Speaking ahead of the launch, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said:
“I’m delighted that the Diocese of York and the Church Urban Fund are working jointly for Together Middlesbrough. It’s a great example of changes happening at grass roots level, and from within Middlesbrough itself.
The Archbishop of York is launching an initiative to help tackle poverty in Middlesbrough.
The town is ranked as one of the poorest places to live in the UK, with up to 59% of children in the area reportedly living in poverty. 'Together Middlesbrough', which is a joint scheme between the Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of York, is aimed to reducing the level of deprivation.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will launch the project at St Barnabas Church in Linthorpe at 2pm.
Help for the poorest people in Middlesbrough is being launched by the Archbishop of York today. "Together Middlesbrough" is a joint venture between the Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of York to help churches tackle poverty together.
A service to launch the initiative will be held at St Barnabas Church, Linthorpe, at 2pm.
We have a very unequal society. Overall income inequality is higher than at any time in the last 30 years - and whilst the poorest see their incomes slashed, incomes at the top have been rising rapidly.