Funder Report - December 2021 Click HERE
Update report June - August 2021
Steps to Recovery
We have been busy the last few months supporting churches as part of our
‘Steps to Recovery’ project. Through that and other support such as training,
resources, guidance etc. we have worked with 41 churches since March.
We have worked with quite a few of these more intensively. One, in Birkenhead (10th most deprived Parish in England) has received support from TLT in the following ways: They attended our Filling the Gap zoom meeting where everyone shared feedback, experience and ideas. TLT organised for them to attend a zoom meeting with the Director of Feeding Britain to talk about other forms of support they could access. We visited them to talk to staff and volunteers to enable them join the Place of Welcome initiative and gave them £150 towards PoW publicity costs.
TLT granted them £500 of funding to help with food, recipe and kitchen utensil provision and provided them with a recipe book. This is all to help families become independent of food parcels.
We are so far supporting 13 churches with funding and are already starting to hear some amazing stories about the impact the provision of holiday food and activities is having on the lives of families. It has been a delight to once again be able to visit the summer programmes and chat to volunteers and visitors. We have also been able to use about £500 of the funding to purchase 45 places on an online Food Safety Level 2 training course for staff and volunteers from our projects. Up to now, 36 people from 12 churches have registered for the training. In addition, we have been distributing recipe booklets “Feed a Family of Four for £2” so that churches can provide recipes for families or use them for inspiration when providing meals. Our Filling the Gap resource pack has been updated and is available to download from our website: https://www.tltogether.org.uk/holiday-gap
A lovely evening was had by all who attended an Evensong service at Chester cathedral in July. The service was held for Transforming Lives Together and we felt blessed to be prayed for in such a beautiful setting. The male choir was a delight and it was especially good to have time to chat and hear more about what churches are doing over tea and cake afterwards in the refectory.
Places of Welcome
These are gradually reopening and we have been providing advice and guidance about doing so safely. It has been great to see three new churches join the initiative and we have been able to meet with the volunteers from these to explain a bit about the ethos behind Places of W and the benefits of joining a national scheme. As TLT is based in the cathedral now, it has been lovely to help with all that is involved in re-opening the Place of W there and we are meeting with the volunteers in October before the planned opening in November.
Left behind Neighbourhoods
‘Local Trust’, a funder, commissioned work to explore the difference that social infrastructure (places and spaces to meet, physical and digital connectivity and community engagement) makes to outcomes in deprived communities (ranking highly on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation). The research identified 225 ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods across England. Their residents have markedly worse socio-economic outcomes than the residents of other equally deprived areas. This suggests the value and importance of social infrastructure. Residents in areas benefitting from it do better on all the key metrics: health, employment, education, skills and household income.
They have produced a list of all the parishes in England where at least 5% lie
within ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods. There are 230 parishes where this figure is
40% or more and 22 of these lie within the Diocese of Chester. We contacted all these with this information and the offer of support. We are now in the process of meeting with 4 of them to discuss what their church can do in response.
We have been assisting the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) with the creation of localized ‘Cash First’ referral leaflets, connecting them to contacts in Local Authorities and community voluntary groups in Cheshire East, Halton and Wirral