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

19/12/13 – Happy Holidays from the FaithAction Team

As we near the end of the year, everyone here at FaithAction would like to wish you happy holidays.

Due to the holidays, this e-news will be the last one sent in 2013. But don’t worry; we’ll be back in the new year. Our next newsletter with be out on the 9th of January with more news, events, and resources for you.


Invitation to contribute to national solutions and guidance around volunteering

FaithAction invites you to take part in the Active Communities Development Group London workshop to develop solutions around volunteering, particularly within health and social care. 

Volunteers contribute a great deal to the health and well-being in this country, as you will know and recognise. With your input and experience, we want to ensure that volunteering across the country is recognised, celebrated and strengthened.

This workshop will gather local knowledge and expertise; and contribute to driving change across the health and care sector in the way volunteers are currently viewed, and in helping government to develop new solutions to enable more people to contribute to their communities and services.

The one-day workshop will take place on January 8th 2014 in central London.

If you are interesting in attending, please email [email protected] for more information. It would be fantastic to see you there.


Get Involved

Faith and British Identity Survey

A member of FaithAction, Wagih Abdelmassih, originally from Egypt, is gathering views on the role of faith in the UK today for some studies that he is currently undertaking. To support his research, he is asking for people of every faith to contribute their views on the matter via a short survey.


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]


Together in Service Accelerator Briefings

We're currently planning three more accelerator briefing events for Together in Service. These briefings will get you up to speed on the programme and the grants scheme, supply you with advice and guidance for the application process, and give you a chance to talk with the team about your project.

  • 22nd January, in London
  • 23rd April, in Manchester
  • 20th May, in Bristol

Further details will be made available at a later date, but if you'd like to register your interest, email [email protected] with your details and the briefing you'd like to attend.


Department of Health and Joint Voluntary Sector Learning Event on Health and Housing

30th January 2014; London

The Race Equality Foundation, FaithAction and the National Housing Federation, in collaboration with the Department of Health, will be holding a learning event aimed at addressing health inequalities through better housing.

The event will:

  • Highlight examples of good practice in promoting equality and addressing health inequalities in the provision housing;
  • Provide an opportunity for seldom heard voices, including those of tenants, to participate in identifying good practice and agreeing action;
  • Identify action and learning that can be taken forward by delegates to improve partnerships and address health inequalities with housing providers at local level;
  • Identify lessons that can be shared with the sector and inform national policy and practice; and
  • Explore what else can be done to ensure housing providers can work within new health and social care structures to play their part in reducing health inequalities and delivering equality

At the event, we will also be launching Better Housing briefing 24, "The Housing Conditions of Minority Ethnic Households in England”.

For more information, please contact Zoe Gardner at [email protected] or register at the following link: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/joint-voluntary-sector-learning-event-on-health-and-housing-tickets-9510481105




Have you signed NHS Choice's Winter Friends Pledge? Take the time to look out for an elderly friend or neighbour in the cold months.


A Local Government Association survey shows that complaints against 'chuggers', street fundraisers, have fallen since the introduction of a voluntary agreement to raise standards.


The Department of Health have released a report reviewing the progress of changes to the care system one year after revelations of abuse at Winterbourne View hospital. Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has also written about the report.