As Elspeth outlined last week, FaithAction has some ideas about how we’d like to see this nation changed. The word that we believe captures our vision is decency. The promotion of the decent life should be a goal of all policy, domestic and foreign, but […] Read more…
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Mind the gap! The FaithAction Manifesto 2019: part 3
By Daniel Singleton
Many of us will be familiar with the signs and announcements on the underground in London, to ‘Mind the gap!’. You can even buy t-shirts with the slogan, as a souvenir of London. When we hear something frequently, we can stop paying attention. In the same way, we are in danger of not paying attention to the other gaps in society, which the most vulnerable can fall through. We know that the growth in need for superb faith-based projects, such as foodbanks, is in part due to the gaps in our benefit system. There is a chasm between the award of a benefit payment and this vital money actually being paid. This creates a pressure on families which the voluntary sector and faith organisations are often on the front line of responding to. Yet these are not new problems. There have been gaps like this for over a decade. Governments of every hue and colour have failed to deal with this issue. Readers will be aware of different ‘gaps’, some which are a national scandal, while others are more localised. In the FaithAction Manifesto – the Desire for Decency – we pick up on a few different areas. As well…
Europe’s biggest patient experience survey gets underway in the New Year
Around 2.2 million people, aged 16 and over, who are registered with a GP practice in England will receive an invitation to take part in Europe’s biggest patient experience survey in the new year. The invitations go out mainly by letter to a sample of people from each of 7000+ practices. This year, for the first time, the survey team at NHS England and NHS Improvement are piloting digital invitations, so some people may hear from them by text message or email. Please encourage people who receive an invitation to take the time to fill out and return the questionnaire. If you are able to display a poster from new year to the end of March, that would help NHS England and NHS Improvement to raise awareness. Downloadable posters are available, in 15 languages, at: https://gp-patient.co.uk/promote. The survey findings provide vital information to the NHS to identify what’s working well and what can be improved. It helps identify inequalities in experience too, such as for certain age or racial groups, or people with other protected characteristics, and can provide new information that does not come to light in other ways. Last year, this included learning more about the high proportion…
Carers In Transition: Survey
FaithAction are working on a project led by the Carers Trust for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) about carers in transition – looking at how carers can be best supported to plan for when they are able to provide less or no care. This may be due to the age of the carer or their own physical/health needs. The end result will be the creation of a toolkit by Carer’s UK and a range of resources for service providers to enable them to give the them the tools and knowledge to support carers through the transition period. If you are a carer or a service provider, they would like to hear your experiences in this area. If you are a carer, click here. If you are a service provider, click here. The surveys close on 3rd January 2020. If you would like any more information about the project, please email email@example.com.
The FaithAction Manifesto 2019: part 2
By Matt Allen
As Elspeth outlined last week, FaithAction has some ideas about how we’d like to see this nation changed. The word that we believe captures our vision is decency. The promotion of the decent life should be a goal of all policy, domestic and foreign, but with the next general election just around the corner we decided to take a few key policies we believe in and put them in a manifesto. As our manifesto has been launched, I wish to discuss one of the policy areas we included: FaithAction believes the next government should Recognise the Skills, Experience and Benefits of Faith-Based Organisations and Resource Appropriately. Why is this important? Some problems – mental health, addiction, loneliness – affect us all. They are everyone’s business, and we should be looking for common solutions to these common problems. Historically, faith-based organisations have played a central role in these efforts, and the relationships, access, experience, and volunteers they bring to the table mean they should continue to be considered as key players. Moreover, the community-based nature of FBOs brings additional benefits including long-lasting social capital. Faith communities offer places of belonging, rehabilitation, healing, learning, creativity, and transformation. We want these surplus benefits…
Survey: Partnerships between NHS Trusts and VCSE
NAVCA, the national membership body for local sector support and development organisations, are working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to conduct some research into partnerships between NHS Trusts and organisations within the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. More specifically, the research aims to understand examples of these partnerships, how they come about, what supports them and the impact that they achieve. This is all with a view to making practical recommendations for how people can be supported in both the voluntary and public sectors and improve partnerships. This survey forms an important part of this research and will be vital to creating recommendations in the final report. The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete and your time in completing this will be greatly appreciated. Survey Link This survey is for those working within VCSE: https://forms.gle/5zmsoezoZUei5J9M6 The deadline for completion of this survey is Monday 2nd December. Workshop The survey, along with other research, will be presented and discussed at a workshop in Birmingham on Wednesday January 15th. The workshop will be a mixture of people from the public and voluntary sector and will help to inform recommendations in the final report in March 2020. If you are interested…
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