shutterstock_125153480.jpgSocial & community concerns

As a Diocese we want to facilitate a wide network of projects, groups, churches and individuals working on relevant issues of concern to world, church and community.

We gather and communicate the wealth of information and resources available alongside receiving feedback from existing work. In addition we identify need, explore the bigger picture, and seek to make a difference through activity, dialogue, theological reflection, prayer, encouragement and resource allocation. We work amoungst many Christian organisations both regionally and in partnership.

If you would like to contact someone about our work in this field please contact the Revd Christine Copsey (Social, Environmental & Community Concerns Officer) on chris.copsey@dioceseofnorwich.org

Christine is responsible for the organisation of the Social and Community Concerns Forum as well as the Criminal Justice Forum in the Diocese, both ecumenically based.

 

Latest news articles:

Book review: Out of Control - couples, conflict and the capacity for change

Book review: Out of Control - couples, conflict and the capacity for change

The Revd Matthew Hutton reviews this recent publication on domestic violence from a Christian faith perspective.

Thu 27 Jun 2019
And the truth will set you free

And the truth will set you free

Philip Bell from King's Lynn tells the story of his journey from homelessness to hope.

Tue 4 Jun 2019
People of faith in a time of uncertainty

People of faith in a time of uncertainty

Lee Marsden, Professor of Faith and Global Politics, University of East Anglia considers a faith response to our current geopolitical turmoil.

Thu 28 Feb 2019
Further ideas on faith and politics

Further ideas on faith and politics

A range of resources for further exploration of the theme of the Spring 2019 issue of The Magazine, on faith and politics.

Thu 28 Feb 2019
Where we all think alike, no one thinks very much

Where we all think alike, no one thinks very much

Tim Lenton meets some local Christians expressing their faith in the political arena.

Thu 28 Feb 2019
Seeing Christ in those we disagree with

Seeing Christ in those we disagree with

Bishop Alan's Pause Button article from The Magazine issue on faith and politics urges us to be counter-cultural.

Thu 28 Feb 2019
New Mothers' Union local leadership commissioned

New Mothers' Union local leadership commissioned

The new Diocesan President and Trustee board for the Diocese of Norwich Mothers' Union was commissioned by the Bishop of Lynn at a special service in Norwich Cathedral last week. The Revd Andrew Whitehead was licensed as Diocesan Chaplain to Mothers' Union at the same service.

Thu 7 Feb 2019
One church

One church

Biddy Collyer makes a tour of the Diocese of Norwich, seeking out examples of ecumenism in action.

Thu 10 Jan 2019
Dwelling together in unity

Dwelling together in unity

Anna Heydon works as a Development Worker for Imagine Norfolk Together, a joint venture between the Diocese of Norwich and the Church Urban Fund. Here she shares her experience of churches working together across denominations in and with the local community of Great Yarmouth.

Thu 10 Jan 2019
Fostering a cultural shift in Norfolk child care

Fostering a cultural shift in Norfolk child care

With a disproportionately high number of children living in care, Norfolk is in desperate need of more people to become foster or adoptive parents - people like Dave and Nicola Ford, who have provided a home for good for two siblings.

Tue 16 Oct 2018
Message of hope given on suicide prevention day

Message of hope given on suicide prevention day

People who are contemplating suicide are being offered a powerful message of hope from others who have been in the same position as part of a new initiative designed to encourage them to stop, wait and talk while showing that someone cares.

Mon 10 Sep 2018
Hospitals are holy ground

Hospitals are holy ground

One of the many privileges of being a priest is visiting people in hospital, of being allowed to be alongside people at a moment of need. Andrew Bryant explains why hospitals are special places, and deserve our respect and prayers.

Thu 21 Jun 2018
Drivers urged to join information-gathering effort against modern slavery in hand car washes

Drivers urged to join information-gathering effort against modern slavery in hand car washes

Drivers are being encouraged to join an unprecedented national information-gathering campaign launched by the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales aimed at eradicating modern slavery in hand car washes.

Mon 4 Jun 2018
Mental health and Yarmouth churches - Finding our Way

Mental health and Yarmouth churches - Finding our Way

A partnership between churches in Great Yarmouth and a Norfolk and Suffolk mental health care trust is exploring ways in which they can work together to tackle mental health issues.

Tue 6 Mar 2018
The line between good and evil...

The line between good and evil...

Anna Heydon, Church Urban Fund and Diocesan development worker in Great Yarmouth blogs about her experiences over the past two years.

Tue 27 Feb 2018
Norwich conference tackles issues of social justice

Norwich conference tackles issues of social justice

Christian leaders and projects took a prominent role in a conference which brought together over 170 social justice practitioners and organisations from across Norfolk at the King’s Centre in Norwich on 29 January. Keith Morris reports.

