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Press Release 03/09/2007

Wales' first faith audit receives a third of responses in rapid time

Wales' first faith audit, "Counting for our Communities" has already received over 1,200 responses from the 3,900 questionnaires that were sent out to Wales' faith communities over the last two months.

The Welsh Assembly-backed project is led by Gweini  - the Council of the Christian Voluntary Service in Wales, who are working in partnership with the Wales Council of Voluntary Action (WCVA).

According to Gweini Research Director John M. Evans "


This is a remarkably good response, in a day when we are all being asked for lots of information. A third of all the faith communities in Wales have already replied, and the figure is growing all the time. This shows that Churches and other faith communities in Wales believe that their work for their local communities is important and want the public and government to know about it."


Analysis of the results will not start until the survey is completed, but the monetary value of their contribution to Welsh civil society, says Evans, is expected to run into tens of millions of pounds.


A report of the project, hailed by First Minister Rhodri Morgan as "groundbreaking", should be ready by March next year.

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