10/01/13 – Back from the Break

Happy New Year from the team at FaithAction! We hope you’ve enjoyed the Christmas season. In our first e-news of 2013, we’ve highlighted several events and resources that we hope will benefit you.

FaithAction and NCB’s free Commissioning for Equality workshops continue into the new year, providing networking, information and guidance to help support local commissioning, as well as a chance to meet your local commissioner. The next workshop will be held in Leicester on the 24th of January. For more information on this event, see here.

Last month, we offered you a chance to shape the future of FaithAction’s work. Firstly, a big thank you to everyone that completed our survey. And if you haven’t yet, we’d still love to hear from you. So please, fill out our three-minute Seasonal Census.

Kathy Coe, Director of the Pathway Project, has written us a guest blog which is now available. In it, she talks candidly about the tendering process that charities face.

We've also got a round-up of some recent funding opportunities available on our site.




New Campaigns Launched by the Department of Health

The Department of Health have launched a number of campaigns to promote health and hygiene in the previous weeks.

The ‘Catch It. Bin It. Kill It.’ campaign aims to reduce the spread of infections such as the flu and the norovirus through good respiratory and hand hygiene. Director of Immunisation, David Salisbury, spoke of the importance of hygiene in stemming the spread of flu and the norovirus, available via Youtube or AudioBoo (audio only)

A new campaign to encourage smokers to quit in the new year has also been launched. The campaign highlights the immediate damage done by every cigarette, and how it directly causes the mutations that can lead to cancer. Free Quit Kits are being offer to smokers by participating pharmacies across the country. More information can be found at the NHS’s Smokefree page.

Finally, Change4Life has launched a new ‘Be Food Smart’ campaign, which encourages the public to consider the ‘hidden nasties’ in everyday food, so they can better manage their daily intake of sugar, salt and fat. The campaign offers a free Food Mixer to those that sign up, as well as smartphone app that includes the mixer and a healthy shopping list function. More information can be found at Change4Life.


Alzheimer’s Society wants to hear your experiences of living with dementia

Alzheimer’s Society are looking to conduct individual interviews, or focus groups with people from different faiths who also have dementia, or who care for someone with dementia, about your experiences of living with dementia and any particular barriers you may face in your communities. These will be informal and we are happy to travel to somewhere you are comfortable

If you are a person with dementia, you care for a person with dementia or you work with people with dementia and know of groups or individuals who might like to be involved, please contact Geraldine Green, Policy Adviser by email at [email protected] or by phone on 020 7423 35 94.


New GiftAid Rules to Help Charities

New rules for GiftAid announced by HM Revenue and Customs will help reduce the administration required for small donations. From April, donors will be able to make a one-time GiftAid declaration for donations of up to £100, or sales proceeds of £1,000, in a single tax year. More information is available at HMRC.  


Government Announces Portable CRB Checks

Early this year, the newly-formed Disclosure and Barring Service will offer a new criminal records check that awards a certificate which can be presented to any number of organisations, preventing the need for individuals to apply for separate CRB checks for each organisation they work with. For paid employees, there will be a small annual fee, while volunteers will be able to get a check done for free. More information is available at the Home Office.


New Test to Rate Hospital and GP Satisfaction

From April, a new ‘Friends and Family’ test will be introduced in every hospital across England. The test will revolve around asking patients and staff where they would recommend the service to a loved one. The Prime Minister hopes to have GP surgeries, district nursing and community hospital adopt the method as well in future. More information is available at Number 10.




Health, Housing and the Impact on Health Inequalities

FaithAction, The Race Equality Foundation and Regional Voices, in partnership with the Department of Health, are hosting a joint event to explore the relationship between housing and health and its impact on health inequalities. Speakers, delegates, and members of the public will all have the opportunity to discuss how poor housing can be compounding factor of poor physical and mental health.

The event is free and open to everyone, and will take place in Leeds on 31st January, and in London on 7th February. The event will take place between 10am and 1pm, and lunch will be provided to all participants.

A programme flyer and booking form are now available.


A Wider Look at Commissioning: Commissioning for Equality

FaithAction and the National Children’s Bureau are working together to host a series of workshops designed for the voluntary sector and commissioners of services. These sessions aim to provide valuable local networking, information, tools, and topics for better local commissioning.

Upcoming workshops include:
East Midlands – Leicester – 24th January
East of England – Cambridge – 26th February
South West – Bristol – 21st February


The Archbishop of York launches ‘Love Life Live Lent’ initiative

17th January 2013, 10-11 a.m., the Jubilee Room, Westminster Hall, London

You are invited to attend the launch event of the ‘Love Life Live Lent’ initiative, hosted by Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. The initiative is designed to encourage people to engage with their communities through performing an act of kindness each day of lent. For more information on the initiative please visit: www.livelent.net


Procurement in the NHS: Quality and Value

25th April 2003, Manchester Conference Sentence

Now in its fifth year, Procurement in the NHS is one of the leading health sector procurement events. The event will provide attendees the opportunity to hear about and understand the new procurement strategy and its implementation from the people leading it, and how they will need to engage with it to ensure its success.

For more information, and to book, click here.


Service User Experience in Mental Health

Tuesday 15 January 2013, Hallam Conference Centre, London

This conference provides an important update on service user experience in mental health with a focus on meeting the new National NICE Quality standard and guideline in your practice and organisation. 

For more information, and to book (Quote ref: hcukSUE00), click here.




AVECO have published a helpful summary of all the pledges from the Coalition renewal, organised by category, found here.

The Government have released an updated list of all current All-Party Parliamentary Groups, found here.

The Community Finance Group have put up a guide to FACTA, American legislation to combat tax fraud, and how it could affect UK charities, found here.

The Charity Commission have compiled a directory of umbrella and capacity-building bodies that can provide guidance to charities, found here.

The Church Urban Fund has published a report entitled ‘Survival Strategies’, which looks at the effect of the economic client on community organisations in the most deprived areas of England, found here.



Featured Member

Our Featured Member this week is Community Network.

Running for 22 years, Community Network works to fight isolation by setting up telephone befriending groups. Communicating over the telephone, these groups give isolated people a new start; a way to make new friends, to regain their confidence and self-esteem, and to foster a sense of belonging. Community Network also supports other charities’ work, by using its knowledge and expertise in telephony to provide competitive and high-quality teleconferencing to voluntary sector organisations. The profits from this are used to help fund the group’s charity work.

For more information on Community Network, please visit www.community-network.org