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

20/06/13 – FaithAction E-News

Housing and Health Inequalities

This year, FaithAction partnered with The Race Equality Foundation, Regional Voices and the Department of Health to host two roundtable events in London and Leeds to discuss the impact of housing on health inequalities. We have produced a report outlining our main findings, highlighting a number of key issues which need addressing, advocating for increased connection between the sectors to improve health and wellbeing outcomes. The report is available to read here.


Faith and Health

FaithAction is looking to develop a Faith Health Portal especially for faith based organisations and individuals from faith communities and we’re on the lookout for information…

This online resource will include:

  • Helpful information on how to engage locally
  • Information and guidance on specific health issues related to faith groups
  • Top tips on how communities can provide signposting for those in their communities

And it will all be interactive!

If you have something that you think will be good to have on our portal – please contact [email protected] as soon as possible.


Health and Care Services

Are you delivering a proven model of a health or care service across England that has been evaluated? Do you know how effective this project might be in other areas?  If so, please get in touch with FaithAction.  There could be funding available in the near future to see your project duplicated elsewhere using a FaithAction member…

For further information get in touch with [email protected]



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Survey shows half of people don’t know where to find volunteering opportunities

Third Sector reports of a survey carried out by Olympic legacy charity Join In, where more than half of respondents did not know how they could find out about volunteering opportunities available to them. Other findings of the survey include that 29 per cent showed an interest in volunteering but had not done so, and only two per cent  said that the Olympics had led them to increase their volunteering work.

The survey also highlights the impact of the Games, with just under a third of people saying that the Games Makers had improved their view of volunteering, a third would have liked to have been a Games Makers, and nearly three-quarters agreed that public participation in volunteering was important to continue the legacy of the Games.


Advice charities forced to cut back on face-to-face services

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Civil Society reports of a roundtable discussion of advice charity leaders that revealed  that many advice services are being forced to cut back on face-to-face contact and rely on digital or telephone contact instead. Participants agreed that demand for face-to-face services continues to rise, but many were unable to keep up, resulting in long waiting lists. Some speakers, however, told of how cutbacks were driving innovation, leading to the creation of online services, partnerships with similar organisations, and rethinks of structure and procedure.


Reminder: Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund

Last week, the DH launched the latest round of applications to the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund, offering up to £50,000 in project funding plus capacity-building support for new health and social care projects. Applicants have until 19 July to register online, and then until 31 July to submit an application. Full information is available on our site.




Responding to the Francis Report: Patients First and Foremost

10th July through 7th August

The Department of Health are holding a series of regional events which will discuss Patients First and Foremost, the Government response to the Francis Report. They aim to bring together national organisations, like the CQC and NHS England, and local health and care organisations to examine the adoption of the report’s recommendations.


Football Association Research Discussion Groups

Evening, until 28th June; Wembley and the Cheshire FA

The FA is conducting discussion groups with representatives across all forms of the national game to review the current affiliation offer, to identify what’s working and what could be improved.  They are seeking as diverse a group as possible, to help to ensure all communities across the national game are able to shape how affiliation should look in the future.

Participants will receive free refreshments, £20 and entry into a draw to win tickets to a game at Wembley. To register your interest, please contact Andrew Pigott.




The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – supported by Public Health England and funded by the Dept. of Health – has released a guidebook for local authorities that encourages people to take responsibility for their wellbeing.


UKFundraising reports that Royal Mail is making access to the Postcode Address File, data on deliverable address in the UK, available to small (under £10m annual income) for free from July.


Civil Society reports that Inspiring Impact, the voluntary sector body seeking to improve impact reporting, has published the Code of Good Impact Practice, the first-ever in the UK.


David Kane, research officer at NCVO, examines the effects of changes to the Charities’ Register over the past years.


Charity Choice has launched a ‘charity twinning’ service, which pairs a small charity with a larger one, allowing them to learn from each other