Local Poverty

Local Poverty

Communities Together Durham’s work is based in the area covered by Durham Diocese30% of parishes in this area are amongst the 10% most deprived parishes in the country. It is faced by a number of key issues of poverty.

  • Child poverty, pensioner poverty and working age poverty in this diocese are among the highest in the country. 
  • The most significant poverty-related issue in this area is the relatively high rate of lone parenthood.
  • Did you know that male life expectance, female life expectance and qualifications are among the lowest nationally?

Map showing area of notable poverty in the north of the diocese. Darker red denotes higher levels of poverty.

Within our diocese there are huge inequalities. For example there is almost a 20 year difference in life expectance for girls between certain parishes in Stockton and parishes in Durham. Stockton and Hartlepool contain some of the poorest parishes in the country while Durham some of the wealthiest.  One of our challenges is getting people to engage and work together whatever their background.

This is just one example of ultiple issues facing our communities. We are committed to doing all we can to bring people together from across the diocese to respond, to help our communities flourish.

Many churches within the diocese are actively involved in initiatives that support people experiencing poverty of resources, relationships or identity.  These include a range of activities such as running Food Banks, holding luncheon clubs and supporting Credit Unions. Communities Together Durham aims to support and build on this amazing work already been done.

Full details of poverty in the Diocese of Durham can be found on the research pages of the Church Urban Fund website.