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From the Chairman of ISR

It is a sad irony that, after achieving independence as a separate registered charity in 2012, in this following year the Board of ISR found it necessary to announce that the organisation would need to cease operating as at 30th April 2014. The trustees judged correctly that the financial position of ISR would make it legally incorrect to continue. Despite every effort on the part of trustees, staff, volunteers and supporters, it had become impossible to secure sufficient financial resources.

Like many organisations, ISR had been struggling to maintain a secure financial base for some time in a very difficult funding environment.  The pressures reflected the financial issues that our church funding partners face.  The ISR team worked hard to draw funding from elsewhere to support the mission and ministry of the organisation but this has proved difficult.

There are some aspects of the work that, at present, remain funded and these are to be relocated within the Anglican Diocese and the Methodist District, as appropriate.  To close an organisation that has provided chaplaincy and community ministry for many years and supported volunteers to put their faith into action in many and varied ways is sad indeed.

I know that many share the disappointment of this outcome but it is our hope that the commitment that ISR had to 'putting faith to work' has inspired a whole range of people to get involved in making their faith an active and engaged part of their lives and the legacy of this will bear fruit in many other ways.

I would like to express my thanks to those who over a period of twenty three years, provided funding and support for ISR to help make a reality of our Christian outreach.  In particular the drive and energy of staff and volunteers should be celebrated and acknowledged.

John Savage CBE


ISR is a diverse organisation committed to 'Putting faith to work' in the community and in the workplace.

We aim to express Christian values at work and in economic life and by working for social justice with church communities in the South West.

We support and resource the work of churches and other faith communities across the greater Bristol and north Wiltshire area in order to encourage individuals and groups of Christians to be active in civil society.

We are founded on values of hope, integrity, justice, compassion and creativity and seek to embed these values in all our activity. Please consider helping ISR with funding.


At ISR we profoundly believe in the value of working across our neighbourhoods, sharing experiences and resources within our communities and engaging with others who share our concerns and commitments to a better world.

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ISR works in churches, to help them identify and act upon their strengths. We are a resource for growth and mission, and we play a consultancy role for churches with ideas that need forming and shaping.

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ISR supports workplace mission and ministry and actively leads on a number of workplace chaplaincies together with more embryonic and emerging programmes to support people in their place of work.

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Christianity teaches love, support and engagement. We value all that is good with the world, but equally, seek to question those situations which could be improved. We are challenged, as Chrsitians, to speak out.

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