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.

Web of Poverty

March 2014

Definitions matter. The way in which we choose to define a problem influences the solution we offer and therefore shapes our engagement with the world around us. For example, if definitions of poverty focus exclusively on a lack of income, we may come to believe that the solution is simply to give people more money.

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.

Engagement with the Credit Union Sector

February 2014

Credit Unions have been proposed as a potential solution to the problem of financial exclusion and payday lending by the Department for Work and Pensions (2012) and the Archbishop of Canterbury (2013).

Consequently, Church Urban Fund conducted a survey to deepen our understanding of current engagement with this sector; to identify barriers to engagement that will need to be overcome if credit unions are to grow.

This presentation shares the main results of that survey.

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.