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Worldwide vision unleashed for churches community needs network

Cinnamon Network is going global, supporters heard this week.

Cinnamon Network is entering into a new era with a refreshed focus to help churches meet the needs at the very heart of their communities.

As an established and highly regarded charity in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, Cinnamon’s model has attracted attention from across the world. As part of the developments at Cinnamon Network, Cinnamon’s founder, Matt Bird, will be moving into a new role to establish Cinnamon International.

Amanda Bindon (pictured right) and Mike Royal (pictured below), who are already on the leadership team at Cinnamon, will be leading Cinnamon UK into this new era, building on the foundations that have been established and supporting the work with even more churches across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Of his new position Matt Bird said: “I am immensely proud of all that Cinnamon has achieved and am excited about being released to establish Cinnamon International, whose purpose will be to set-up self-sustaining Cinnamon Networks in countries around the world. I will continue in a founder advisory role to Cinnamon UK supporting my leadership team colleagues as they take the helm.”

Amanda Bindon has been Cinnamon’s Communications Team Leader and brings with her extensive experience form the corporate world. Amanda has worked for Esso, Jacob’s (part of Danone), Pizza Hut and subsequently led the Waitrose Marketing Department before joining Cinnamon.

Amanda said: “Cinnamon has come such a long way and the need within communities across our nation is more acute than ever. I am excited about leading Cinnamon to develop the capacity of churches to respond.”

Mike Royal has been leading Cinnamon’s Church Engagement Team to date and has been the national pioneer of TLG Alternative Education Centres, with vast experience of working across denominations. Mike said: “Having been part of Cinnamon’s incredible growth, I am passionate about developing the knowledge and talents within our team to progress the work to support even more churches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.”

David Westlake will continue to chair the Board of Trustees and adds his support to the changes at Cinnamon UK saying: “We are deeply grateful to Matt for his vision in not only establishing Cinnamon Network, but in building such a capable team to support the continued growth of the work in the UK.

“As a Board we are looking forward to working closely with Mike and Amanda as we consolidate the great work that Cinnamon is already doing so we can be even more strategic in the support we give to churches across the nations.”

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