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Facts + Figures: Young People and Charities 
A quick overview of volunteering and charitable activities by 16-24 year olds in the UK from nfpSynergy More ...
From a report by nfpSynergy
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The impact of activity groups
How is resilience, health and well-being affected by membership of church groups such as lunch clubs, choirs, etc? More ...
From research by CUF
Home 492
A place to call home? 
A set of six bible studies for small group discussion focusing on a range of issues around housing. More ...
Joint Public Issues Team
Housing First 492
An end to rough sleeping? 
Overwhelming evidence supports Housing First, which provides homes alongside support to homeless people with complex needs. More ...
Geoff Knott
JFTP 492
Justice for the Poor Bible study 
Poor families waited to come in for food. "Lord, we know that you will be coming through this line today, so help us to treat you well." More ...
From a video by Jim Wallis
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The World Family Map 2017 
Confirms family stability and marriage but it also contains some observations which run counter to media headlines. You may be surprised. More ...
From a report by The Institute for Family Studies
Turn 492
Want a long-lasting relationship? Turn towards one another 
Such kindness makes each partner feel cared for, understood, and validated—feel loved. More ...
Geoff Knott
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Shopper Stopper
Giving people control over the shops that never close.  More ...
Geoff Knott
Freedom 492
Debt help buys financial freedom for years 
CAP's The Freedom Report - research on importance of debt advice in building financial capability, resilience to stay free of problem debt.  More ...
From The Freedom Report CAP UK
Ekklesia 492
Tradition - ballast for the voyage or an anchor? 
A radical break from tradition led to something on the order of an evangelistic tsunami so powerful that many Corinthians “were believing and were being baptised” (Acts 18:8). More ...
From an article by Ed Silvoso
bikehub 492
In London? Have you space for a Bike Hub? 
The Bike Project's mission is simple: to get refugees cycling. A bike can help them reach the many resources that London has to offer. More ...
Geoff Knott
Diversity 492
How diversity makes us smarter 
Decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, etc show that socially diverse groups have better outcomes than homogeneous ones. Affects a church? More ...
From an article in Scientific American
Fin Exclusion 2 492
The use of digital technologies to tackle financial exclusion
The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) hosted a roundtable discussion in July 2016 to discuss how digital skills and technology can help tackle the problem of financial exclusion. More ...
From a report by CSJ
Homelessness 492
Church and homelessness survey report
What are churches are doing for homeless people and what are the challenges they face in meeting the seemingly increasing demand? More ...
Geoff Knott
MHF Facts 492
Fundamental Facts about mental health 2016 
The Mental Health Foundation have published a comprehensive summary of mental health research in November 2016. It provides a unique handbook of key facts and figures, covering all key areas of mental health. More ...
From a report by The Mental Health Foundation
Funders 492
Christian funders and grant-making: an analysis
Who are the Christian funders who give to multiple organisations, what they are doing and what the future of the sector might look like? More ...
From a report by Theos
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Top 10 blog posts 2016
I've been looking at the tens of thousands of visits to the Word on the Streets website since starting in April 2016 and the number of visits to each blog. Which ones were of most interest across the site? More ...
Geoff Knott
Welcome 492
Clergy Hosting 
Clergy Hosting is clergy offering hospitality to homeless migrants or refugees. More ...
Initiative of CapitalMass, DioLondon. Housing Just
Rising capacity and demand for migrant accommodation 
NACCOM, the No Accommodation Network annual accommodation survey. 1,707 individuals accommodated by 36 NACCOM Members, an increase of 28.5% since 2015. More ...
From a news item by Lucy Smith, NACCOM
Darlington 492
If your church closed, would your community notice?
Phil Hillsden leader King's Church, Darlington was challenged by that question and set about changing the church. The church's strap line is now, "Transforming Lives, Changing Communities". More ...
Geoff Knott
depression 492
Poverty and Mental Health
Many people in the UK live in poverty. Many people will experience a mental health problem each year. What's the link between the two? More ...
Geoff Knott
paraclesis 492
Changing church to be 'love with skin on'
Paraclesis is a term that is found over 140 times in the New Testament. It means to come alongside. A new resource helps a church develop a fresh culture of care. More ...
