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.
A survey conducted by Together Middlesbrough sought to quantify the scale and range of social action undertaken by churches and Christian projects across Middlesbrough.
This report summarises the findings of that survey, addressing a gap in knowledge of how churches work in local communities and support people in need. It is offered as a resource to local churches, the voluntary and community sector, local authorities and statutory agencies.
Watch a short film to see how churches are working together to tackle poverty in Middlesbrough.