If you’re not counted, you don’t count!
FaithAction is pleased to be supporting the Cinnamon Network’s ‘Cinnamon Faith Action Audits’ programme, alongside our partners at Lambeth Palace today! (Find out more here)
This exciting new programme will involve local established networks, working across faiths to see how much faith-based social action is taking place in any given area.
So why is this work so important? Over the past 5 years, we have been working as one of the Department of Health’s strategic partners, and time and time again, we have heard that decisions are made in favour of those who are accounted for. If the problems that faith groups face or the positive contribution they make are not recognised or counted, then they remain hidden, and there is an assumption that there is nothing going on. Hence, “If you’re not counted, you don’t count!”.
Yet, instinctively, we know that there is something unique and far-reaching in the work of faith groups throughout the UK; whether this is the work that they do within their own faith community or the work they do to serve the wider community.
In November, at our conference, we will be asking leading politicians to comment on ‘Faith Too Significant to Ignore’. It will be interesting to hear how national parties respond to this at the same time that increasing numbers of local authorities are adopting the APPG on Faith & Society’s Covenant.