Who's been there before? There's no point in re-inventing the wheel, and whether it's taking the opportunity to sit under trees that others have planted, to learn from the mistakes of others, or to stand on the shoulders of giants, time spent in reconnaissance is rarely wasted!

Many initiatives cover a number of differing needs within the local community - here's the projects we've researched in preparing this website:




Use of Church Buildings

St Mary’s Slough  (Oxford)

An urban church that adapted its church buildings for greater community use.

Different beneficiaries



Families and children

Families Matter (Guildford)

Trained volunteers befriending vulnerable families 

Young people

YPAC (Manchester) 

Various youth projects in a neighbourhood in top 1% most deprived


Urban Hope (London) 

Youth work in Islington starting with 8 yr olds and developing long term relationships.

Older people

Happy at Home,  South Tyneside


Offering a befriending service to isolated people in their own homes.


Heartsease Community Project (Norwich) 

Ecumenical project providing services for older people. 

Asylum seekers

Nottingham Arimathea Trust (Nottingham)

Temporary housing for refused, destitute asylum seekers


SAS (Liverpool)

Weekly grants for asylum seekers and funding for emergency accommodation.

Migrant workers

Churches Together in Herefordshire Action Team (CHAT) (Hereford)

Hot meals for migrant workers and rough sleepers.

Different locations



City/town wide

Reading Christian Network  (Oxford)

An ecumenical group that meets weekly to pray for Reading and network across a range of projects including Street Pastors.


Derby Cathedral  (Derby)

Wide engagement with, and support for, activities such as Street Pastors, homelessness work and debt counselling.


St Leonard’s, Bootle  (Liverpool)

Community activities in a very deprived part of Merseyside including increased use of the church building.


St Martin’s Centre, Byker  (Newcastle)

Partnership with a Sure Start Centre enabled rebuilding the church as a combined church, children’s centre and community space.


St Augustine’s Family Centre, Halifax  (Wakefield)

Community centre in a very ethnically diverse area providing adult education, an advice service and support for refugees and asylum seekers


Ascend, South Oxhey, Watford

(St Albans)

Education and training services on a deprived housing estate surrounded by much more affluent areas.


Christ Church, Bridlington (York)

A range of training, family and homeless services in a deprived coastal town.


St James’ Church, Hemingford Grey  (Ely)

Post Office in parish centre and mobile PO services to other villages and a Coffee Shop run as a separate Community Interest Company.

Policy themes



Health & mental health

Hull Churches Home from Hospital  (York)

Support and practical help to adults after discharge from hospital, helping to reduce readmission rates.      


Life Expectancy, Wirral  (Chester)

Twinning churches in the most and least deprived areas of Wirral to raise awareness of the 11.6 year difference in life expectancy.


St Luke’s the Physician Church and Neighbourhood Centre, Longsight (Manchester) 

Informal day care including arts activities for people suffering stress and living with long term mental health needs.


Thrive, Stockton-on-Tees  (Durham)

Church Action on Poverty project initially dealing with people suffering stress because of debt which led to campaigning about doorstep lending practices.


Jubilee Money Advice Service, Oswestry (Lichfield)

A recently started debt advice service linked with Churches Together in Oswestry and District.


MUMAS (Gloucester)

A Mothers’ Union project giving money advice to people in debt who have been referred by other agencies or have self referred.


Coventry Foodbank (Coventry)

Foodbank with several distribution points at churches giving out food parcels to clients referred by agencies issuing food vouchers.


FareShare (Leicester)


Uses surplus food from the food industry to feed about 2,000 disadvantaged people via charitable support groups.

Criminal Justice

Cumbria Reducing Offending Partnership Trust (CROPT)  (Carlisle)

Umbrella body for many activities supporting prisoners and ex-offenders linked with Cumbria Probation Trust, Haverigg Prison and National Offenders Management Service.


Support and Advice for Families of Offenders and Ex-Offenders (SAFE), (Blackburn) 

Working with offenders and ex-offenders primarily on health and wellbeing, funded by East Lancashire PCT.


Surrey Appropriate Adult Service (SAAVS) (Guildford) 

Support for young people and vulnerable adults during detention in police custody where there is no other responsible adult available.


Routes to Roots  (Salisbury)

Services to homeless people and those at risk of homelessness by Christians of all



Exeter Churches Housing Action Team (CHAT) (Exeter)

Providing housing advice and tenancy support plus accommodation and mediation for homeless young people in mid-Devon.


Horsham Matters (Chichester)

A furniture recycling scheme supplying anything needed for setting up home, also now developing services for young people.


Harvest (Exeter)

A city-wide project under the umbrella of Exeter Community Initiatives what encourages people to grow food in their local communities.

Community cohesion

St Paul’s, Manningham (Bradford) 

Taking account of the religious diversity in the area, St Paul’s has joined with other local churches and a Muslim charity in ‘Sharakat’ (Communion) to share their faith and common issues. Other activities have evolved from this.


The Feast (Birmingham)

A project aiming to help Christian and Muslim young people overcome barriers of fear and prejudice and become peacemakers in their community.