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Working with others

The extent of community action within the Church of England is already very substantial: estimated to amount to more than 23 million voluntary hours per month beyond normal church activities. So if you'd prefer to work with others who are already active, try contacting one of these organisations.

The following are featured in the Church Urban Fund's Directory of Ready-to-go Church Community projects:

Church Urban Fund
Christians tackling poverty in England, by giving time and money, action and prayer. Bringing the Church together, to support Christians called to work with the poorest and most marginalised in England, transforming lives.

Christians against Poverty
Your church can partner with Christians Against Poverty to provide a debt counselling service or money management course for your local community

Community Money Advice
Can provide you with the basic legal and practical steps to set up a Debt Advice Centre in your community, and will help you through each stage of the process

SAFE - Choices Program
Is a practical outreach tool for churches. It is a course which helps people on low incomes gain confidence, take control of their lives and make life-changing choices

Is an interactive six week program 16-24 year old unemployed young people. It addresses the causes of under-achievement, such as the absence of motivation, life skills and qualifications

The Trussell Trust
Starting a foodbank is a great way to help those in crisis in your own community, by providing boxes of nutritionally-balanced food and support
Parish Nursing Ministries UK
A church or group of churches can appoint a Parish Nurse developing a service that is complementary to NHS provision. The nurse could offer personal health advice, and promote the integration of spiritual care with physical care

Depaul Nightstop UK
Is the provision of emergency accomodation for single homeless 16-25 year olds exclusively in the homes of approved volunteers

Housing Justice
Enables groups of churches (at least 7) to run night shelters for rough sleepers over the winter (normally January-March). Each church provides space, facilities andvolunteers on one night per week each

Care Confidential
Helping church groups set up local pregnancy crisis and post-abortion Centres

Street Angels
Works in towns and cities across the United Kingdom generally on Friday and Saturday nights offering safe places and safe people to those who become vulnerable in any way

Street Pastors
Is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue

An initiative by Frontier Youth Trust that works in the community to support churches to develop quality relationships with young people and to grow relevant expression of church

The Lighthouse Group
Helping churches to work with young people who are at crisis point in their education, are at risk of exclusion or have been excluded from school

Worth Unlimited
Is a national Christian charity working in local communities to set up projects with marginalised young people seeking to build hope, unlock potential, realise worth
Other organisations you may wish to contact are:

The Arthur Rank Centre
Farm Crisis Network
Farming Help
The Plunkett Foundation
Christian Ecology Link
Shrinking the Footprint
A Rocha
Furniture Re-Use Network
Church Network for Gypsies and Travellers
CITIZENS for Sanctuary
Social Enterprise UK
Credit Action