Regeneration schemes must have faith
Faith groups are often deterred from getting involved in urban regeneration programmes, even though they have a key role to play, new research has found.
Religious groups interviewed for the study claimed government regeneration initiatives were often too bureaucratic and discriminatory and professionals did not have enough awareness of the traditions and beliefs of faith communities.
The research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation highlights the positive contribution many faith communities are already making to regeneration work. It suggests that building on that involvement could strengthen community cohesion.
‘Collaboration in urban regeneration carries the risk of conflict and competition,' the research said. ‘But it may also constitute a context in which understanding and trust can be built through practical activity to address common priorities and concerns.'
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