About Us

Working to develop abundant life in communities in Lancashire is not an easy task, but it is one which our Churches are called to be a part of.

In 2012 the Church Urban Fund secured some funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to address some of the poverty issues in our area. The funding enabled the Diocese of Blackburn and the Lancashire Methodist District to join forces with CUF, and create Together Lancashire.

We now work across Lancashire to support a Christian response to those experiencing poverty. We work with individual churches, groups of churches and their partners in local areas, as well as developing responses across wider areas to issues such as food poverty,

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We are here to:

  • support churches and faith based groups in addressing the effects of poverty in their area
  • help the groups involved to form local networks, working towards a common goal of transforming their communities
  • develop action before handing over to supported groups.

We focus in the following geographical areas:

Pendle
Morecambe and Lancaster
Preston
Burnley
Blackpool
Blackburn

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The geographic county of Lancashire is the administrative County and the two unitary authorities of Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool.

  • It covers some 3,075 km sq and has a population of about 1.5 million.
  • It was at the heart of the industrial revolution, but the decline of the major manufacturing has resulted in a diocese where only highly skilled work is valued. Over 75% of the working population are employed in the service sector.
  • Income generation is poor. Only 5 of our 14 districts are; at or above the national average for income.
  • When considering the multiple deprivation index (2015 base) 12 of our areas fall within the most deprived.
  • Similar mixed messages are given when considering unemployment. Blackpool, Blackburn, Darwen and Burnley have high unemployment rates.
  • The ethnic diversity of the Diocese is varied, with East Lancashire having a high percentage of people from different ethnic backgrounds.

Our team

Gill Beeley

Gillian Beeley

Development Worker

07904 919413 Email
Lynne Mitchell

Lynne Mitchell

Near Neighbours Coordinator

07718 122497 Email
D Cartmell

Dick Cartmell

Volunteer Development worker

01253 590083 Email

Trustees

Ken Wales

Ken Wales

Chair of Trustees

Ed Saville

Canon Ed Saville

Secretary

P North

Rt Revd Phliip North

Trustee

Bea Foster

Bea Foster

Trustee

Sandra Hall

Sandra Hall

Trustee

Jon miles

Jon Miles

Trustee

Mike North

Mike Hart

Trustee

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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. CUF's 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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