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Riots lead to Church Army Hope on the Streets initiative

Church Army has launched a new campaign, Hope on the Streets, in response to last year’s riots, which have been highlighted again following the publication of an independent report.

Church Army has launched a new campaign, Hope on the Streets, in response to last year’s riots, which have been highlighted again following the publication of an independent report.

The Riots Communities and Victims Panel, set up last year by the leaders of the three main political parties, highlighted the plight of 500,000 forgotten families who are struggling to make ends meet and consequently find themselves “at the bottom of society”.

It also found that a lack of community cohesion, poor parenting and limited opportunities for young people were also contributing factors.

As a result Church Army is redoubling its efforts to draw alongside marginalised and vulnerable people, and its Hope on the Streets campaign is part of this.

Mark Russell, Church Army Chief Executive, said: “We were all horrified by the shocking scenes as the riots spread across England in August 2011. I commend this excellent report, and the serious attempt to raise the level of debate from the soundbite blame game.

“This report makes some excellent recommendations and I encourage all political parties to adopt them. At the heart of this report is a desire to see stronger communities and to encourage people to have a hope in a better tomorrow. For 130 years that's been Church Army's mission, and we will redouble our efforts to help the most marginalised people in our society, and see ‘hope on the streets’ of our nation"

Baroness Sherlock, who served as a member of the Riots Communities and Victims Panel, said: “I am delighted that Church Army has responded so positively to our report, and congratulate Mark Russell and his team on the work they are doing to help marginalised individuals and communities in some of the most deprived parts of our country. It is only by ensuring that everyone has a stake in our society that we can hope to avoid a repeat of the riots of 2012.”

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