About Us

We help people and communities to thrive and flourish.

Times are hard for people and communities and we help churches, other faith groups, charities and civic society to improve lives and empower community-building.

We were formed in 2014, a a Joint Venture between the Diocese of Lichfield and the Church Urban Fund Together Network.

Our work takes an Asset Based Approach in three main areas:

  1. Social Inclusion
  2. Financial Inclusion
  3. Health And Wellbeing
  4. Community Cohesion

Our key values are:

  1. Working in partnership
  2. Finding gaps rather than replicating existing provision
  3. Putting the people and their communities at the heart of our work

Our team

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Shaz Akhtar

Black Country Near Neighbours Coordinator | Black Country

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James Henderson

Lead Development Worker | Black Country

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Rev Cassius Francis

Just Finance Development worker | Black Country

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Gulsoom Aslam

Burton Places of Welcome Facilitator | Burton

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Helen Titterton

Staffordshire and Stoke Places of Welcome Enabler | Staffordshire

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Judith Parry

East Staffordshire Places of Welcome Facilitator

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Mike Bridgewater

Staffordshire and Stoke Dementia Friendly Churches Enabler | Staffordshire

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Sarah Thorpe

Northern Shropshire Dementia Friendly Churches Enabler | Shropshire

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Su Parker

Places of Welcome Facilitator – Black Country & Black Country Dementia Friendly Churches Enabler | Black Country

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Trustees

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David Primrose

Director of Transforming Communities at Lichfield Diocese | Black Country

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Ven Sue Weller

Archdeacon of Walsall and Deputy Chair

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Kim Benton

Treasurer

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Jon Miles

Director of Development, Church Urban Fund

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Martyn Treadgold

Director of 6 Towns Credit Union

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Fiona North

Parish Projects Officer, Lichfield Diocese

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David Cope

Chair of Heathfield Park Neighbourhood Plans Forum

Church Urban Fund

Church Urban Fund (CUF) was established by the Church of England as a practical response to unmet need and has been active in local communities for over 30 years. CUFs vision is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness.

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Together Network

The Together Network is an alliance of 21 charities, known as joint ventures linked by faith and driven by the desire to see communities flourish throughout England.

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