New role for Tommy with The Cinnamon Network

Ballymena man Tommy Stewart is looking forward to helping churches bring hope to local communities.

Formed in 2010, the Cinnamon Network was set up in response to growing need, public sector reform and an increasing recognition of the role played by voluntary organisations in all areas of society.

Tommy explained: “50 Christian CEOs and leaders were challenged to consider how the Christian community could deliver more local transformation across the nation.”

“Since 2010 the Cinnamon Network has partnered with organisations such as Trussell Trust Foodbanks, Christians Against Poverty and Street Pastors and now champions almost 30 recognised Church-based community projects - both big and small – and aim to provide support through a strong network so that they can expand and have a greater impact.”

As the province-wide Advisor for the Cinnamon Network, Tommy’s role will be a five-fold one.

“I will be available to advise and support local church leaders and activists as they develop a strategy for social action in their community,” Tommy said.

He added: “I will also be encouraging local churches to adopt Cinnamon Recognised Projects (CRPs) as part of their social action response and to help map out where projects could be located. From time to time micro grants of up to £2,000 will be made available to assist churches develop CRPs.

“I will also be available to advise churches on how to confidently engage in the public square with local authorities, the police and other agencies and will be encouraging churches to host volunteer training events and local church networks to conduct Faith Action Audits, in their area.”

Tommy will also be helping to organise and promote Cinnamon Faith Action Audit Events and will speak about the work of the Cinnamon Network at churches and other public events.

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