On 24 April, the police and crime commissioner and Cheshire Police will be launching an innovative partnership with the Cinnamon Network and churches in the region to help vulnerable people within Cheshire.
The event will take place at The Salt Works, Ollereshaw Lane, Marston, Northwich where Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane and Acting Chief Constable Janette McCormick will be joined by local church leaders and representatives from the Cinnamon Network to launch the partnership.
Police forces are under incredible pressure. The majority of calls they respond to are “non-crime” related and with continued budget cuts, there is continued strain on local forces.
This new partnership aims not only to ease that strain on police services, but also to provide a more sustainable and effective way to support those in need.
Through the partnership, Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner will fund ten micro-grants of £2,000, to enable churches within the region to establish social action projects that tackle key issues faced by the community. Churches can choose from a list of tried and tested, best practice Cinnamon Recognised Projects that can easily be replicated.
Cinnamon Network has been working with police forces and churches across the country to support community transformation through the delivery of church-based social action projects and volunteer leader training.
With an established reputation in the community, access to resources and a ready-made network of volunteers, churches are well placed to serve their community. According to research carried out by the Cinnamon Faith Action Audit in 2015, faith groups contribute at least £3 billion worth of social and welfare support to the UK every year, helping 48 million in the process.
Matt Bird, founder of Cinnamon Network, said: “Rarely have there been times of greater social need in this country and individuals needing help. This partnership offers a chance to address needs on a local basis, which churches are well equipped to do as they serve their local communities.
“I am excited about the good work that can be started by these new micro-grants and look forward to hearing about the projects they instigate and the people whose lives they transform.”
Cheshire police and crime commissioner, David Keane, added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Cinnamon Network to support vulnerable people within the community.
“The micro-grants will help establish a vast array of projects to tackle key issues faced by communities across the county, whilst supporting residents of any faith or no faith at all.
“Cinnamon has a great reputation for delivering fantastic projects and together I believe we can make our communities not only safer, but happier places to live and work.”
For more information about the 30+ Cinnamon Recognised Projects and how to apply for a micro grant go to: www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk
To register for the event, follow the eventbrite link