The Night the Archbishop Came to Tea
Published by Kerrie Beck for Longhurst Group in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities
Jonathan Driffill and Justin Welby, Archbishop
The Archbishop of Canterbury made a surprise visit to local housing association, Friendship Care and Housing.
Staff and board members shared their views on social issues in Birmingham over tea and cake during the out of hours visit last night [Thursday 19th September].
Justin Welby, who was ordained to the position of Archbishop earlier this year, was one of the key speakers at the National Housing Federation Conference earlier today [Friday 20th September]. As part of his speech on the roles of the Church and social housing within society the Archbishop praised the work of housing associations across the country. A former Friendship board member himself, Welby has an intimate understanding of the positive affect socially responsible housing can have on a community and believes that partnership is the key to continued success. Speaking at the conference the Archbishop remarked: “Housing associations are one of the best kept secrets in society – you don’t see the enormous impacts they have made. Like you [housing associations], we [the Church] are in the community and there is a great way forward in working together.”
Managing Director of Friendship, Jonathan Driffill, said of the visit: “Housing associations have a real friend in the Archbishop and it’s fantastic to have the support of such a passionate advocate. It was a lovely evening and we feel honoured that the Archbishop chose to visit Friendship and hear first-hand about the work that we do locally and the challenges we now face.”