Church communities are ideally placed to tackle loneliness and isolation in their parishes, because fellowship is part of their DNA.

With our partners at Near Neighbours and the Church Urban Fund, we have created unique ways to maintain community connections through the pandemic and beyond. For instance, the Diverting2Digital programme has helped hundreds of small community organisations shift to online operation during the pandemic, keeping people connected and, crucially, helping them build lasting skills and relationships.
Across England, the Together Network has worked in partnership

Across England, the Together Network is still working in partnership with churches and local services to maintain community and create ways in which hundreds of local community hubs, Places of Welcome, lunch clubs and other social activities can still connect online.

They’re at the heart of our work to tackle loneliness and create opportunities for people to make friends and meet friends.

Many of our Places of Welcome have been able to reopen safely this year, thanks to the hard work and outside-the-box thinking of our venue hosts and local coordinators. Thanks to them, there are over 400 places across England and Wales that people of all ages and backgrounds can go to weekly for coffee, companionship and local knowledge.

Transforming Communities Together, our together Network member in Lichfield, Staffordshire and the Black Country, has developed an initiative Bringing People Together, designed to 'connect people from the comfort of their own home'. BPT uses telephone and online platforms to enable people to connect safely with others in their neighbourhood and form lasting friendships.

If you would like any further information please contact: Micah.neale@cuf.org.uk

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