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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Community groups that support young children and their parents in Norfolk are being invited to apply to a new Community Fund designed to get our county's babies and preschoolers off to the best possible start.
The Great Yarmouth Open Christmas event, for homeless and vulnerable people in the borough, will be held at the Great Yarmouth Minster this year - thanks to partnership working between the borough council and community organisations.
The Revd Fiona Haworth, assistant priest at St Peter Mancroft in Norwich city centre, shares her everyday faith journey with an emphasis on making a difference worldwide.
Food Banks have become a familiar sight in the landscape of our country - many run by churches in this Diocese. Food poverty is a fact of life, alongside food waste. A different initiative that is attempting to deal with both issues is the community fridge network. Here Damon Rogers and Isaac Sibanda share their story of how this is impacting their neighbourhoods.
Project Co-ordinator Lucy McKitterick looks back over the first year of the King's Lynn Winter Nightshelter.
Simply a lack of money to pay your way - or more extensively no access to health provision, education, safe water and housing? Or is it an emptiness of spirit or loneliness? Biddy Collyer hosted a discussion with Anna Heydon, Peter Howard and Lorie Lain-Rogers to tease out the definition of poverty in a world of plenty.
It's pretty clear in almost every page of this edition of The Magazine that the consistent question is: how is it that in an era of plenty, there is yet so much poverty? And is there anything we can do about it?
It has become an unavoidable fact that homelessness in the UK has grown massively since 2010. There is a housing crisis because we do not have affordable housing. Housing available for rent, let alone to buy.
Church-goers will don wellies to clean local waterways, plant trees and promote wild areas in churchyards as part of a global initiative to encourage biodiversity and help stem the effects of climate change.
The Revd Matthew Hutton reviews this recent publication on domestic violence from a Christian faith perspective.
Philip Bell from King's Lynn tells the story of his journey from homelessness to hope.
Lee Marsden, Professor of Faith and Global Politics, University of East Anglia considers a faith response to our current geopolitical turmoil.
A range of resources for further exploration of the theme of the Spring 2019 issue of The Magazine, on faith and politics.
Tim Lenton meets some local Christians expressing their faith in the political arena.
Bishop Alan's Pause Button article from The Magazine issue on faith and politics urges us to be counter-cultural.
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.
Biddy Collyer makes a tour of the Diocese of Norwich, seeking out examples of ecumenism in action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anna Heydon, Church Urban Fund and Diocesan development worker in Great Yarmouth blogs about her experiences over the past two years.
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.
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.
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.
Help raise funds for King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter, giving rough sleepers a meal and a bed for the night.
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
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.
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’.
Giving just a little of your time can make a big difference, not only to those you’re helping but to yourself too.
“The great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, duty, mercy, hope.” Winston Churchill
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.
The headteacher of St Michael's CofE Primary Academy, Emma Scarisbrook, explains how restorative justice principles are applied in a school situation.
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.
Steve Foyster from christian bookshop 'Revelation' reviews a selection of books on the theme of justice.
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.
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.
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.
One of the criminal justice initiatives that has been around now for several years is something called Restorative Justice.
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.
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.
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.