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Tackling Poverty Together – July 2014

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Together Network

 July 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury

10 million rely on church community, new research shows

New research conducted for Church Urban Fund, shows that 10 million adults a year use community services provided by churches and church-run organisations. This is more than half of all those who access these services. The wide range of support includes food banks, luncheon clubs and night shelters along with relationship courses, financial advice and access to computers and the internet.

In a foreword to the Church Urban Fund/ Theos report Good Neighbours: How Churches Help Communities Flourish, launched yesterday in the House of Lords, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said: “This report demonstrates the scale and nature of that love for neighbour in practical action. It shows that relationships are at the heart of every community, and that churches are at the heart of local communities. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the Church is part of the solution for building community blessing at every level.”

Read the full report or download the executive summary here »

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Council cuts to vulnerable people

From Sally Farrant, Social Responsibility Officer (Part-time), Church of England in Devon ( working ecumenically)
 Dear Ann,

 Would you kindly pass this enquiry around the network?

In Torbay (Devon) there are proposed cuts of 73% to services for vulnerable people which is threatening the closure of more than 10 key projects working with homeless people etc in the area.

When I asked one of the national charities involved about whether they were seeing this elsewhere they said they hadn’t seen cuts to this extent. I wondered whether any other dioceses, church and society councils, SROs had experience of this?

Local churches are fully involved with a campaign to say that cuts need to be made to a broader area of services.

http://www.exeter.anglican.org/index.cfm?page=news.story&newsid=642&view=current

I’d appreciate any comments or advice, thanks, Sally