Tackling poverty in Macclesfield


undefinedCivic and business leaders from across Cheshire attended the launch of 'Transforming Lives Together' (TLT). The Bishop of Chester, the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and David Rutley MP, were all present at the ‘Cre8' (a church-supported social enterprise based project in Macclesfield) to support the start of a new venture that seeks to alleviate poverty across the county.

TLT is a joint initiative between the Diocese of Chester and the Church Urban Fund, and aims to tackle poverty across Cheshire by building relationships between communities and voluntary groups, especially churches. Representatives from a number of charities and community groups attended the event which was hosted by Cre8, whose work is aimed towards empowering young people and adults in the local area to make change happen for themselves and also for their local neighbourhood. Our picture above shows Bishop Peter with David Briggs, Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, in a music space at Cre8.

Macclesfield MP David Rutley said: “Transforming Lives Together works to improve the lives of those who live in some of our most disadvantaged areas. I am really pleased that they are now supporting Cre8 in their important work in the Moss Rose Estate. This pioneering work is improving young people’s life chances and helping them tackle any challenges that they face. With Transforming Lives Together’s added support, I hope that this work will go from strength to strength.” 

The Revd Jenny Mayo-Lythall, TLT Development Worker, was delighted by the event’s success: “I was really pleased that people were able to attend the launch and kickstart 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.”

You can find out more about the work of TLT on their website www.transforminglivestogether.org.uk or by phoning  Jenny on 01928 718834

Pictured above, L to R: Jenny Mayo-Lythall (TLT Development Worker), David Briggs (Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire), Paul Hackwood (Executive Chair of Church Urban Fund), Rob Wardle (Cre8 Director), David Rutley (MP of Macclesfield), Venerable Ian Bishop (Archdeacon of Macclesfield), and the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster (Bishop of Chester)

Photos courtesy of Folio Photography, Stockport