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Winners announced! Faith and Mental Health Partnership Beacon Project
FaithAction is delighted to be working with mental health charity Mind on its Faith and Mental Health Beacon Project. The project is designed to enable local Minds and faith groups to work together to increase engagement and confidence to support emotional wellbeing in a faith context – using faith and spirituality as assets rather than barriers to accessing excellent care and support. As part of this work, six local pilot initiatives are being funded to generate best practice and learning that will be shared with our networks and partners. The six winners are: South Lakeland Mind and South Lakeland Interfaith Forum Lancashire Mind and Churches Together in Lancashire Welcome Me as I Am CIC with MIND groups from across the Archdiocese of Westminster The Hope Centre and St Helens Mind Brighton and Hove Faith in Action (BHFA) and Mind in Brighton and Hove Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind and Littlebeck Methodist Church, SAMS Place Men’s Shed, partnered with CaVCA Read more about the pilot projects below. FaithAction’s involvement in this project builds on our Friendly Places work to promote faith communities as settings that welcome and support people experiencing mental health issues. Faith and Mental Health Partnership Beacon Project winners…
Blog: How Can Faith Communities Help Break Down Stigma Around Dementia?
By Rodie Garland
This week I was at a discussion at Public Health England focused on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and dementia. There were representatives there from across the health system, as well as large and small voluntary organisations. But as always with these things, it was people's personal stories that really stood out. Most moving was the account by one person of his family's experiences caring for his mother, who had dementia. Not only did they experience great difficulty in getting a diagnosis - at first their worries were dismissed by the GP - but, like many other families, they found the burden of care to be tremendous. The speaker told of how he had to give up his job to become a full-time carer, and of how the strain brought him and his immediate family to breaking point. Nonetheless, such was the pressure from his extended family to continue caring for his mother at home that he eventually felt obliged to go to his Imam to seek an Islamic ruling that it was permissible to seek some respite care. As he said, the traditional attitude is that 'we look after our own', and he felt that in his…
Keeping pressure off hospitals in Greater Manchester
Monday 31st October, 2pm – 4:30pm Manchester Multifaith Centre, Ada House, 77 Thompson Street, Manchester Is your faith-based organisation serving your local community? Does your work help take pressure off hospitals? Or is this a type of work you want to get involved in? For example… Befriending Social care Support for mental health Offering practical help at home If so, FaithAction and Faith Network 4 Manchester invite you to a Roundtable Discussion for Faith-Based Organisations and Health and Care Commissioners Give profile to your work Build relationships with key figures in the health and care system locally – with a view to influencing the system and increasing your impact on health and wellbeing Network with other organisations Improve your readiness for commissioning, if that is what you want Secure your free place now!
Blog: The Power of Testimonials
By Anthony McKernan
I’ve just spent a happy hour reading the testimonials from the last cohort of Creative English participants. What an uplifting experience. To give you a flavour… Creative English is very good, because I can talk more confidently to others. And I’m confident to going shopping and to talk to my doctor. In Creative English we having some fun, games, and with story we get more conversation practice This programme goes far beyond learning English—it’s about the benefits of being able to participate in community life, to be able to speak to your child's teacher, to make an appointment with the doctor or go to the shops alone. These are big moments requiring a lot of courage. What also struck me was the immediate nature of the benefits. In one class that was practising calling the doctor, a learner communicated that she needed an emergency appointment with her GP who was going to call her back that day. The class rehearsed the scenario and she was able to take the call from the doctor shortly afterwards, stepping out of the class for a moment. The tutor reported: When she came back in, she was so happy—she had been able to explain…
Blog: NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo
By Felicity Smith
Last week, the FaithAction team led the charge of the voluntary sector descending on the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo, a yearly event taking place in Manchester which brings together different parts of the health and care sector to talk about innovation. This year’s Health and Care Innovation Expo once again focused on the biggest health and care issues and developments as the NHS continues to implement its vision for the future, the Five Year Forward View. FaithAction had a key role this year: not only were we attending, but I was on the steering group that came together to plan and develop the Expo agenda. I also acted as the co-ordinating point for the voluntary sector, particularly working with the Health and Social Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership to have a stand representing the partnership, and to run a number of sessions across the programme, highlighting the role of the voluntary sector in health and care. The thing that hits me all the time at events like this, and even more so this year, is how desperate people are to hear about what the voluntary sector is doing locally – especially faith groups. There is a general recognition that faith-based…