Before joining FaithAction, I had worked and volunteered at various community arts organisations, the majority of which worked with vulnerable groups or young people. This included puppet making with domestic abuse survivors, exploring theatre with children experiencing social exclusion and discussing social issues through art […] Read more…
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Health inequalities in cardiovascular and respiratory disease: a Clinical Policy Unit workshop
The Clinical Policy Unit at NHS England / NHS Improvement is responsible for the design and development of clinical policy to support delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan, specifically the new clinical priority areas of stroke, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease. The Clinical Policy Unit leads the national Cardiovascular and respiratory disease programme, and as outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan, they have a number of interventions they plan to implement over the next 5-10 years to improve prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for people with these conditions. One of the reasons for the programme is the growing health inequalities gap, particularly in deprived populations, for people with cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease. They wish to ensure that they are considering all approaches to support these specific populations to access diagnostics and complete treatment and rehabilitation. To help shape this work, they are holding a workshop bringing together patients, clinicians and representatives from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to look at how we address health inequalities for people with cardiovascular and respiratory disease. They are keen to hear from people with experience of working with marginalised communities and facilitate a focused discussion on how can improve access to services…
Day on Faith and Mental Health - Transformation Cornwall
Transformation Cornwall held a Day on Faith and Mental Health on the 5th of October to raise awareness and promote discussion among faith groups in Cornwall and the Cornish Mental Health Community. The day was held at Truro Methodist Church with approximately 110 people attending. The event was an initiative from the Truro Diocese: Mission Forum group, which brings together a wide spectrum of people who are outward looking in the focus and practise of their ministry. The Mission Forum are ecumenical and include those working on Environmental issues, Workplace chaplaincy, Poverty and many other forms of Faith based social action From the Mission Forum membership, the Day on Faith and Mental Health was hosted by Transformation Cornwall, Truro Diocese, and the Department of Spiritual and Pastoral care at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The day was mapped by the attached resources document so people could be guided and follow up work with speakers and local and national initiatives in this area. The evaluation showed: 91% of respondents rated the day as good or excellent 75% of respondents increased their understanding of the Cornish Faith Community 84% of respondents increased their understanding of mental ill health 77% of respondents gained insight…
Faith: the golden thread in society #MyManifesto
By Elspeth Paisley
I was invited to a local community group last week. I spent time talking to a mixed group of people, ranging from an older man who suffered from schizophrenia to a 15-year-old school refuser (let’s call him Tommy) both of whom had discovered a sense of belonging and purpose through the group. In conversation with one of the volunteer helpers, Shirley, I discovered she was a person of faith. "Why do you do this?", I asked. "I want to rebuild this community," she said, "the heart’s been lost – and how else will Tommy ever make something of himself?" As I left, I thanked the organiser for inviting me. "I couldn’t do this without Shirley", she whispered. "Why?", I asked. "Well, Tommy has agreed to do a cadets course – it’s every day. Shirley and her husband pick him up every morning and take him there, then collect him when it finishes. He wouldn’t go otherwise." ... This week is Inter Faith Week, a week that is aimed at strengthening good inter-faith relations, increasing awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, and increasing understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs. Here at FaithAction, as the…
Mitzvah Day 2019
Are you an individual looking to join in with a Mitzvah Day project? Did you know that there is a plethora of exciting and new Mitzvah Day projects that you can participate in as an individual? All you need to do is register for Mitzvah Day 2019 as an 'Individual Volunteer' and pick a project of choice to join! All their projects can be found on the 'Available Projects' page of the website. For more information on Mitzvah Day and how to get involved please visit mitzvahday.org.uk/
5 million people in the UK - are you next?
By Daniel Singleton
There are now 13 local authorities who have adopted the Faith Covenant created by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Faith and Society (of which FaithAction is the secretariat). That means 5 million people are covered by the faith covenant in; Birmingham Leeds Northampshire Barnet Solihull Calderale Southampton Blackpool Essex Brent Wolverhamton Preston Brighton and Hove The Faith Covenant expresses a commitment by local faith organisations and local government and commissioners to work together for the benefit of all in the community. It has been a catalyst for work on mental health in Essex, equalities awareness in Leeds, and played a part in establishing faith groups as significant part of the civil society in Barnet. The Faith Covenant as a set of principles has proved to be a flexible platform to bring different people in local areas together. We think all areas of the country would benefit from a faith covenant. During the general election period why not press local candidates to commit to supporting a faith covenant? This is one of many ideas which will form part of our FaithAction manifesto. We want to hear your ideas so get in touch email email@example.com Or tag @faithactionnet #mymanifesto in…
- 23 November - Faith and the Path Towards a Better Quality of City Life (Kensington)
- 28 November - NCVO Strategic Health & Social Care Transformation day (London)
- 05 December - Improving Access to NHS 111 for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People (London)
- 06 December - Annual Review of Single Homelessness, Young and Homeless event (London)
- 16 December - Flashpoints: Human Rights; Law and Religion (Nottingham)
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