The north-east of England is facing huge social and economic changes – the decline of heavy industry, shipbuilding and manufacture, and the corresponding inequalities in health provision, and rising unemployment.

The north-east’s local communities and faith groups have a long tradition of active responses to issues faced by deprived communities, and in particular action around young people, who in this current recession have been the hardest hit.

The Churches Regional Commission (CRC) in the North East has taken an active role in leading research, discussion and action in response to the rising needs of communities under stress.

They are working closely with Durham County Council, aligning the work of faith communities to the Council’s priorities of building sustainable communities, illustrating how a ‘faith perspective’ can inform public policies and practices.

The ‘Faith in Our Community’ (FIC) project involves a partnership of churches who have sustained six neighbourhood projects over five years.

In February 2012, the Good Society project held a workshop with the Regional Faith Network and CRC, to discover what they believe makes a good and compassionate society.

The inter-faith group also focused on the real difficulties communities, individuals and families are facing, and how they can work with people to build resilience and sustainable change.

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A Good Society Workshop

Posted by Helen Clifton on Thursday 8.5.2014

“Faith for me is not in a religious context; it’s more to do with a faith in people’s ability to change.” Faith leaders and community workers from across the North East attended a workshop to discuss what makes a Good Society. The event, held at St James’ URC Church Hall, Newcastle, was organised by the […] | More

Faith in Our Community

Posted by Helen Clifton on Thursday 8.5.2014

Anna Marron, a fieldwork development officer with the department for community and youth work studies at the University of Durham, believes all communities have the potential to thrive if they are given the right tools. “I don’t regard communities as being bad, ever. I believe communities are intrinsically good, that’s what makes them communities,” she […] | More