Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham


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About Partnerships

Our 18 Partnerships were formally established by Bishop Séamus at Pentecost 2017. You can learn more about them, or visit our partnerships directory.


Guidelines and other resources developed for use by partnerships.


Have a look at the questions being asked about partnerships and the answers offered. You might have some of your own too.

Sharing Area

Why reinvent the wheel? This area will include ideas and developments from partnerships. Send yours in too!

The Forward Together in Hope website is no longer being updated but is still accessible.

All of the resources developed over the last 3 years will be available here until further notice.

Partnerships - Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact us with your questions and we will try our best to respond quickly to you. All questions will be responded to individually and any that are of wider relevance will be posted below with the response.

Contact us by email or 0191 243 3304.


Can you provide any advice about developing an action plan for our Partnership?

We have produced a guidance document entitled ‘Some Thoughts about Developing a Partnership Plan’. This is available from the Resources section of this website. It contains some general information about drawing up an Action Plan as well as an example plan that might provide partnerships with some starting points. If this doesn’t help with your particular query then do please get in touch with Tony Sacco (email).


What are the most important areas that partnerships should get started with?

This really does depend on the Partnership and the current level of joint working between the parishes involved. By way of general advice, it will be very important to put in place some really strong foundations on which to build; Prayer, joint worship, social activity and good communications are being seen by a number of partnerships as critical here. Taking time to build relationships and trust will be time well spent. Ensuring that the partnership has thought through its ‘Mission’ and real purpose before launching headlong into detailed action is likely to further strengthen the foundation.