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The FaithAction Progress tour is coming to Birmingham! This is a great opportunity to meet members of the FaithAction national team, discuss local issues and hear about some strategic developments. It’s an opportunity not to be missed! Discussion topics will include: Update on national perspective from the FaithAction team, with a focus on health and wellbeing; Issues local faith-based organisations are facing; What can we do about it? Progress tour events have been hosted across the country, and have been proven as a great opportunity to network, take stock and discuss how to progress on issues that might affect faith-based and community organisations locally and nationally. Please note: This meeting begins at 1:30pm and booking is essential. The meeting is preceded by a free networking lunch at 12 noon hosted by Birmingham Churches Together as part of its Standing in the Gaps work. You are welcome to attend both parts of the day, but you must book separately for the Standing in the Gaps lunch. Book lunch here Hosted by Rodie Garland, Policy Adviser. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, we had the pleasure of speaking to Saira Neam, Manager of EASA, a community hub in Bradford. Based in the centre of town for the last 30 years, the organisation has its finger on the pulse of the community and its needs, specifically in relation to integration, employment, and languages. Through its targeted outreach programmes, EASA is able to reach refugees, asylum seekers, the long-term unemployed, lone parents, and disadvantaged families—those who need its services the most. It provides programmes such as FaithAction's own Creative English, as well as programmes focused on preparing children for school, employability and anti-extremism. Saira told us that EASA's aim is to "Inspire individuals and our community to reach their potential". The baseline service is to provide information, advice, and guidance, and then extend to fill the gaps in provision in the community based on need. Saira says that her greatest achievement is "making a difference to the lives of the most disadvantaged individuals". Running Creative English has been a great success when it comes to meeting the needs of the people that visit the centre. Many in the area has issues regarding confidence with their spoken English, so our programme has lined…
National Voices is partnering with Understanding Patient Data to host a summit looking at some of the big issues surrounding health and patient data in the UK. With NHS England currently working on implementing the ‘national data opt-out’, many members of the public will be thinking about their health data for the first time. This half-day event is aimed at charities and voluntary sector organisations who might soon be getting questions from their supporters about the opt-out and other patient data related issues. It will explore what charities need to know about the benefits and risks to data sharing, what the new opt-out model means for VCSE organisations, and issues around public trust and how data is used to improve population health. Find out more and book your place at www.nationalvoices.org
This week is organised by National LGBT Partnership, part of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance. The aim of the week is to raise awareness about health inequalities for lesbian, bisexual and trans women; to make it easier for service providers to empower service users; and for communities to support LBT women. It is also an opportunity to highlight and learn from the work of groups and services which provide dedicated support to lesbian and bisexual women. Find out more at www.nationallgbtpartnership.org
This interactive online discussion is a great way to hear about how the voluntary sector can get involved in celebrating the upcoming 70th birthday of the NHS. You will also be able to hear more about the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, and hear from FaithAction’s Rodie Garland about the Faith & Health Award – our way of contributing to the celebrations! The 70th birthday is a great opportunity for voluntary and community organisations to: Shout about the fantastic work they do to support the health and care system across England; Thank their staff and volunteers; Share their vision for the future NHS. Hosted by the Health and Wellbeing Alliance and Antony Tiernan (Director for NHS70), the webinar will be an opportunity to get celebration ideas, share what you are doing in celebration of NHS70 and ask questions. You will also get a sneak peek at some of the celebrations already planned! To register for the webinar, please email email@example.com. Please also say if you would like to be added to the Department of Health and Social Care’s VCSE Monthly newsletter. For more information on the celebrations for NHS70, visit www.nhs70.nhs.uk or search #NHS70 on Twitter.