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

30/01/14 – For Faith in Society

Welcome to this week's e-news for members of FaithAction.


Director’s Lunch

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!




Plymouth Brethren congregation able to register as charity after 2 year fight


Earlier this month, the Charity Commission announced that it would accept an application from the Preston Down Trust, a Plymouth Brethren congregation in Devon, after the trust agreed to make changes to its official documents. The announcement brought an end to a dispute that began in 2009, when the PDT first attempted to register as a charity, which was subsequently rejected in 2012 as not meeting the ‘for public benefit’ requirement.

The concerns of the Charity Commission lay in the code followed by the Brethren, which requires that Brethren do not have contact socially with non-members, and allegations of ‘harsh disciplinary practices’, including ostracizing those who choose to leave, and legal threats against those who speak out. Changes made to the Brethren’s governing documents, which led to Charity Commission acceptance, include a section on compassion, which is designed to prevent situations such as those that were alleged to have occurred before.

A full analysis of the dispute between the Preston Down Trust and the Charity Commission is available at Third Sector.


Charities Aid Foundation to offer interest-free loans for new social enterprise

A new scheme has been started by the Charities Aid Foundation that will offer interest-free loans of up to £10,000 to help set up new social enterprises. Social Enterprise Assist will be offering loans to start social enterprises in Croydon and Sussex, with an aim to roll the scheme out nationwide. Over £300,000 of funding will able available from March, supplied by Legal & General and the C2C Local Enterprise Partnership. Along with the £100,000 loan, the social enterprises will receive mentoring support and access to a network of investors and experts.

More information is available via the Charties Aid Foundation’s press release and the Social Enterprise Assist site.



Get Involved

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.

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]


Care Provider Requirements Consultation

The Department of Health is running a consultation on proposed changes to the Care Quality Commission’s registration requirements that introduce new standards as legal requirements for health and care providers. The consultation runs until April.

For more information and to contribute your views, visit GOV.UK.


Survey on ‘end of life’ Terminology

The National Council for Palliative Care and the Social Care Institute for Excellence are conducting a short survey on what people think/feel when they hear the terms ‘end of life’ and ‘palliative’ care, to better understand and improve communication regarding end of life issues.

For more information and to take part, visit NCPC.


NCB Seminar on Health Inequalities for Care Leavers

London; Tuesday 4th March; 10am – 1:30pm

The National Children’s Bureau are holding a free half-day seminar that explores national strategies that are being implemented to improve the health of young people as they leave care, such as the Care Leavers Strategy, Access All Areas, the Mind Ed Programme and the NICE Quality Standard.

For more information, and to book, visit Eventbrite.



Public Spirit have released their latest debate series, which looks at the experiences of Muslim women in the UK, including articles that discuss the controversy surrounding the niqab, female representation in Muslim organisations, and government efforts to engage with Muslim women.


NCVO have published a short guide looking at how to best manage and develop micro-volunteering in your organisation.


The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has released report on research that shows that the number of households with income below the living standard has risen by over 20% in three years.


The Government has released a guide to planning and holding a community event, which covers issues such as health & safety, insurance, and closing roads for your event.