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Why Project Lab 2020 is the Most Important Yet

As the 2020 Cinnamon Project Lab final approaches, we explore why this year’s event is particularly important.

Over the past few months, we’ve become much more aware of where we live. However, far too many people still don’t have somewhere safe to call home. 

We launched our Cinnamon Project Lab competition back in February to find innovative church-based projects that were responding to the housing needs of their communities.

Right now, this issue is more important than ever.

Before the pandemic, an estimated 8.4 million people in the UK were living in unaffordable, insecure and unsafe accommodation. 

The past few months have highlighted the inequalities in our society as those who live in unsafe and crowded homes have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Analysis by the New Policy Institute shows the top five most-crowded areas in the country have seen 70% more coronavirus cases than the five least-crowded.

Beyond the practical challenges, we know that poor accommodation and uncertain housing situations have a hugely detrimental impact on people’s mental, emotional and physical health

We believe local churches can be part of the solution.

Whether advocating the rights of tenants, offering education and tenancy training, or providing early intervention to prevent homelessness, churches can and are making a difference.

Through our Project Lab competition, we’ve been searching for innovative solutions other churches can replicate to benefit those in their communities.

On 9 November our five finalists will go head to head to pitch their ideas at the Project Lab final. Two winners will receive a £30,000 development grant and there are up to five places available on the Cinnamon Project Incubator.

Through the Incubator, projects will spend two years growing and developing the foundations and infrastructure they need to replicate their work through churches across our nation.

You can support innovation

Guests at the online Cinnamon Project Lab final, will have the opportunity to support one or more of our incredible finalists financially, on the next phase of their growth and replication.

Our nation faces challenges on a scale most of us have never seen before and, through the church, we can help to respond to them.

More information will be released about the Cinnamon Project Lab final very soon. In the meantime, you can find out more about the Cinnamon Project Incubator.