BUILDING FINANCIAL INCLUSION IN OUR COMMUNITIES

Financial inclusion can be built in our society in three ways: ensuring people have a secure, minimum income; increasing access to financial services; and providing financial advice and education. This paper explores these three themes and shares case studies of the innovative work churches are doing around the country.

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TOGETHER NETWORK IMPACT REPORT

This report gives a snapshot of the work undertaken by the Together Network between January 2013 and June 2014. It shows that the Network is supporting a significant number of churches and organisations, helping them to unlock financial, physical and human resources to tackle poverty and transform lives.

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LISTEN UP! CONNECTING CHURCHES AND COMMUNITIES THROUGH LISTENING

This report tells the story of one church that undertook a listening exercise to inform and shape their work in the community. We hope that it will be a useful and practical resource for other churches seeking to listen to, connect with and support people in their communities.

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GOOD NEIGHBOURS: HOW CHURCHES HELP COMMUNITIES FLOURISH

In this new piece of research, CUF and Theos set out to understand the impact of local churches in deprived communities in England. We sought to explore what churches do to support people in their communities, and also how and why they do it.

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WEB OF POVERTY

This Web of Poverty paper sets out CUF’s understanding of poverty. It also explains our approach to tackling poverty and how, through our Together Network, we seek to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised in England. 

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ENGAGEMENT WITH THE CREDIT UNION SECTOR

 CUF conducted a survey to deepen our understanding of current engagement the credit union 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.

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MONEY SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS

The report makes recommendations about the steps that need to be taken to significantly increase membership of credit unions amongst churchgoers. These recommendations will help to encourage churchgoers to become more active supporters of credit unions, by deepening their knowledge and understanding of the sector and its value. 

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