One in four children in ward living in 'poverty'By Tim Harris
May 28, 2012
A QUARTER of children living in a Farnborough community are living in poverty a new website has found.
The tool, created by the Church Urban Fund, has been set up to calculate poverty and affluence in communities across the UK.
The Cherrywood ward community in North Farnborough has been identified as having deprivation issues.
The figures show that child poverty stands at 24% in the Cherrywood area, there is 16% pensioner poverty and 15% working age poverty.
The Church Urban Fund figures also show 33% of adults in the area have no qualifications, and 39% live in social housing.
Rushmoor Borough Council said it was aware of the issues in this area of Farnborough, and improvement work is being carried out.
Louise Webber, of Rushmoor Borough Council, said: “As part of our regeneration, we have got the Improving Neighbour-hood, Changing Lives Plan.
“It is a strand of our neighbourhood improvement work.
“The plan was previously for Mayfield and Grange [the former Farnborough wards], but will now move forward with Cherrywood.
“It is a three-year improvement plan to narrow the gap of disadvantage felt in that neighbourhood.”
A number of agencies and organisations are working to improve the area, including the Mayfield Community Partner-ship and schools and churches in the ward.
The North Farnborough Church of the Good Shepherd has been running the Good Shepherd Community Project since 1993, which includes clothing exchange, a toddler group and a larder for emergency food.
“I think people value the project and know it is there,” said Rachel Bennetts, vicar at the Church of the Good Shepherd.
“If they have got a problem, they feel they can come and ask for help.
“There is so much good work that is done here, people are doing all sorts of really positive things to address the needs.
“The [poverty] statistics are there, and Rushmoor is very aware of the needs of this area of the borough.
“We find it very sad to see the poverty in the area.
“It is very moving when you realise how much there is.
“That is why the church has its community project.”
The Church Urban Fund’s online tool shows clear distinctions between different communities.
For example, the Cherrywood area is only a few miles from the affluent community of Heatherside, in Camberley.
Paul Hackwood, chair of trustees at Church Urban Fund, said: “We live in one of the most unequal countries in the western world.
“We hope our tool will create a much greater awareness of poverty in England and bring people from affluent and less affluent areas together to think about what could be done to support those that are living in poverty.”
To access the Church Urban Fund poverty tool, visit http://www.cuf.org.uk/povertyinengland.