Reviews the work which religious welfare organisations carry out in the area of social care, broadly defined. In many ways, religious organisations represent “caring communities” (Wuthnow, 2004) and are the embodiment of the “ethic of care”. Personal social services are a niche for religious groups precisely because of their personalised character which appeals especially to the elderly. The chapter also highlights the challenge facing some ethnic communities in the UK where dependent family members no longer have the support of able members of their families to care for them within the traditional family setting. The future of social care provision in the UK is a hot topic of debate and in many ways the growth of religious social care organisations in the UK is led by the demand of service-users, particularly those from ethnic minorities in the UK who want to be cared for in an environment which is in harmony with their religious beliefs and identity.
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