AdviceUK is the UK's largest support network for free, independent advice centres. It is a membership network for organisations who give advice. It helps members improve what they do and provides them with a national voice.
6th Floor, 63 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8AA
020 7469 5700
Christians Against Poverty is a national debt counselling organisation that works in partnership with local churches to enable them to provide counselling and support to people struggling with debt.
Jubilee Mill, North Street, Bradford, BD1 4EW.
01274 760 567
Community Money Advice is a Christian-based organisation that offers a range of resources and training and other events for those setting up debt advice centres. Having become a charity in 2003, it has helped over ninety churches and other locally based organisations establish high quality, free, face-to-face money advice services.
c/o Illuminate, 18, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1XB
Citizens Advice - As well as running Bureaux, Citizens Advice works with a range of organisations that may be able to offer premises for an outreach service where there is no service otherwise, for example, in rural communities, outer estates or small towns.
Citizens Advice, Myddleton House, 115-123 Pentonville Road, London, N1 http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES
The Churches' Refugee Network is part of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. The Network aims to provide a collective and ecumenical voice as well as resources on issues of asylum and immigration.
The Churches' Refugee Network aims to provide a collective and ecumenical voice on issues of asylum and immigration.
NACCOM is the national No Accommodation Network of agencies providing accommodation for destitute asylum seekers and other migrants. Currently there are 26 projects in 21 towns and cities across the UK. http://naccom.org/
Refugee Action is an independent national charity that provides advice and support to asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. It has seven regional offices covering the North West, East Midlands, South West and South Central.
The Old Fire Station, 150 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8SB.
020 7654 7700 www.refugee‐action.org.uk
Church Action on Poverty (CAP) is a national ecumenical Christian social justice charity, committed to tackling poverty in the UK. CAP works in partnership with churches and with people in poverty themselves to find solutions to poverty, locally, nationally and globally. It also runs grassroots projects in local communities such as Thrive in Stockton-on-Tees and community organising in Manchester. It produces resources for churches such as the ‘Living Ghosts’ material which gives ideas about campaigning for and giving practical support to destitute asylum seekers.
Dale House, 35 Dale Street, Manchester M1 2HF.
0161 236 9321
Citizens UK is an alliance of over 160 member institutions representing faith institutions, universities and schools, trade unions and community groups. It is made up of Citizens MK in Milton Keynes, London Citizens, the East London Communities Organisation (TELCO), South London Citizens, West London Citizens and North London Citizens. It is setting up sponsoring committees nationwide as Citizens UK continues to grow.
CITIZENS for Sanctuary - A Citizen Organising Foundation campaign to secure justice for people fleeing persecution and rebuild public support for sanctuary. In 2006, South London CITIZENS asked twelve impartial Commissioners to conduct an independent, nationwide review of the UK’s asylum system. The Independent Asylum Commission spent two years gathering testimony from asylum seekers and the public, taking evidence from experts, and engaging in dialogue with the authorities. The Commission produced over 180 recommendations to safeguard people who seek sanctuary here, while restoring public confidence in the UK’s role as a place of sanctuary for those fleeing persecution. CITIZENS for Sanctuary was the campaign to make those recommendations a reality. CITIZENS for Santuary also produces toolkits for action and reports.
Gamaliel is a grassroots network of non-partisan, faith-based organizations in 18 U.S. states, South Africa and the United Kingdom, that organizes to empower ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives. Gamaliel’s diverse members apply their faith and values to the pursuit of equal opportunity for all, shared abundance, and stronger, more prosperous communities. Gamaliel provides leadership training, helps build community organizations, and leads local and national social justice campaigns. Gamaliel is the only national community organizing network that marries broad-based grassroots organizing campaigns with state-of-the-art regional opportunity research and policy development.
Churchcare is a section of the Church of England that can give advice about developing the potential of church buildings to host community projects. http://www.churchcare.co.uk/
The National Churches Trust is the only national, independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting church buildings of historic, architectural and community value across the UK. http://www.churchcare.co.uk/
Christian Ecology Link (CEL) is a multi-denominational organisation that offers insights into ecology and the environment to Christian people and churches and offers Christian insights to the Green movement. CEL publishes a magazine, produces resource packs and leaflets and arranges events.
Shrinking the Footprint is the Church of England’s National Environmental Campaign.
Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3NZ
020 7898 1865
Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) is a secular body founded in 1995 by HRH Prince Philip to help the major religions of the world to develop their own environmental programmes, based on their own core teachings, beliefs and practices, by helping the religions link with key environmental organisations.
