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

03/10/13 – More News, Events and Resources For You

FaithAction's National Executive Director Daniel Singleton has written a new blog post, looking at the culture of blame, and the need for community.

"I saw the news had just broken about the shooting and death of 12 people at the US naval shipyard in Washington, and that a report was to be published on another child killed by abusive parents in the UK. The question which no-one could answer was ‘Why?’. Inquiries will establish how and what, but no one can really fathom the motive. The question ofwhy is sometimes lost in the hunt for who to blame."

To read the rest of Daniel's blog post, entitled "The Blame Starts Here", click here.


FaithAction and Dept. of Communities and Local Government to Run National Initiative Supporting Multi-Faith Volunteering Across Communities

FaithAction is pleased to announce that it has won the opportunity to develop and deliver the Department of Communities and Local Government programme Together in Service.  The two year programme will focus on highlighting and supporting existing multi-faith social action projects, backing the development of new projects, and will also provide a small grant fund for faith groups. More information on this exciting new programme will follow soon, or you can contact us if you’re interested and would like to learn more.

In the meantime, we’re running a short survey to gauge areas of interest. If you’re involved in social action, please take a few minutes to complete it.




Transparency of Lobbying Bill Latest

On 26th September, Leader of the House of Commons Andrew Lansley issued a statement that the government would be adding amendments to the Transparency of Lobbying Bill that would attempt to clear up what it called ‘misunderstandings’ over the intent of the bill. Planned changes involve ensuring that third parties are only covered by the bill if they “promote or procure the electoral success” of a party or candidate, as well as excluding them from regulation covering advertising, public events etc.

On the same day, NCVO announced the formation of a new group aimed at creating standards for charity campaigning and lobbying. The group is headed by NCVO’s chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington, and is comprised of senior members of a number of charities. The guidance produced by the group is expected to covers issues including conflicts of interest, transparency and neutrality.

The week also saw the launch of the Civil Society Commission, made up by a range of charities, academics, campaign groups and many other organisations. The commission says that the lobbying bill will have ‘a chilling effect on charities and campaigning groups’ and that it will investigate the impact of the legislation. The group has invited several MPs involved with the bill, asking them to give evidence regarding a number of key issues they have raised.


Blue Plaque Unveiling for Rev Dr Oliver Lyseight

On September 20th, Wolverhampton unveiled its first Blue Plaque in recognition of a citizen from the local black and minority ethnic community in the city. Rev Dr Lyseight was a founding member and First Leader of the New Testament Church of God, and had been voted joint 2nd in a 100 Great Black Britons survey carried out in 2004. The plaque, awarded by the Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society, recognises his service to his church and community, both locally and nationally.

More information on the plaque and the work of Dr. Lyseight is available via Operation Black Vote.



Get Involved

Future of the Census and Population Statistics Consultation

The Office of National Statistics is holding a consultation on proposed changes to the national Census and provision of population statistics.

To share your views, take their survey here.


Social Finance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Communities

Church House, London
October 31st – November 1st 2013

JDC International Center for Community Development, Faiths Forum for London, Princeton University and CEDAR are holding a conference looking at social finance and social responsibility and how to build partnerships between communities and business.

For more information, please see the Faiths Forum for London site.


People Power 2014 Workshops

The People Power conference, run by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation, is inviting campaigners, groups and charities to submit proposals for interactive workshops dealing with campaigning and activism to be held at the next conference to be held in London in April 2014. Closing date for proposals is 5pm, 25th October.

More details are available at their site.



The Institute of Youth Work, a voluntary network for people working with young people, has launched, offering resources, news, and training discounts to members.


National Philanthropy Capital has compiled a collection of articles dating back to 2005 which looks at the ways the criminal justice sector has changed.


NCVO have compiled a guide to help charities understand, leverage and avoid problems with their Intellectual Property.


Nicholas Fryer, a graduate of Charityworks, writes on the Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network about why the voluntary sector should attract more young people as trustees.


Also from the Guardian, Damien Austin-Walker of youth volunteering charity vinspired writes about using digital media effectively to engageyoung people, based on research carried out by vinspired.