05/09/13 – Promoting Good Mental Health

FaithAction Mental Health Resources

At FaithAction, we want to support faith groups to be aware and supportive of the health needs of their community. 1 in 4 people in the UK struggle with mental health problems during their lifetime. We believe that faith groups and faith-based organisations have the capacity to provide places of support and acceptance for those struggling with mental health problems and we want to support you to do this.

We have gathered articles, tips, guidance and other resources to help your faith group make some practical and positive steps towards becoming more mental health friendly – all available on the FaithAction website.


Other News from FaithAction

FaithAction is hiring! We are looking for a part time event administrator – see the full job description here

We are looking for organisations working to reduce isolation and improve the relocation process for vulnerable groups in housing – if you do any work in this area please get in contact with us as [email protected].




UK to Host First G8 Dementia Summit

The Government has announced that it will be using its 2013 presidency of the G8 to lead international action on tackling dementia, one of the greatest pressures on health and care systems around the world. The summit will be held in London on 11th December, and the health ministers of each G8 country will be invited to attend, with the aim of creating an international strategy on dementia. By breaking down barriers between researchers and fostering more co-operation, the strategy will help the G8 nations meet dementia goals make faster than they could alone.

Figures released show that there are 35.6 million people around the world living with dementia and the costs of dementia are estimated to be over $600 billion (£380 billion) a year. Additionally, the World Health Organisation estimate that the number of people with dementia could nearly double every 20 years, with the majority of the increase found in developing countries.


Universal Credit ‘overambitious’ and ‘poor value’

The BBC reports of a paper released by spending watchdog The National Audit Office that heavily criticizes the government’s welfare reforms as being poorly managed, overambitious and providing a poor value for money. The NAO’s report identifies a range of issues with the reform project, including many problems related to the new Universal Credit IT system. The report highlights that the DWP does not know whether the IT system will be able to support the national adoption of Universal Credit, that £34 million worth of IT assets were written off, and that the new system is missing key functions, such as the means to identify potential fraudulent claims.

The report also raises serious issues with the management of the project, with the DWP unable to justify the feasibility of its ambitious timetable, a lack of any clear idea what the project was aiming to be when it was complete, lack of oversight, control and transparency, and ineffective implementation of a new project management style.



Get Involved

Commissioning for Equality – Measuring Outcomes and Impact

Places are filling up fast for this series of workshops hosted by FaithAction and the National Children's Bureau…

These free one-day training events are designed by New Philanthropy Capital, looking at the measurement and evaluation of social impact, with a focus on children's health.

Events will take place in London, Birmingham andLeeds.

For more information, please see our page on the event.


Furniture Recycling

The Cinnamon Network is hosting a Furniture Recycling event on 3rd October in London for churches who are running, or want to run, a furniture recycling project. Come together and share stories, best practice, funding streams, develop mutual support and pray. For more information and free registration please visit http://cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/event/furniture-recycling-event/


Action for Prisoners’ Families Marsh Award Nominations

Action for Prisoners’ Families are now accepting nominations for the Marsh Award for Voluntary Work with Prisoners' Families and the Marsh Media Award for Reducing Stigma for Prisoners' Families, each worth £1000. Further details and the nomination forms are available here.


Clinks Roadshow Events

As part of their regional roadshow, Clinks are holding several events in Bristol and Manchester in September. Volunteering Roundtables will explore volunteering in the criminal justice system, with attendees sharing experience and learning from each other. Transforming Rehabilitation workshops are aimed at people working with BaME offenders and covers how the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms will effect organisations.

More information on these events is available: Volunteering Roundtables | Transforming Rehabilitation

Clinks are also advertising a number of vacancies from their members.


Future commissioning and Work Programme 2

ERSA (Employment Related Services Association) have announced a call for ideas as part of a project on shaping the future of the Work Programme. They are seeking contributions from those that have experience of working with the Work Programme, whether a prime or sub- contractor or partner. They are also hosting a number of consultation events for members in September and October. For more information, please see the ERSA site.



Public Health England have released a research paper that examines the importance of healthy living in regards to children’s wellbeing.


Clinks have launched a Partnership Finder on their website, a searchable directory of various types of organisations involved in criminal justice work.


The government have released the latest statistics on homelessness, covering April to June this year. Also available are a range of data in live tables.


The University of Liverpool’s Charity Law and Policy Unit have released research on the impact that the Equality Act 2010 has on charities, and how non-compliance may threaten their charitable status.