Geoff Knott
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Church as sanctuary to refugees 
The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, spoke recently of why Christians are mandated to offer welcome to all and how churches can support refugees and asylum seekers new to this country. More ...
Geoff Knott
fx 492
The missional impact of fresh expressions 
In November 2016, the Church Army published research about fresh expressions of Church - an initiative of the Church of England. What did they discover? More ...
From the Church Army Research Unit
Shelter 492
Night shelter
As winter draws near, many churches will be participating in running night shelters for those on the streets. Here's the story of a Night Shelter provided each night by one of 6 churches in Manchester. More ...
From CofE Manchester
dont shut eyes 492
Don't shut your eyes
Human trafficking and other forms of exploitation are all around us. Victims may be washing your car, painting your nails, picking your food, etc. How do you spot the signs? More ...
From the European Freedom Network
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Hidden rules among classes
Hidden rules are the unspoken cues and habits of a group. If you are in a group, you understand these hidden rules and the danger is you take these for granted that they for everyone. More ...
From A Framework for Understanding Poverty Dr Ruby
prison 492
1000+ facts about the prison system
Prison Reform Trust produced a fact file about prisons in England+Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in autumn 2015. It contains a huge number of insights and would inform prayer and other initiatives. More ...
From a report by The Prison Reform Trust
Teen 492
Insights into teen health and well-being
Dept of Education research. It is clear that the year 10 students in 2014 have markedly different attitudes and behaviours than those in 2005. How have things changed in those nine years? More ...
Geoff Knott
online 492
Online Church - extending gospel reach
Everyday Church based in south-west London launched an online church in September 2015. Everyday Church has planted many churches and the online church is seen as another church plant. More ...
Geoff Knott
talk jesus 492
Talking Jesus - perceptions of Jesus, Christians and evangelism
What do people in this nation know and believe about Jesus? What do they really think of us, his followers? Are we talking about Jesus enough? These are just some of the questions asked More ...
from research for CofE, Hope, EA
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Top 10 facts about refugees and asylum seekers 
The Refugee Council recently published some myth-busting facts about refugees and asylum-seekers based on latest available statistics. Here are the top 10: More ...
The Refugee Council
Conversation 492
Reaching parts of the community others can’t - part 2 
The gospel is not something we come to church to hear, it is something we go from church to do. How can we all be equipped to talk about faith matters naturally and honestly? More ...
Geoff Knott
Secret Garden 492
Reaching parts of the community others can’t - part 1
With the growth of social action in recent years, there have been many opportunities for Christians to express love and compassion to their neighbours, but how does that relate to evangelism? More ...
Geoff Knott
Addiction 492
Supporting those in addiction 
The Community Church Honiton have a team of over 60 volunteers working in a wide variety of social action initiatives. One of these ‘Walk the Talk’ is supporting those in drug / alcohol addiction. More ...
From a blog by Commission/Community Church Honiton
Loneliness 492
How can churches best respond to loneliness? 
In July 2016, CUF published a briefing paper 'Connecting Communities: The impact of loneliness and the opportunities for churches to respond'. The information is helpful for creating effective actions. More ...
From a report by Church Urban Fund
Refugee Camp 492
Made for goodness: A faithful response to the refugee crisis
Briefing produced by the Joint Public Issues Team: Baptist, Church of Scotland, Methodist and United Reformed Churches working together: "A Christian response to the unfolding refugee crisis must begin with More ...
Joint Public Issues Team: Baptist, CoS, Meth., URC
SA Stepney 492
An agent of reconciliation
"We felt convicted that relational poverty, like material poverty, is a form of injustice. Without reconciliation this wonderful neighbourhood could never reach its potential and Jesus’ prayer for it to “be on earth as it is heaven” More ...
From a blog by The Centre for Theology and Communi
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Community sponsorship scheme launched for refugees in the UK 
The Home Secretary and the Archbishop of Canterbury have launched a new scheme to encourage community groups to sponsor a refugee family. More ...
Home Office, DCLG, DFID
InControl 492
Money and mental health - a consultation
People with mental health problems are far more likely to face financial difficulty than others. The Money and Mental Health charity have launched a consultation on policies to protect such consumers. More ...