ARC, The House, Kelston Park, Bath, BA1 9AE
01225 758 004 http://www.arcworld.org/
A Rocha is a Christian conservation organisation working in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America, and Asia. A Rocha projects are frequently cross-cultural in character, and share a community emphasis, with a focus on science and research, practical conservation and environmental education. Among other things, it produced resources for schools and events and supplies speakers.
13 Avenue Rd, Southall, Middlesex UB1 3BL
Eco-Congregation is an A Rocha UK project that helps churches of all denominations to consider environmental issues within a Christian context using toolkits covering different aspects of church life.
Groundwork Sheffield, The Innovation Centre, 217 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP
Creation Challenge is the Environmental Network of the Baptist Union, Methodist Church and United Reformed Church. It aims to connect church people who are active in environmental matters. It produces an e-mail newsletter focusing on: climate change – and the development of Operation Noah; sharing stories of action by churches – relating to Eco-Congregation; events information. It produces theological and worship resources and programmes for young people.
Operation Noah encourages churches to increase their awareness and activily campaign to reduce the causes of climate change. It is a Christian organisation which provides leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing threat of climate change endangering God’s creation. It is informed by the science of climate change, motivated to care for creation by our faith and hope in God, and driven by the desire to transform and enrich our society through radical change in lifestyles and patterns of consumption.
The Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square, London, N1 6HT
Environmental Issues Network (EIN) - operates under the umbrella of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. It aims to raise levels of awareness on issues relating to the environment and sustainability and helps member churches and other organisations explore together their theological understanding of creation and its ethical implications for environmental policy and action.
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, 39 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1BX.
0845 680 6851
European Christian Environmental Network aims to share information and experiences in environmental work among widely varied Christian traditions and to encourage a united witness in caring for God's creation. ECEN is the main working instrument of the Conference of European Churches for addressing the need for environmental engagement and responding to climate change.
Conference of European Churches, Rue Joseph II 174, BE-1000 Brussels, Belgium
The John Ray Initiative (JRI) is an educational charity with a vision to bring together scientific and Christian understandings of the environment in a way that can be widely communicated and lead to effective action. It was formed in 1997 in recognition of the urgent need to respond to the global environmental crisis and the challenges of sustainable development and environmental stewardship.
QW212, Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham GL50 4AZ.
01242 714842 http://www.jri.org.uk/
Transition Network helps communities deal with climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy (peak oil).
43 Fore Street, Totnes, TQ9 5HN, UK
05601 531882 http://www.transitionnetwork.org/
SAFE Choices Course SAFE works with those facing barriers including worklessness and depression. It provides courses of two days per week over five weeks each for 8 – 12 participants. The focus can be community, youth or specialist support. SAFE equips local facilitators and provides resources and experienced facilitators.
Unit 304, Solent Business Centre, 343 Millbrook Road West, Southampton, SO15 0HW
0238 070 2222
Spear is a Resurgo Trust employment initiative: an interactive 6 week training course for unemployed and demotivated young people.
Resurgo Trust, St Paul’s Centre, Macbeth Street, London, W6 9JJ.
0208 237 8435
Trussell Trust is a Christian charity that partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With over 100 foodbanks currently launched, the goal is for every town to have one. The Trust provides a manual about opening a foodback and gives initial training for project workers andproject support and has a help-line.
St Michael’s Community Centre, Salisbury, SP2 9LE
FareShare is a national UK charity supporting communities to relieve food poverty and tackle food waste with 17 locations around the UK. The charity addresses these issues in three ways:
· Providing quality food - surplus ‘fit for purpose’ product from the food and drink industry – to organisations working with disadvantaged people in the community
· Providing training and education around the essential life skills of safe food preparation and nutrition, and warehouse employability training through FareShare’s Eat Well Live Well programme
· Promoting the message that ‘No Good Food Should Be Wasted’
FareShare, Unit H04, Tower Bridge Business Complex, 100 Clements Road, Bermondsey,
020 7394 2468
GYPSIES AND TRAVELLERS
Church Network for Gypsies and Travellers CNGT is a group of clergy, churches and Christians from across all denominations brought together by their experiences of working among Gypsies and Travellers. The Network was formed in 2006 for mutual support and to learn from one other's experiences and insights, and especially from Gypsy and Traveller brothers and sisters. The group relates to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. It aims to be a resource to other churches, clergy and Christians and is happy to work with other faith communities. It offers:
· Support to Church leaders and communities faced with confrontation and misunderstanding.
