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Christian Action Network Nottingham (CAN)

We are a network that promotes collaboration, relationship and unity among Christian organisations who are working to tackle poverty in Nottingham.


  • To facilitate greater depth of unity and partnership through members offering their expertise, service, resources and encouragement to see individuals and communities flourish.
  • To be a conduit for churches and Christians who want to bless the city- so they can direct their energy, resources and prayer where it is most needed.
  • To respond strategically and thoughtfully to identified needs in cooperation with other services across the city, in a way that builds from ‘the ground up’ and brings long term community transformation.
  • To support and encourage local community leadership.

We usually meet 4 times a year in a variety of venues. Our membership is always growing and we are in close relationship with Nottingham City Prayer, Nottingham Citizens and other like-minded organisations and networks. Please contact Nigel Adams for more information.

One member's experience ...

"I have been part of CAN for 5 years now. Before joining I had no idea how much work was going on in the city to tackle areas of social injustice. CAN has provided crucial support to me during my employment with Street Pastors. I have learnt a huge amount from fellow CAN members that has transformed my work and some of these lessons I will carry with me forever. It has been such a joy to build relationships with fellow CAN members which has meant I have known who to ask for help when I have needed it. It has also led to some excellent partnership working, for example in sharing training sessions with other charities which is a much more efficient use of time and resources. Sometimes the brokenness of the world can feel overwhelming and depressing, but when I look at the work that all of CAN are involved in I am heartened that there is hope, that justice can be sought and lives can be transformed. I have learnt that we are definitely better working together, together there is such strength, encouragement and resources can be shared. Together we can pray, encourage each other and press on in sharing God's love in Nottingham. I am so grateful to all of the CAN members and particularly to Hannah Buck for encouraging us all and making it happen!"
- Lynda Blakely

You'll see below some of our member organisations. As well as meeting as a whole, we operate in the following sub groups: 'Homelessness', 'Children & Families', 'Finance & Debt', Social enterprises and employability', 'Refugees, Asylum seekers & Migrants', 'Food & Community', 'Modern Slavery', 'Mental Health and Wellbeing' and 'Prisons & supporting ex-offenders'. These are continuing to evolve and each one looks different depending on the need. We are excited about these!

Please contact Nigel Adams for everything relating to subgroups!

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Angel Green

Angel Green Christian Fellowship is a church in Clifton


Emmanual House

Emmanuel House is an independent charity supporting people on their journey to a more stable life providing acceptance and daily support services in Nottingham.


The Friary

The Friary empowers homeless and vulnerable adults to rebuild their lives by offering practical services, advice and emotional support.
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Hope into Action

Hope into Action provides homes for the most vulnerable in society in partnership with local churches.
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Matthew 25:40

Matthew 25:40 has a vision to create an attitude of serving others in the community and to become a vehicle for people to do so.

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Open Homes

Open Homes is a charity that aims to provide accommodation for 16-25 year olds who are homeless or living in inappropriate accommodation. Our main project currently is Nottingham Nightstop. See our TNT Talks Page, or click here, for a recent interview with Megan Towers.

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Nottingham Street Pastors

Nottingham Street Pastors, set up by the Malt Cross Trust, sees over 70 volunteers go out to care for and look after the on average 30,000-40,000 visitors who use Nottingham city centre’s nightlife every weekend.

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100 Homes Campaign

This is a campaign to see 100 new foster homes recruited from the church across Nottinghamshire.

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Safe Families for Children

Safe Families for Children works hand-in-hand with children’s services to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer them help and support.
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St Nic's Church

The church meets on Maid Marian Way, just up from the Broadmarsh Centre.
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TLG Nottingham is an independent alternative provision school that works with struggling young people who may be at crisis point in their education.

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The Ark

The Ark is a community meeting place and advice centre based in Gedling Nottingham.


Christians Against Poverty

The West Bridgford and South Nottingham Debt Centre is a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) service that provides free debt advice to anyone facing debt issues in NG2, NG11 and NG12.



Step Forward Money Advice (formerly Trent Debt Advice)

Free, confidential, impartial money management and debt advice. We are part of the national debt charity Community Money Advice (CMA).


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The Arches

The Arches is a practical resource centre providing furniture and household items for those in need across Nottingham


Basford Road Baptist Church

The church is located in the Old Basford area of Nottingham.


Bestwood & Bulwell Foodbank

This foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

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Bestwood Park Church

Bestwood Park Church is a Methodist/Anglican Church at the centre of the community and is attended by people of all ages and backgrounds. It also coordinates Bestop Kitchen. You can read more about their response to Covid-19.


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Break the Chains

Break the Chains is a Christ centred non-profit organisation that exists to encourage, support, and enable all people everywhere to live life well and fulfil their God given potential. Our vision is “In Unity, partnering with Jesus, we will restore, renew and rebuild people in body, mind, spirit and soul” (Isaiah 58).

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Diocese of Nottingham Justice and Peace Commission

The commision works with Roman Catholic parishes across four counties of the East Midlands for social justice, peace and care of creation, and helps them to develop charitable service.

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Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham

The Diocese is a network of over 300 Anglican churches in communities right across Nottinghamshire and some parts of South Yorkshire.


Grace Church

Grace Church is a community that makes disciples and helps everyone find freedom in their lives.
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Heart Nottingham

Heart Nottingham is the social action ministry of Heart Church. Serving The City | Tackling Poverty | Fighting Injustice.
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Hope Nottingham

Hope Nottingham is a Christian charity, working with local churches and community groups to serve those in need in neighbourhoods all around Nottingham.
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Radford Parish All Souls & St Peters

Radford Parish All Souls & St Peters is a local church rooted in our local community of Radford.

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This is a community living room open to all where its ok not to be ok.


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The Salvation Army - Arnold

A Christian church and charity based in Arnold.

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The Salvation Army - Sneinton

A Christian church and charity based in Sneinton.
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Transforming Notts Together

Transforming Notts Together is a partnership between the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham and Church Urban Fund - working together to tackle poverty in Notts!
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Wainman Trust

The trust has been established to raise funds for a Christian Care Complex for older people. Their purpose is to help combat loneliness and isolation in the community. Click here to read how the Wainman Trust adapted to supporting people during lockdown.
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Employment and Social Enterprise

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Grace Enterprises

Grace Enterprises was started by Grace Church in 2017. It aspires to be a network of businesses, big and small, each one aiming to provide meaningful employment opportunities for people who otherwise struggle to find work. The first of these businesses is Radiant Cleaners, an award-winning Social Enterprise cleaning company.
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Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrant Workers

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Refugee Roots (Formerly Nottingham Rainbow Project)

Refugee Roots supports asylum seekers and refugees. See our TNT Talks page, or click here, for a recent interview with Adam Baker.

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Welcome Boxes

Welcome Boxes helps newly-arrived asylum seekers and refugees to meet local people and find their way around Nottingham.


Modern Slavery


Jericho Road

The Jericho Road Project aims to bring hope and restoration to those affected by the sex industry in Nottinghamshire.
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The Salvation Army- Connect Programme

In Nottingham we work with survivors of Modern Slavery through our Connect programme, which aims to help survivors move towards rebuilding their lives and settling in Nottingham. See our TNT Talks page, or click here, for a recent interview with Clare Buckby.

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