Our Impact
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The Impact of Together for Change

Together For Change is committed to supporting community transformation projects across the diocese and we are pleased to highlight the impact that we have had so far since November 2014 in serving the poorest areas.

 

Fresh Start

We are proud of our Fresh Start program which helps refugees and asylum seekers to find support in Coventry. Fresh Start runs English conversation classes at the Belgrade Theatre and also Saturday morning football sessions at Sydney Stringer Academy focusing on supporting young men who may have been through difficult life events. 

So far we have supported:

248 Hours of English lessons free of charge

Taught 140 people in English classes who are from over 30 different countries

Provided 81 hours of football working with approximately 160 players

There are 21 active volunteers from 10 different churches helping to run the different sessions

 

The stats are encouraging yet the stories highlight the impact Fresh Start can make to the lives of individuals:

“Yonas’* arrived in Coventry in September last year, more than a year after being forced to flee his home country of Eritrea to escape the mandatory military service. With limited English but a determination to learn, Yonas got involved in the Conversation Café and football sessions offered by Fresh Start – since starting in November, he has to date received over 120 hours of free English support through our project.

Thanks to his own commitment and the support of Fresh Start staff, volunteers and participants, Yonas made rapid progress with his English, developed supportive friendships, and has now been accepted onto a mechanics course at a local college. It normally takes recently-arrived guys a few years to get their English to this stage, but through his determination and our project he’s managed to do it in a year.

I feel as though I have a bright future here,” says Yonas, “I hope to continue to improve my English and then complete the course, so I can get a job fixing cars here as I did in Africa. My long-term dream is to study Engineering at Coventry University and to get a job as an engineer. This is a challenge, but I am determined to keep studying hard and give back to this country. I am very thankful to Matt and his team for all of their support, and for helping me to feel more comfortable here in my new home. I have made many good friends here, and I’m hopeful for the future.

 

*name changed to protect identity.

Family Link Workers

Our Family Link Worker Projects are aimed at supporting families in the poorest communities, working with schools and churches, we seek to create a network of support, training and community activities that enable families to stay above the poverty line and receive the emotional, physical and spiritual support they need.

A couple of our Family Link Workers are highlighted below with some stats that demonstrate their effectiveness. 

 

Tristram Peattie - Willenhall

Tristram is our Family Link Worker in Willenhall. He works with Stretton CofE Academy and St John the Divine Church and works with staff and volunteers to enable the following activities:

Summer Brunch Club

      1597 Meals were provided during the summer of 2018 of which 164 receive free school meals

      678 Attendees 

      91 benefited from a trip to the Zoo

   

Stay and Play attendees - 40 each week (67 children, 48 parents on the register)

Messy Church attendees - 65 (lowest month - 38, highest month - 114)

Connect Sunday School - 20 Children per week

School Stay and Play Attendees - 12 parents with children regularly attend (First week has 2 parents)

Divine Club attendees - 12 Children per week (Engaged with over 40 Children overall)

Harvest Assembly Service - 200 Children plus parents

Parenting Course - 8 families

 

Rob and Helen Tebbatt

Rob and Helen are our Family Link Workers at Bartholomew Church and C of E School.

St Bartholomew Church

     Sunday School - 16 Children Registered

     Creche - 6 Children Registered

     Toddler Group - 50 families registered (22 adults and 30 children attend each week)

     Messy Church - 30 families and 55 children (average 65 people attend in total)

     Youth Group - 10 children

St Bartholomew C of E Academy

     Slow Cooker courses - 12 parents attended during 17/18

     Parenting courses - 11 Parents attended 17/18

     Messy Church - 9 adults and 15 children registered (average of 6 adults and 10 children)

     1:1 work - 16 Families

Family Fun Days - 28 adults and 56 children attended in 2018 (These events run each school holiday in either the school or the church hall   

Good Neighbours

Our work with Hope Coventry and Age UK is continuing to grow and thrive. We are continuing to fund groups and support local projects. However our impact is not just financial, the money we give to projects provides support for bereavement, dementia, mobility, social activities and much more. 

Number of groups funded - 23 

Amount given in funding - £21,765 

Average attendants - 31 per session

Average number of volunteers - 13

A testimony from a group we support - “We have seen some of the older folk ‘adopted’ by some of the younger Mums. One particular lady has been struck with bereavement and was suicidal, but with relationships and proper fostering of care and support she seems to have turned a corner.

Transforming Communities Together Warwick

Stacey Bains is our development worker in Warwick and is constantly looking for ways to share more of what is on her heart with the community. She is able to do this through groups and social events. She oversees and leads a variety of groups ranging from Tots toddler groups to Bereavement Support groups.

Amount of grants given - 5

Amount of money given - £5,675

Make Lunch group testimony - "We have been running for two years now and after a disappointing start, when no one came to our first session, we are so glad we didn’t give up! God has placed so many precious families and children in our path! This summer we fed 26 different children and 19 were eligible for free school meals and many were new faces! We have got to know the mums and grandmas better – One confided in me that she suffers from anxiety and Make Lunch is the only time she leaves the house. She feels safe, welcomed and loved – what an answer to prayer!"

Funding

We are pleased to say that in 5 years we have raised £656,000 to give out in Small Grants.

We have also raised and supported funds for external projects to the value of £747,389.

As well as the external projects funds and small grants, we have also secured an additional £300,000 for TFC Direct Delivery staff.

Overall 87 different projects have been supported over the last 5 years.