· Experience on how to defuse tension and seek reconciliation.
· Help in listening to the concerns of both settled communities and Gypsies and Travellers.
· Teaching on the history, legal matters, social issues and cultural differences concerning Gypsies and Travellers.
· Talks, study days and presentations for Church groups, leaders and students.
Parish Nursing Ministries UK recruits and trains registered nurses to build bridges in health ministry from their local churches into the local community. It seeks to develop the theology of health and wellbeing and identify good practice. It works collaboratively with complementary organisations and is multi-denominational.
3 Barnwell Close, Dunchurch, Rugby, CV22 6QH
DePaul Nightstop UK is an umbrella body for developing new services and support to Nightstop services. Nightstop is the provision of emergency accommodation in the homes of approved vilunteers for young homeless people aged between 16 and 25 years.
Resource Centre, Oxford Stree, Wehitley Bay, NE26 1AD.
0191 253 6161
Housing Justice is the national voice of Christian action in the field of housing and homelessness. It supports night shelters, drop-ins and hundreds of practical projects nationwide by providing advice and training for churches and other community groups who work with homeless people.
256 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UJ
Housing Justice is also the base for Faith in Affordable Housing, a free web-based resource, giving practical and technical information to assist churches in providing affordable housing.
National Community Land Trust Network
The national body for CLTs promotes and supports the work of CLTs across England. It aims to achieve a growing and flourishing CLT sector. The Network was established in September 2010 and is hosted by, but independent of, the National Housing Federation. It is funded in part by the Department for Communities and Local Government Empowerment Fund, via Carnegie UK Trust. National Community Land Trust Network
020 7067 1191
Age UK was created on 1 April 2009 by the merger of Age Concern England and Help the Aged. It has a free national information line on 0800 169 6565. It conducts campaigns on local and national issues relevant to older people. Local branches provide direct services to people in later life, which can include: information, advice and advocacy services; day centres and lunch clubs; home help and 'handyperson' schemes; and IT and other training. http://www.ageuk.org.uk/
Locality is a nationwide network of settlements, development trusts, social action centres and community enterprises. It was formed in April 2011 by the merger of the British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres (BASSAC) and the Development Trusts Association, two leading networks of community owned and led organisations. It helps people to set up locally owned and led organisations and supports existing organisations to work effectively through peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and best practice on community asset ownership, collaboration, commissioning support, social enterprise, community voice and advocacy. Locality also works to influence government and others at national and local level to build support and investment for the movement.
33 Corsham Street, London N1 6DR
0845 458 8336
Social Enterprise UK (formerly Social Enterprise Coalition)
The voice for social enterprise: research, providing information and tools, sharing knowledge, building networks, raising awareness and campaigning to create a business environment where social enterprises can thrive.
Social Enterprise UK, 49 - 51 East Road, London, N1 6AH
020 7793 2323
Care Confidential provides a web portal for centres that provide information andsupport for people facing an unplanned pregnancy or trying to come to terms with their experience of abortion, miscarriage or loss of a baby. The portal gives clients access to self-help information, an on-line counselling service and a free-phone helpline.
Clarendon House, 9-11 Church Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7QG
01256 477 300
Furniture Re-Use Network The FRN is the national body which supports, assists and develops charitable re-use organisations across the UK. It does this to reduce poverty by helping households in need access furniture, white goods and other household items at affordable prices. In addition, it supports re-use organisations in providing training and work placement opportunities for people who are socially excluded.
48-54 West Street, St Philips, Bristol, BS2 0BL.
RURAL AND FARMING COMMUNITIES
The Arthur Rank Centre (ARC)
The ARC is the churches’ rural resources unit based in Warwickshire. Founded in 1972, it is a partnership between the churches (through Churches Together in England), the Rank Foundation and the Royal Agricultural Society of England. The ARC serves both the spiritual and practical needs of the rural Christian community through a programme of community and social projects, resourcing and training. Its mission is to resource rural churches of all denominations, providing advice, information and consultancy on a wide range of issues including mission and evangelism, community engagement, creative use of church buildings, partnership working, and worship resources. Training courses are provided for those new to rural ministry, in collaborative ministry and for those working in multi-church situations. The ARC is home to the National Rural Officer for the Church of England and the National Rural Officer for the Methodist Church and United Reform Church. The ARC publishes Country Way magazine an important and useful resource for rural churches.
