28/04/13 – Faith With its Sleeves Rolled Up

This week at FaithAction, we are celebrating the publication of our new book, ‘Faith With its Sleeves Rolled up’.

The publication has emerged out of our work with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society, exploring the practical contribution of faith-based organisations to UK society. It takes the form of a diverse collection of essays, comprising perspectives from within politics, academia and faith-based social action.

The book will be launched in early May in the House of Commons by Eric Pickles MP and Stephen Timms MP. There are a limited number of places available for FaithAction members and we would be delighted to see you there! Due to security and room constraints, we will need to send you an invitation and confirm your attendance – please contact [email protected] for full details of time and location.


In this week’s enews, we bring you information and resources regarding the NHS’s new care strategy and the effects of the benefit reform on the disabled, as well as a guide to the Charity Tribunal and an invitation to help shape specialist care services.



NHS’ Compassion in Practice care strategy plans revealed

NHS England has unveiled the implementation plans for Compassion in Practice, its joint strategy to improve care and support services in England. Launched at the Chief Nursing Officer’s Conference in December last year, Compassion in Practice focuses on its 6Cs: Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment; across six ‘action areas’, such as helping people in care stay independent and ensuring care support is of a measurable high quality.

The programme is overseen by NHS England and the National Federation of Nurse Leaders with support from a range of national bodies and regulators, including the Department of Health and the Care Quality Commission, as well as key stakeholders such as the Royal Colleges of Nursing and of Midwives.

The full details on the CiP implementation plans can be found at NHS England.


Benefit cutbacks could force disabled out of their homes

A story in the Independent tells of leaked government documents that warned ministers that many disabled people would be adversely affected by the end of the Independent Living Fund, and that some ‘may not be able to live independently in their own homes’ as a result. The documents were revealed as part of a High Court legal challenge by six disabled people with the support of Inclusion London to prevent the Independent Living Fund from being stopped. The outcome of the hearing is to be announced today.

The full story is available at the Independent.




Men’s Health Week 2013

10th – 16th June

According to figures from the Men’s Health Forum, while men and women suffer from mental health issues in equal numbers, it is much less likely for men to be diagnosed and treated for them. Led by the MHF, Men’s Health Week looks to address the stigma of mental health issues and promote mental well-being and support for men.
More information on Mental Health Week is available at the MHF.


Meaningful Strategy Course

10th – 11th June; Kings Cross, London

Run by NCVO, this two-day course aims to help attendees learn how about the strategy process, medium-term organisational strategy, and how to develop and implement a meaningful strategy for their own organisations.

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


Small Charity Week 2013

17th – 22nd June

Led by the Foundation for Social Improvement, Small Charity Week will celebrate the work of small charities, and help raise awareness of the contributions they make. Each day will have a different theme; such as policy, volunteering and fundraising; and many events will be run alongside and promoted by Small Charity Week.

For more information, or to take part, please see Small Charity Week 2013.


Maximising Social Value

Throughout May; Birmingham, London, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds

NAVCA and LGA are running a series of free learning events throughout May for the voluntary sector regarding social value and the new Social Value Act. Attendees will learn about the Social Value Act, debate its possibilities and examine its legal aspects.

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




As mentioned two weeks ago, NHS England are seeking applications from patients and carers in specialised services to join Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) for 2013-14. However, the closing date for applications is this Friday. CRGs are made up of patients, carers, clinicians, commissioners and other health professionals, and provide clinical advice to the NHS Commissioning Board regarding specialised services.


NCVO have released a guide to the Charity Tribunal, explaining its role in challenging decisions of the Charity Commission, and how appeals are carried out.


Writing for Inside Housing, Duncan Shrubsole of homelessness charity Crisis warns of the effect that Universal Credit could have on families with young people that live at home while looking for work.


Chris Robert, leader of Greenwich Council, writes for the Guardian regarding the role that both local and national government should play in helping people find employment.



Featured Member

Our Featured Member this week is SW!TCH ID

SW!TCH ID is a young person led flash mob with a difference, promoted through word of mouth and social networking sites. Determined to work against negative media portrayals and local perceptions of young people as hoodies and criminals, SW!TCHers (young volunteers) are transforming public opinion of their demographic into something positive.

Since January 2009, SW!TCH ID has been taking action to demonstrate that young people can contribute positively to the local community.

SW!TCH ID has three main aims:

  • Raise young people as leaders 
  • Impact the local community
  • Challenge negative perceptions of young people.

The work of SW!TCH ID was recognised by PM David Cameron, when the group received a Big Society Award in 2012.

For more information on SW!TCH ID, please see Lifeline Community Projects.

If your organisation wants to get involved, or if you want to bring SW!TCH to your community, please contact Lifeline through the above page.