01/08/13 – Getting Involved
Holding an Event?
Are you having an event that you want to let people know about? Let FaithAction know and we can put the details on our website. Our interactive calendar has a number of events which are tailored to our members. Why not let us feature yours?
To do this, please send all information to [email protected]. If you have any queries, please contact 0845 094 6350.
Last week, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt made a call to action for people to start thinking more seriously about their health and attend a health check. More than 650 lives a year could be saved if the simple NHS Health Checks were offered throughout the country and taken up. A health check should be made available to every 40-74 year old and check their blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and lifestyle and could identify problems earlier and prevent deaths, 1,600 heart attacks and 4,000 cases of diabetes a year.
Between 2010 and 2020 the number of people aged 65 and over is expected to rise by 27 per cent with those aged 85 and over rising by 44 per cent.
Already in England:
- more than four million people are estimated to have vascular disease
- around 670,000 people are living with dementia
- more than ten million people are drinking at increased levels
- up to 850,000 people are unaware that they have type two diabetes
- in more than 90 per cent of cases the first heart attack is related to preventable risk factors
Are you running Health Checks in your local community? Would you like to and don’t know where to start? If so, get in touch with the FaithAction team by contacting Felicity on [email protected] or call 0845 094 6350
Big Society Award for sports charity StreetGames
Charity Times reports that sports charity StreetGames has been announced as the latest winner of a Big Society Award by David Cameron. Founded in 2007, the charity has helped bring sports and games to 240,000 young people in disadvantaged areas, worked with 6,800 young volunteers in the community, and awarded nearly 6,000 qualifications. Their work is supported by ambassadors including Olympic boxers and internantional footballers, and has received investment from the National Lottery via Sports England. The charity was also recognised with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering last year.
Mitzvah Day 2013
Sunday 17th November
Mitzvah Day is an international day for social action and charity, led by the Jewish community, which welcomes people from all faiths and backgrounds to come together and donate time and energy in support of those in need.
On Mitzvah Day, organisations all over the country will be running charitable projects, including ready-made projects facilitated by Mitzvah Day such as spending time with the elderly, planting trees, and arts and crafts. Mitzvah Day also helps to promote interfaith relationships, aiming to bring together groups from different faiths to work and work in partnership on projects.
Responding to Francis: Patients First and Foremost
09:30 – 13:00, Wednesday 7th August; Jury’s Inn, Birmingham
The last in a series held by the Department of Health’s Francis Implementation Team, this event provides an opportunity for national organisations – Dept. of Health, CQC, NHS England and Health Education England – and local health and social care organisations to meet to discuss the actions planned in response to the Francis Report.
NHS Consultation on Hospital Data
NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre have launched a consultation to examine how hospitals’ data can be used to improve standards and patient safety. The consultation seeks views on which data from hospitals should be used and the best way to do so.
Government Consultation on Social Investment Tax Relief
The Government has launched a consultation on tax relief for private investment in social enterprise as part of plans to introduce the scheme by 2014. The consultation covers issues such as eligibility criteria for investors and beneficiaries, the targeting of tax relief, and the terms of investment.
NatCen, the National Centre for Social Research, has published an evaluation of the National Citizen’s Service’s performance and impact in 2012.
The King’s Fund has published a report on the implementation and impact of the NHS’ clinical commissioning groups up to March 2013.
Blackbaud, a company that provides software tailored for non-profit organisations, has released a report on the methods different generations use to give to charity in the UK.