Thousands of volunteers’ hours spent in Hastings and St Leonards

Churches Together Chairman John Lyttle with Victoria Lawrence and Nick Nunayon from the Cinnamon Network G2j-8I7eQuSkl3fAEsRn
Churches Together Chairman John Lyttle with Victoria Lawrence and Nick Nunayon from the Cinnamon Network G2j-8I7eQuSkl3fAEsRn

Nearly 2,000 volunteers are giving up 227,487 hours every year on 178 social action projects from churches and other faith groups in Hastings and St Leonards, according to a charity.

The Cinnamon Faith Action Audit for Hastings and St Leonards by Cinnamon Network revealed the time alone given for the in the area was worth over £2million.

And on average each church or faith group is delivering six social action projects worth almost £80,000 each.

The findings were launched at Hastings Town Hall by Church Together in Hastings & St Leonards with keynote speaker Bishop Richard Jackson.

Church Together chairman John Lyttle said: “It was a privilege to have representatives of the churches and faith groups who took part in this audit, members of the police, local agencies and dignitaries join us this evening as we launched this exciting new report.

“Churches and other faith groups in our town expend a huge amount of energy, mostly voluntarily, running projects that make a significant difference to the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our communities.”

The audit is the most detailed and comprehensive report of its kind.

All faith groups were invited to participate in the audit in February this year.

The 29 participating faith groups in Hastings and St Leonards included 23 Christian organisations, one Muslim, one Jewish, two Buddhist and two ‘other religion’.

Nationally the report found the time given by UK faith groups into their communities is estimated to be over £3 billion a year, supporting 48 million beneficiaries.

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