Facing up to Poverty

Facing up to Poverty

The transformational power of relationships

November 2012

This research project explored the impact of church-led community work on the relationships between three groups: churchgoers, community workers and people in poverty (understood broadly as material/resource poverty). It sought to identify the barriers that exist between these three groups and the bridges that bring them together.

Comissioned by Church Urban Fund and conducted independantly by Christian Research Consultancy, this research is based on 40 face-to-face, in-depth interviews with people involved with church-led community centres in Newcastle, Preston, Birmingham and Camborne. This paper summarises the key findings from those interviews and looks at what can be done to develop community work that breaks down barriers between these three groups.