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

10/10/13 – Promoting Faith and Social Action

Sunday 17th November

Mitzvah Day is the largest day of faith-led social action in the UK, and serves as the launch of Inter-Faith Week each year. On the 17th of November, the Jewish community proudly partners with groups from other faith communities, with the aim of reducing hardship and poverty, helping the environment, and spreading joy through hands-on social action which builds community and fosters new relationships. Taking place in 20 countries around the world, over 25,000 people donate their time to a range of projects, including planting trees, gathering food for the homeless, visiting the elderly and cleaning up parks.

If you would like to take part in this day of social action and giving, please contact [email protected] or call 020 3747 9960 to find out who is taking part in your area and how to get involved.


What’s Yours To Do?

What’s Yours To Do is a one-to-one service provided by FaithAction to help your faith group to identify and implement practical and effective responses to local needs. A  FaithAction facilitator will help you to complete a community ‘audit’ to identify local needs as well as the skills and resources available to you. The service includes a guided your of existing social enterprises and projects, an individual Development ‘Road Map’ and on-going support.

To find out more click here or contact FaithAction at [email protected].


World Mental Health Day

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.




Thirteen take on London Triathlon for charity

On the 27th and 28th of July, thirteen individuals from financial news company Euromoney took part in the London Triathlon, aiming to raise £5,000 for London homeless charity, Anchor House, and their Home and Hope Appeal. The course involved a 1.5km swim in the Thames, a 40km bike ride through London, and finished with a 10km run. Three teams of three entered the event relay-style, taking one leg each, while the remaining four took on all three events solo.

So far, they have raised over £4,500, and are still accepting donations via JustGiving in order to reach their £5,000 goal.


Cabinet Office gives new £500k grant to BeatBullying's MindFull advice service

Civil Society reports that BeatBullying has received £500,000 in funding from the Cabinet Office to support and expand Mindfull. its online youth mental health advice service, appropriately on World Mental Health Day. The service currently provides advice to 11-to-17 year-olds, and the grant will alow them to expand to cover 18-to-25 year-olds as well, in addition to funding improvements to their website and providing training to youth mentors.

The charity was praised by Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd, who said that BeatBullying had a remarkable record for addressing the issue of mental health.

BeatBullying has previously received £1.3m from the Cabinet's Social Action Fund in January of last year, and a further £1.5m from the Department of Education as part of its National Prospectus.



Get Involved

Improving General Practice – A Call to Action

Tuesday 15th October; The Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury, London

NHS England is hosting an accelerated learning event to support the development of the Strategic Framework for Commissioning Primary Care. This day will focus on General Practice.

The purpose of this event is to:

  • Update attendees on the evidence gathered to date as part of ‘Improving General Practice- Call to Action’
  • Receive an overview of the work streams; including their purpose, progress and expected final products
  • Contribute to the work stream discussions and help to identify opportunities to spread good practice.
  • Consider the broader policy context for NHS England and CCGs in view of their joint responsibility for improving Primary Care

Register for the event here


Joint Voluntary Sector Learning Event – Mental Health and Wellbeing

10am – 4:15pm, Thursday 31st October
Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, Stamford St., London

The Department of Health, Public Health England, NHS England and Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners invite voluntary sector colleagues to join a free learning event for the Sector on Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The event will cover the stigma and myth of mental health, its role as an important component of wellbeing, and the importance of development and growth in innovation to meet rising needs.

For more information and to book, please visit the event page.


Joint Voluntary Sector Learning Event – Reducing Avoidable Mortality

10am – 1pm, Tuesday 17th October
Emmanuel Centre, Marsham St,. London

The Department of Health, Public Health England, NHS England and the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners invite voluntary sector colleagues to join a free joint learning event for the Sector on reducing avoidable mortality.

This event will explore the contribution of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisation in addressing avoidable mortality and its associated health inequalities.

For more information and to book, please visit the event page.




LawWorks are providing a number of talks regarding legal issues, such as those dealing with Charitable Incorporated Organisations, for free via their website.


The HMRC has updated some of its charity guidance in response to feedback. Changes can be found here.


New ministerial appointments following this week's minor reshuffle for the Cabinet and shadow Cabinet. NCVO has a guide for charities on the possible effects.


The 'Who Benefits?' campaign has been launched by a group of leading charities and supported by many more, aiming to fight the demonisation of those on benefits and provide them a voice.