Community projects

“Our communities are undergoing unparalleled change and are suffering a sense of loss, isolation and uncertainty. At least the Church is still here and we are equal to the challenge of helping both urban and rural communities.” (Bishop of Dover, Rt. Rev Trevor Willmott) The work of Communities and Partnerships is concerned with, Living Faith, Building Community and,Transforming Lives.

We can have a significant impact because:

•     we have an unrivalled presence in every community across Kent,
•     we have a network of diverse, knowledgeable and passionate people,
•     as the Church, we have a voice at local, district and national level, and
•     we are skilled at bringing different people, interest groups and organisations together, to work in partnership for the enhancement of the community.

If you would you like to work with us, or have a project that we could support, please get in touch with us by email or call 01227 459 401.

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Community Audits

Organisations are increasingly being asked to give an account of their work in terms of outcomes and outputs. Churches are no different. The presence and actions of a church have outcomes and outputs on those around them, but these can very often go unnoticed and can easily be undervalued. Community Needs Assessments, or Community Audits are a useful way in which churches can find out about their communities so that they can better serve them, as well as evaluate the impact they already have on their locality. Read more »

European Green Pilgrimage Network – Interreg

The Communities and Partnerships Framework of the Diocese of Canterbury is a member of the European Green Pilgrimage Network – Interreg and the Green Pilgrimage Network (GPN), a global network of pilgrim cities and other sites which are sacred to many different religious traditions. They are all united in sharing a vision “of pilgrims in all continents, and the pilgrim cities that receive them, becoming models of care for the environment and leaving a positive footprint on the earth.” Read more »

Kent 2020

This annual business even takes place at the Detling show ground and is focused on creating opportunities for Kent organisations to do business, as well as bring the latest business insight and practical thinking to the community. Communities and Partnerships has had a presence at the fair since 2011, with the aim of making new contacts and interesting businesses to think about their corporate social responsibility.

Kent County Show

The county show in July provides a wonderful opportunity for the two dioceses of Canterbury and Rochester to meet the people of Kent and to share the work that the Church is doing across the region. During the three days, the Churches in Kent Tent receives many visitors, and a team of chaplains goes out and about across the showground throughout the weekend to offer spiritual support if required, or just a friendly chat. The show is also the venue for the Kent is Delicious cookery competition, which is open to all primary schools across Kent.

Bishop’s Stakeholder Breakfasts

The Bishop’s Stakeholder Breakfasts are a relatively new initiative within the Communities and Partnerships Framework.

Their purpose is to bring together the diverse groups, projects and organisations we work with for an informal gathering, in order to talk, network and hopefully establish new and exciting connections. Read more »

Food banks

We currently support all food banks which operate within the Diocese of Canterbury.  According to the Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest food bank operator, 13 million people live below the poverty line in Britain, and every day an increasing number of people go hungry. The reasons why range from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. The aim of food banks is to supply emergency food, but also to direct people towards the local essential services they need to help them out of crisis. Read more »

Credit Unions

As part of the Church of England’s on-going support for local credit unions, the diocese is encouraging parishes to consider how they can highlight the services of credit unions to their local community.

There are now three community banks and community hubs within the diocese with three more planned for early 2016. All rely on the generosity of volunteers to enable them to open throughout the week. Read more »

1914 Centenary Commemorations

National commemorations for the Centenary of the First World War begin on the 4th August this year. As the Diocese is part of the Imperial War Museums 1914 partnership, we are keen to support churches and communities in their preparations for this landmark event. Read more »