The following organisations have agreed to work in partnership with us for the common good of those living in our communities:  more will be added during the year.   Each has agreed to deliver a free Workshop either standalone or as part of the Conference, to educate, resource or link with anyone interested in knowing more. Full details, date, venue booking forms etc, are available on the Events and Workshops section.

The Clewer Initiative

A Modern Slavery Conference will take place on 16 June (for more information please visit Events and Workshops section)

We believe that the tools to end modern slavery already exist within the local community and that the Church, which is present in all communities and at the heart of many, has a primary responsibility in leading these efforts.

The Clewer Initiative is a 3 year project to enable Church of England Dioceses and wider Church networks to develop strategies to detect modern slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care.  It involves working with the Church locally, identifying resources that can be utilised, developing partnerships with others, and creating a wider network of advocates seeking to end modern slavery together. Nationally, it involves developing a network of practitioners committed to sharing models of best practice and providing evidenced based data to resource the Church's national engagement with statutory and non-statutory bodies.

The initiative forms part of the Church of England’s approach to eradicating modern slavery and is funded by the Clewer Sisters.

The Clewer sisters are an Anglican order of Augustinian nuns founded in 1852 to help marginalised, mainly young women, who found themselves homeless and drawn into the sex trade, by providing them shelter and teaching them a trade.

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

The Train the Trainers workshop will take place on 20 February and they will be speaking at the Modern Slavery Conference on 16 June (for more information please visit Events and Workshops section)

Since 2005, the GLAA has regulated the activities of gangmasters (labour providers) in the farming, food processing and shellfish gathering sectors across the whole of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  There are nearly 1,000 licensed gangmasters, based in both the UK and overseas, who supply as many as 464,000 temporary contracted workers in the regulated sector.      

The GLAA has civil powers to carry out inspections at application and throughout the duration of the licence to ensure compliance, as well as the ability to invoke additional licence conditions and suspend or revoke a licence depending upon the severity of the breach.  On 30 April 2017, we were granted additional police-style powers to search for and seize evidence in relation to offences under the Modern Slavery Act; and investigation of offences under the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and Employment Agencies Acts, as well as the existing Gangmasters Licensing legislation. This enhanced investigatory function aims to protect all employees, not just temporary workers.

The Recovery Course

A Workshop: The Recovery Course with founder Justyn Larcombe. For anyone struggling with any sort of addiction or compulsive behaviour, including drugs, alcohol, pornography, sex, gambling & self-harming on 24 April 2018.  For more information please email

The Princess Project

The Princess Project will open in the Medway Towns early in March 2018 and the launch event with Project Manager Emma Tanner and her Team on 8 May, at Christ Church, Luton. (for more information please visit Events and Workshops section)

The Princess Project is a Christian charity based in Maidstone with a vision to love, support and encourage mothers. We provide a holistic package of support for mums in need of a helping hand, by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. In 2018 the Princess Project will be starting to work with mums in the Medway towns, initially through our Mum2Mum befriending service which matches mums ages 16-30 in need of support with trained volunteer befrienders.

For more information about the charity or any of our projects, or to find out how you can get involved, please visit our website, email us at or phone/text Emma Tanner on 07851 196770.

Messy Church

Messy Fiesta with Messy Church founder, Lucy Moore, on 17 March at Christ Church Orpington.  

Messy Church...

  • is a way of being church for families involving fun
  • is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour
  • is found across the world
  • values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration
  • is part of The Bible Reading Fellowship which believes, with the historic churches, in one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

See the website for more information:

If you are interested in starting a Messy Church contact


Workshop with Project Manager, Emma-Jayne Turner, from LifeSavers Young Enterprise and  Ravi Ravindran CEO of Lewisham Plus Credit Union

LifeSavers is an initiative of the Just Finance Foundation and is delivered by Young Enterprise. The programme offers values-based financial education for state-funded primary schools and support to set up savings clubs in partnership with local credit unions.

