Development and Support

Supporting parish and community mission projects.

Every parish is linked to the community it serves, either by location or by the work it does. Parish Development is about linking churches and communities in the most effective way. This can mean doing a whole range of different activities, depending on the focus and vision of the parish.

Wakefield Diocese has support for parishes that are hoping to, or are already moving forward with, projects supporting the wider community. These may range from providing facilities for community involvement or service e.g. church/parish halls through to revenue projects such as youth or outreach workers and anything in between.

Susan Rundle is the Development Officer for the Diocese. She supports the mission of the church by working alongside parishes in their development projects and by providing practical support. This includes applying for funding, developing project ideas, writing business plans, community consultations etc. She works with parishes, enabling them to develop their own skills, projects and ideas.


Looking for funding?

Susan is the main contact for the Church Urban Fund and the Bishops Development Fund. For further details about these funds, their criteria, eligibility or an application form, contact Susan.


Susan Parker

For further information contact Susan Rundle
Development Officer
Church House, 1 South Parade
Wakefield WF1 1LP
01924 371802.

Please contact Susan for further help, guidance or just to tell her what you’re doing or have done!


Useful downloads:

Papers from the Church Urban Fund:
Tackling Poverty in England: An Asset based Approach
Building an ethical financial system: the role of credit unions

New project checklist - things to consider before applying for funding.

Churches and Faith Buildings: Realising the Potential - guidelines and advice from the government and Church of England for tapping into funding - issued March 2009.
Church Urban Fund - Mustard Seed Programme - guidelines and advice.


Useful links:

Church Urban Fund Poverty Lookup Tool - information on a range of poverty-related indicators at the parish level

Parish Spotlights - information about the congregation and community of each parish

Building Faith in our Future webpageLatest eBulletin

Churchcare - Church of England advice on caring for and developing your church building.

The Cinnamon Network - Grants to churches starting a recognised Community Franchise projects.

CUF Xchange - Church Urban Fund employment resources for voluntary organisations.

How2FundRaise - Free on-line resource for volunteer fundraisers from the Institute of Fundraising.

Parish Resources website - supporting stewardship in the local church.

Acts 435 - a revolutionary website that allows people to give money directly to others. - best practice in providing Christian care in local communities.

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