Tackling Poverty Together in Cornwall
In these challenging and difficult times churches and faith-based groups are well placed to outwork their mission by reaching out to their community, to make themselves relevant and be able to make a greater contribution to the social and spiritual transformation of communities in Cornwall. Transformation Cornwall is an ecumenical charity, set up by the Diocese of Truro, the Church Urban Fund and the Methodist Church in Cornwall, as part of the Church Urban Fund’s Joint Venture programme with Dioceses around the country. It was established as a vehicle to provide sustained infrastructure support for church-related projects with the purpose of engaging every church and enhancing the capacity of their clergy, leaders, projects and people in addressing poverty.
Transformation Cornwall builds on the successful Believing in Local Action conference held at Eden in 2008, the ecumenical work of the Church in Community programme and the Raising Our Game workshops, which over the last three years have worked with a wide variety of churches and faith-based organisations in the county.
· To provide an infrastructure and capacity building support organisation which will work with church, faith and non-faith based groups to enable them to respond to tackling issues of poverty, deprivation and marginalisation in their area of Cornwall.
· To help individual churches have a greater and more sustainable impact in tackling poverty in their community – to be relevant to their community, able to respond to identified needs and be sustainable in the long-term.
· To nurture useful, relevant networking and connecting between project practitioners and local statutory services to promote collaboration, maximise resources and develop effective dialogue with other sectors
The founding trustees are: Rt Revd Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro; Andy Turner, Development Director, Church Urban Fund; Revd Steve Wild, Chair of the Methodist District, Cornwall. Transformation Cornwall is based at Diocesan House, in Truro, employs a part-time Development Co-ordinator and, from October, 2 part-time Project Workers, one in east and one in west Cornwall.
Support given byTransformation Cornwall
· Work with groups to identify the needs of their community.
· Supporting organisations to respond to the identified needs.
· Building knowledge, skills and expertise within existing organisations to enable them to grow and develop.
· Capacity building work with people and groups to develop project ideas.
· Consultancy and one-to one support to individual organisations.
· Training/workshops on all aspects of developing organisations, including funding, social enterprise, needs assessments and project development.
· Work with organisations on being sustainable for the long-term, including exploring income generation and social enterprise.
· Building local networks and partnerships to support people and organisations working on the front-line.
Debbie Croucher, Development Co-ordinator