024 7685 3060
Farm Crisis Network (FCN)
FCN provides pastoral and practical support to farming people during periods of anxiety, stress and problems relating to both the farm household and the farm business. FCN is a UK network of groups of volunteers drawn from the farming community and rural churches. FCN volunteers are there to ‘walk with’ and support farming people and families as they seek to resolve their problems, whatever they may be. There are just over 300 volunteers in county based groups and a team of Coordinators who oversee the work of the groups. FCN is a Christian organisation and as such, it has a Christian ethos behind everything it does.
FCN Helpline: 0845 367 9990
Farming Help brings together three national charities which work to benefit the farming community. Each charity provides different but complementary forms of help and support to meet a wide range of needs. Helpline: 0845 367 9990 The three member charities are:
· The Addington Fund – runs a Strategic Rural Housing Scheme for those leaving a non-viable rural business, to allow people to exit their business with dignity and to enable them to remain living in their community.
9 Barford Exchange, Wellesbourne Road, Barford, Warwick, CV35 8AQ.
01926 620135 www.addingtonfund.org.uk
· Farm Crisis Network (see above) – FCN provides pastoral and practical support to farming people during periods of anxiety, stress and problems
· Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution – RABI provides financial and practical help to members of the farming community who are facing hardship. RABI supports elderly people and those of any age who are disabled, with regular grants or one-off payments for special items that they are unable to afford themselves. Working farming families who are facing financial difficulties because of illness, bereavement or some other crisis may receive short-term help with their domestic expenses.
RABI, Shaw House, 27 West Way, Oxford, OX2 0QH
The Plunkett Foundation helps rural communities through community-ownership and advice, to take control of the issues affecting them. It promotes community-owned enterprises, co-operatives and social enterprises primarily to rural communities. There are currently three main strands of work:
· community-owned village shops – through a specialist support programme and staff team. There are now around 250 community owned shops trading in England, Scotland and Wales.
· rural social and community enterprise development – to help rural communities through community-ownership to take control of the issues affecting them, e.g. co-operative pubs
· community food enterprises – through the Making Local Food Work support programme, to farmers’ markets, Country Markets, food co-operatives, community-owned local food shops and other specialist enterprises
The Quadrangle, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1LH
Street Angels and Christian Nightlife Initiative Network: Street Angels work in town centres usually on Friday and Saturday nights to meet they needs they encounter. The Network offers web resources for people thinking of launching a Street Angels scheme.
Fairtrade Café, Crossley Street, Halifax, HX1 1UG.
Street Pastors (Ascension Trust): a para-chucrh organisation working with churches and local agencies to train individuals to serve their community. The aim of Street Pastors is to provide a late night outreach service to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. Ascension Trust has a track record of developing partnerships between the church, police and government. It currently operates in 200 areas.
PO Box 3916, London, SE1 1QE
0208 330 2809 http://streetpastors.org.uk/
ASDAN is a charitable social enterprise with awarding body status, providing courses to more than 6,000 UK and international schools, colleges, youth centres and training providers. ASDAN’s programmes and qualifications offer flexible ways to accredit skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life. http://www.asdan.org.uk/
Frontier Youth Trust works with young people at risk. StreetSpace is youthwork that starts on the street. It supports local churches in getting projects underway and by providing policies, training and ongoing support.
Office S15b, St George’s Community Hub, Great Hampton Row, Newtown, Birmingham, B19 3JG.
The Lighthouse Group is a Christian charity that works in partnership with local churches to set up early intervention centres and education centres for young people excluded from school or at risk of exclusion. The centres can support primary or secondary school children and provide help and mentoring on a one-to-one basis.
The Lighthouse Group, National Support Centre, Hope Park, Bradford, BD5 8HH.
0845 508 3242 http://www.tlg.org.uk
Worth Unlimited is a Christian Youth Work agency with a vision for local Christians to be equipped to make a contribution to addressing the needs of marginalised and excluded young people throughout the UK as part of the wider Christian mission to the world. Worth Unlimited programmes include informal education programmes; a personal development programme; a mentoring training and support package; a detached youth work programme; work with local churches helping them to work with young people on the margins of society.
Worth Unlimited is part of The Worth Foundation, a charitable company limited by guarantee.
Worth Unlimited National Office, 70 Raglan Road, Smethwick, West Midlands, B66 3ND
0121 555 5621 http://www.worthunlimited.co.uk