Supporting faith-based community work in deprived areas
Leading a church or running a community group in a deprived area is very challenging, as well as rewarding. At Church Urban Fund, we are committed to supporting those who serve these communities, as they live and work alongside some of the poorest and most marginalised people in England.
As part of this work, we have been organising a series of overnight consultations for clergy and community workers from deprived parishes to reflect on the key challenges they face and to begin to develop a shared vision for tackling poverty in their diocese. What are the main issues affecting their communities and their ministry, what would help them to be more effective, and how could the wider Church support them?
This note summarises the discussions from the first six consultation events – held between November 2011 and June 2012 - in the dioceses of York, Newcastle, Rochester, Southwark, Southwell & Nottingham and Wakefield.