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Faith in Mind

Workshops and Mentoring to support churches

working with those affected by trauma or addiction 

The project is led by Deb Fozzard, Director of Sunderland Connect Network, and Rebekah Allon-Smith, a Psychotherapist with a passion for building bridges between faith and spirituality, and modern psychological perspectives.


Mission brings us into contact with those struggling with serious mental health difficulties, addiction, and the effects of trauma. It can be difficult to know how to love these people well. The Faith in Mind project will educate, inspire, and equip you. 


Sunderland churches are involved with missional projects relating to homelessness and food poverty. These activities bring church leaders and volunteers into contact with those who struggle with mental ill-health, addiction, and other complex challenges. This project will educate, equip, and inspire Christians in Sunderland through engagement with neuroscience and psychology. 


The Workshops

The Faith in Mind project will run 2 workshops exploring trauma, addiction, and related topics, and provide opportunities to reflect on how this is relevant to our faith and to missional work with some of the most vulnerable in our communities.

Alongside the workshops, we are running a mentoring programme, open to individuals whose work or ministry involves them in working closely with vulnerable individuals

Workshop Dates


Fridays: 29th September, 24th December 2023  


From 10:00am – 2.30pm (Refreshments served from 9:30am)

At St Andrew’s Church, Old Mill Rd, Southwick, SR5 5TP

For more information contact

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"This project promises to be of great value to the faith communities and

missional endeavours in the area, and I am delighted to endorse the project"

Rt Revd Paul Butler 

Bishop of Durham

These sorts of projects are achievable when churches work together and support one another!

If you have an idea for a project and need some help why not get in touch and see how we can help?

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