LifeSavers offers two years of in-school support at no cost in order to develop a ‘whole-school’ approach to financial education.

This support includes:
•    training, curriculum planning support and resources for teachers to embed financial education into classroom teaching, as well as assembly/collective worship materials about money;
•    setting up a savings club for pupils, partly run by pupils, in partnership with the local credit union;
•    a ‘whole community’ approach where parents and carers can get involved in their children’s financial education.

Lifesavers takes a ‘values-based’ approach to financial education, exploring money through the values of: generosity, wisdom, thankfulness and justice. Classroom based teaching resources for KS1 & KS2, the ‘Five Big Questions About Money’, are complemented by whole school assembly/ collective worship materials, ‘Values for LifeSavers’.

Within the Diocese of Rochester, limited places remain on the full two-year programme for schools in the London Borough of Bromley. We also have limited places available in Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth.

If you are interested in finding out more about LifeSavers, please email: or call 020 7330 8335. You can also visit our website:

TLG (Transforming Lives For Good) Early Intervention coaching in primary and secondary schools.

A Workshop on 11 October (for more information please visit Events and Workshops section)

All over the UK, children are struggling in school with the effects of bullying, bereavement, family breakdown and poverty. Children may be lacking positive role models or just need an adult to talk to.

TLG Early Intervention gives the church a practical solution to support children, families and schools in their community.

For more information please click here

WLTDO? (Who Let The Dads Out?)

Worshop on 3 November (for more information please visit Events and Workshops section)

Workshop with Graeme Warwood, St Stephen’s Church, Tonbridge

Who Let the Dads Out? is a movement which inspires and resources churches to support fathers, father figures and their children. We are challenging churches to specifically and intentionally reach out to dads in their communities so they can form friendships, provide encouragement, and give men and their families the opportunity to explore the Christian faith. There are many ways in which churches respond to this call, and one of the more common is to set up a Who Let The Dads Out? or similar group.

A typical Who Let the Dads Out? group will meet once a month on a Saturday morning and will offer a warm and relaxed environment providing plenty of toys, games and fun for the children plus great sausage and bacon butties for the dads! The aim of each Who Let the Dads Out? group is to to provide a warm and inviting environment which will:

  • help strengthen families - by giving dads and their children the opportunity to spend quality time together
  • help invigorate communities - by bringing dads in a similar situation together from within the community thus building friendships
  • demonstrate our Christian faith in action – by showing love for our community and fellow brothers
  • provide a gateway - to other men’s ministry events and support 

Across the UK there are just under 250 registered Who Let the Dads Out? groups, with 16 in Kent alone.

For more information, including other ideas and resources, please check out the website at or contact the area representative for Kent & East Sussex, Graeme Warwood

Thy Kingdom Come

In May 2016, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited Christians from across the Church of England to join a wave of prayer during the days between Ascension and Pentecost - a time when the church traditionally focuses on prayer.  They encouraged everyone to ask for the Holy Spirit to help them be witnesses to Jesus Christ and to pray for others to discover that living faith.

What started as an idea gained momentum and in 2016 more than 100,000 Christians from different denominations and traditions took part from the UK and across the world. They joined in more than 3,000 events and services to pray for others to come to know Jesus Christ and for God’s kingdom to come. The response to this simple invitation was astonishing as hundreds of thousands joined in from churches of many denominations and different traditions around the UK and across the world.

There will be a Workshop with the Rev Canon Jean Kerr, the National Diocesan Co-ordinator for Thy Kingdom Come,  showing and displaying new resources, sharing good ideas on how to get your church praying, and opportunities to explore prayer spaces. Two sessions will be offered on 12 March.

Kent Community Wardens

The Community Wardens will deliver 30-minute ‘Stop Scammers’ talk to raise awareness about scammers, at church events or groups in Kent for information please contact

Our community wardens are out between 7.30am and 10pm every day in 128 Kent communities.


