The Church of England Research and Statistics Department have produced a valuable resource by bringing together and publishing a range of information about each parish, both in terms of their congregations, and also the wider community living in the area.
There is a Parish Spotlight for every parish in our diocese. Visit the alphabetical list of parishes where you can find the link to the relevant spotlight in pdf format.
Parishes will hopefully find their spotlight useful in helping to understand their local community. Each one covers topics such as Christian affiliation, population age and ethnicity profiles, household structures, deprivation, employment, schools and qualifications, alongside church statistics such as attendance and giving.
Some questions that might be helpful when considering what use to make of the information are included at the end of the document.
Poverty Lookup Tool
Church Urban Fund has recently relaunched its poverty lookup tool. Entering a postcode into this tool allows you to see where a parish ranks, nationally or within a Diocese, on ten different indicators including child poverty, pensioner poverty and life expectancy.
This tool has recently been updated, incorporating 2011 Census data and other more recent data sets.
Visit the tool here: www2.cuf.org.uk/poverty-lookup-tool