£1m Church Urban Fund programme to address poverty
The Archbishop of York has launched a new Church Urban Fund grant scheme to address poverty.
The Together programme will distribute £1m in funding to church and Christian projects tackling poverty across England.
Archbishop John Sentamu was visiting Durham-based project, Handcrafted, today to launch the grants programme.
Handcrafted is a Christian project that provides tailored training to help people disadvantaged by crime, unemployment, alcohol or substance abuse, to find a job and also serves the local community by providing affordable repairs.
The Archbishop said: "The Church of England can be very proud of the Church Urban Fund and the work that is done to support the poorest in our society.
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"I am delighted to launch this new £1m Together Grants programme. We are called to bring good news to the poor and the Church Urban Fund helps make this a reality."
Paul Hackwood, Chair of Church Urban Fund said: "Poverty is so much more than simply a lack of money; it is a lack of the relationships that create human flourishing.
"We work through the church to provide a network of support for those who are excluded, that empower the poorest and most marginalised to take their proper place in society – Handcrafted is a great example of this work."