  • can tackle low-level crime and antisocial behaviour (such as graffiti, littering, fly tipping and vandalism)
  • can take names and addresses and control traffic
  • are a reassuring uniformed presence
  • are fully trained to the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme before starting their work
  • encourage communities to work together and make things better for everyone
  • work closely with Kent Police and other professional authorities
  • talk with local people, offering information and advice
  • take part in local community activities.

They don't make arrests. for more information click here

Hope for Justice

Workshop with Mark Bailey, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Modern Slavery Conference on 16th June.

Hope for Justice exists to bring an end to modern slavery by rescuing victims, restoring lives, and reforming society.

It has an effective, proven, multi-disciplinary model that is replicable, scalable, and widely admired. The charity has rescued around 350 victims in the past three years alone, and also works in the USA, Norway and Cambodia.

Scores of voluntary ‘Abolition Groups’ and Church Partners assist the charity through fundraising, campaigning and awareness-raising in their communities.

The Hope for Justice model:

RESCUE: Investigators identify victims, build bridges of trust and remove them from exploitation.

RESTORE: A multi-disciplinary advocacy team provide victim-centred support, including help to access housing, benefits, employment, and legal assistance. Victims are supported through criminal and civil justice processes.

REFORM: Hope for Justice trains professionals – including police, NHS, business, charities – to spot the signs of slavery and to respond effectively, while also campaigning for policy change.

Contact: 0300 008 8000  /  /

“Trafficking in human beings is one of the greatest scandals and tragedies of our age. I am encouraged to see that Hope for Justice is drawing so many together to speak out and act against this injustice.” - The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Housing Justice

Worshop on 19 May

Workshop with Shelter Projects Co-ordinator Mark Brennan.Housing Justice is the national voice of Christin action on homelessness and housing need. We believe that everyone should have a home that truly meets their needs.  For more than sixty years Housing Justice and its predecessor organisations the Catholic Housing Aid Society, Church Housing Coalition and Unleash, have been at the front line of the Christian response to homelessness across England and Wales. 

Today, Housing Justice has four primary areas of work;

  • encouraging churches to develop affordable housing on their land through the Faith in Affordable Housing project.
  • providing a hosting scheme for destitute migrants by matching migrants without recourse to public funds to a willing host with a spare room.
  • our Church and Community Night Shelter Project which sets up new church and community night shelters across the country, and trains and supports volunteers.
  • a forum for sharing best practice and a national voice.

Housing Justice is also engaged at a national level at lobbying for policy change to reduce homelessness and improve conditions for those in Housing need.

For further information see the website

Mark Brennan, Shelter Projects Co-ordinator

A short film about the modern day slavery and night shelters is available here

The Illegal Money Lending Team

The Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is a National Trading Standards team, hosted by Birmingham City Council and working across England to identify, investigate and prosecute illegal money lenders, commonly known as loan sharks. The team are currently funded from central Government via a levy placed on the consumer credit industry. The team consists of Investigators, Intelligence staff and LIAISE Officers who engage in awareness raising and intelligence generating activities, and provide holistic and intensive victim and witness support.

A loan shark is someone who lends money without the correct authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Loan sharks charge extremely high levels of interest, which are often almost impossible to calculate. Loans from illegal money lenders are often unenforceable so these criminals use threats, fear, intimidation and sometimes violence to get the money back.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a loan shark, contact the IMLT:

CAP (Christians Against Poverty)

We are passionate about releasing people from a life sentence of debt, poverty, unemployment and addiction. Working with the Church we bring good news, hope and freedom to people in the UK.  Through CAP, your church can not only rescue people from debt crisis but also help them step into employment through CAP Job Clubs, beat their addictions in a CAP Release Group and now help people manage on a low income through our new CAP Life Skills service. CAP has proven systems and services to help people in their darkest hour. Our award winning debt counselling service has helped over 18,900 clients a year with their debt problems. Since 1996, when CAP was founded, over 60,000 clients have gone debt free and 7000 clients have found Christ.

