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Beyond Charity: Christian Social Enterprises and Cooperatives


Can setting up a social enterprise or co-operative initiative help the church empower North East communities and build the local economy?

Christians have historically engaged with new economic alternatives through activities such as the Cooperative and Fairtrade movements. What are some of the current initiatives, that churches are engaging with, that are helping to build the local economy in a way that works for everyone?

Join us to discuss this question at our online event on Saturday 6th November .

David Nicholson is Commercial Development Coordinator with the HeartEdge National Development Team. He developed the ‘Your Local Pantry’ social franchise with Church Action on Poverty and has developed and managed cooperatives and social enterprises with churches, prisons and probation services across the country for over 30 years.

Val Barron who works as a community practitioner and organiser in Durham Diocesan area. For the last four years, as a William Temple scholar, she has been researching the role social enterprises can play in Christian social action.

Jim Robertson has been involved in the development of the Faith in Community Project since its beginning. His background experience includes community development education and training and faith based action research in disadvantaged communities.

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