Faith in the Black Country

Funded through the Home Office, this unique study by Transformations showed for the first time the extensive contribution made by faith groups to the economic and social regeneration of the Black Country- an area with 1.1 million residents. Based on a survey of 300 churches, faith-based projects and faith communities, the study was able to demonstrate that faith groups through their community-focused activities make an investment of at least £32million every year.

Key findings from the Black Country Faith Survey included:

  • 2,500 full and part time jobs
  • more than 18,800 volunteers giving 26,000 hours of time each week – or 1,352,000 a year
  • over 800 faith-based activities and projects connecting with nearly 23,000 children and young people every week (based on a 40% return)
  • the growth of faith-based social enterprises,
  • a vast range of support services providing education & skills training, advice & guidance on family and relationships, bereavement support, debt and money advice
  • a significant number of initiatives meeting basic needs such as food, furniture, housing and clothing.

The concluding report ‘Faith in the Black Country’ is published by The Net, the network of Christian churches and individuals that commissioned the study. A DVD Is also available.