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Bishop Christopher launches £1m fund

01 June 2015

On Monday 1st June, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln, launched a £1m social justice fund. The Bishop of Lincoln's Social Justice Fund is being administered in partnership with Lincolnshire Community Foundation and is the realisation of Bishop Christopher's dream - to enable work across greater Lincolnshire that helps to address social justice issues.

The launch was held at the Holy Trinity Centre in Louth.  Several groups are based at the centre, including Be a Friend and the Men's Shed, both of which are voluntary groups addressing the social issues of loneliness and isolation in the area. Be a Friend is a great example of a need that has been identified, and with a small injection of cash, has grown from a local ecumenical project, to a deanery wide initiative and will shortly become an independent charity.

Bishop Christopher said, "Without this kind of work, the quality of people's lives would be very much poorer. This is an excellent example of what the Church can do out of a sense of Christian discipleship. To be rewarded not by money but knowing that hard work freely given can transform the lives of people much less fortunate than ourselves." It is the Bishop's fervent hope that groups across the diocese will apply for this funding.

Applications are welcome from churches, not for profit community groups or social enterprises, and should be involved in social cohesion, isolation, poverty, older people, children and young people.

For more information on how to apply, please contact Ian Thompson, Lincolnshire Community Foundation on 01529 305825, or email ianthompsonlcf@gmail.com