Geoff Knott
Reconciliation 492
A time for reconciliation
Steve Clifford, Director General of the Evangelical Alliance speaks about how the church needs to model reconciliation in these times of divided opinions, upheaval and uncertainty. More ...
Geoff Knott
Budget 492
Helping financial management
There are some financial products that could be useful for those struggling with budgeting and managing their finances. If you are involved in debt advice or helping vulnerable people you may want to investigate further. More ...
Geoff Knott
John Wesley 492
Church of the poor: A fierce heart for people in poverty 
John Wesley had a fierce heart for people in poverty and said some things which are deeply challenging to us, to our politics and our Church today. He said that “one great reason why the rich have so little sympathy for the poor is More ...
Liam Purcell
Safe Haven 492
Safe Haven? Responding to Europe's refugee/migration crisis.
An excellent 5 minute film by Jubilee Centre/CPFE setting out the main issues surrounding the refugee crisis, priorities for public policy and options for Christians to make a difference. More ...
Jubilee Centre CPFE
Elderly event 492
Getting older...
About 3.8m older people live alone. Over one in ten older people are in contact with family friends or neighbours less than once a month. Two-fifths of older people say that their main company is the TV. What can a church do? More ...
From a blog Graham Tomlin and Sian Brookes
Housing Affordability 492
Housing affordability - costs undermine living standards
New research by the Resolution Foundation goes beyond the question of house prices and looks at the proportion of household income spent on housing – including rent, mortgage repayments and service More ...
Lindsay Judge - Resolution Foundation
askthequestion 492
Today over 45 million people are trapped in modern slavery around the world. We have the power to change this and make slavery history. From 1st April 2016, companies must disclose what steps they are taking to deal with slavery in their supply chains. More ...
Geoff Knott
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Challenges, successes and barriers accessing ESOL provision
Some of the barriers which prevent people from accessing ESOL (and other services) are culture, limited availability of classes, lack of confidence, immigration status, cost and location. More ...
Ayesha Afzal, Beverley Brooks, Julian Prior
migrants 492
A Church for the poor? Letting go of power
Inspired by Pope Francis’ vision of “a poor church, for the poor”, Church Action on Poverty is exploring how churches can do more to stand in solidarity with people in poverty. Reflections of many prominent Christians will shortly be published More ...
Liam Purcell
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Syrian Refugees and the UK - House of Commons Briefing Paper
As the Syrian crisis gets ever deeper, there is ongoing pressure for the UK to accept more Syrian refugees. Over 13.5 million Syrians need help More ...
Geoff Knott
StepChange debt 492
A look at the lives of 300,000 people in debt in the UK
Nearly 550,000 people contacted the StepChange Debt Charity for help in 2015. Their Statistic Yearbook 2015 gives some real insights, through simple infographics, into the personal debt of clients in this year. More ...
Geoff Knott
Welcoming the stranger 492
A guide: refugees, asylum seekers and migrants
Churches Together Merseyside region. A very comprehensive briefing paper and guide triggered by the international refugee crisis and inspired by the need to respond to the Gospel, to the injunction to ‘welcome the stranger’ and More ...
Geoff Knott
houses 492
Hosting a refugee or an asylum seeker
As Christians volunteer to open up their homes to refugees and asylum seekers, here are some thoughts regarding arrangements churches may want to put in place to set expectations and protect both the hosts and the guests. More ...
Based on a handout by Action Foundation
From Houses to Homes 492
From houses to homes 
It is impossible to work for social justice in cities today without addressing the issue of housing. What will happen if the poorest residents of our cities are priced out of their neighbourhoods by soaring housing costs? More ...
Geoff Knott
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Riding on a smile: a Syrian refugee and his bike
Getting around London is expensive for everyone, let alone for a refugee living on the weekly government asylum allowance of £36.95. Whilst seeking asylum, it is vital that people are able to access More ...
The Bike Project
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Factors in successful resettlement of refugees
A summary of findings from refugee resettlement programmes shows the following: More ...
Geoff Knott
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Refugees - what churches are doing
We are seeing a refugee crisis across Europe. So far a relatively small number have arrived in the UK, but over the coming months the number is likely to increase dramatically. In December 2015, Jubilee+ launched a short survey to understand what actions More ...
Geoff Knott
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