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Report’s findings to be celebrated

Posted on 8th October, 2015 by Lincoln Against Poverty

Churches and faith groups from across Lincoln will join together to celebrate a powerful report in association with UK charity Cinnamon Network that provided clear evidence of the large scale social action impact and economic value these groups are having in the local community.

The findings of the report carried out earlier this year by The Cinnamon Faith Action Audit for Lincoln will be marked at a special invitation-only event at Alive on Newland, Lincoln, tomorrow (Thursday, October 8).

Among the crucial statistics the survey revealed:

  • 353 projects in the city run by faith organisations
  • 63,019 beneficiaries in 2014
  • 270 paid staff
  • 277,920 paid staff hours per year
  • 4,905 volunteers
  • £13,513,495 of paid and volunteer hours
  • £14,400,046 total financial benefit to the local economy

Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Leader of City of Lincoln Council and Local Sponsor for the Cinnamon Faith Action Audit, said: “The faith communities in Lincoln are an outstanding exemplar of values and beliefs being translated into action which addresses inequality and injustice in the city.

“A vast range of individuals benefit from the care, compassion and understanding they bring and I am very proud of the work they do in the city.”

Joy Blundell, from Alive Church, said: “We are very much inspired by the amount of work that is being delivered by the faith sector in Lincoln and are looking forward to celebrating together and exploring future partnerships which will enable greater impact and more effective service in the city.”  

Local churches and other faith groups work with families, provide debt advice, coach people back into work, offer emergency food parcels and provide a safe place to belong and build friendships.

Cinnamon Network’s aim in undertaking the Cinnamon Faith Action Audit nationally was to take a pragmatic approach and recognise that the new government will face a challenge in reducing the deficit.

Cinnamon Network’s vision is to see local churches and other groups respond to this growing issue and build stronger relationships with local authorities, the police and other agencies.