Wellsprings Together – a joint venture between the Church Urban Fund and the Anglican Diocese of Leeds to help communities tackle a range of social issues has been officially launched.
This independent charity aims to encourage and support churches, community groups and other faith groups working together to enable flourishing neighbourhoods.
The new charity will build on the work of Wellsprings Together Bradford and expand the reach to improve access to resources, make local work more effective and create a framework for others to bring about positive change in communities by helping to bring people and resources together.
Important strands of work will include support for school holiday hunger activities, facilitating dialogue between faith groups, Places of Welcome addressing loneliness and work with the homeless. Mark Waddington, Director of Wellsprings Together said:
“We are excited to be launching Wellsprings Together right across the diocese. Our mission at its simplest is to see neighbourhoods where people are kind and loving towards each other, but we’ll have a tough edge as we confront injustice and challenge the causes of poverty.
The strength of Wellsprings Together lies in strong partner relations and roots within the parishes. We are a resource for the whole community not just the church and our work with other faith groups is very important”.
Its Chair, Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Toby Howarth welcomed many guests at the launch in Church House, Leeds and said it was an the exciting initiative which had started in Bradford, but would now benefit the whole region.
(this article is by Chris Tate from Diocese of Leeds website)
In Burley, Open Door is one of the projects included in this venture. Unfortunately we did not have anyone from our project attending the launch, but surely there will be opportunities to be involved in the future. The recently updated role description for volunteers working in the Parish Centre was based on Urban Fund resources for projects under the Wellsprings Together umbrella.