Cinnamon Network and Avon and Somerset Police launched their new partnership working arrangements this week at Woodlands Christian Centre, Bristol.
Over 50 church representatives, local authority, police and other agencies came together to see how stronger links could be developed and to make the most of opportunities to connect and work together to support the people of Avon and Somerset.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, has agreed to fund 10 micro-grants through Cinnamon Network to help local churches kick start a social action project in their area.
Cinnamon Network recognised that the majority of calls coming to the police nationally are “non crime” related. This situation is mirrored across the country and has led to the partnership with Avon and Somerset Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Empowered, resilient communities who look out for each other and keep each other safe are crucial to support some of our most vulnerable people. The partnership with Cinnamon Network is unique because projects are tailored to the individual needs of an area. We’ve already seen that some of our most vulnerable residents are being helped with practical debt-management advice and support and I look forward to seeing the other new and innovative projects planned.”
Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “The Cinnamon Network has demonstrated through tried and tested projects such as ‘4 Family’ and ‘Clean Sheet’ just how successful this kind of work can be in providing help and sustainable support networks for those most in need. The new partnership between the Trust and the Constabulary is an exciting development and I look forward very much to hearing more as it evolves and develops in the coming weeks and months.”
Matt Bird Founder of Cinnamon Network said: “Rarely have there been times of greater social need in this country and individuals needing help. This partnership offers a chance to address needs on a local basis, which churches are well equipped to do as they serve their local communities. I am excited about the good work that can be started by these new micro-grants and look forward to hearing about the projects they instigate and the people whose lives they transform.”
The 10 micro-grants are now available for churches across Avon and Somerset to apply for.
Churches once they have identified the main areas of need in their neighbourhoods can apply for a micro-grant to help them start one of over 30 tried and tested "off the shelf" community based Cinnamon Recognised Projects (CRP).
The micro-grant for up to £2,000 is available which will need to be match funded by any church wishing to start a CRP. This can be through in-kind contributions as well as cash. Cinnamon Network also supports individuals and teams delivering the social action projects through a practical one-day Leadership Training course.
For more information about the 30 Cinnamon Recognised Projects and how to apply for a micro grant go to: www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk
If you would like to speak to your local Cinnamon Advisor for the South West please contact Adam Dyer, email@example.com
Posted on Thursday 6th October 2016