About Us

Sandwell Churches’ Link was formed 20 years ago to connect Sandwell’s churches together.

Over time, our focus has developed on supporting churches to reduce poverty in our borough. We are an Associate Member of the Church Urban Fund’s Together Network, which links us to a national network of anti-poverty initiatives.

Asset Based Community Development

At the heart of everything we do is something we call ABCD, or Asset-based Community Development. It’s a way of working that makes the most of the skills and capacities of local churches, residents, groups and businesses to build stronger, happier and thriving communities. ABCD is the means by which we can create sustainable, action-based projects to tackle social inequality at ground level.

Our four key aims are to reduce homelessness, food poverty, financial exclusion and loneliness in Sandwell. We use an asset-based community development approach to help Sandwell’s churches review the anti-poverty work they are already involved in, and identify the initiatives they want to develop, and the initiatives they want to develop. We help churches to connect with each other, with local businesses and charities and with Sandwell MBC to coordinate and maximise the impact of their work.

We work closely with our neighbouring joint ventures – Transforming Communities Together (Diocese of Lichfield) and Thrive Together Birmingham (Diocese of Birmingham). We also work with the Love Sandwell and Love Black Country networks and Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations, to strengthen the faith and community sectors.

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Governance and Trustees

Sandwell Churches’ Link has a strong board of Trustees from a range of denominations and backgrounds. We currently have a vacancy for a Secretary. If you are interested in working with us, please contact Rosie Edwards, Chair of Trustees.

Our team

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Laura Nott

Director

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Trustees

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Rosie Edwards

Chair of Trustees

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Rev David Gould

Vice-chair of Trustees

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Hazel Bloxham

Treasurer

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Rev Bev Thomas

Trustee

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Rev Jon Grant

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Esther Spence

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Church Urban Fund (CUF) was established by the Church of England as a practical response to unmet need and has been active in local communities for over 30 years. CUFs vision is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness.

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Together Network

Sandwell Churches Link is an associate of the Together Network, an alliance of 21 charities known as joint ventures linked by faith and driven by the desire to see communities flourish throughout England.

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