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Two – thirds of UK churches identify loneliness and isolation as top issue to tackle post lockdown

New research reveals that churches in the UK are gearing up to tackle a huge surge of loneliness in their cities and communities in the social aftermath of lockdown. TheHope Beyondreport, released today by grant-making charityAllchurches Trust, shows that more than two-thirds of church respondents expect loneliness and isolation to be the most pressing need in the next three months, with 58% of churches predicting the same when looking a year ahead.

The aim of the survey, which involved 638 respondents from churches across a range of Christian denominations, was to give a deeper insight into the key issues churches believe communities will be coping with due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus crisis both in the short and long term, and the benefits and barriers they anticipate in meeting those needs. These insights have helped shape Allchurches Trust’s newHope Beyond grants programme, which opens for applications from July 15.

The issue of mental health and wellbeing was the second highest-rated concern for around half of the churches inboth the short and long term; borne out by the Centre for Mental Health forecasting in mid-May that at least half a million more people in the UK may experience mental ill-health as a result of Covid-19.

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