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Monday, 30 November 2015

Map from Blackpool Faith Audit

Not sure if this has been posted before but this is the map we produced as a result of the Blackpool Faith audit..  You can find over 60 social action projects or community activities that are linked with churches or faith groups in Blackpool.  If you can't find your project please email me some details.. and I'll add it to the map. 


A printable directory is coming soon.

The summary report can be found here


From the Joint Public Issues team

NEW BLOG - Taxing the poor - then ignoring them

Friday, 27 November 2015

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2015

JRF's annual report revealing the definitive picture of poverty in the UK
This report looks at the whole five years of the Coalition's term in government, although only some of the indicators bring us right up to date..  read more at

Thursday, 26 November 2015


Please circulate widely

HOMELESS SUNDAY - are you ready?
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Homeless Sunday will be with us soon - before you get immersed in Advent, don't forget to begin planning for Homeless Sunday!

Homeless Sunday is an annual opportunity to listen to what God has to say about homelessness. 

With the three themes of Connect, Challenge, and Commit, we invite churches across Great Britain to reflect on, and address the problems of, homelessness.

Rising rents and house prices, acute shortages of affordable homes, cuts in benefits and services are seeing thousands of people becoming homeless. 

Free downloadable resources are ready now, and will help you organise your dedicated service and any additional activities you wish to engage in. 

In addition, you can also:

  • invite a speaker to your Homeless Sunday service on 24 January - simply email us!
  • find out what your local authority is doing to combat homelessness - simply visit their website and look up the housing section
  • encourage your congregation to commit to tackling homelessness - simply visit a local project, write to local politicians, raise funds

Getting started is as easy as visiting the Homeless Sunday website and leaving a message, telling us what you will do!


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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Resources and research for campaigning about food poverty

There is a very good video on the right to food at  http://www.church-poverty.org.uk/righttofood
This was presented yesterday at the Manchester launch of The Fabian Society, (with the support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation,) report from the  independent Commission into food and poverty in the UK. The final report of the year-long Commission sets out how a fairer food system can be built that works better for people on low incomes.  http://foodandpoverty.org.uk/publication-hungry-for-change/
Feeding Britain is campaigning for reforms at a national level to reduce the nation's vulnerability to hunger.  see http://feedingbritain.com/


A group of frontline charities1 and the University of Chester have published pioneering new research that reveals in greater detail than ever before the reasons why people are referred to West Cheshire Foodbank. report at http://westcheshire.foodbank.org.uk/cheshirehunger

Bring me sunshine!

This morning our Tackling Poverty Together group drwan from the churches in Morecambe put on a


Faith in the Community

Follow up Event
Over 30 people from the church and public services such as the police and fire service were there for the world premiere showing of a locally produced movie which is directed and presnete dby Rev Steven Hewitt of Stanley Road Baptist Church. 
It's now available on Youtube for you to watch again and share with your friends and churches.
Here is the link to the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbSzHX7BQjE
The film was made possible by an EFF Mustard Seed Grant via Together Lancashire and the Church Urban Fund.
Full information about services and activities provided by local churches can be found at

Carol Service for family and friends of Lancashire Constabulary

Lancashire Christian Police Association

invites you to

Carols by Candlelight

...a traditional Carol Service for family and friends of Lancashire Constabulary


Tuesday 15th December 2015

All Saints Church, Elizabeth St,

Preston, PR1 2RX

Lancashire Christian Police Association

Download a poster from here


For more information contact Kirstie Banks-Lyon on

07703 759094

or e-mail




Monday, 23 November 2015

Send us your recipes

We have just revised our Feeding Lancashire Together Website
It lists or provides links to almost all the food related community projects in Lancashire and the Unitary Authorities including our amazing interactive map
We've also set up a blog page     http://feedinglancashiretogetherrecipeideas.blogspot.co.uk/ On this blog you will soon find a growing collection of recipes which will help you to prepare healthy meals on a tight budget. If you have favourite recipes of your own that you would like to share with others just email them (even if it's just a link to one you have found online) to me or to gillian.beeley@together-lancashire.org.uk

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Church Urban Fund Money Matters conference

On Thursday 5th November Church Urban Fund held the Money Matters conference in Manchester, exploring how churches can respond to issues of financial exclusion in their communities.
If you couldn't be there you can still hear / view all the main presentations via this web link

Blackpool Council Information and Advice Review

----- Original Message -----

Philip Bentley

Care Act Implementation and Better Care Fund Project Officer

Adult Services | 4th Floor | 1 Bickerstaffe Square | Talbot Road | Blackpool | FY1 3AH
Postal address: PO Box 4|Blackpool|FY1 1NA

Good Afternoon,


We are currently undertaking a review of the Information and Advice offer provided by the Council. We would very much appreciate it, if you could take the time to complete the following survey. It won't take very long to complete and the feedback you provide will be invaluable.


To access the survey please click on the link below:



Many thanks





Monday, 9 November 2015

ATD Fourth World's The Roles We Play project

JRF has worked in partnership with ATD Fourth World and photographer Eva Sajovic to bring you six personal accounts of daily life and aspiration. The films challenge stereotypes about people living in poverty and social exclusion, and arose out of ATD Fourth World's The Roles We Play project

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Launch of the Blackpool Faith Audit this Friday

Just in case you haven't received an invitation to the launch of the Blackpool Faith audit this Friday..If you haven't already booked please could you e-mail this to Andy Divall at andy.divall@blackpool.gov.uk together with any dietary or access requirements.

Blackpool Council, working in partnership with Blackpool Churches, Faith groups and Together Lancashire would like to invite you to 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 that £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 on the morning of Friday 6th November,
at St Marks Church , Westcliffe Drive, Layton FY3 7HJ.
The programme will be :
10.00am Arrival and refreshments
10.30am Welcome to St Mark's – Rev Peter Lillicrap
10.40am The search for a common language -the journey so far – Canon Dick Cartmell and Andy Divall
The Research and mapping exercise – what does it show & mean? Greg Smith
The work of the Food Partnership & voices from our communities – Nikki Hart
11.20am Open Discussion
11.50am Where do we go from here? – introducing the draft Blackpool Faith Covenant
12.00pm Network Lunch – St Mark's Community Hall
1.00pm Finish
If you are able to attend/stay for lunch, and haven't yet indicated – please could you e-mail this to Andy Divall at
andy.divall@blackpool.gov.uk together with any dietary or access requirements.