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Kick-starting change

14 November 2014

CIVIC, business, and ecclesiastical leaders from across Chester diocese turned up to the launch of Transforming Lives Together (TLT). Among them were the Lord Lieutenant, David Briggs; the Bishop of Chester, Dr Peter Forster; David Rutley MP; the Executive Chair of the Church Urban Fund, Paul Hackwood; and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, the Ven. Ian Bishop.

TLT is a joint initiative between the diocese and the Church Urban Fund. It seeks to tackle poverty by building relationships between communities and voluntary groups, especially churches. Representatives from charities and civic groups were also at the event, which was hosted by Cre8, an organisation that tries to empower young people and adults to make change happen for themselves and for their local neighbourhoods. Besides hearing about the work and future plans for TLT, the Bishop and the Lord Lieutenant made music together (above).

The Revd Jenny Mayo-Lythal, who is the TLT Development Worker, was delighted by the success of the event. "I was really pleased that people could attend the launch and kick-start this exciting new venture. With the support of so many civic groups. Community agencies and charities, we can start to make a real difference to people whose lives are affected by poverty."

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