About Us

Transforming Plymouth Together is a joint venture between Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of Exeter. Since April 2016 we have been working in Plymouth, with the support of all the churches in the city, as a direct church response to the 2014 Plymouth Fairness Commission Report.

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Our Vision:

We will address issues related to poverty and inequality which matter to the people of Plymouth through informal community work (incarnational mission, intentional community), as well as more formal community development initiatives (the delivery of projects and services).

We want to nurture discipleship and an effective and distinctive Christian response to poverty and inequality.

We work together with churches, other faith groups, the voluntary sector, statutory bodies and businesses to help tackle poverty and inequality in Plymouth. We will carry forward the work of the Commission which identified these key issues:

  • The need to strengthen local communities
  • Individual and family wellbeing
  • Discrimination of young people and young adults
  • The escalating cost of living
  • The need to strengthen the local economy
  • Housing
  • Implications of an ageing population

Our Objectives are to:

Be a vehicle to provide sustained infrastructure, supporting the mission of the Church and an emerging network of Christian activists to follow up the work of the Fairness Commission.

Help churches, parishes and Mission Communities to have an effective and more sustainable impact in tackling poverty and inequality in their community and across the city.

Nurture relevant connections between stakeholders and statutory services to provoke partnerships, maximise resources and develop effective dialogue and new action partnership.


As an organisation we work using the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach. Please see the video below to see how it works in churches.

Our team


Ayshea Cross

Strategic Lead Officer

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Dave Manners

IT & Communications Coordinator

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Kay Nicholls

Real Conversations Coordinator


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The Rt Revd Nick McKinnel

The Bishop of Plymouth

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The Venerable Nick Shutt

Archdeacon of Plymouth


Tina Touhy

Former Councillor for Ham Ward

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Father David Way

Parish Priest for St Peter and The Holy Apostles


Darin Halifax

ICS Lead for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Integrated Care System for Devon (ICSD)

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Rev Lawrence Braschi

Vicar at St Pancras Church

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Rev Mark Woodhouse

Minister at Derriford URC

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Lydia Perris

Diocese of Exeter, Social Justice and Creation Care Officer

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Chris Forster



Church Urban Fund

Church Urban Fund (CUF) was established by the Church of England as a practical response to unmet need and has been active in local communities for over 30 years. CUFs vision is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness.

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Together Network

The Together Network is an alliance of 21 charities known as joint ventures linked by faith and driven by the desire to see communities flourish throughout England.

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