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

14/02/13 – FaithAction: Looking at Health and Housing

Last week, we were pleased to run the second of the two roundtable events on health, housing and health inequalities. The aim of these roundtables (run in partnership with the Race Equality Foundation, Regional Voices and the Department of Health) was to explore the evidence between health, housing and health inequalities, and the existing work that takes place to address health inequalities through improvements in housing.

Both events brought together a variety of organisations working in the areas of social housing, homelessness, fuel poverty, and many more.

We look forward to sharing with you the common themes that have emerged from these events and the next steps that can be taken as a result; we will be providing briefings on the main findings in the coming weeks, and more information will soon be available online.


Community-Based English Language Learning Fund

Thank you to all the FaithAction members who have responded to our invitation to express interest in a partnership to bid for the DCLG Community-Based English Language Learning Fund. We will be sending out a special bulletin about this over the next week with more information. Meanwhile, if you are interested in learning about the opportunity please do email FaithAction at: [email protected].


Finally, be sure to check out Daniel's newest blogpost, entitled 'The Wisdom of Taxi Drivers'.



Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Public Inquiry

FaithAction welcomes the publishing of the final report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry last week, also known as the Francis report. The report states that the Mid Staffordshire Trust was steeped in a culture that tolerated poor standards, focusing on chasing money and targets instead of looking after their patients. Compounding this, the Trust was found to have ignored complaints by both patients and staff. The report also describes the quality of nursing as “completely inadequate”, finding the cause to be poor leadership and staffing policies, exacerbated by understaffing, poor morale and a lack of action in response to repeated staff complaints.

The full report plus summary can be found here.
We’d also like to invite you to read responses to the report made by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the King’s Fund.


Hospital Outliers to be Investigated

Announced in the Prime Ministerial statement on the Francis report last week, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director at the Department of Health and Medical Director of the NHS Commissioning Board, is to lead an investigation into a number of hospitals that have had persistently poor results for a key mortality measure over the past two years. While the full details of the investigation are not yet released, five of the Trusts to be investigated are already known: Colchester, Tameside, Blackpool, Basildon and Thurrock, and East Lancashire. The investigation has also invited the Care Quality Commission, Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority and Clinical Commissioning Groups to be involved. More info


26% of Care Services Fail to Meet National Standards

The Care Quality Commission have published the findings of their review into home care services, showing that in the majority of cases, good care is being delivered, but there exists a significant portion of the sector that failed to meet the national standards. The review examined 250 services, and founded that 74% met the national stanards. Of those that didn’t, common issues involved lack of communication regarding care worker visits, a failure to assess and update care plans, and a lack of methods to monitor quality of care plans. More info


New Statistics Show Rise in Volunteering

Statistics released by the Cabinet Office in the Community Life report this week show that the proportion of people volunteering in 2012 has risen significantly, ending a decline in volunteering that began in 2005. In many areas, figures for informal or formal volunteering have risen by over 10 percentage points, such as 65% of people in the North West having informally volunteered at least once in 2012.
The report also includes data on other subjects, including a slight increase in the proportion of the population donating (74%, up two points), that 79% of people believe they strongly belong to a neighborhood, and that 87% report that people with different backgrounds in their area get along well.
The full report can be found here.



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].


Other Events

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Mental Health Service
March 26th 2013; ICO Conference Centre, London

A conference, ran by Health Conferences UK, that examines designing and implementing policy and practice to safeguard vulnerable adults with mental health issues, and when and how they should be used. More info


Diabetes: A Call to Action
April 23rd 2013; Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate

A conference, ran by Public Service Events, that addresses and discusses the key concerns regarding the prevention, care, and treatment of diabetes. More info




Consultation on Future NICE Social Care Quality Standards

The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) will be considering a number of joint health and social topics from April 2013. The Department of Health is seeking views on topics for NICE to produce quality standards and guidance on to help improve social care and the health services. The consultation will run until 26th April. More info


Healthwatch England Community Survey

Healthwatch England are running a short survey for community and voluntary sector organisations to examine how well understood the organisation’s remit is. If you’d like to contribute, please click here.



Network Vacancies

Please do not contact FaithAction directly regarding the vaccancies listed below.


The Matthew Project, Norfolk & Suffolk

Providing support to those affected by drug or alcohol abuse in Norfolk and Suffolk, the Matthew Project are currently look to fill a number of positions including:
Counsellor, Criminal Justice Worker, Recovery Worker, Carer Worker and Administrator in Kings Lynn
Criminal Justice / Recovery Worker
and Administrator in North Walsham
Recovery / Groups Worker
and Administrator inThetford
More info


Centre Administrator – St. Ethelburga’s, London

Helping to resolve conflict and build community, the St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace is looking for a new Administrator to run the Centre’s office and provide administrative support to the team. More info


Schools Officer – Three Faiths Forum, London

A leading builder of interfaith relationships, 3FF are looking for a Schools Officer to help develop and deliver 3FF’s educational programmes and interfaith training in schools. More info




Alzheimer's Society, in partnership with the Department of Health and Office of Civil Society, have launched Dementia Friends, a service helping people to understand and support those with dementia. The Society will be running information sessions to help people learn about dementia and how to make a dementia-friendly community. The scheme is also looking to train volunteer Champions, who will then run dementia information sessions for their communities. More info



Featured Member


Our Featured Member this week is St. Paul’s Crossover

St. Paul’s Crossover is a project run by St. Paul’s Church of Bordesley, Birmingham, that focuses on aiding the community in reaching employment. On top of the guidance and support it provides, its social enterprise work aims to create more jobs for the community. Crossover’s Resource Learning Centre, is staffed by trained guidance workers who help jobseekers on the path to work, education or training. Crossover also runs their own café, a literal shop window into their work and serves as an important part of the local community, as well as a nursery, and a multi-use centre for the community.

Here at FaithAction, we're pleased to be running the Universal Credit event, detailed above, in partnership with St. Paul's Crossover.

For more information on St. Paul’s Crossover, please visit www.crossover-centre.org.uk