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

09/01/14 – Gearing Up for the New Year

We hope everyone had a great holiday, and we wish you all the best in this new year.


Over the break, Daniel Singleton, FaithAction’s National Executive Director, took the opportunity to write about one of his heroes, Richard Cole, who rescued boy soldiers in Sierra Leone and welcomed them into his own family.

“He was asked by the authorities to start a home for boy soldiers. It is called the Nehemiah Project and is now run by Richard’s son, PJ Cole, with a leadership team of former boy soldiers. Richard’s approach was very simple: each boy taken into the home had an ‘induction’ where they stayed with Richard and his family for a week.”

To read the rest of Daniel’s latest blog, entitled ‘The Mandela I Knew’, check it out in the Blog section on our site.


And in case you missed it, Daniel’s previous blog on measuring impact, is also available to read.




NHS England Publishes New CCG Funding Allocation for 2014-2016

Towards the end of December last year, NHS England published the funding allocations that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will receive for 2014-15 and 2015-16. These allocations are a result of a new funding formula adopted by NHS England, which should ensure that the funding available matches the needs of the area. CCG funding will increase to match inflation, with currently underfunded areas and those with fast-growing population receiving extra. The total amount available is said to rise by £4bn to £100bn over the two year period, with 10% of the amount will be budgeted to enable CCGs to tackle health inequalities in their area.


For full details of the changes, please see NHS England.


New Year’s Resolution: Help Older, Lonely People in the New Year

Care and Suport Minister Norman Lamb and older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service have put out a call for people to make a commitment for this year to help a lonely older people. The call is accompanied by research from the Royal Voluntary Sevice that shows that, while a third of Britons believe volunteering is good for health and one in ten think it serves as a good source of experience and skills, the number of people currently volunteering has only risen by 2%, even in spite of research showing that the 2012 Olympics had caused a large surge in the number of people considering volunteering.

For more information, please see the Government’s press release.



Get Involved

Together in Service Accelerator Briefing: London

22nd January; Bethnal Green Mission Church, London

The first of three accelerator briefing events for Together in Service, which aim to 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.

Details of further events are available on the Together in Service site.

To book your place, email us at [email protected] with the event you’d like to attend, plus your name, organisation, and contact details. You can also request a one-to-one with a member of the team.


Realising Social Value: London & Birmingham

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]



NHS Citizen: Patient Voice Events

NHS Citizen is a project working to explore ways of better connecting patient and citizen voice within the NHS in order to both inform and ultimately hold the NHS England board to account. They are holding events to provide an overview of the work of project as well as exploring how it can work in your areas.

Friday 14th January; Church St, Sunderland
Wednesday 22nd January; Bordesley Centre, Stratford Road, Birmingham
Thursday 30th January; Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David’s Hill, Exeter

if you are interested in attending, please contact [email protected] stating which event you will like to attend.


An Evening with Lord Rowan Williams

Friday 17th January; St James’s Church, London

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Rowan Williams, will be speaking at an event, run by the Patchwork Foundation and Woolf Institute, on his vision for ‘Trust in Faith and Spirituality in the City’. There will also be contributions from St. James’s Revd Lucy Winkett, Lord Gulam Noon Kt, MBE and Lord Rumi Verjee CBE, as well as an open question and answers session.

Further details are available via Faiths Forum for London.




The winter months can be especially hard for the elderly, particularly for the lonely or isolated. NHS Choices has a short guide to the simple things you can do to help those around you. A part of this is the Winter Friends campaign, looking to get 100,000 people to pledge to take the time to look out for an elderly friend or neighbour during winter.


The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has released a round-up of important findings from its research in 2013.


NCVO has two guest articles for organisations that campign, looking at campaigning at the local level and use of the Freedom of Information act in your campaign.


NPC have unveiled their 'Know Your Donor', a questionaire that aims to allow organisations to segment their donors into seven distinct categories, based on their giving characteristics.