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Friday, 27 November 2015

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2015

JRF's annual report revealing the definitive picture of poverty in the UK
This report looks at the whole five years of the Coalition's term in government, although only some of the indicators bring us right up to date..  read more at

Thursday, 26 November 2015


Please circulate widely

HOMELESS SUNDAY - are you ready?
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Homeless Sunday will be with us soon - before you get immersed in Advent, don't forget to begin planning for Homeless Sunday!

Homeless Sunday is an annual opportunity to listen to what God has to say about homelessness. 

With the three themes of Connect, Challenge, and Commit, we invite churches across Great Britain to reflect on, and address the problems of, homelessness.

Rising rents and house prices, acute shortages of affordable homes, cuts in benefits and services are seeing thousands of people becoming homeless. 

Free downloadable resources are ready now, and will help you organise your dedicated service and any additional activities you wish to engage in. 

In addition, you can also:

  • invite a speaker to your Homeless Sunday service on 24 January - simply email us!
  • find out what your local authority is doing to combat homelessness - simply visit their website and look up the housing section
  • encourage your congregation to commit to tackling homelessness - simply visit a local project, write to local politicians, raise funds

Getting started is as easy as visiting the Homeless Sunday website and leaving a message, telling us what you will do!


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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Resources and research for campaigning about food poverty

There is a very good video on the right to food at
This was presented yesterday at the Manchester launch of The Fabian Society, (with the support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation,) report from the  independent Commission into food and poverty in the UK. The final report of the year-long Commission sets out how a fairer food system can be built that works better for people on low incomes.
Feeding Britain is campaigning for reforms at a national level to reduce the nation's vulnerability to hunger.  see


A group of frontline charities1 and the University of Chester have published pioneering new research that reveals in greater detail than ever before the reasons why people are referred to West Cheshire Foodbank. report at

Bring me sunshine!

This morning our Tackling Poverty Together group drwan from the churches in Morecambe put on a


Faith in the Community

Follow up Event
Over 30 people from the church and public services such as the police and fire service were there for the world premiere showing of a locally produced movie which is directed and presnete dby Rev Steven Hewitt of Stanley Road Baptist Church. 
It's now available on Youtube for you to watch again and share with your friends and churches.
Here is the link to the film:
The film was made possible by an EFF Mustard Seed Grant via Together Lancashire and the Church Urban Fund.
Full information about services and activities provided by local churches can be found at

Carol Service for family and friends of Lancashire Constabulary

Lancashire Christian Police Association

invites you to

Carols by Candlelight

...a traditional Carol Service for family and friends of Lancashire Constabulary


Tuesday 15th December 2015

All Saints Church, Elizabeth St,

Preston, PR1 2RX

Lancashire Christian Police Association

Download a poster from here

For more information contact Kirstie Banks-Lyon on

07703 759094

or e-mail



Monday, 23 November 2015

Fw: new message



New message, please read


Greg Smith - Together Lancashire - PCAN

Send us your recipes

We have just revised our Feeding Lancashire Together Website
It lists or provides links to almost all the food related community projects in Lancashire and the Unitary Authorities including our amazing interactive map
We've also set up a blog page On this blog you will soon find a growing collection of recipes which will help you to prepare healthy meals on a tight budget. If you have favourite recipes of your own that you would like to share with others just email them (even if it's just a link to one you have found online) to me or to

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Church Urban Fund Money Matters conference

On Thursday 5th November Church Urban Fund held the Money Matters conference in Manchester, exploring how churches can respond to issues of financial exclusion in their communities.
If you couldn't be there you can still hear / view all the main presentations via this web link

Monday, 9 November 2015

ATD Fourth World's The Roles We Play project

JRF has worked in partnership with ATD Fourth World and photographer Eva Sajovic to bring you six personal accounts of daily life and aspiration. The films challenge stereotypes about people living in poverty and social exclusion, and arose out of ATD Fourth World's The Roles We Play project