Approaches to community engagement  
Mission Action Planning is now well established across the Diocese and you can find out answers to any questions you may have by clicking here.

Stella Collishaw, Community Action Officer, through her knowledge of local and regional organisations can work with you to improve connections with your community to enable you to develop social justice focussed work.

Gareth Greenwood, Community Project Development Officer, can provide advice and support to you in the development of specific projects or initiatives.

They produce FIND newsletter.find click here

If you are looking to redevelop the use of your church building or hall, but aren’t sure what steps to take then there are a number of resources which will be of help.

Resources from DAC DAC

Crossing the Threshold – a Community Development approach to the use of Church Buildings Crossing the Threshold

Funding and grants  

Heritage Lottery Fund

BIG Lottery Grants

Church Urban Fund- Gareth Greenwood is the Diocesan link officer for CUF Church Urban Fund

Comic Relief Fund

News about funding and other resources are published in Find newsletter which you can request by email.


Funding Central

Networks & Research Links

This work links nationally with the Social Responsibility Network across England and Wales which shares conferences, regional networks and resources.
Themed work is ongoing in a number of areas.  Click on links below for more information:

Mental Health  

Environment including our recent move to work to become an awarded Eco Diocese.

Credit Unions  including debt, scams, and social policy changes impacting the welfare state such as Universal Credit.

Food Poverty

Funding bodies

Project planning – Tools and resources  
Alongside the MAP resources we have a range of other tools that will be useful at any stage of planning a project, initiative or event from the early ideas stage to supporting or facilitating evaluation in your parish or Deanery.

We also value your contact where there are good stories we can share to inspire others.


Visible Difference SR network research report 2017

Christians in Practice Lichfield/Saltley research 2017

Contact Us

Stella Collishaw – 01332 388685

Gareth Greenwood – 01332 388690

If you develop a community initiative it would assit referral agencies to list it in Derbyshire Community Directory. CVS staff have a scheme called vSpa where local people are supported to access voluntary sector opportunities. For your local contacts get in touch with Stella or Gareth.


The Diocese of Derby

Contact Us

Derby Church House

Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

01332 388650 (reception)

Church House reception: