TCT History

Transforming Communities Together is a charity formed and supported by Lichfield Diocese and the Church Urban Fund, delegated to support people and communities to thrive and flourish.

We were formed in 2014, and are delighted to be part of the Together Network.

TCT Milestones

  • May 2013: David Primrose (founding CEO) and Jon Miles (Trustee) met to discuss the possibility of a joint venture between Diocese of Lichfield and CUF
  • June - November 2013: Getting started with a diocese-wide four-session “Dementia-Friendly Churches” course run at St Bertelin’s Church, Stafford

  • April 2014: Near Neighbours funding confirmed for the Black Country
  • 24th April 2014: TCT incorporated as a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England (Company No. 9010580)
  • June 2014: First formal meeting of TCT Board of Trustees (John Barnett, Jon Miles, Fiona North, David Cope, Sarah Schofield, Martyn Treadgold)
  • June 2014: First member of staff appointed (Ruth Burgess - Black Country Near Neighbours)
  • July 2014: TCT charity registration approved - (No. 1157772)
  • September 2014: Clergy consultation event at Hawkstone Hall

  • March 2015: First Place of Welcome in Wolverhampton and the first to be opened outside of Birmingham

  • April 2017: The Alzheimer’s Society recognised the Diocese of Lichfield as a “dementia-friendly community”
  • August 2017: First Dementia Friendly Church certificate in the Diocese issued
  • October 2017: “Dementia-Friendly Worship” Conference held at St Andrew’s Church, Doxey, Stafford

  • May 2019: A new partnership starts with Support Staffordshire to establish a buddying service in Lichfield District to help vulnerable people access Places of Welcome
  • July 2019: 100th Place of Welcome venue within Lichfield Diocese opened
  • 25th June 2019: TCT CEO David Primrose presented to the Queen during a reception to celebrate the work of local faith and belief groups and promote community cohesion
  • September 2019: Celebration of Places of Welcome volunteering, hosted by Bishop Michael and Councillor Doug Pullen, Leader of Lichfield District Council
  • October 2019: Dementia-Friendly Churches Conference “Better Together: Join the Conversation” was led by people with lived experience of dementia

  • January 2020: Bishop Sarah, Bishop of Shrewbury becomes the Chair of Trustees
  • March 2020: Lockdown due to Covid-19
  • July 2020: The Bringing People Together pilot project is launched across the Diocese
  • October 2020: “Dementia Friendly Churches Training Day” held via Zoom
  • October 2020: Filming of TCT’s Modern Slavery training resource for Mothers’ Union Lichfield Diocese and the UK
  • December 2020: TCT founding CEO - Rev Dr David Primrose, retires

  • January 2021: Lichfield Diocese Transforming Church and Communities team join the TCT team
  • January 2021: Adam Edwards joins as new Chief Officer