Cinnamon Incubator 2023 Winners Announced

  On Wednesday 15 November, Someone Cares fought off stiff competition to win the 2023 Cinnamon Incubator Competition at St Peter’s Church, Notting Hill in London. Since April, Cinnamon have been looking for ambitious church-led social action projects that are...

Cinnamon Incubator celebrates 10 years and 160,000 lives transformed.

Back in 2013, Cinnamon Network had a crazy idea. They noticed that churches across the country were finding innovative ways to address challenges in their communities. They embarked on an audacious plan to  seek out these initiatives, bottle their brilliance and help...

Seven Years On: Renew Wellbeing

Back in 2016 in the basement of Emmanuel Centre Church in Westminster, Ruth Rice took to the stage for what was then known as Cinnamon Project Lab Final. She spoke of her own mental health struggles and her vision for churches to set up spaces where it was OK not to...

One Year On: Restored

Restored were the winners of our 2022 Cinnamon Incubator Competition and Bekah Legg reflects on a busy 12 months for the organisation who equip the church to support survivors of domestic abuse.  How has the Cinnamon Incubator Competition impacted your work? The...

How ‘Safe’ is Your Church?

Mention safeguarding, and chances are, you’ll get eye rolls and yawns from your congregation. But surely as churches, were freedom, justice and love are at the very heart of what we believe, this is the stuff that should have us dancing in the aisles.   But it rarely...

7 top tips for a Safer, Healthier Culture

Shared with the kind permission of ThirtyOne:Eight.7 Top Tips for a Safer, Healthier Culture Culture is the all-important ingredient in the success of any organisation or community. Strategy is important – in fact it is essential - we have to know where we are going...

Connect Academy – Worth Making the Time For

Ali Horton joined Connect Academy in 2022. She’s co-leader of the Gateway Collective – a social enterprise community garden in Bootle, near Liverpool. She gives a little insight into the impact Connect Academy has had on her and her project. What did you want to get...

In The Mundane We Find the Miraculous

Kate Sharma explores how one church in Norwich is making godly connections in the midst of every day life.

Evangelism and/or Social Action?

Sammy Jordan the Director of Hope for Every Home at Hope Together is excited about partnerships… I love a good partnership and life is full of them. Where would Woody be without Buzz? Ant without Dec? Harry without Hermione? It’s not just people either. I’m a...

Social Action Audit Sparks Collaboration

A Cinnamon Social Action Audit was instrumental in building unity between churches in Gainsborough and opening opportunities for partnerships beyond the faith community.

Seven Years On: Renew Wellbeing

Seven Years On: Renew Wellbeing

Back in 2016 in the basement of Emmanuel Centre Church in Westminster, Ruth Rice took to the stage for what was then known as Cinnamon Project Lab Final. She spoke of her own mental health struggles and her vision for churches to set up spaces where it was OK not to...

read more
One Year On: Restored

One Year On: Restored

Restored were the winners of our 2022 Cinnamon Incubator Competition and Bekah Legg reflects on a busy 12 months for the organisation who equip the church to support survivors of domestic abuse.  How has the Cinnamon Incubator Competition impacted your work? The...

read more
How ‘Safe’ is Your Church?

How ‘Safe’ is Your Church?

Mention safeguarding, and chances are, you’ll get eye rolls and yawns from your congregation. But surely as churches, were freedom, justice and love are at the very heart of what we believe, this is the stuff that should have us dancing in the aisles.   But it rarely...

read more

7 top tips for a Safer, Healthier Culture

Shared with the kind permission of ThirtyOne:Eight.7 Top Tips for a Safer, Healthier Culture Culture is the all-important ingredient in the success of any organisation or community. Strategy is important – in fact it is essential - we have to know where we are going...

read more
Connect Academy – Worth Making the Time For

Connect Academy – Worth Making the Time For

Ali Horton joined Connect Academy in 2022. She’s co-leader of the Gateway Collective – a social enterprise community garden in Bootle, near Liverpool. She gives a little insight into the impact Connect Academy has had on her and her project. What did you want to get...

read more
Evangelism and/or Social Action?

Evangelism and/or Social Action?

Sammy Jordan the Director of Hope for Every Home at Hope Together is excited about partnerships… I love a good partnership and life is full of them. Where would Woody be without Buzz? Ant without Dec? Harry without Hermione? It’s not just people either. I’m a...

read more
Street Storage Expand Beyond Belief

Street Storage Expand Beyond Belief

Street Storage provides free, safe, and accessible storage to people experiencing homelessness along with one-to-one advocacy, street outreach and emergency response. Founder Rachel Woolf shares the developments that have taken place since the organisation were...

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Cinnamon Incubator Winners – One Year On

Cinnamon Incubator Winners – One Year On

We chat with Purple Shoots to find out how the Incubator Competition has opened new opportunities.  Purple Shoots provide business advice and small, ethical loans to help individuals to start businesses. They also set up and facilitate self-reliant groups, where...

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If Jesus Ran a Marquee Company

If Jesus Ran a Marquee Company

It's been a hectic three years for Nottingham-based Matt Parfitt. Back in 2020, Matt won our Incubator Competition with Radiant Cleaners a cleaning enterprise with a mission to employ those facing barriers to work. Since then he's gone on to found a network of...

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Restore Church Boston has Big Ambitions

Restore Church Boston has Big Ambitions

Great ideas need to be shared! We love the willingness of Restore Church Boston to share its journey of community development with others. When we first met Restore Church in Boston in the summer of 2021, they were already pretty busy. With a soup kitchen, four...

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Sheringham Lighthouse Expand Community Work

Sheringham Lighthouse Expand Community Work

Sheringham Lighthouse Church has expanded its work in the community by developing close partnerships with a whole range of organisations. Here at Cinnamon, we love funding great projects through our Micro-Grants, but we also love to provide ideas, resources and...

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Partnership is Powerful in 2022

Partnership is Powerful in 2022

Paul Stevenson, Director for Homeless Prevention at the charity Bethany Christian Trust, explores how churches can build strong partnerships that leverage the great gifts God has given them.

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You Are Not a Superhero

It's often said that the opposite of uncertainty is not certainty - but hope. One of the biggest challenges we face at this time of uncertainty in our communities, nation, and globe is to try and remain hopeful. Back in February, we saw an end to all Covid-19...

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Responding to the Cost of Living Crisis

Responding to the Cost of Living Crisis

There is no doubt that our lives have been dominated by Covid-19 over the past couple of years. Personally, I have experienced dramatic changes in all aspects of life including work, church, and family. There was a lot of talk about Covid-19 being a great leveller....

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