Harvest Resources from Church Urban Fund

Church Urban Fund - July 2013

Harvest celebrations may be far from your thoughts right now but Church Urban Fund resources for Harvest will be available on their website from 15th August. They write:

Harvest means different things in different congregations. Whether you are in a rural parish, with the fruits of the earth all around you, or in the city or suburbs, for all of us it can be a time to reflect on the food we receive as gifts of God. A time, too, to think about sharing with those in need.

Your church may be looking at mission overseas this year or some other focus for your Harvest reflections. At Church Urban Fund we focus on Tackling Poverty Together here in England. Through our network of partner projects and joint ventures with dioceses we are reaching some of the poorest people in England. Families that have genuinely been hit by the current economic climate, working families that need support that is more than a trip to the Food Bank. Trained partner project volunteers and staff are Tackling Poverty Together by offering support and advice as well as gifts of food; but more importantly offering personal contact to those who feel isolated and excluded from society.

If you would like to join us in Tackling Poverty Together this Harvest please download resources from our website from 15th August.

Church Urban Fund, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ
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‘The Church in Action’ – latest research report from Church Urban Fund

‘The Church in Action’ – latest research report from Church Urban Fund

Church Urban Fund’s latest research report The Church in Action: a national survey of church-led social action quantifies the scale of Anglican church-led social action in England, explores the types of activities that parishes run and identifies the social needs they help to address.

Our findings show that thousands of parish churches around the country play an active role in their local community, running lunch clubs for older people, after school clubs for children living in deprived areas or food banks for parents desperately trying to feed their families.

These activities, and many others like them, are signs of parish churches quietly serving disadvantaged or vulnerable members of their community.

Latest research from Church Urban Fund

Church Urban Fund report

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

Church Urban Fund’s latest research report examines the impact of the current economic climate on community organisations in the most deprived areas of England.

It follows two reports published by Church Urban Fund in 2011, ‘At the Cutting Edge’ and ‘Holding on by a Shoestring’, which looked in detail at how public spending cuts were affecting people and organisations at a grassroots level. Returning a year later to the same organisations, we wanted to examine the ongoing effects of the economic climate.

We found that the current economic climate is having a significant impact upon community organisations and people living in deprived areas of England. This impact can be seen in the rising demand for services and the difficulty of securing funding.

However, in response to these difficulties, organisations are employing a range of survival strategies in order to meet rising demand with rising service provision.