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

12/12/13 – ‘Tis the Season

Public Health Update

Last week, Daniel Singleton spoke at the Hertfordshire Public Health Conference on the voluntary and faith sector contribution to Public Health in the UK.

We’ve seen that faith groups and faith-based organisations have a significant contribution to make to public health beyond simply providing services, often bringing:

  • Innovation in responding to community needs
  • A person-centred approach to their work
  • Community rooted services
  • An ability to harness community resources

Here is what some of our members are doing…

The Lateef Project is a free, multi-lingual community led counselling service for Muslims and people related to the Muslim community in Birmingham, run by male and female volunteers trained in Islamic Counselling. The project has close links with other local services and can help Muslims to access other services around mental health.

Good News Family Care support families through supported accommodation, support in recovering from drug or alcohol dependency, and advice and services for Post-natal Depression, amongst others.

Jewish Action and Training, run by volunteers, is the only charity actively working to promote sexual health in the Jewish community and educates to raise awareness of sexual health in the Jewish community.

The London Buddhist Centre regularly hold classes to teach Mindfulness Based Approaches that help prevent relapse into depression and addiction and to manage stress and anxiety.

Open Doors is a Christian project run by volunteers, which provides support to isolated and vulnerable women in the community. They work in conjunction with many statutory services, offering vital support to clinicians through providing practical support and friendship to women.


Explore our site!

Don’t forget to keep up-to-date with information on the FaithAction website. We’re constantly updating with new content, from third sector vacancies to our resources on public health, mental health, and wellbeing.



Due to the holidays, there will be no e-news sent on the 26th of December or the 2nd of January.



Dementia research funding to double by 2025

The BBC reports that, before the G8 Dementia Summit yesterday, David Cameron has announced that the UK will plan on doubling the annual funding of dementia research by 2025. The current target for annual dementia research spending is £66m in 2015, meaning that £132m should be spent on research in 2025. The Prime Minister also called for government, industry and charities to commit more funding to combatting dementia.

There are 44 million people with dementia at present, and it is predicted that there will be 135 million sufferers of dementia worldwide by 2050, and figures from the World Health Organisation show that the global costs of dealing with dementia have already reached £370 billion a year.

The Care Quality Commission also announced that it would be conducting unannounced inspections of 150 care homes and hospital in England that would examine the care given to those with dementia.


Get Involved

Realising Social Value: meaning, methods, measurement

10am – 3:30pm, 25th February; NCVO, Society Building, London
10am – 3:30pm, 13th March; The Nishkam Centre, Birmingham

The National Children's Bureau (NCB) and FaithAction are inviting registrations for two FREE symposium events on Realising Social Value in London on 25th February and Birmingham on 13th March.

These events are part of NCB and FaithAction's Commissioning for Equality programme, funded by the Department of Health. The programme supports third sector equalities organisations working with children, young people and families, including faith-based, to effectively engage in the new health commissioning environment.

Delegates will learn the meaning and importance of social value; commissioner and voluntary organisation perspectives on the advantages and challenges of using social value as a measurement; and how to embed a culture of demonstrating social value in their work.

We advise you to register early to avoid disappointment.

To book:

If you have any further questions, please contact Linda Toocaram at [email protected]


The Big Give: Aquila Way

Aquila Way are seeking donations to help support their volunteers working to improve the lives of homeless young people, supporting families, and mentoring ex-offenders in the North East.  Over 600 families and 1,000 individuals require help, but Aquila Way needs the support of its numerous hard-working volunteers in order to assist them and any donations would go a long way to maintain their work.

To learn more about Aquila Way, visit their website.
If you’d like to donate, please visit The Big Give website.


NHS England Call to Action: Community Pharmacists

As part of the Call to Action launched earlier this year, NHS England are running a consultation on community pharmacies and how to strengthen their role as a key frontline service. The consultation aims to stimulate debate in communities and determine the best way to develop the service. Four key areas are covered: creating a ‘pharmacy first’ culture; ensuring patients get the best from their medicine; integrating community pharmacy into the patient pathway; and increasing safety of dispensing.

More information on the consultation is available via NHS England.




Two reports from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation released this week: A Better Life, which looks at improving the quality of life for older people; and the JRF’s annual report on poverty and social exclusion.


A new helpline, known as The Silver Line (0800 4 70 80 90), has launched, aimed at providing ‘information, friendship and advice’ to older people.


The chief executive of accessible housing association Habinteg writes in the Guardian about the impact of welfare reforms on its tenants. Habinteg also have a report on benefit cutbacks and independent living.