The Church and faith groups are saving the country’s over-stretched health system more than £3 billion every year, is the finding of a UK study.
The Cinnamon Network – a charity that connects faith-based organisations – studied 32 church-led initiatives, to determine how they tackled issues such as mental health, obesity and social isolation.
It found more than 3500 churches and 200,000 volunteers were making a significant contribution to the National Health Service.
Founder, Matt Bird said they now have evidence that churches helps reduce obesity, loneliness, mental health issues and dementia – along with many other aspects of life for normal people.
He told Premier, the state of the nation would be worse without the Church’s help.