Facing up to poverty: The transformational power of relationships

Here we explore 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). We seek to identify the barriers that exist between these three groups and the bridges that bring them together.

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Survival Strategies: A survey of the impact of the current economic climate on community organisations in the most deprived areas of England

This report examines the impact of the current economic climate on community organisations in the most deprived areas of England.

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The Volunteering Gap: Regional variations in volunteering in England

We wanted to find out the extent to which people give their time as volunteers, and what they volunteer for. We commissioned Ipsos MORI to survey a representative cohort of adults across England.

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Poverty In Numbers 2012: Online lookup tool for parishes in England

The Poverty in Numbers report presents some of the most striking findings and information on how to access our new online tool. This tool provides easy access to information on a range of poverty-related indicators for parishes in England. 

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I am one in a million

This study was undertaken by CUF and Frontier Youth Trust on behalf of Churches Together for England. Young people from across the country were encouraged to talk about their experiences of unemployment and identify changes that would help people like them.

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Growing church through social action: A national survey of church-based action to tackle poverty

Commissioned by CUF and conducted by Christian Research Consultancy, the aim of this research is to explore the impact that social growth has on churches, as well as on the communities they serve. 

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Poverty and Fresh Expressions: A study of emerging forms of church in deprived communities

CUF commissioned a study by the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology. This report summarises the key issues facing emerging forms of church in deprived communities.

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Bias to the poor? A study of Christian attitudes to poverty in this country

This research looks at howa theology of poverty is reflected in the attitudes of clergy and churchgoers and, in particular, whether they think differently to the rest of the population about issues of poverty and inequality.

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Events

Submerging Church? Supporting faith-based community work in deprived areas

At CUF, we are committed to supporting those who serve deprived communities, as they live and work alongside some of the poorest and most marginalised people in England.

We held series of overnight consultations for clergy and community workers from deprived parishes to reflect on the key challenges they face and to begin to develop a shared vision for tackling poverty in their diocese. This note summarises the discussions from the first six consultation events in 2011 and 2012.

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Tackling Poverty 2012: A report on CUF’s annual conference

CUF’s annual conference brought together church leaders and Christian workers from England’s most deprived communities as part of a growing movement of Christians tackling poverty in this country.

The conference report summarises some of the core themes that emerged during the day.

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Power, Poverty and the Church

Organised jointly by CUF, Church Action on Poverty and St John’s Waterloo, this workshop brought together church leaders, activists and anti-poverty charities from across denominations to begin to addressaround how Christians can respond to poverty.

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