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What does the faith and belief sector look like in the UK?


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The latest comprehensive data records that over a quarter (27%) of charities registered in Great Britain are faith-based, with the current tally likely higher than this.

64.5% of these charities are Christian; 4.8% are Muslim; 4.6% are Jewish, with other minority faiths making up 1% or less. The remaining 23.2% are faith based, without specifying a particular faith.


There is a huge diversity in the kinds of organisations that make up this number.“Faith-based organisation” can refer to:

"Faith-based organisation" can refer to:

“Inter-faith” and “multi-faith” can be used in similar contexts.

Inter-faith generally refers building relationship across faith traditions through dialogue, mutual understanding, and shared action.

Multi-faith tends to be used more generically to refer to any initiative involving more than one faith.

Inter- or multi-faith groups are sometimes loci for faith-based social action in a place.

Sometimes an organisation’s faith basis may be very clear– other times it may not be obvious at all.

Social action.

The value of social action undertaken by these charities is equally large, estimated to be equivalent to £3 billion in terms of volunteer hours worked.

The National Churches Trust House of Good report, published in 2020, calculates the UK-wide yearly value of church-based mental health support alone to be £27 million, and the cost to the NHS of replicating this work to be £20 million.

Wider determinants

A large amount of this activity compliments the health and care system whether by acting on wider determinants of health, or addressing health and wellbeing issues directly.

Faith groups have a number of assets for the promotion of health:

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