Research Reports


Poverty Briefing 2016

Church Urban Fund’s vision is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness. To this end, we have worked with the Church of England’s Research and Statistics Division to develop an online tool that provides information on a range of poverty-related indicators at the parish level. This paper is an overview of this data, looking inequality and deprivation across England.  

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Click here to explore the Poverty lookup tool


Connecting Communities: The impact of loneliness and the opportunities for churches to respond

Almost one in five people say that that they feel lonely often or always. This paper explores what loneliness is and the impact that it has on individuals and on society. 

The report provides a summary of best practice for churches who are responding to the issue of loneliness and shows that churches are uniquely well placed to carry out the types of activities that have been proven to be most effective in reducing loneliness. 



Church Urban Fund Impact Report

CUF was established by the Church of England as a practical response to unmet need and we have been active in local communities for over 30 years. Our vision is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness.This report shows what we achieved in all aspects of our work during 2015. 

This report details our areas of work, parnerships we share, evaluation and finances. 




Building Kingdom Communities: The Prophetic Role of the Church in Community Engagement

This paper is an invitation to theological reflection on your community engagement. In it, we pick up the theological threads raised in Fullness of Life Together and explore their practical implications. Our intention is to help those who are developing activities in their community, to reflect theologically on their practice, whether they are already active or seeking to engage for the first time.

The resource offers a clear, three stage process for groups to follow and serves as a ‘how to’ primer of practical theology, aiming to draw on experiences of those in the group, encouraging conversations that lead to real change.



Asylum Seekers and the Church

How can the church be a responsible, active and loving support to asylum seekers and refugees in our communities? This paper is a summary of an event at which a group of Christians from across the Black Country and beyond gathered together to consider this important question.





Creating Conversations: Exploring Community-Based Responses to Poverty

During 2015, CUF and the University of Edinburgh’s Divinity School hosted a series of events funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The series of four events aimed to bridge the gap between theory and practice, bringing together academics, clergy and practitioners to share their diverse experience and expertise on poverty-related issues.

This report is a synopsis of the four events, sharing summaries of the presentations delivered at each one. We hope that it will help to share the learning gained from the events and to encourage similar discussions around the country.

If you would like to listen to the talks delivered at the four events, please follow these links:

Growing Stronger Together: How can we build flourishing communities?

A Silent Epidemic: How can we share one another's loneliness?

Money Talks: How can we tackle financial exclusion? 

A Glass Half Full: Exploring strengths-based approaches to community development 

Guide to Employment for Faith Based Organisations