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

14/11/13 – Bringing New Opportunities

Creative English: Community Based Learning by Faith Communities

On 13th November, FaithAction announced it had won the opportunity to deliver Creative English, a new programme as part of the Department of Communities and Local Government’s £6 million investment in teaching English to the most isolated groups in England.

FaithAction worked with Queen Mary University to design and research unique and innovative methods of teaching English, resulting in a programme that uses interactive soap opera style sessions to help develop English language skills that will be useful in real life situations, delivered by volunteers from local communities and groups.

For more information on Creative English, see our press release here.


Together in Service: Launch Next Week, Briefing Soon

FaithAction’s new Together in Service programme, funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government, launches next week, on the 21st of November. At our launch event at Westminster Cathedral Hall, we’ll be showcasing the fine work done by some local faith-based social action projects.

And, on the 3rd of December, we’ll be holding a Together in Service Accelerator Briefing at the Nishkam Centre in Birmingham. This briefing will give you information on Together in Service and the grants programme and show you how to apply, as well as let you meet and talk with the team behind Together in Service.
If you’re interested in attending, sign up via here.

Finally, if you’re looking to keep up-to-date on the latest news from Together in Service, please be sure to follow us on our new Twitter account!


Regional Sounding Boards: Birmingham Next Month

As we mentioned last week, FaithAction will be holding regional Sounding Boards in order to find out what issues you are currently facing, where your priorities lie, and how we at FaithAction can support you and represent your experiences on a national level. The first of these Sounding Boards will be held on the 3rd of December at the Nishkam Centre in Birmingham.

If you’re interested in attending, sign up via our EventBrite page.


New Blog from FaithAction's Daniel Singleton

FaithAction's National Executive Director Daniel Singleton has written a new blog post looking at the ideas found in romantic comedy films.

"Some of the characters were talking about when it was appropriate to say 'I love you' in a new relationship. In fact, there was every expectation that sleeping with someone can happen very early in a relationship, but you should not say you love them for quite some time, maybe even years."

To read the rest of Daniel's blog post, entitled 'The Philosophy of Rom Coms', visit the Blog section of our site.




Young people with chronic health problems more vulnerable to job loss

Charity Times writes of a report produced by The Work Foundation for Fit for Work UK that shows the obstacles that young people with chronic health conditions are faced with in the labour market. Many young people with chronic conditions were found to be at risk of receiving lower pay or of being excluded from work due to negative perceptions of their conditions, and that seven out of ten felt they may lose their job due to recession cutbacks.

Other findings include that the rate of unemployment of young people with chronic conditions is around two-thirds higher than those without, and that many of those surveyed felt that their conditions had an impact on their confidence, job satisfaction, and career prospects.

One of the report’s authors called on the Department of Education to provide better education for young people with chronic conditions, for healthcare professionals to consider employment as one of the outcomes for a successful treatment, and for employers to help shape young people’s skills and to make adjustment to accommodate chronic conditions.


Unite pushing for investigation into unpaid charity internships

Civil Society reports that trade union Unite is writing to HMRC to urge it to begin an investigation into charities using unpaid internships, arguing that they are a violation of the national minimum wage. Unite has previously given evidence to the Low Pay Commission showing that a third of the top 50 charities are employing interns without pay, but the union will not 'name and shame' the organisations involved.

Union's national officer for the charity sector Sally Koksy highlighted the fact that many of the charities involved were 'multi-million pound organisations' and that they could 'well afford' to pay their interns.

However, Acevo CEO Sir Stephen Bubb has responsed to Unite, calling internships 'opportunities to gain valuable experience' in the voluntary sector, and that many of Acevo's own interns had gone on to work in the sector.



Get Involved

Joint Learning Event: Voluntary Sector Intelligence and Joint Strategic Needs Assessments

Monday 16th December 2013, 2.00pm – 3.55pm

This webinar is aimed at local, regional and national voluntary organisations who want to influence commissioning and the new health structures, particularly looking at joint strategic needs assessments.  Speakers will come from across the country and sectors- including from the public health team at Wakefield Council, from the National Housing Federation, Public Health England, the Department of Health and Regional Voices. 

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Be more influential in local health strategies, through the JSNA
  • Use evidence you already have to influence strategy, through the JSNA
  • Consider what evidence may be available elsewhere or that you may want to collect in order to influence health strategies

More details will be made available soon.


Action For Prisoners’ Families Annual Conference

Thursday 28 November 2013, 10am-4:30pm; The Abbey Centre, London

Doing the Right Thing for Prisoners and Offenders' Families will consider the human rights issues faced by prisoners' and offenders' families and how these rights are realised.

A high profile selection of speakers will consider this important issue and a varied selection of workshops will consider practical approaches to upholding human rights.

For more information, and to book, please click here.


NHS Youth Forum Seeking Applicants

The British Youth Council and NHS England are working together to form a group of young people, the NHS Youth Forum, to provide opinions, advice and ideas regarding health services from a young person’s point of view. More information on the forum, plus the application form, is available here.




Public Health England have released a report on end-of-life care, showing an increase in the number of people choosing to die at home.


The Department of Health and the Health and Social Care Information Centre have produced an interactive map showing data from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework.


NCVO’s Director of Public Policy has written about demonstrating impact for small organisations.


Today, 13th November, people from the housing sector will be sharing ‘a day in the life’ stories on Twitter via the tag #HousingDay.