The Revd David Ackerman has been vicar of St John the Evangelist, Kensal Green since 2013, serving the parish and community. He studied theology at Westminster College, Oxford, gained a teaching certificate from Brighton University & a Master’s degree in Canon Law.
Daphine Aikens MBE is the founder and CEO of Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank, which began in 2010. It now operates three branches, and continues the busiest foodbank in London. As well as providing emergency food, the Hammersmith & Fulham foodbank runs Holiday Clubs and Cooking and Budgeting courses, and works with partners to provide professional advice, legal support and free psychotherapy for clients, as well as other community engagement projects.
The Rev Preb John Beauchamp is the Disability Ministry Enabler for the Diocese of London. John is blind and has been ordained and worked as a parish priest for 27 years. This role was created in 2021, and sees John leading on issues concerning disability at all levels across the Diocese of London.
I have enjoyed engaging with people throughout my career as a chef working in restaurants and then as a cookery school director and finally as a cookery teacher. I am now retired and wanted to continue engaging in a way that might be positive for people less fortunate than myself. Through St James's Church, Piccadilly I have been involved with volunteering with people experiencing homelessness for the past six years. When the Passage invited us to contribute to Home for Good, I saw the chance to participate in a scheme with potential for long-term benefit and I am delighted to help coordinate this partnership.
Deborah has a science background and has worked on initiatives in environmental education for 35 years. She is part of the Earth Justice team at St James's Piccadilly, supports the work of Eco Church and A Rocha UK, and is a member of the Diocesan Creation Care Advisory Group.
Brian is the Head of Environment and Sustainability at the Diocese of London, including leading the work to design an "Energy Footprint Tool" to measure Carbon use of churches. He has worked and written extensively on the need for us as Christians to care for God's Creation as part of our witness and stewardship.
Jacqueline Douglas is a London based artist focusing on issues of identity and cultural assimilation. She attends a church in Hounslow, West London. In addition to art, Jacky works as an Interior Designer, most recently project managing the refurbishment of St Paul’s Church, Brentford. Remaining a thriving church, it now incorporates a community cafe, work/hire space and children’s play area. Instagram: jacqueline _douglas1 www.dis-place.com
Tina trained as a nurse many years ago and specialised in the care of the elderly. Following a career break to raise three children she worked in the third sector for local charities supporting older people, setting up projects for the lonely and isolated. She recently completed a Masters Degree in Charity Management. Her Christian faith, coupled with a big heart for the older generation inspired her to establish Embracing Age.
Ben Evans is the Founder and a Company Director of Humantalk which offers training in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) alongside other coaching and training opportunities for businesses, charities, and churches. Prior to Humantalk, Ben worked in senior leadership development for the Archbishops’ Advisers for Appointments and Development at Church House, Westminster.
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
Pattie is the Compassionate Communities Development Worker for Refugee& Aslyum Seeker response, Housing & Homelessness. She has a background in the humanitarian sector and an MA in Development and Emergency Practice. She is passionate about issues of justice, hospitality, and community.
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.
Hayley is the Compassionate Communities Development Worker for Debt & Financial Wellbeing and Mental Health & Isolation. She has a background in youth and community work and recently worked as a CAP debt centre manager. She is currently studying for an MA with Church Mission Society in Theology, Mission and Ministry and is passionate about seeing churches equipped to be good news in their community.
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.
Gordon is a Fundraising & Marketing Consultant and founder/CEO of Bloom Fundraising. After a career in the commercial sector, Gordon began working in the charity sector in 1999. He worked as director of fundraising for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children from 2010 till 2016, before setting up Bloom Fundraising in 2016, providing strategic consultancy and fundraising services to clients in England, Wales and Scotland.
Bekah Legg is the CEO of Restored, a Christian charity with a mission to speak up about violence against women and girls, equip the church to stand against domestic abuse and support survivors. It hosts an online community for Christian women who have been subjected to domestic abuse.
Kate is a psychologist with a particular interest in the way our emotions affect us. She's passionate about helping people keep emotionally healthy in spite of what life throws at them, and making sure they reach their full potential. She's a church leader, speaker and author, and is also project leader of Headstrong, an online wellbeing space for teenagers and young people created as a partnership between Youthscape and Mind & Soul Foundation.
Paul is the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) policy advisor with particular responsibility for issues around the economy including poverty and inequality. Prior to working for the Methodist Church he was a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College studying viral disease and vaccine design.
Alongside being SSM Priest in Charge at Holy Sepulchre, the National Musicians’ Church, Nick also works in the City as CFO and Head of Compliance at a FinTech company, focused on banking for the unbanked in the Middle East. In being able to do both things, he feels he is best able to see, serve and understand the City with all its positive aspects as well as its challenges.
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
Ruth Rice set up the first Renew Wellbeing centre whilst leading New Life Baptist Church and now works full time for the charity, delivering training and supporting sustainability. Ruth has a background in teaching and Baptist church Ministry and is passionate about seeing churches turn themselves and their great habits of welcome, care and prayer inside out to reduce isolation and increase wellbeing in every community.
Mary Jane Roberts gained degrees from the London School of Economics before working for HM Treasury and senior roles in the private sector. She moved to the non-profit sector in 2019 leading Mary’s Charity, now a recognised specialist centre by London’s Violence Reduction Unit producing evidence with the Centre for Youth Impact.
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.
Vicki Smith is the Fundraising & Team Manager at Together with Music. She holds a BMus First Class Honours degree from Trinity College of Music and has since worked across a variety of settings, most recently in the education, charity and fundraising sectors
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.
Bishop of the Episcopal Area of Kensington, and President of St Mellitus Theological College. Bishop Graham is also the co-sponsor of the Compassionate Communities stream of work for the Diocese. He has been a passionate advocate and voice for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster in his Area in 2017, and is deputy chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Housing.
Environmentalist and theologian, social activist and author. Ruth is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director for Tearfund and carry a vision to inspire and equip Christians to a whole-life response to poverty, helping build a movement that brings about lasting change on the issues that impact the poorest and most vulnerable.
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.
Revd Will Van Der Hart is associate Vicar at St. Dionis, Fulham and founder and director of the Mind and Soul Foundation. www.mindandsoulfoundation.org He is passionate about equipping church leaders to look after their own emotional health as well as empowering them to manage the emotional needs of their congregations. He's the author of many books including The Perfectionism Book, The Guilt Book and The Worry Book.
Bishop Joanne Grenfell is Bishop of Stepney Area in the Diocese of London. Prior to that she was Archdeacon of Portsdown in the Diocese of Portsmouth, and before that Director of Ordinands and Residentiary Canon in Sheffield. She has experience of outer housing estate and inner city parishes, chaplaincy, and cathedral ministry.
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We've created some simple resources for churches on accrediting to be #LondonLivingWage employers.
As part of our worship and witness, if you already pay the Living Wage- why not let people know by accrediting?
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