05/12/13 – Counting Down to Christmas

Together in Service

We held our first accelerator briefing for Together in Service in Birmingham this week to great reception. We’ll be holding more briefings soon, with one in London on the horizon; if you want to register your interest in advance, email [email protected].

If you'd like to learn more about Together in Service, be sure to check out the website.

We're also looking for contributions to Together in Service! If you're holding a faith-based event, let us know the details via the website and we could promote it on our calendar. Alternatively, we're looking for blogs, articles and stories from a faith perspective to feature on the site. If you'd like to contribute, drop us a line at [email protected] and let us know your ideas.



Prime Minister ‘misled disabled people’ regarding bedroom tax, says charities

Civil Society reports of an open letter sent to the Prime Minister, signed by representatives of 18 charities, that states that claims the Prime Minister made in Parliament, that disabled people would be exempt from the bedroom tax, were untrue.

The letter notes that the discretionary fund to provide temporary support to disabled people was “inadequate” as well as “completely inappropriate” for those with long-term needs. It also highlights that “disabled people and their families are amongst the hardest-hit by this policy.”

Among those who signed the letter are the chief executives of Carers UK, Disability Rights UK, Mencap and Rethink.


Faiths Forum for London crowd-funding multi-faith calendar

To mark the centenary of World War I, the Faiths Forum for London are looking to crowd-funding to produce a calendar that celebrates the diversity of people that helped the British war effort. It will also feature pictures chosen by representatives from nine faith communities. To meet their target and receive the funding, they need to receive at least £1,200 in pledges by 26th December. Pledges of at least £5 will receive a copy of the calendar when it’s complete, with more rewards for higher pledges.

More information on the project is available at Faiths Forum for London’s site.


Get Involved

NHS England’s Standard for Accessible Information

NHS England are developing an Information Standard, a framework of requirements and recommendations regarding ensuring patients, service users and carers can receive information in a form that they can understand. As such, they are seeking feedback from patients, service users and carers regarding these plans.

More information is available at NHS England.


Welfare reform: creating effective local delivery partnerships

20th December 2013; Prospero House, London

The Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion are holding a one-day conference covering the DWP’s Local Support Service Framework and best practice from the Universal Credit pathfinder projects and local welfare scheme, debt advice and budgeting support projects.

More information is available at Inclusion.



New Philanthropy Capital have published a guide to understanding a charity’s financial position and the risks it may face.


The Joseph Rowntree Foundation have released a report on cuts in government spending and the disparity between affluent and poorer areas.


NCVO have written a short guide to the National Audit Office report on the failings of the Charity Commission. Their Director of Public Policy has also written on the issue.


Charities Aid Foundation has published a report on the World Giving Index, where the UK have moved up to 6th most charitable nation.