17/01/13 – Faith-based Initiatives and Parliament

This week the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Faith and Society had their Annual General Meeting, attending by parliamentarians including David Lammy MP, Gary Streeter MP and Baroness Neuberger. FaithAction is the secretariat of this group, which aims to explore the ways that faith groups contribute to society and the barriers they face; we have produced a short summary report of the past year’s activity which will soon be accessible on our website. Members of the APPG will be going to Birmingham on a visit led by the chair, Stephen Timms MP on February 18th, in order to explore the work of faith groups in the city.

If your organisation is based in Birmingham and would like to attend a discussion session on the day, please email [email protected]. This is a chance to show the innovative solutions that faith based organisations bring to the communities around them.

FaithAction was also pleased to attend the launch of ‘Love Life Live Lent’ in the Houses of Parliament today, where the Archbishop of York and the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP gave speeches encouraging people to harness the spirit of the 2012 Games and "be the change they want to see" in their communities this Lent. To find out more about 'Love Life Live Lent' please visit the website.

In other news, we’re pleased to continue running our free Commissioning for Equality workshops in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau, which provide 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. Time is running out, so book now!

Since December we’ve being offering you a chance to help shape the future of FaithAction’s work. This week is your last chance fill out our three-minute Seasonal Census, thank you to all those who’ve responded already.




£5.45bn Budget Announced for Public Health Services

The Department of Health announced a £5.45bn budget for public health services over the next two years. Starting in April, the health budgets will be protected, allowing local authorities to guide the improvement of health in their area. In addition, funding will now be specifically targeted to provide the greatest benefit to areas with the worst health outcomes.

Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, said, By putting local authorities in charge of public health, we are giving them the power, freedom and the funding to tackle the issues that blight their local areas and help improve the lives of their local communities.”

Full information on the budget can be found at the Department of Health.




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 East – Guildford – 12th March
South West – Bristol – 21st March


Language Support in Health and Social Care Briefing Paper Launch

3pm-5pm, 14th February, Race Equality Foundation offices, London

The Race Equality Foundation will be holding a roundtable event to launch a new briefing paper from Beverley Costa of Mothertongue. The paper examines the significance of communication in provision of health care, how language barriers can prevent access, and the role of professional and voluntary interpreters.

All attendants will receive a copy of the briefing paper. If you’re interested, please contact Farah at [email protected] or on 0207 428 1880.


Conference on end of life care

The National Council for Palliative Care are organising a national conference on the topic of ‘Reaching the whole of your community – end of life care for all who need it’ to take place in April. Further details will be available soon, however for more information or to register your interest for this event please contact Kate McNaboe ([email protected]).




Clinks are producing a series of guides, called ‘Do It Justice’, for organisations that work with, or are looking to work with, the Criminal Justice System. They’ve just added a new one, looking at building a network within the CJS, found here.

The National Children’s Bureau, Our Life, and NHS Sefton, with the aid of young people, have developed a discussion kit for running a focus group for 14 to 19-year-olds that explores health issues and wellbeing. The kit, called ‘Talking Wellbeing’ can be found here.

A Beginner’s guide to Social Media from Unity Trust Bank has now been published. "About that First Tweet,"sharesthe case studies and thoughts of nearly 200 small and medium-sized charities and social enterprises on social media and includes interviews with experts from Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn with a checklist of reminders, tips and further reading.

From April, charities will be able to submit Gift Aid claims and more online, via a new service called Charities Online. The HRMC has made available a preliminary guide to the new service and changes to claim methods, available here.




Our Featured Member this week is Peepal Care

Located in London, Peepal Care is a home-care service that provides palliative and live-in care to the elderly. Working closely with the individual and their loved ones, Peepal Care aims to deliver a care package carefully tailored to each person’s own needs that will improve their quality of life and give them greater control of the care they receive. All of Peepal Care’s carers are trained to work with other professionals in order to provide an integrated service that encompasses both the medical and the social aspects of care.

For more information on Peepal Care, please visit www.peepalcare.com