by
events, attended by
... and given
presentations, in front of
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4. FUNDRAISING SUPPORT
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JVs are supporting churches as they become more meaningfully and creatively engaged with their communities.
These partnerships are diverse and include:
The last six months has seen
new Joint Ventures become a part of the Network...
In the last six months, JVs have supported a total of
funding applications, helping to raise over
for local groups and projects.
In the last six months, several JVs have held fundraising workshops to equip local community groups in applying for funding themselves - these workshops have been attended by over
Since 2013, the Network has helped to raise a total of
for local groups and projects, through supporting
funding applications across the country.
Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
if you have any questions.
These events have spanned a wide range of topics:
Know Your Church, Know Your Neighbourhood courses
Churches engaging with communities
Basic Budgeting/other budgeting courses
Financial Inclusion/ CCCN/ Debt
The work of CUF and JV
Places of Welcome
Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Together Newcastle: Slow Cooker & Money Magic
In Lancashire, Burnley St Mark has opened a Community Cinema and a Friday Lunch club for its local community.
In Walsall and Wolverhampton, 3 churches have already set up Places of Welcome and are now exploring running Basic Budgeting Courses.
In Durham, several churches gathered together to run summer holiday activities: 60 children and adults came to the first session and the community is beginning a process of thinking "what next".
Coventry Cathedral have opened a community Coffee Shop, with all proceeds going towards Betel UK, a christian rehabilitation centre.
Just a few examples are...
Transforming Lives Together: The Diocesan Criminal Justice Group and East Cheshire Probation
Nottingham Winter Night Shelter
Places of Welcome
A key piece of work for Transformation Cornwall has been their Meet the Funders Events. In March 2015 TC held their main MTF event of the year - the day focussed on how to write good funding applications, how to complete budgets, and how to make applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund. It also included signposting and information from 7 major funders.
There were 96 attendees to the MTF day.
98% said the day was good or excellent
99% said they had an increased understanding of the funds available
99% said they gained an insight into what funders are looking for and how the bid is processed
TC are now planning follow-up workshops with individual funders.
Meet the Funders
IDEAS SPREADING ACROSS THE NETWORK:
Know Your Church, Know Your Neighbourhood, developed by Thrive Together Birmingham to help churches engage with their communities, is now being used in Canterbury, Bradford and Newcastle.
The Basic Budgeting Course, developed by Transforming Notts Together, is now being used and built upon in Bradford, Lichfield, Nottingham and Newcastle.
A Slow Cooking course began in Middlesbrough and is now being used and developed in Newcastle.
Hope for Summer has also spread across the Network from Middlesbrough and is being developed and built on in Durham.
Places of Welcome has also spread from Birmingham to Walsall and Wolverhampton, with expertise from the process being drawn on in Canterbury for a network focused on financial inclusion.
HOW IS THE TOGETHER NETWORK GROWING AND DEVELOPING?
WELCOMING NEW JOINT VENTURES
GROWTH OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS
We have seen the Network grow in both breadth and depth over the last three years.
The number of churches and church-based projects which the Network supports is growing; we are developing new best practice and sharing that across the Network; and in the last six months we have grown by three new members.
Together Newcastle came alongside St Mary's Longbenton, planning and delivering a slow cooker cooking course which aimed to equip parents to cook cheap, healthy and tasty meals. 18 parents attended - representing 26 children. 8 of these parents went on to attend a Money Magic budgeting course held at the same church.
Together Lancashire: Food Poverty Conference
Together Lancashire held a food poverty conference, attended by 60 people, which explored responses to food poverty, looking especially at the complex nature of foodbanks.
some examples include..
Together Liverpool: Church Credit Champions training
In March, Together Liverpool's CCCN coordinator ran a session for 27 curates from the Diocese of Liverpool. The session gave an overview of the CCCN project, training about how to engage with credit unions, the importance of debt advice and money management, and how to run Money Talks in local churches.