Community Transformation Pilot Project
Community Transformation Pilot Project is an exciting new Cinnamon Network initiative that is seeking to help resource local churches across Sussex, Essex and Yorkshire to make an even greater transforming difference in their communities.
Community Transformation aims to pilot new ways of working in partnership with churches who are already running, or are in the process of setting up, a Cinnamon Recognised Project to transform their communities. We will work closely alongside each church, helping to build their capacity, both remotely and on-site, in order to help them deliver a project that is collaborative, will achieve the maximum impact in the community, and with outcomes that will be long-lasting.
The project will bring together several existing strands of Cinnamon’s work, such as the work of the Cinnamon Advisors, Cinnamon Leadership Training and Cinnamon Civic Support, with each church that joins in with the Community Transformation pilot having access to a unique package of bespoke support over 2016-17, including:
- Regular coaching, advice and support from a Community Transformation Project Advisor to help equip them to create an effective strategy for social action in their community that matches the needs they see and the resources they have, in collaboration with other local partners;
- Help to engage confidently in the public square; to develop civic leaders within their church congregation; and to build strategic relationships with local civic bodies;
- Interactive leadership training to build the capacity and confidence of social action project leaders and volunteers;
- Regional engagement events to facilitate stronger partnership working with other churches and organisations, and share learning from stories of church-based social action & community transformation.
Throughout the project, churches and stakeholder will have the opportunity to feedback their learning and experiences, and help to shape the development of a toolkit of resources that will be shared with others to inspire church-led, partnership-driven community transformation across the UK. At the end of the pilot, with input from stakeholder and churches across Sussex, Essex, Yorkshire and beyond, Cinnamon will evaluate the Community Transformation pilot project with the aim of creating a proven, scalable model for local churches and statutory bodies. This pilot project has been funded by Big Lottery Fund.