Approaches to community engagement
Mission Action Planning is now well established across the Diocese which will encourage Community Engagement as an integral part of Mission.
Gareth Greenwood, Community Project Development Officer, can provide advice and support to you in the development of specific projects or initiatives. Gareth also administers the new Building Community Fund
In-house training planned in the Learning in Faith and Discipleship Training. Also related events may get posted on Environment pages 'Whats Happening' section. Signposting to training beyond the diocese is at Training from outside organisations.
If you are looking to redevelop the use of your church building or hall, but aren’t sure what steps to take then there are a number of resources which will be of help.
Resources from DAC DAC
Crossing the Threshold – a Community Development approach to the use of Church Buildings Crossing the Threshold
Funding and grants
Raymon Ross Large Small Scheme
Church Urban Fund- Gareth Greenwood is the Diocesan link officer for CUF Church Urban Fund
Environmental Funding guide from Helen Simpkiss.
Networks & Research Links
Nationally we have good links with the Social Responsibility Network across England and Wales which shares conferences, regional networks and resources.
Themed work is ongoing in a number of areas. Click on links below for more information:
Environment Derby Diocese agreed in June 2018 to work to become an awarded Eco Diocese. Parishes are registering and developing this work in partnership.
Credit Unions including work impacting poverty, debt, scams, and key social policy changes impacting the welfare state such as Universal Credit and related campaigns.
Food Poverty both advisers link to the county Feeding Derbyshire initiative and related campaiging organisations.
Mental Health networks in this field are strong in this county so interact with advisers as you develop work in this field and any allied work on loneliness and isolation.
Project planning – Tools and resources
Alongside the MAP resources we have a range of other tools that will be useful at any stage of planning a project, initiative or event from the early ideas stage to supporting or facilitating evaluation in your parish or Deanery.
We also value your contact where there are good stories we can share to inspire others to illustrate the practical nature of our work.
Visible Difference SR network research report 2017
Christians in Practice Lichfield/Saltley research 2017
Gareth Greenwood – 01332 388690
If you develop a community initiative it would assist referral agencies to list it in Derbyshire Community Directory.