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

21/11/13 – Together in Service Launches!

Together in Service Launches! Briefing Next Month

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

On the 3rd of December, we’ll be holding a free 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 the briefing, you can sign up here.

And , if you’re looking to keep up-to-date on the latest news and info on Together in Service, please check out our newly launched website and and follow us on Twitter.


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.

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


Regional Sounding Boards: Birmingham Next Month

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.




Children in Need breaks fundraising record

Civil Society reports that the Children in Need fundraising appeal, held last Friday, raised a total of £31m, setting a new record for the event. The previous record, set last year, was £26m on the night of the appeal, with another £46m raised in the months following.


Donations peak in March and November finds study

Third Sector reports of the findings of a survey carried out by the Charity Finance Group which show that the months of March and November are when the most charity donations are made. A report accompanying the findings notes that November is home to events such as Children in Need and the Poppy Appeal, and that April contained Red Nose Day or Sport Relief on alternating years. The findings also showed that the month with the lowest amount of donations was August.



Get Involved

Social Enterprise Workshops

The Cinnamon Network is delighted to invite you to a workshop exploring Social Enterprise. Everyone wants their charity or mission project to be self-financing, but how can enterprise and business ideas be harnessed to create this holy grail? What ideas and projects are realistic? How do we get going?

This participative workshop is for those who are already actively planning a Social Enterprise, or running an income generating project, that are prepared to join a group of like-minded entrepreneurs to explore how can we do this, do it well, and positively impact our communities.

Workshops will be held in London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.

Full details on the event are available at The Cinnamon Network.


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.

Limited places are available. Register for the webinar via Eventbrite.



Compact Voice have released a briefing on local Compacts and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The Local Government Partnership have published their National Action Plan regarding government transparency and accountability.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation have published a report on how businesses use forced labour.