Together For Change is a charity with the aim of working with churches and multi-agency groups across the public and private sector in order to transform the communities of Coventry and Warwickshire.
The charity seeks to set up social enterprises and local projects that will support sustainable community transformation and tackle issues of systemic poverty.
In order to do this, Together For Change seeks to work in a strategic and coordinated manner with existing projects, sharing information and best practice.
The Together For Change (TFC) Charity is a Joint Venture between the Diocese of Coventry and the Church Urban Fund which exists to serve the transformation of communities within Coventry and Warwickshire, in complete alignment with the Diocesan threefold Mission Purpose of:
- Worshipping God
- Making New Disciples
- Transforming Communities
TFC has a particular focus and emphasis in fulfilling the third of these priorities, and seeks to do so utilising the 8 Essential Qualities of Diocesan strategy (see www.healthychurches.org.uk). As two of these Essential Qualities are Passionate Spirituality in the Christian tradition, and Need-oriented Outreach, TFC seeks to serve the most disadvantaged in our communities and is integral to the Diocesan strategy to Transform Communities.
The primary roles of TFC are to:
- Act as a catalyst and advocate for 4 or 5 ‘Priority Areas’ in the Diocese, chosen by TFC in a robust process with specific criteria. These will be significantly deprived geographical areas and communities which have not received much funding or support in recent years. The aim will be to work with local Anglican church leaders in supporting significant regeneration initiatives in these areas.
- Provide support, mainly by advice from the Transforming Communities Together Officer (TCTO), to other Anglican churches seeking to transform their communities. This level of support will be ascertained by a combination of visit from the TCTO with a formal Project Support Request Form.
Together For Change Seeks to support the transformation of the Coventry Diocese through the following ways;
- Geographical Transformation - Working in 4 or 5 ‘Priority Areas’ of Coventry and Warwickshire as described above.
Theme Focused Transformation - Prioritising 2 or 3 themes strategically which adversely affect deprived communities across the various geographical areas of the Diocese. Themes for 2015-2016 have been identified as:
Establishing a network of work clubs throughout the diocese that support the unemployed, working in partnership with the CSWP to provide a full time member of staff to support the church work clubs.
Establish, train and resource Family Link Workers in partnership between church schools and churches, to provide support to chaotic families across the diocese.
Establish and equip projects run by churches to support the elderly whilst adding value to Coventry City Council’s initiative to become an ‘Age Friendly City’.
- Web-based Support - Resourcing and sharing information to help churches transform their communities, through the development of a website, interactive community transformation map, statistics, best practice and highlighting potential streams of funding for projects.
- Training - For the TCTO to deliver or enable training that supports the geographical and theme-focused approaches identified above.
Since Together For Change started we have partnered with a wide range of businesses and charities which has enabled us to extend our reach to those that we may not have been able to reach previously.
Our partners include:
- Coventry City Council
- Age UK
- HOPE Coventry
- Stoneleigh Trust
- Sycamore Trust
- Betel UK Birmingham
- Multi Academy Trust
- Job Shop
- Coventry Money Advice
- Jelly Beans Nursery
- Diocesan Board of Education
- Alzheimer’s Society
- Langley House Trust
Here at TFC, we have recently created a brochure which is full of information on what we do and what we aim to do in the future. To see this brochure, click on the document titled "TFC Brochure" on the right-hand side of this page.
Jet is currently an Assemblies of God minister, and senior Leader of Life church, Bedworth (www.lifechurch.eu). In addition to twelve years’ of ministerial experience, 4 of which have been as a senior Leader, Jet has a proven track record as a project manager, youth director and fundraiser.
Jet has led a number of successful faith-based social enterprise programmes working with deprived and marginalised people. Such projects have included:
- 'Create' – a £150,000 Lottery Funded project that sought to teach dance, drama and media in secondary schools as a means of teaching young people about issues that were relevant to them.
- Opening a coffee shop which provides training for unemployed people to increase their job prospects.
- Raising £25,000 for a playground which created a green space for children.
- A church renovation project, engaging local tradesmen and 150 volunteers.
- Creating a skate park in an old building in Nuneaton which now attracts hundreds of young people.
Jet is also experienced in delivering training programmes and leading discussions across the private, public and non-profit sectors, having worked closely with social services, the Borough Council, local funders, schools, charities and churches. She says:
"I am passionate about the church leading social transformation projects and encouraging the next generation of leaders, developing their skills in reaching an ever-changing contemporary society."
John embarked on a career in social & economic regeneration with the Birmingham Inner City Partnership in the 1970's. He then worked for Warwickshire County Council, delivering various regeneration and EU-funded programmes, before becoming Head of Economy & Development. John took early retirement in 2010, and has been busy rejuvenating community facilities involving churches & others, as well as developing charities working with disadvantaged children, both in Warwickshire and Africa. John is now working for TFC on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and will be responsible for supporting Jet Jones and advising clergy and churches by;
• Acting as a catalyst, and overseeing the development, delivery and monitoring of one or two major church-based regeneration initiatives.
• Overseeing delegated aspects of delivery of the theme-based approaches.
• Undertaking research relevant to the priorities of TFC, including web-based publicity of the research.
• Advising and overseeing smaller scale church-based community projects (under £20,000), including assessing all Church Urban Fund applications under £5,000 and Together For Change Small Grant Applications for up to £2,500.
We are pleased to welcome Stacey Bains to our team as the Transforming Communities Development Officer in Warwick!
The primary focus of this role is to support and help resource the mission of the Anglican churches of Warwick and Budbrooke in reaching out to their communities in Warwick, and see the transformation of Warwick. The role will involve supporting and building the capacity of churches, people, local community groups (regardless of faith or no faith) and local Councils and statutory bodies who are tackling issues of poverty, deprivation and disadvantage in Warwick, in a significant, relevant, strategic and sustainable way.
Stacey currently worships at New Life Church in Warwick and is part of the leadership team whilst serving as Youth Pastor. She has a passionate faith and is eager to see God’s Kingdom come in her home town of Warwick…. which makes her perfect for this role! Stacey enjoys relationship building and partnership working and has a heart to see 'the Church' working together as one body. For the past 16 years Stacey has worked in the Arts & Heritage sector at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum on pioneering creative projects to engage communities. She enjoys spending time with friends, watching most sports and is interested in Politics, History, the Arts and current affairs.
If you are interested in finding out more about Stacey's new role here at TFC, then please do not hesitate to contact her on email@example.com
Ryan is the part time Operations Administration officer and has particular responsibility for research, mapping of existing projects and media and comms. He is currently studying Education and History at Newman University, Birmingham. He is actively involved with Life Church Bedworth, helping to run the youth group there and also being a part of the worship team. He is also an avid Coventry City fan and captains his university football team.
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