Three new reports on partnership working between faith and local government.

24/01/13 – Lots of Events and ‘Faithful Providers’

This week, the public policy think tank Demos published a report entitled ‘Faithful Providers’, as part of the Demos Inquiry into Faith, Community and Society. The report finds that local authorities can benefit greatly from including faith-based groups in service delivery, and that there is little evidence to justify commonly-held fears of religious discrimination or proselytization. The report highlights the ‘holistic’ approach which is characteristic of faith-based organisations and the added social value that charitable and faith providers bring to service delivery.
In an accompanying statement, the author of the report said that “faith-based service providers are often long-standing pillars in their communities and the ‘social glue’ that holds Britain together”, and urges local authorities to support the commissioning of services to religious providers.

If your organisation is interested in learning more about commissioning, take a look at our free Commissioning for Equality workshops, which we are running in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau. These workshops aim to support your organisation with commissioning by providing networking, information and guidance, as well as a chance to meet your local commissioner. The next workshop will be held on the 26th of February in Cambridge. Don’t delay, book your place now.

We would also like to invite you to ‘Universal Credit: A Faith-Based and Voluntary Sector Response’, an event that we are running in partnership with St. Paul’s Crossover in Birmingham. This free, half-day event will examine the imminent shakeup of the welfare benefits system by the Welfare Reform Act 2012 and explore the practical responses that faith-based and voluntary sector organisations can offer. See our Events section below for more information.




Alzheimer’s Society Publishes Data on Dementia Diagnosis

Recent figures published by the Alzheimer’s Society highlight a large gap in the rate of diagnosis of dementia between different areas of Britain. The figures range from 31.6% at the lowest, to 75.5% at the peak. The Society have produced an interactive map of the data, categorised by Primary Care Trust. The Society also says that the proportion of dementia sufferers formally diagnosed has risen to 46%, up from 43% the previous year, but that there thought to be at least 428,000 people in the UK who have dementia but have not been diagnosed. More information can be found on the Alzheimer Society’s website.


Bishop of Liverpool Attacks Government Cuts

Speaking at a conference highlighting the effect of cuts on urban areas with high poverty levels, the Right Rev James Jones said that cities like Liverpool are at risk of what he calls “urban diabetes”.

“The challenge we face is to ensure that the wealth that we do have is shared in such a way that it flows around the whole body to every extremity. If in social terms it fails to do so then we will be faced with the danger of parts of the body atrophying and dying.”

More information can be found via The Independent.




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 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 of England – Cambridge – 26th February
South East – Guildford – 12th March

South West – Bristol – 21st March


Universal Credit: A Faith-Based and Voluntary Sector Response

Wednesday February 27th; Crossover Resource and Learning Centre,Birmingham

This free event, run by FaithAction in partnership with St. Paul’s Crossover, will examine the imminent shakeup of the welfare benefits system by the Welfare Reform Act 2012 and the launch of Universal Credit as a replacement of multiple forms of benefit.

  • Explain Universal Credit and the timetable for changes in Birmingham.
  • Look at the implications and who is likely to be most vulnerable.
  • Explore how faith-based and voluntary sector organisations can provide the necessary support and guidance for their communities and service users.
  • Provide workshops to look at the potential of your own organisation to respond.
  • Provide a toolkit signposting your organisation to resources and available support.

More detailed information will be available soon. To register your interest, please email Hannah Walker at: [email protected].


PYL Seminar: Youth Sector Workforce

Friday 15th February; Guildhall, London

Open to anyone working in the youth sector in London, Partnership for Young London’s Youth Sector Workforce seminar examines the role of youth work and how to build upon the creativity and innovation found in the youth sector.

For more information, and to book, please see PYL’s website.


Mental Health: From Strategy to Reality

Thursday 14th March; Manchester Conference Centre

Public Service Events’ Mental Health conference features a high-profile panel of speakers who have worked on creating the recently published Mental Health Strategy Implementation Framework, giving attendees the opportunity to debate key issues and gain insight to help guide their own work.

For more information, and to book, please see Public Service Events’ website.


Transforming Rehabilitation

Monday 4th February; Congress Centre, London
Tuesday 12th February; The Palace Hotel, Manchester

The Ministry of Justice are running two special events on the recently launched Transforming Rehabilitation consultation paper, allowing VCS organisations to learn more about the consultation.

To book, please see London or Manchester. Password to book is Rehabilitation


Meeting the Health Needs of Offenders and Their Families

Wednesday 20th March; The Future Inn, Bristol

Action for Prisoners’ Families and Nacro are running an event to help professionals become aware of the health needs of offenders and their families, and how to meet these needs within new frameworks.

For more information, and to book, please see here.


Children & Young People Now: The Outcomes Spring Conference

Tuesday 19th March; Aston Business School Conference Centre, Birmingham

CYPNow are holding a one-day conference that brings together leading practitioners and industry experts to help organisations be more effective in planning, measuring, commissioning and providing services for children, young people and their families.

For more information, and to book, please see CYPNow.




The Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing is running a public consultation on the treatment of people with mental health issues by the London Metropolitan Police. For more information on the Commission, and to contribute, please see here.


Last month, the NHS Commissioning Board revealed the first wave of the eventual 211 Clinical Commissioning Groups that will replace current Primary Care Trusts as commissioners of up to £65bn worth of healthcare services.
The full details of the first 34 CCGS can be found here.
A summary of the services covered by CCGs, as well as other bodies, can be found on a factsheet aimed at CCGs (pdf) produced by the Commissioning Board.



Featured Member

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