Attend a Church Information Day

Church Information Days will give you an inspiring and detailed insight into the way we run our services, and allow you to ask all the questions you need.

Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert, says "When people are the most desperate and need most help - the place I send people to is CAP, because it works."

We'd love your church to be a part of this movement that is changing so many lives in the UK!

Please join us on Thursday 20th September 2018 at 10:00am - 4pm.  This is part of our Freedom From Debt and Freedom From Addictions Campaign. Call free on 0800 328 0006, calls are free from landlines and mobiles in the UK.

Lewisham and Bromley Credit Union

For more information email

Kent Savers Credit Union

For more information visit

Medway Credit Union

For more information visit

Greenwich and Bexley Credit Union

For more information visit

The Churches Mutual Credit Union (CMCU)

CMCU – Churches’ Mutual Credit Union – was formed in 2014 in a collaboration of the Church of England, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church of Great Britain, the Church in Wales and the Scottish Episcopal Church. It has since grown to include the United Reformed Church and the Roman Catholic Church in England & Wales and in Scotland.

All PCC members, churchwardens, clergy, authorised ministers and office holders of the participating churches can borrow at fair rates of interest, and for savers (including PCCs collectively as corporate bodies) there is a dividend based on profitability.

Once a person becomes a member, membership is maintained even if he or she ceases to be, say, a PCC member. For legal reasons CMCU membership cannot yet be extended to all church members, but that is our aim, although this will require a change in the law.

Because of its size, CMCU can offer quite large loans for a range of purposes as well as providing a safe place for individuals and PCCs as corporate members to place their savings. It offers a way of cycling money within the church community for mutual benefit. Deposits are protected up to £85,000 via FSCS, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

For further details visit the website:, phone the office:  01452 500 463 (9.30am – 1.30pm) or contact the Rev Nigel Bourne, CMCU Vice-President 01474 567906

Anna Chaplaincy and Dementia

The population over 75 in the UK is projected to double in the next 30 years.  With an ageing population, numbers living with dementia are set to increase dramatically. The fact we are living longer is both a cause for celebration and an opportunity for ministry. 

Rochester Diocese is working with BRF’s The Gift of Years to ‘resource the spiritual journey of older people’ and increase the network of Anna Chaplains and Anna Friends (named after the faithful widow Anna in Luke’s gospel). We have 27 Anna Chaplains and Anna Friends supporting people living in residential care and those struggling to live independently in their own homes.  Our mission through Anna Chaplaincy is to respond especially to the spiritual needs of people living with dementia and their families. 

Our HOPE 2018 vision is to commission new Anna Chaplains and Anna Friends to work with older people and people with dementia in their parishes.  HOPE 2018 is also an opportunity for more churches to establish contexts where people with dementia can meet with others in their local community for fun, fellowship and spiritual support.  We are holding two events on 28 February 2018 at St Augustine's Church, Slade Green  – come and meet people already working as Anna Friends and Anna Chaplains and explore how your parish includes people with dementia.

For more information contact Julia Burton-Jones or click here for more information

Rochester Arts in Mission (RochesterAIM)

God loves to create.  The natural world is a testament to the inspiration at the heart of all things and God’s love of colour, design, functionality and beauty.  As human beings we are made in his image and when we create we are reflecting something of his nature. There is a divine resonance when we are inspired to create something out of nothing and beauty comes into existence.

The RochesterAIM web magazine is designed to encourage the creative arts in telling God’s story.  We want to showcase the creativity that is already expressed in Rochester Diocese and further afield and to enable communities everywhere to connect with their creative side. We hope to stimulate thought, to inspire projects, and to pass on practical ideas that can be used and adapted in each place, in the local church and outside its walls.

Series of short films called ‘HOPE…Stories That Need To Be Told’ is being produced as a free to download resource by the Rev Mandy Carr, Arts In Mission Co-ordinator. If you have a community project that you feel could be included in the 'Stories That Need To Be Told' series then please contact the AIM Co-ordinator to discuss:

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