Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland
is a joint venture between the Diocese of York and CUF (Church Urban Fund).
CUF has been active nationally in local communities for over 30 years, established by the Church of England as a practical response to unmet need. As the Church of England’s social action charity CUF’s Development Workers have unique access to local communities through the parish network, totalling 12,000 parishes. Working within local communities ensures all our work is rooted and informed by real life experiences from our towns, villages and coastal regions.
CUF works to bring about long term sustainable change in four main ways:
Together Network – a key and distinctive aspect of CUF’s work. The network consists of 19 organisations across England that work to resource local Churches and other groups as they seek to make a positive difference within their communities.
Near Neighbours – building social cohesion by bringing together people of different faiths and none, whilst helping people develop their leadership skills and work together to improve their communities.
Just Finance Foundation - A programme that aims to shape a fairer finance system focused on serving the whole community, where everyone has access to responsible credit, savings and other essential financial services.
Shaping the Public Sphere – Publications, resources and events that influence thinking about, and responses to, issues affecting the flourishing of individuals and communities.
Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland is one of the 19 Together Network organisations working across England. We have recently celebrated our 5th anniversary. We have 3 Development Workers. Heather Black works across Middlesbrough and has an office base at the Trinity Centre in North Ormesby. Vanessa Kirby was recently appointed as Development Worker for Redcar & Cleveland and is currently looking for a suitable office base within the Borough.
Kate Wells (also based at the Trinity Centre North Ormesby) is Development Worker for Faithfully Ageing Better in Middlesbrough. Do look on our website to read more about our work www.cuf.org.uk/together-middlesbrough-cleveland or why not sign up to receive our regular newsletter.
As part-time Development Workers Vanessa and Heather work with local Churches, community groups, other faith groups, charities, local authorities and other statutory bodies. Encouraging people to work across differences and boundaries so that new ideas can be tested to bring about positive change within local communities. They both work using an asset-based approach – starting with the experience, skills, resources and relationships already present in communities and empowering people to have a go at addressing the areas of greatest need locally. It’s about building on what a community already has rather than starting with what it is lacking.
Vanessa and Heather are available to help Churches understand the local context and help them think creatively about the resources, skills and the potential already located within their congregations.
Vanessa attended St Nick’s on Sunday December 3rd for the celebration of the Feast of St Nicholas when she gratefully received the toys the Church family donated. Vanessa delivered some of the toys to Redcar & Cleveland Council’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement Team and some to the Social Work Team at Grangetown. The toys were then passed on to local families through these two teams in time for Christmas, enabling families to know that the Church across our Borough cares.
Social Work Team Grangetown
Vanessa is currently working with the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Team exploring the possibility of setting up a Church Volunteer Befriending Scheme. The aim will be to recruit and train local Church volunteers who will meet with a family resettled within the Borough, helping them adjust to life in the UK and perhaps meeting up for a simple cuppa and a chat. Do get in touch with Vanessa if this is something you would like to support.
Vanessa’s normal working days are Tuesday – Thursday and her contact details are:
Mobile 07576351305 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CHRISTMAS FAIR
The wicked witch and the good witch
escaped from the pantomime
to visit us and open our Christmas fair.
It was a very successful morning,
lots of beautiful things to buy,
good food to eat, and Santa chatting to everyone.
We raised in excess of £2300 , a big thankyou to
everyone, workers,donors and buyers and well done.
For more photos see The Gallery
Teddy Bear parachute jump and picnic
In it’s fourteenth year and still popular with all ages. The young, the not so young, and the oldies came with their beloved teddies and watched with trepidation as their teds jumped from the tower with some help from two kind gentlemen. Some very brave bears then went on to fly down the zipwire It was an ideal day for intrepid teddies to enjoy themselves . They came and they conquered. Their owners also had great fun on a treasure hunt, teddy hunt and playing in the sunshine as they enjoyed a picnic bag of goodies.
Many thanks to everyone who supported
the Summer Fair
The sum of just over £1700 was raised. Well Done
The winners of the tea loaf competition
are shown here.
(for more photos of the fair
go to the gallery)
Linda Walker won 1st prize
in the baking competition
Lilian Overton won
Sandra Veitch won
Claire along with her daughter Lucy, grandson Charlie, thhe Vicar and Curate showing her leaving gift a beautiful stole.
Claire is to be ordained Deacon and is going to St Cuthbert's Church Marton as Curate. We wish you well Claire and send out with our love and prayers.
Bishop Paul joined with a group of us from Churches Together at Errington Woods for early morning worship
to celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rachel, the Vicar, and Jim from the New Life Church
have just enjoyed their breakfasts at the Big Brekkie event
held to raise funds for Christian Aid.
An exceptional array of delicious food to choose from, thank you to all
those who worked hard for the occasion