Local Churches Tackling Poverty Together

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Thursday, 1 October 2015


Blackpool Council, working in partnership with Blackpool Churches, Faith groups and Together Lancashire is announcing the launch of a new initiative to forge deeper links in our mutual roles of serving resilient communities. 

The event will introduce new research and a database which has mapped 60+ social and community projects within Blackpool's faith communities. Collectively serving thousands of our most vulnerable residents with an aggregate economic impact of more than £1.5 million.

We will also be sharing the work of the Blackpool Food partnership. Established for two years now, the Partnership coordinates a large volume of food bank / Food kitchen outlets which cover the towns most deprived neighbourhoods. The conference will hear some personal stories from the service users and the partnership's plans to move beyond serving basic needs, to provide pathways to transformed lives.

Finally , a draft " Faith Covenant for Blackpool" , will be tabled for consultation . This will be a joint declaration of our intent to work in closer collaboration. Our aim is to agree a framework, to help us serve the needs of the most vulnerable and build more resilient communities in the years ahead.

The event will be held from 10am on the morning of Friday 6th November (ending with lunch), at St Marks Church , Westcliffe Drive, Layton FY3 7HJ. 

If you would like to attend please could you e-mail Andy Divall at andy.divall@blackpool.gov.uk together with any dietary or access requirements. 

for a preview of the mapping from our audit follow this link https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/edit?hl=en&authuser=1&mid=zPMtu3VebI7U.kocuAxNHzCsM

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