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Christian Aid launches a new youth collective to engage young people on issues of faith and injustice

December 18 2012 - Christian Aid has launched a new movement to encourage and inspire young people to come together to tackle injustice.

The Christian Aid Collective will bring together young people from across the UK to wrestle with the big issues surrounding global poverty and work together to do something about it.

A new website has launched which aims to highlight some of the systems which keep people poor and suggests ways people can come together to change them.

To mark the launch a film, More Than Food, directed by Jonny Flint, has been released which mirrors the vision of the early Church in Acts 4 where Christians pooled their resources to meet the needs of all.

Laura Bardwell, Christian Aid’s Church Youth Manager, said ‘The Collective is more than a brand, it’s a community.

'Inspired by the early church, we believe that community is a powerful force for good. So we want to invite young people from across the Church to come together to work towards an end to poverty in the global community we’re all a part of today – a community that encompasses every last human being on the planet.’

Jim Atkins, Christian Aid Collective’s Web Editor, who helped produce the film said: 'It’s been such a privilege to be part of the journey of this film. Not only is the message powerful, it’s based on biblical principles which can so easily transition into our modern society.

'The concept of a global community is innovative and exciting. It’s something which has the potential to inspire and encourage thousands of young people to unite their passion and use their voices to make a difference.'

To check out the website and watch the three-minute film, More Than Food, visit www.christianaidcollective.org.

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If you would like further information please contact Joe Ware on 0207 523 2418 or at jware@christian-aid.org. 24 hour press duty phone – 07850 242950  

Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around some 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. We believe that the underlying causes of poverty were made by, and can be ended by, human action. Our strategy for building the power of us all to end poverty is embodied in a new report ‘Partnership for Change’: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/2012_strategy.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 125 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development.  Further details at http://actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk