This year’s Diocesan Conference delegates have affirmed their commitment to Faith in Families, as it fights for its future.
The charity is losing its Communities First grant in March next year, which it relies on for around 80% of the funding for its three Swansea centres.
Archbishop John told the conference, held at Brecon Cathedral, that “the work of Faith in Families finds itself, yet again, under significant threat.
“The risk is a number of our family centres might have to close. When we note that we’ve only recently been celebrating the £1m refurbishment of St Teilo’s Church into a family centre and worship space that would be highly regrettable.”
He called on the conference to pass a motion expressing its concerns and “affirm its full support for the Faith in Families initiative, regrets the reduction in support from external partners which places that initiative in jeopardy, and urges those partners and others to work with us to explore possible alternatives to secure the initiative’s future”.
The motion was passed unanimously.
Faith in Families is part of the Swansea and Brecon Diocesan Board for Social Responsibility Ltd. It is a registered charity and works within the diocese in co-ordination with the bishop and the Diocesan Board of Finance and is also supported by the Diocesan Mothers' Union.