Resourcefulness against the odds

Manor Estate shop frontsIn Sheffield, the Listen Up! programme is helping local churches to hear the stories of people in poor communities, and work together for change. It’s an example of Church Action on Poverty’s ‘partner church’ work. In this guest blog, Revd Ali Dorey shares some of the stories that have emerged.

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A good listening to

Hodge Hill‘What I need is a good listening to’. That was the headline, a few years ago, of a powerful ad campaign run by the Children’s Society. Not the ‘good talking to’ from a cross adult, more familiar to many children. But adults need ‘a good listening to’, too.

In this guest blog, Revd Al Barratt writes about how an idea developed through our work with partner churches is helping his parish in Birmingham.

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Listening to the people who are living the ‘Perfect Storm’

stormThe challenges posed by current benefit changes, public sector cuts and wider economic recession have been described as a ‘perfect storm’. But do we, let alone politicians, really understand what that looks like to those living with the day-to-day reality?

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