You Can Flourish

"You Can Flourish" is a relatively new charity which seeks to improve life-chances among disadvantaged girls, who left unsupported are at risk of reaching a crisis point.  The initiative is about building self-esteem, relationships, and resilience through courses and mentoring; also increasing girls active participation in their communities.  The Church Urban Fund has awarded £1,500 to the charity, which is also being supported by St Mary's Leamington, Campion School and Warwick District Council.

St. Catherine's Play Area and Garden

TFC is providing a grant of £550 to complete an area designated as an outdoor play space, encouraging interaction between parents and the children and between families from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.  It will be of great benefit to St Catherine's thriving Stay & Play group, as well as for older children's after-school activities held on a Friday.  Improvements will include a sandpit, logs & tyres to climb on, and a bench for parents.

Fresh Start

"Fresh Start" is an initiative pioneered by Together for Change, seeking to mobilise churches to offer a warm welcome and practical support to individuals from different cultural backgrounds. CUF has provided a £3,500 grant which will allow Fresh Start to build up and support a team of volunteers to work with newly-arrived refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.  The first training session held this March attracted around 40 potential volunteers drawn from many churches and other organisations across the City.  The sort of activities volunteers are involved in range from football matches, to international food evenings where people from many cultures share food & time together.  Our Fresh Start Coordinator is Matt Robinson, email: matt.robinson@covcofe.org

LZ7

TFC have provided Life Church Bedworth with a grant of £2,500 for their schools project with LZ7. LZ7 are a Christian band that go into schools to share the gospel in a fun and engaging way, and Life Church Bedworth want to bring them to Nuneaton and Bedworth to face issues head on such as drugs, bullying and teenage pregnancy; with each of these issues being rife in this area. They will go to five different schools throughout the week, followed by two concerts at the end of the week for the young people of Nuneaton and Bedworth. If you would like to know more about this outreach, please contact Ryan Lapworth on ryan.lapworth@covcofe.org

Feeding the Family

We have been able to provide St Peter Hillfields with £2,448 to enable them to continue their project ‘Feeding the Family’. The project aims to teach and enhance the skills of parents with a low house hold budget on how to produce healthy, good value family meals. We really believe that projects such as this one are of vital importance to our community, therefore we were more than happy to get behind this!

CAP Coventry: Drop the Debt

Our grant of £2,500 will support the appointment of a second specialist part-time debt coach for 2 days a week to meet the growing demand for debt counselling in Coventry, particularly in the CV3 and CV6 postcode areas, and to recruit new volunteer befrienders from churches in these areas.

Make Lunch Rugby

St. Matthew’s and St. Oswalds have received a grant of £898 between them to support their ‘Make Lunch’ programme. The churches have partnered with Make Lunch, who are a national organisation that supports churches to bridge the holiday hunger gap. The holiday hunger refers to the struggle that children who are eligible for free school meals/ or are living in poverty when the schools and the kitchens are closed in the holidays. This is a worthwhile project and we are happy to support it!

Kidz Klub Cheylesmore

£800 has been given to Kidz Klub Cheylesmore to enable them to continue their good work with children in the local community. Kidz Klub is now a city wide Christian outreach to unchurched children of Primary School age and their families. There are currently 5 satellites of the Klub that meet weekly during school term time – Stoke Aldermoor, Wood End, Canley, Tile Hill and Cheylesmore – targeting areas of social deprivation. If you are interested in hearing more about this project and know of anyone who may benefit from the group, please contact Ryan Lapworth at ryan.lapworth@covcofe.org and he will put you in contact with the right people.

Women of Willenhall

St. John the Divine, Willenhall, are currently in the process of establishing a group for the Women of Willenhall (WOW!), which will focus on empowering women; an important issue in Willenhall, as there are high levels of domestic abuse and vulnerability , as well as high levels of single parent families (mainly single mothers). The group looks to create a support network for these women, with the concept that ‘together is stronger’. This is definitely a beneficial group to the community of Willenhall; therefore we have been able to give them £2,500 for the cause.

Mountain Life

We have been able to support Lower Ford Baptist Church with a £1,000 grant for their ‘Mountain Life’ project. They plan to take a group of young people camping in the mountains and teach them about Jesus. Not everyone is able to sit through a church service and learn about Jesus, some people are practical learners; therefore a group like this can be very beneficial to certain people. We feel this is a great approach to teaching people about Jesus and we are extremely delighted to be able to support it!