New award event will focus on Christian social action

By agency reporter
November 10, 2014

The Christian Funders’ Forum (CFF) has announced that it is launching its first ever Christian social action awards ceremony.

The ground breaking event is being held at Lambeth Palace, residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, on Wednesday 12 November 2014.

It will celebrate the important and transforming projects that many churches and Christian organisations have implemented to serve their communities around the UK.

The Christians Funders’ Forum are a group of executives and trustees of grant-making foundations who provide funding and investment into Christian work, meeting regularly they encourage the sharing of best practice within this particular sector.

Nominees for the different award categories have been selected by the individual sponsoring foundation, while the runners up and overall winners have been chosen by the collective members of the CFF with the final results announced on the night.

Matt Bird, Chair of the Christian Funders’ Forum and hosting the ceremony explained: “We are very excited to launch this unique awards ceremony for the first time. It’s so important to recognise and honour the multi denominational churches and Christian organisations who are stepping out with genuine purpose, passion and unconditional love - to practically serve and support the children, families and people who are most at need in their communities.”

Christian grant makers in the UK are increasingly working together to provide support and encourage excellence in Christian mission. The past few years have witnessed a rise in churches and organisations stepping into the gap and addressing key social needs, as the country has experienced a changing economic environment and significant cuts in funding for public services and charities.

In light of this the CFF awards identify and award the best of church and Christian social action projects which are making a significant difference to thousands of people in communities across Britain.

It also encourages other local churches of all denominations to understand and address the social needs within their community, and work together with other churches, local councils and police forces to build stronger and safer communities.

Among the awards set to be given out on the night are the Best New Replicable Project – supported by The Cinnamon Network, The Best Church Based Social Action Project – supported by The Joseph Rank Trust and The Best Transformative Community Project For Vulnerable Young People - supported by the Hinchley Trust.

* See also: 'Charity is no substitute for justice', by Bernadette Meaden - http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/21023

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