It is estimated that there are 15,000 rural churches in the UK. Although some have a small attendance, there remains a unique opportunity for churches to respond to issues of social isolation, as they often provide key community facilities and social interaction in rural communities.
In many rural areas, the only buildings available (if any) which enable local people to meet socially and/or provide community activities are pubs, village halls and church buildings. Often, church members have good links with the wider community and – along with other residents – can be a lifeline to identify and support those with limited mobility.
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HOW HAVE OTHERS BENEFITED FROM USING THE TOOLKIT?
Click on the images below to view YouTube videos of our Yorkshire pilot projects, where the Rural Isolation and Loneliness toolkit has been used to benefit each of the rural communities.
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