One of Thrive Together Birmingham’s key aims is to support and develop the growing movement of Christians, churches and community organisations involved in activities in their local neighbourhoods who are challenging the impact of poverty and disadvantage on individuals and wider communities.

Our focus remains on encouraging and supporting churches to connect to people in the neighbourhoods around them and then respond to local needs and opportunities. As churches and organisations act they discover that often other people are keen to join in with their activity. As a consequence new relationships are formed and imaginative activities usually develop that help build stronger communities. As a result Christians are seen to be making a difference alongside people of other faiths and none. In recent years this approach has been rolled out to engage with people of different faiths and none who share our vision for building flourishing neighbourhoods.

We rarely do anything alone but seek to model collaboration as we partner with other organisations and individuals who share our vision for a city of flourishing neighbourhoods and communities. We are encouraged in this approach by the range of organisations who want to work with Thrive including local authorities, charities, businesses, faith organisations, local residents and community groups.

Our collaborative approach and range of partners can be clearly seen through the initiatives that we are part of, some of which began with just a handful of people in one local neighbourhood.