15/01/14 – Building Stronger Services

Guest Blog: Derek Markie on Sharing Faith

Derek Markie has been an independent management consultant for 24 years, capitalising on over 20 years of experience, who assists businesses, public organisations, voluntary and community bodies, faith groups and more to achieve their goals of service through transforming methods and lives. He has written a guest blog for FaithAction, discussing how differing faiths can affect the extent of co-operation.

“I have worked with others on sharing art and music but even here there is a risk of confusion in my mind – do I share the same thoughts as others during Handel’s Messiah? – is participation in or attendance at a performance a declaration of truth in what is viewed or sung? – is the interpretation only in the mind of the beholder?”

To read the rest of Derek’s blog, check it out in our Blogs section.


A Thank You

Thank you to everyone who responded to FaithAction, suggesting areas in which you could use increased support or an opportunity for learning or training. We have received some really strong contributions from members, as well as stories of good practice and innovation. We will be taking all of your suggestions forward to the Department of Health and other strategic partners to explore how we can respond to them – stay tuned!




£25m Funding Announced for Mental Health Workers at Police Stations and Courts

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has announced funding of £25 million over the next year will be used to allow mental health professionals to work with police stations and courts to support people with mental health and substance abuse issues. The money will be used to test out a new model, known as Liaison and Diversion services, in ten areas of the country. Under this model, people who are suspected of offences and have mental health issues, substance abuse issues or learning disabilities will be assessed by a mental health professional, with this information shared with the police and courts to ensure charging and sentencing accounts for the person’s health needs and treatments can be provided as soon as possible.

More information on the new scheme is available at GOV.UK.


Get Involved

Faith and Mental Health: An Invitation to FaithAction’s Friendly Places launch event

4th March, 2:30pm – 4:30pm; NCVO Society Building, London

We believe there is a significant and positive role for faith communities to play in the support of those with mental health problems – both within their own congregations and in the wider community.

Join FaithAction as we:

  • Explore mental health in the context of faith communities;
  • Raise awareness of how faith communities can respond to mental health issues;
  • Launch Friendly Places and the Friendly Places Pledge; an initiative supporting faith groups to be places which welcome and support those struggling with their mental health.

Book via Eventbrite


A Good Death in Hospital: Compassionate Care for All

10th February, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London

The National Council for Palliative Care are holding a conference to examine end-of-life care in the health service, including highlighting initiatives to improve end-of-life care and responses to findings of reports on end-of-life care (Francis Report, Keogh Report etc., celebrating good practice and innovation, and a chance to share personal experiences with end-of-life care.

For more information, and to book, please visit the NCPC site.



SpeakOut is a national network of marginalised and disadvantaged community groups that works to support the Care Quality Commission. To support the CQC’s new inspection programme, involving the inspection of many care services, they are currently looking to recruit community groups that have links to hard-to-reach and marginalised people.

For more information on this opportunity, as well as the benefits SpeakOut provides, please see their website.




The Department of Health has released a series of factsheetscovering various aspects of the Care Bill.


The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group have also published a briefing on the Care Bill, which as examines how it affects service providers.


Public Health England has published its new framework covering Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes, containing indicators to help support the commissioning of children’s services.


The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has released a report that looks at challenges faced by those wanting to change their local communities.