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

27/06/13 – FaithAction E-News

FaithAction and Economic Growth

  • Incubating innovation and creating jobs by a new support service
  • Working towards a Parliamentary Summit on faith and jobs

FaithAction is a partner of the new Cathedral Innovation Centre and the Faith In Enterprise Awards which were launched by the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP and the Archbishop of Canterbury in May.

Our conviction is that every congregation – in partnership with others – has the capacity to back at least one new fledgling firm that and that every Council of Faith, diocese or large religious centre has the ability to do more than that. To prove the point we are working on creating an innovation centre at our own headquarters.

To make sure that all those faith-based organisations who want to take the job creation and innovation hub route are supported, thanks to our collaboration with the Cathedral Innovation Centre, we are now able to offer a free support and advice service.

Click here to find out more…


Well Done to Aquila Way

Congratulations to Aquila Way, a FaithAction member, who have been confirmed as a recipient of £182,000 of grant funding from EHCGP to purchase empty homes. 

To find out more about Aquila Way, please visit their site.
To find out more about the EHCGP, please see this announcement.


If you want us to celebrate some of your news with us, please let us know!



Voluntary Sector Responses to Spending Review

Charity Times reports of responses made by the voluntary sector to today’s spending review, many of which are negative. Common amongst the responses was the warning of hard times ahead for charities and those that rely on them, following additional cuts to the Department of Communities and Local Government, HMRC and the Charity Commission, with ACEVO additionally noting that estimates show a further £26bn of cuts will be needed by 2018. NCVO called for councils to consider carefully where they make cuts, and encouraged communication with the voluntary sector, while the Directory of Social Change criticised the cuts to the Charity Commission, saying they made a mockery of the government’s commitment to support charities.

Some responses were more positive, with NPC praising the expansion of the National Citizens Service by 150,000 over the next two year.

ACEVO’s response
Charity Finance Group’s response
Citizens Advice Scotland’s response

Youth Social Action Campaign and Fund Launches

Launched by the Prince of Wales today, the Campaign for Youth Social Action aims to get young people, aged between 10 and 20, involved in taking action for the benefit of the community. The overall goal of the campaign is to double the number of young people involved in social action by 2020, bring participation from its current 29% to over 50%, an increase of around 1.7 million people.

Alongside the campaign, a Youth Social Action Fund was also launched, which will provide financial support to social action programmes. The fund will work in specific areas, with the aim of demonstrating the potential of social action. £3m of funding will be available to projects in Birmingham and Kent, and £2m will be available to projects in Middleborough and Lancashire. The fund is accepting applications until the 29th of July.

Government press release
Campaign for Youth Social Action site
Information on the Youth Social Action fund



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.


PHE Equality Forum Seminar on Mental Health

10am – 4pm, 4th July; CCT Venues, London

The PHE Equality Forum are holding a seminar on Mental Health and Wellbeing, which will take place on the 4th July at CCT Venues, Two East Poultry Avenue, Smithfield, London EC1A 9PT.

The day will be hosted by Prof Jonathan Tritter, University of Warwick and chaired by Gregor Henderson (Director of Mental Health and Wellbeing, PHE) and two main themes will be explored. These are ‘mental health and marginal communities’; and ‘building community resilience – the importance of mental health’.

If you wish to attend, or would like further information, please contact Karen Carr via email [email protected] or telephone 0303 444 6693.


The Power of Volunteering

10am – 5pm, 16th July; The King’s Fund, London

The King’s Fund are holding a one-day conference that will examine the role of volunteers in health and social care; how they can improve patient experience and extend the reach of services in diverse communities.

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


Welfare to Work UK Convention

9th – 10th July; Manchester Central Convention Complex

Inclusion are holding their annual two-day convention on the state of the welfare sector in the UK. This year, the event will focus on disability employment as well as localism, and will feature the Work Programme, Universal Credit, and DWP commissioning.

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



A Chance to Get Involved

Seeking Lay Representation for General Practice Programme

The national primary medical services programme is establishing a Steering Group to help shape quality improvement in General Practice.  The work of this group will focus on the assurance approach and quality indicator sets that are being developed for general practice.  This includes the on-going development of a web-based interface which provides GP data to support a national platform for peer review and benchmarking.  The Steering group comprises a range of stakeholders and will have focus on:

  • Guidance to support good assurance management
  • Policy for assurance management of primary medical services
  • A suite of General Practice High Level Indicators (for assurance management)
  • A Suite of General Practice Outcome Standards (for quality improvement)
  • Electronic Practice Profile and Electronic Practice Declaration
  • The Associated web interface www.primarycare.nhs.uk

The steering group is looking for 4 patient and public voice members, who have experience inputting into strategic policy or programme development.  There are two places for patient/voluntary sector organisations and two places for individual patients or carers.

The closing date for applications is midday 8th July 2013.  Please contact [email protected] as soon as possible to be put forward as a representative


PHE Voluntary and Community Sector Engagement Strategy

Public Health England are developing a voluntary and community sector engagement strategy and are welcoming input from voluntary organisations. They are currently building on comments already provided about VCS as advocates and mediators for public involvement, but would like some more specific and general information to get a feel for the best framework within which PHE can engage with voluntary organisations.

The strategy will build on introductory conversations, feedback given at meetings and how colleagues across PHE are already engaging with the sector. As a result, the questions follow those used in some of the introductory conversations already held between PHE Programmes Directorate and colleagues in the VCS sector.

To contribute your views, please complete this form.


PHE Research on Deprivation and Breast Cancer

Public Health England (PHE) presented research on 14th June which showed that there is a lower uptake of breast cancer screening in more deprived areas.  Their research also showed that South Asian women should no longer be considered at low risk of breast cancer.

Are you doing something to encourage more women to be tested for breast cancer?  Are you working with South Asian women and have innovative ways to talk about health issues with them?  If so, get in touch with [email protected] so we can tell PHE what you are doing.

PHE’s press release regarding this research is available here.




Homelessness charity St Mungo’s has released a report on the causes of homelessness as seen through the eyes of recent rough sleepers.


The Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion has released a briefing paper on measuring performance of the Work Programme. Inclusion will also be publishing a full report on Work Programme performance following the release of government statistics today.


Lemos & Crane have released Lost and Found, a report that looks at faith and spirituality in the lives of homeless people. (Registration required)


The Equality and Human Rights Commission have published a report that examines the differences in pay between men and women.


The Charity Finance Group have released an Economic Outlook Briefing for quarter two.