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

19/09/13 – Funding and Resources

Welcome to this week's enews for members of FaithAction.

We've got a range of resources, events and other ways to get involved for you, plus a number of funding opportunities for you to look at.


We've also got a new blog from our National Co-ordinator Felicity Smith, looking at the impact of the small things.

"This weekend I was stunned when my nan, at the good age of 92, presented me and my sister with a copy each of the Great British Bake Off book as a thank you.  Now, we hadn't done anything amazing and we certainly felt it was undeserved! All we had done was to teach her how to text."

Click here to read the rest of Felicity's blog, "Small things can have a huge impact…"



Funding Roundup

We’ve uploaded details about a wide range of funding opportunities to our website this week, including projects tackling fuel poverty, community action, and support for members of the Armed Forces.

For the full list, check out the News section on our website.


LibDems commit to vigorously examine the bedroom tax

Inside Housing reports that the Liberal Democrats will conduct a ‘vigorous’ examination of the bedroom tax, after an overwhelming majority voted in favour of the motion at the party conference in Glasgow yesterday. The motion was put forward by grassroots Northumbrian member Julie Porksen, and received only two votes against it from the members in the conference hall, of which the party leadership were said to be absent from.

The motion decries the tax as ‘discriminating against the most vulnerable in society’, with other supporters of the motion calling the tax ‘reprehensible and evil’.




The 3rd National Conference for Men and Boys

Brighton, 26th-29th September

Thursday 26th September – Thinking Men
A chance to spend the day with some of the UK’s leading thinkers on men and boys’ issues in the UK.

Friday 27th September – The Sector Gathering
A unique opportunity for people who work with men and boys to get together, share their experience and learn from each other.

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th September – The Big Man Gathering
A weekend of personal development workshops just for men.

Places are available to book online


SROI Practitioner Training, 2 Day Course

September to December in London, Plymouth and Manchester

With the Social Value Act now law, the growing importance for tangible evidence regarding social and environmental value is a bigger issue than ever before, not just for organisations seeking to affect change in society but for all those wanting to be accountable for their work.

More information via the SROI Network


Big Assist Online Discussion: Local Enterprise Partnerships

Friday 20th September, online 1.30pm to 3pm

Sector support organisations are invited to a Big Assist online discussion on Local Enterprise Partnerships, to share experiences and best practice.

More information via KnowHowNonProfit


Get Involved

NCVO Public Services and Procurement

NCVO are currently responding to several government inquiries into public sector procurement and commissioning, and the quality of public services.

To make sure their responses accurately reflect the experiences and opinions of the voluntary sector organisations that deliver services, they’d like to find out what you see as your main challenges.

Fill out the questionnaire here


Online giving

Localgiving.com, a new website hosting fundraising pages from small local charities (uniquely, charities that aren’t registered with the charity commission can process donations and claim gift aid through the site) is running a ‘3 month free trial’. Additionally, they will match supporters signing up to donate for this first three months and one off donations will be matched up to £10 per donation.

For further information and to sign up, contact Anna Horsley at The London Community Foundation [email protected] / 0207 5825117.

NB: charities on the free trial will only receive match funding for one time donations. After the three month trial there is a £72 fee.




Church Urban Fund has developed an online tool that provides information on a range of poverty-related indicators at the parish level. Originally launched in May 2012, this tool has recently been updated, incorporating 2011 Census data and other more recent data sets. There are apps for iPhone and Android.


Guardian's Voluntary Sector Network, 'How working with open data can help your charity do incredible things' gives an overview on what is happening around making better use of data, and how better use of statistics can improve research, intelligence and planning.


CharityComms has a short article: 'Simple steps to share social media success'. With an increased emphasis on digital delivery, it is vital to know what to measure when it comes to social media.


Helpful free downloadable factsheets from Camden Advice are available to help you understand the key changes taking place in the benefits system.


The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are providing a pro bono service designed to assist charities and voluntary organisations, by providing free support and guidance on all property matters in the UK, including property maintenance, environmental and planning issues. Click here to find out more. 


Locality's communications team has produced a quick guide to help community organisations get started on twitter and facebook. Download the social media guide for free from their website.


Thinking of starting up a charity? This booklet contains some key things to consider including information about governance, charity registration and legal structures.


Community Organisers are looking for local organisations to recruit, host and support trainee community organiser. To be a host you must care deeply about your community, be locally rooted and inspired by the potential of community organising. To find out more visit the Community Organisers website here.