Thursday, 27 September 2007

Church Urban Fund

I sit on the Board of Trustees for The Church Urban Fund - a not for profit organisation supporting social action in the most deprived areas of England. Through our work we support local organisations dealing with the day-to-day effects of poverty where they live. These organisations aim to make a real difference in the lives of those around them.

We work in the top 10% of the poorest communities in England. We use the Church of England's diocesan structure to ensure local knowledge informs our support. It also enables us to have good regional coverage. We support projects in both urban and rural areas.

The Church Urban Fund was set up by the Church of England 20 years ago as an expression of its mission to serve the poorest within our society.

Key areas of our work involve partnering with other organisations to tackle the roots of poverty, advocating on behalf of faith communities and their work at the grassroots, the giving of grants, developing of research and the championing of causes related to poverty.