CUF Research and Policy

Facing Up To Poverty: The Transformational Power Of Relationships

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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.

This research is based on 40 face-to-face, in-depth interviews with people involved with church-led community centres. This paper summarises the key findings from those interviews and looks at what can be done to break down barriers between these three groups.