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

01/03/13 – Universal Credit and the Week’s News

This week, the FaithAction team were in Birmingham, where, in partnership with FaithAction member St. Paul’s Crossover, we hosted a learning event on Universal Credit. The large turnout of local voluntary sector and faith-based organisations demonstrated the need for learning in this area. Many thanks to all the panellists and speakers who made this event such a success.

In this week’s e-news, along with news, events and resources, we would like to give you some more information on the community-based English language provision partnership that we are looking to begin.

Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, we know that many of you did not receive last week’s e-news. It can be found on our website here, this contains a briefing on the APPG Faith & Society visit to Birmingham. As Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith & Society, FaithAction arranged for members of the APPG to see the work of faith-based organisations in the city, including a number of schools, integration programmes and health projects.


FaithAction ‘Creative English’ programme

In the past few weeks, FaithAction has been exploring a potential partnership around community-based English language provision, and we are now able to share more information on this opportunity.

‘Creative English’ is a new approach to teaching English language through improvised role play, games and exercises – developing the spontaneity and flexibility necessary to communicate in everyday settings. The training and resource pack will make it easy to facilitate in a community setting, with clear session plans to follow and necessary resources.

Do you work with people with weak English?
This is a programme for non-teachers to work with people to help everyday conversation and integration in UK society.

If you are interested to explore the possibility of running a ‘Creative English’ course in partnership with FaithAction, please email [email protected]

As a partnership, we will be applying for funding which is available to reach groups with the lowest levels of English language skills, in areas where there is high demand for English language support.

Visit this page for more information on the programme and the target areas.

Visit this page for more information on the ‘Creative English’ programme.




Third Wave of Clinical Commissioning Groups Greenlit

Last week, the NHS Commissioning Board authorized a further 67 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) to begin commissioning local healthcare services from April 1st. This latest wave means that 163 of the planned 211 CCGs have been authorized so far, with the remaining 48 planned to be authorised in March. The 211 CCGs will be responsible for £65 billion of the £95 billion commissioning budget. More information, and a list of the authorised CCGS, can be found at the NHS Commissioning Board.


New Report Suggests UK is Leader in Social Investment

A report published by the Saїd Business School of the University of Oxford and the Cabinet Office examines the status of innovation in social investment, such as public-private partnerships, the launch of Social Impact Bonds, and payment-by-results government initiatives. More information on the report can be found at GOV.UK.




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:
South East – Guildford – 12th March | now featuring Chances4Change | event flyer (pdf)
South West – Bristol – 21st March


Delivering inclusive end of life care services that meet the expectations, preferences and needs of people from BAME backgrounds

Wednesday 10th April; Grand Connaught Rooms, London

The National End of Life Care Intelligence Network and Marie Curie Cancer Care are hosting a free national workshop to present, examine and discuss the findings of a new report on the end of life care needs of BAME communities. For more information, and for booking details, please see the event flyer (pdf).


Personalisation and Equalities: Making personalisation and personal budgets work for diverse people, their families, and communities

Thursday 28th March; Race Equality Foundation, London

Disability Rights UK, the National LGB&T Partnership, the Race Equality Foundation and the Department of Health are hosting a free roundtable event about personalisation of services, and how it affects a diverse range of people, such as disabled, LGB&T, or BAME individuals. For more information, please see the event flyer (doc). A booking form (doc) is also available.


Commercial Skills Masterclasses for Public Service Delivery

Designed and run by a cross-sector partnership (ACEVO, AVANTA, Capita, Ingeus, NAVCA, NCVO, Serco, Social Enterprise UK), these two-day workshops are part of a government-funded programme to help voluntary organisations win and deliver public service contracts. The programme opens in March with events in London and Manchester, and will continue for a full year. More information and booking details are available on KnowHow NonProfit.


Social Value Conference

Wednesday 6th March; Blackburne House, Liverpool

Run by Social Enterprise UK, this one-day conference for public bodies, commissioners and social enterprises aims to improve understanding of the Social Value Act and how to demonstrate and measure social value. The event will feature a number of workshops, for both charities and commissioners. More information and booking details are available at Social Enterprise UK.


Despite the Cuts: Engaging People, Engaging Places

Thursday 21st March; King’s House, Manchester

Keep Britain Tidy are hosting a one-day conference to explore new ways to improve local areas ‘despite the cuts’. The conference will look at best practice for using small investments, empowering communities, and enabling local people to work with public and private sector partners. More information and booking details are available at Eventbrite.




Regional Voices have published a briefing for the voluntary sector regarding influencing local strategy through health and wellbeing boards, joint strategic needs assessment and the joint health and wellbeing strategy.


In light of recent legal action against tweeters, such as those following false allegations against Lord McAlpine, the BBC News Magazine has put together a guide on the various aspects of the law that affect social media users.


Featured Member

Our Featured Member this week is Parish Nursing

Parish Nursing Ministries UK is a Christian charity that helps local churches in the appointment of parish nurses, whose role is to support people and the community towards whole-person healthcare; that is, care for a person’s overall well-being, including body, mind and spirit. Parish Nurses do not undertake “hands-on” nursing but complement the provision of nursing services by the NHS and other nursing providers. Each Nurse is registered with the NMC, and is trained to work with their church, local community, and healthcare providers to best support the needs of the people in their area.

For more information on Parish Nursing, please visit www.parishnursing.org.uk