B15: Having faith in regeneration

16th September 2003.

Progressively more emphasis is being placed on community involvement as a key factor to successful regeneration.  Consequently, the potential of faith groups within these communities is being seen as a significant ingredient in achieving sustainable renewal.

The establishment of the Inner Cities Religious Council and the Faith Community Liaison Group has shown some commitment from the Government to drawing out the capacity of faith groups in assisting the regeneration process.

The topic has been consistently of interest in the press as more and more positive examples arise showing how faith and regeneration can work together in partnership.  However, there are still a number of barriers and difficulties, which need to be addressed.