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/ 6 August 2013

Tackling poverty together. What’s a Joint Venture?

At the beginning of June Capital Vision 2020 was launched at a rousing service at St Paul’s Cathedral. One of the central themes of Capital Vision states that we will use our collective resources to (continue) to be Compassionate in serving communities with the love of God the Father. In working to achieve this we will work to enable "new initiatives to fight poverty, inequality and injustice in London and worldwide, including our joint venture with the Church Urban Fund". I’m told that this all sound fine, but what is this joint venture with CUF and how will it work?" I’ll provide a brief outline.

What is the Joint Venture?

The Joint Venture is a formal partnership between the Diocese and Church Urban Fund. The partnership will operate to the base objectives of building capacity and confidence as we work towards establishing and sustaining effective responses to the issues of poverty, disadvantage and injustice that exist on our doorstep.

The work will not concentrate all of its efforts on areas that were historically called UPA’s and will engage parishes across the Diocese in this initiative.

As it develops and grows the Joint Venture be an independent charitable entity.

What will the Joint Venture Deliver?

The Joint Venture will provide a proactive, flexible and interactive resource to all parishes across the Diocese. Its principal focus and priority will be to work with those parishes engaging in projects for the alleviation of poverty, disadvantage and social injustice. It will achieve this by delivering: specialist and bespoke training; guidance, advice & information; signposting (to projects/areas where there is good practise, funding and resource information) and an enabling factor to assist parishes working or seeking to work in partnership with others. In short it will:

  1. Increase involvement and capacity in our existing and new projects that offer a direct response to poverty
  2. Act as a catalyst to increase effectiveness and collaboration, working with a working relationships and partnerships
  3. Raise awareness of poverty and its impact on children, people and communities and provide mechanisms for others to respond effectively.

Delivery of this will be done "in house" using experience from across the Diocese – there could be a call to you – and we will also contract with our other expert friends and partners – Livability, CUF, City Bridge Trust, other Networked Dioceses who would be engaged as and when.

The information gathered from the recent consultations (carried out at the Bishop’s Community Ministry Days) showed that parishes wanted work and training events that included:

  1. Funding and income generation
  2. Project Governance (planning and policy development, evaluation, roles and responsibilities)
  3. How can we maintain a Christian Distinctive in the delivery of our work.

It is expected that these will form the central plank of the first sessions that will be run when the Joint Venture begins in earnest in 2014. Over the coming months I will build on this initial brief to inform and advise you all of how the work is developing.

Have your say. I need your help

As you will have seen I have used the term Joint Venture several times throughout this article. This is in part because at the time of writing there is no formal name for it. What name do you think would best befit "Together for London" "London Generate" and "Generating London" have been suggested, I’d like you to tell me what you think and to offer your opinions. The best contributions will be featured (anonymously if requested) in the September blog and edition of the Community Ministry Matters E-Newsletter.

Contributions by email or on Twitter to @comminmatters using #JVNAME.

I’m looking forward to your creative and thoughtful thinking.


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