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Sound familiar? Rodie Garland looks at why organisations tend not to look at their impact – and why they definitely should. If you’re anything like me, most of the time you don’t have time to even do your work, let alone evaluate it. And it makes sense that not having the time or resources is one of the main reasons why people don’t look at the impact their work is having – they’re just too busy getting on with it. There’s no doubt that standing back and taking a critical look at what you do will take up some of your time and effort. In that sense, it needs to be seen as an investment: a bit of short-term pain (not that it needs to be painful!) for long-term gain. But is our reluctance also because we tend – especially if we are motivated by faith – to just assume that what we are doing is good? We’re doing it from a good heart, so of course it is, right? When you look at it like that, it’s obvious that that’s probably not the best way to proceed. In fact, one of the great reasons to do some evaluation is…
What is personalised care and what does it mean to you? What works right now and how can we make it better? The Empowering People and Communities Taskforce invites you to take part in a Tweet chat on Thursday 21st June from 8pm to 9pm. Join the chat by mentioning @HorizonsNHS and using the #EPCT hashtag.
A new report has been published explaining the actions NHS England is taking to meet the Public Sector Equality Duty, and the key equality-focused initiatives it is undertaking. NHS England has six equality objectives covering the period 2016-2020 and each objective has a number of targets associated with it, which have been revised for 2018/19 and 2019/20. The equality objectives and targets can be found at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/about/equality/objectives-16-20/ Read the report, NHS England response to the specific equality duties of the Equality Act 2010: February 2017 - March 2018, at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/nhs-england-response-to-the-specific-equality-duties-of-the-equality-act-2010/
The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants between £250 and £5,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours. Grants are available to organisations running diverse, sustainable projects aimed at bringing together local people to improve their community. All types of projects are considered, providing they align with the goals of the programme. To be eligible, you must be working to develop relationships across different faith and/or ethnicities, and must be in one of nine areas covered by a Near Neighbors hub: Birmingham, the Black Country, East London, East Midlands, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Luton, West London, or West Yorkshire. Looking for funding to purchase a license for our Creative English programme? Creative English is a unique and innovative way of building belonging and community, and is a great fit for the Near Neighbors Small Grants programme! Find out more and apply here.
The Government has announced that the third round of the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme is now open for applications. The Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme is awarding grants totaling £2.4million over three years to places of worship, so that they can install protective measures such as alarms, lighting and CCTV to deter attackers. Applicants are required to show evidence that they are either vulnerable to hate crime, or have suffered a hate-motivated attack within the last two years. Please note that synagogues are not covered by this scheme, as there is a separate scheme for synagogues, run by the Community Security Trust, The third round of funding close at midnight, 10th August. Find out more here
FaithAction is delighted to be contributing to this event from the Social Audit Network, which aims to encourage conversation about the practicalities and good practice of impact accounting for a faith-based context.
"I believe that there is a significant and positive role for faith communities to play in the support of mental health."
"I pledge to support faith groups in my community to become Friendly Places which welcome and support those struggling with their mental health."