Church in Action

A national survey of church-based social action

February 2015

Social action is not an optional side project for the Church; it is core to its heart and mission. The commitment to this calling can be clearly seen in the sheer scale and diversity of activities offered by local churches, ranging from food banks and debt advice, to lunch clubs and fitness classes. 

This report reveals the scale and nature of Anglican social action in England.

Money Speaks Louder than Words

January 2014

The Church of England is well-placed to make a powerful and effective contribution to the growth of the credit union sector. If a substantial proportion of the 1.7 million regular church attendees were to join a credit union – investing some of their savings or taking out small loans - the sector could well achieve its goal of growing from one to two million members. 

Hungry For More

How churches can address the root causes of food poverty
September 2013

The extraordinarily high number of people turning to food banks to make ends meet has brought a great deal of media and policy attention to the issue of food poverty.

Building financial inclusion in our communities

October 2014

Access to financial services is essential in our society. However, a significant number of people lack access to even the most basic financial products.

Financial inclusion can be built in three ways: ensuring people have a secure, minimum income; increasing access to financial services; and providing financial advice and education.

Together Network Impact Report

At the heart of our work is the Together Network - a network of Joint Ventures between Church Urban Fund and individual dioceses. This Network has grown rapidly in recent years and is now operating around the country.

This report gives a snapshot of the work undertaken by the Together Network between January 2013 and June 2014. It explains the type of activities being carried out and the impact of those activities. 

Listen up!

Connecting Churches and Communities Through Listening

August 2014

Listening is a crucial first step for any activity that seeks to tackle poverty. It is important for challenging preconceptions and breaking down power dynamics between ‘helper’ and ‘helped’, creating spaces in which friendship and honesty can grow.

Faith In Action

At a time when many people are struggling to find work or to cope with the rising cost of living there is a growing concern about poverty in this country. Middlesbrough faces particular challenges; unemployment here is twice the national average and child poverty the third highest in the country.The Church, however, has a long tradition of supporting the most vulnerable in society, working in a grass-roots way alongside individuals, families and communities. 

Building an Ethical Financial System: The Role of Credit Unions

November 2013

Credit unions represent a more ethical, community-based approach to banking. For that reason, the Archbishop has called on churches and church members to support credit unions in their local area, helping the sector as a whole to grow.

This briefing paper gives some background to the issues surrounding the problem of payday lending and the role credit unions can play in building a more ethical financial system. It also suggests ways in which churches can get involved with and support their local credit unions.

The Church in Action

A National Survey of Church-led Social Action

Thousands of parish churches around the country play an active role in their local community, running lunch clubs for the elderly, after school clubs for children living in deprived areas or food banks for parents desperately trying to feed their families. These activities, and many others like them, are signs of parish churches quietly serving disadvantaged or vulnerable members of their community.