Thu 1 Feb 2018
Church of England anti-slavery campaign launched in Norfolk

Church of England anti-slavery campaign launched in Norfolk

On Saturday, January 27 a summit to discuss Modern Slavery took place at Witard Road Baptist Church in Norwich, encouraging local church communities to be proactive in spotting, reporting and caring for victims of enslavement. Jenny Seal reports.

Wed 31 Jan 2018
The Advent Sleepout Challenge 2017

The Advent Sleepout Challenge 2017

Every year, teams of people give up the comfort of their bed in an effort to raise money for projects giving a place to stay for those who don’t have one.

Fri 24 Nov 2017
King's Lynn Sleepout Challenge 2017

King's Lynn Sleepout Challenge 2017

Help raise funds for King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter, giving rough sleepers a meal and a bed for the night.

Wed 22 Nov 2017
How the church in Great Yarmouth is responding to homelessness

How the church in Great Yarmouth is responding to homelessness

Crisis recently estimated that 159,000 people are homeless in the UK, with the numbers predicted to rise steeply over coming years. Anna Heydon takes a look at how the church in Great Yarmouth has responded to such shocking figures

Thu 26 Oct 2017
What is a Neighbourhood Plan and why do one?

What is a Neighbourhood Plan and why do one?

We are continually searching for ways to reintegrate and be part of our community. Being involved in a local neighbourhood plan is a great way to do this.

Mon 31 Jul 2017
Churches feed 7,000 every month

Churches feed 7,000 every month

New research has revealed that Christian groups and churches across Norfolk feed an incredible 7,000 people every month of the year, following the example and command of Jesus Christ to ‘feed the hungry’.

Sat 1 Jul 2017
Volunteering is good for everyone!

Volunteering is good for everyone!

Giving just a little of your time can make a big difference, not only to those you’re helping but to yourself too.

Sun 1 Jan 2017
Lord have mercy

Lord have mercy

“The great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, duty, mercy, hope.” Winston Churchill

Thu 1 Sep 2016
A view from inside prison

A view from inside prison

Mark Humphries is a life-sentenced prisoner on recall in one of our local prisons. A student with the Open University, he regularly comments on prison matters and here shares his views on the prison system.

Thu 1 Sep 2016
Restorative Justice - how we lay the foundations...

Restorative Justice - how we lay the foundations...

The headteacher of St Michael's CofE Primary Academy, Emma Scarisbrook, explains how restorative justice principles are applied in a school situation.

Thu 1 Sep 2016
Addressing homelessness among ex-offenders

Addressing homelessness among ex-offenders

Two charities in Norwich are addressing the very real problem of homelessness among ex-offenders. They both recognise that what makes the difference is a home and strong, healthy relationships.

Thu 1 Sep 2016
Book Reviews: Justice

Book Reviews: Justice

Steve Foyster from christian bookshop 'Revelation' reviews a selection of books on the theme of justice.

Thu 1 Sep 2016
Get involved in criminal justice ministry

Get involved in criminal justice ministry

Volunteering in the criminal justice system is a way of making a difference to the lives of some of the most marginalised people in this country, as well as making communities safer.

Thu 1 Sep 2016
Resources: Criminal Justice

Resources: Criminal Justice

Use the following links and information to learn more, pray effectively and consider getting involved through supporting some of these organisations through prayer, volunteering and financial gifts.

Thu 1 Sep 2016
Act justly; love mercy. Rethinking prisons: A Christian Response

Act justly; love mercy. Rethinking prisons: A Christian Response

In this feature article, Catherine De Souza urges that, as Christians, we need to engage with the criminal justice system and respond to those caught up in it.

Thu 1 Sep 2016
Hope and restorative justice

Hope and restorative justice

One of the criminal justice initiatives that has been around now for several years is something called Restorative Justice.

Thu 1 Sep 2016

"I was in prison and you visited me"

Martin Graham, former Chief Executive of Norfolk & Suffolk Probation Trust and of the Norfolk & Suffolk Community Rehabilitation Company, reflects on the role of probation officers.

Thu 1 Sep 2016
Changing lives and communities together

Changing lives and communities together

Biddy Collyer takes a look at the past work of the Church Urban Fund in the diocese and its future empowering support of the mission strategy.

Tue 12 Jul 2016
Are your services accessible to those with disabilities?

Are your services accessible to those with disabilities?

As a church, hopefully it goes without saying, that we are all inclusive, but sometimes we overlook the little things that we can do to help somebody with a disability.

Wed 1 Jun 2016