Our most recent Stoke-on-Trent Faith Action Audit was completed in 2016 and captured the impact that faith groups have in their communities.
The audit identified over 500 community projects being run by faith groups in 2016 in the Stoke-on-Trent area. Overall, these projects benefit a total of 14,000 people of all ages, every week.
20% of this work focuses on giving children a good start in life, 16% goes toward helping older people have better lives and 16% of these projects are aimed at reducing social isolation. Other areas covered by these projects are: supporting families, community cohesion, working with young people, working with refugees & asylum seekers, creating safer communities, helping people with addiction, helping people build skills for employment and offering support for people in financial crises.
There are 150 employees and 3,000 volunteers working on these projects. A combination of the total number of volunteer and employee hours multiplied by the national Living Wage (£7.20 per hour), determined that local faith groups contribute a staggering £2.4 million per year to Stoke-on-Trent communities.
2006 Faith Action Audit ( Stoke-On-Trent )
In 2006, Saltbox completed a faith action audit of the community care work undertaken by faith groups in Stoke-on-Trent. The Staffordshire County Faith Action Audit was undertaken separately.
An encouraging 63% of the city's 150 individual faith groups responded to the audit questionnaire, providing information on the community care activities that they organise or support. As well as mapping what is currently taking place in localities the aim of the audit was also to identify potential partnership opportunities which will help bring about beneficial change & community transformation.
Stoke-on-Trent Audit Summary:
- 150 faith groups
- 63% response rate
- 300+ community initiatives
- 13,000+ users engaging weekly
- 2,000+ weekly volunteers
- 5,000+ weekly volunteer hrs
- £1.5M+ volunteers contribution p/a @ min wage
The audit has helped faith groups to begin to share good practice & has helped to explore providing more support and training opportunities. Statutory & other partners now see the value and extent of faith-based work & this has helped to stimulate more partnership engagement, especially in the Local Area Agreement.
2006 Faith Action Audit ( Staffordshire )
In 2006, Saltbox completed a faith action audit of the community care work undertaken by faith groups in Staffordshire. A summary of the headline figures is listed below.
Staffordshire (excl. Stoke-on-Trent) Audit Summary:
- 500 faith groups
- 49% response rate
- 1,100+ community initiatives
- 51,000+ users engaging weekly
- 4,800+ weekly volunteers
- 10,500+ weekly volunteer hrs
- £3M+ volunteers contribution p/a @ min wage
When combined with the Stoke-on-Trent audit the representative summary for the whole county is:
- 650 faith groups
- 1,400+ community initiatives
- 64,000 weekly users
- 6,800+ weekly volunteers
- 15,500+weekly volunteer hours
- £4.4M+ volunteers contributions p/a @ min wage
Audit partners included the Lichfield CoE Diocese, Staffs Consortium of Infrastructure Organisations, Staffs County Council, Staffs Fire & Rescue, West Midlands Faiths Forum.
The aim of the audit is to help faith groups to begin to share good practice & to explore providing more support and training opportunities. It is hoped that statutory & other partners see the value and extent of faith-based work & that this will help to stimulate more partnership engagement, especially in the Local Area Agreement.