The Churches Trust

The Churches Trust (CT) is an interdenominational organisation established by the leaders of Christian churches to respond to deprivation in the area. CT supports local people in crisis, respecting their dignity at all times, signposting them to services, community groups and other agencies to address circumstances leading to the crisis situations. CT’s work is characterised by two main facets:  on the one hand addressing deprivation and social injustice, working with people at the margins of society; and on the other hand empowering churches, schools and communities to stand together with a united voice in an area plagued with the legacy of division through the troubles in Northern Ireland, aiming to create a shared and better future for all.

Mentor: ARC Healthy Living Centre

Through the Elevate programme, The Churches Trust planned to engage with and support older people in the community with a focus on reducing health inequalities. With support from their mentor, they engaged with the local community and developed and piloted a befriending schem