27 September 2005

Postcards put churches at the heart of new communities

Delegates to the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences will receive postcards encouraging them to recognise the contribution churches are making in areas of new housing. 2,000 of the postcards have been printed.

The postcards are part of a campaign by the Churches Group for New Communities, part of Churches Together in England. The group points out that the churches have vital roles to play in new housing developments, helping to build community as well as supporting the spiritual needs of individuals and families. The Town and Country Planning Association estimates that Britain will need 3.5 million new homes between now and 2021.

'Churches are involved in the debate on how communities are built,' says Anthea Cox, Methodist Coordinating Secretary for Public Life and Social Justice, and chair of the Churches Group for New Communities. 'We have so much to offer when it comes to helping areas of new housing becomes communities.'

'At its heart, this is about the spiritual well being of new communities,' says Anthea, 'and also about providing services such as schools. At a time when we are warned about Britain's towns becoming increasingly segregated, we want to play our part in helping bring people together.'

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