23/01/14 – Share Your Story!

Health inequalities in later life – invitation to contribute views

As a Department of Health Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner, FaithAction is contributing to a report on health inequalities in later life produced by Age UK. The report explores unequal outcomes and access to services for specific groups of older people. 

If you would like to contribute your views or get involved with this work, please get in contact with the FaithAction team by Tuesday 28th January via [email protected].


Director’s Lunch

Each week, I hear of faith-based organisations working across communities. This week, the FaithAction team have heard about the compelling work of a member in the area of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, about a member campaigning against cuts to services for victims of domestic violence, and about faith-based organisations working in the housing sector, as well as many more!

Though we support FaithAction members through our events and resources, we also wish to support them personally. When we travel to events around the country, we try to meet with as many member organisations as possible, so we can see what you are all doing, hear your struggles and give advice and guidance. However, I don’t want geography to be a limiting factor in this service; there are some areas of the country that we are not able to visit very often, and I am aware that there are many organisations we have not been able to connect with.

This Director’s Lunch is an opportunity to write to FaithAction about the work you’re doing, the needs you are facing, and to receive some advice and guidance.

Just send a short email to [email protected], and I will read and respond to your message in my lunch break!

If you have any queries on this, please get in touch with the FaithAction team!

–Daniel Singleton, National Executive Director



Research Shows HSCVF is a Success

The results of a study published by Leeds Metropolitan University shows that the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) established by the Department of Health has improved volunteering in local communities.

The key findings of the research including highlighting the ability of the HSCVF to build capacity regardless of project size, with many projects greatly increasing their number of volunteers, and the key role it has in supporting projects that are reach people most in need. It was also shown that, while the HSCVF greatly helped projects with access to new networks and partnerships, securing long-term funding was still found to be challenging.

The full findings of the study are available via the HSCVF site.


Starbucks Youth Action fund opens

UK Youth and Starbucks have partnered up to create the Starbucks Youth Action programme, aimed at providing young people with funding to run social action projects in their area as well as training on running the project. Applicants need to be aged between 16 and 24, and can apply for up to £2,000 worth of funding to run a social action project. Application period ends 9am 17th March.

For more information, please visit UK Youth.



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


Joint Voluntary Sector Learning Event on Health and Housing

30th January 2014, 10:00am – 3:30pm
Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SN

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”.

Register your place via Eventbrite.



NAVCA Health Roadshows

NAVCA are working in partnership with a number of members around the country to deliver events exploring aspects of the current health agenda. The sessions will assist learning, reflection and discussion of key activities to increase inclusion of the local voluntary community sector and the communities they serve in meeting local health needs. 

NAVCA are working with host members to shape each day to meet local needs, whilst exploring the national implications of the delivering health and social care services through the voluntary and community sector. 

Events are planned for:

  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne – 10 Feb
  • Thurrock – 4 Mar
  • Halton & St Helens – 7 Mar 
  • Bournemouth – 12 Mar  
  • Nottingham – 21 Mar 
  • Birmingham – 18 Mar 
  • Bromley/Croydon – 25 Mar 
  • Milton Keynes – 26 Mar 
  • Sheffield – 27 Feb 

For more information, see the NAVCA site.



The UK Health Forum have released a Public Health eLearning Toolkit, which brings together multiple resources to help improve information skills, such as critically appraising new information.


The Institute for Public Policy Research have released a report that looks at the forthcoming spending review in 2015 and how the process can be improved.


The Joseph Rowntree Foundation have published a collection of examples of dementia initiatives in the Yorkshire area.