CUF was established by the Church of England as a practical response to unmet need and has been active in local communities for over 30 years. Our vision is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness. We work through the Church of England’s local parish networks, and alongside other faith-based and secular organisations, to bring about positive change in neighbourhoods. www.cuf.org.uk
Jennifer Herrera is Executive Director of Acts 435 and has been involved in the charity since operations began in October 2009. Jenny grew up in York, where the charity is based, and is a chartered accountant by profession. She lived in Guatemala in Central America for 6 years, where she met her husband, and where she served as Field Director for Kids Alive Guatemala, running an orphanage and day-care centre.
Revd Graham Hunter is Vicar of St John’s Hoxton, an impoverished yet vibrant inner-city parish in the southwest corner of Hackney right by the City of London. He serves as Trustee / Director on several charities tackling poverty and supporting youth work, including having served for 5 years on the Executive Committee of Christians on the Left. He is passionate about social justice, the church, politics and theology.
East European Resource Centre provides information, advice and support to people from Central and Eastern Europe from the 2004 and 2007 EU accession countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. www.eeac.org.uk
Jenny is the founder and director of "Together for the Common Good" a charity that helps churches and other civic organisations to play their part to strengthen the bonds of social trust. They seek to reimagine a culture that puts people, communities and relationships first, by putting Common Good principles into practice and by working with others of different opinions and backgrounds.
David Stretton-Downes was Head of Communications for the Engage 2015 campaign, which helped churches engage with communities during the Rugby World Cup in 2015, and is a Director of Vidan Lawnes, a creative agency based in London. Below, he recounts how Ambassadors Football took teams to the now closed Calais refugee camp ''The Jungle'', in May 2016 to do sports ministry. He tells us of the lasting legacy of this simple act has had on him and many others.
CHURCHES AND THEOLOGY DIRECTOR FOR A ROCHA UK Community activist, eco-advocate, academic, mum, author, veg grower, wife and pig keeper rolled into one. Ruth lives with her husband and two daughters in Chichester, where they are part of Revelation Church. Ruth is the Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK and a founder of Cred Jewellery, the world’s first fairtrade jewellery company.
Kirsten is a Trustee for the NGO Young Roots; a grassroots organisation which supports young refugees and asylum seekers in London. Young Roots runs regular youth groups, weekend activities and casework service for young refugees in London. They provide a safe space where young people can make friends, learn new skills have a support network.