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

20/02/14 – Friendly Places Pledge

Mental Health and Faith Communities
and launch of the Friendly Places Pledge
4th March, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Speakers include
Norman Lamb MP (TBC), Paul Farmer
CEO of Mind, Rvd Nims Obunge The Peace Alliance, Raheel Mohammed Maslaha, William van der Hart Mind and Soul, Katharine Welby Livability

Book your place here!

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.

We invite you to join us as we:
Explore mental health in the context of faith communities;
Raise awareness of how faith communities can respond to mental health issues;
Launch the Friendly Places Pledge;
Highlight existing good practice.



Save the Date: FaithAction Reception – a celebration of faith-based social action

26th March, 2:30pm – 4:00pm; London.

Join FaithAction as we celebrate local faith-based social action and innovation, and explore the role of faith groups in the community during austerity. FaithAction will also be launching the FaithLab initiative; gathering innovative faith based responses to community needs across the UK. Further details to be announced.




Charities raise concerns about potential Welfare cuts


Third Sector reports that a number of charities including the NCVO, Age UK, Banardo's & Shelter have written a letter to Nicky Morgan MP, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, raising their concerns about the proposed cap on welfare spending which would place limits on the annual social security spend.  The charities voiced their concern that the limits are a “blunt measure” that would compound the hardship of the most vulnerable.


The letter also highlighted a statement from the Institute of Fiscal Studies stating a benefit cap wouldn’t by itself make for better policy-making, but would depend on how expenditure was managed as a result.


HMRC withholds Gift-Aid from Christian Charity


Civil Society reports that HMRC has withheld £2.8 million in Gift-Aid from a Christian Charity over questions about whether its funds have been spent on charitable purposes.  Christ Embassy’s accounts for 2012 show that HMRC has withheld any gift-aid claims since 2008 whilst they conduct an enquiry into grants made to overseas organisations.      


This comes on top of the Charity Commission statutory enquiry launched in September.



Get Involved


NCVO is looking for evidence on the ways in which welfare reforms is having on voluntary sector organisations as part of its Strengthening the Voluntary Sector’s Voice in Welfare Reform project. 


Add your views at http://www.ncvo.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=554


The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has commissioned an independent report reviewing child poverty in early years.  The researchers are interested in receiving evidence from organisations about programmes that have been effective in tackling child poverty, including health services.


Responses should be sent to Sylvia Potter at [email protected] by 9am, Friday 14th March


ACEVO has launched its Social Sector Tracker Survey, looking at gathering information on the state of the charity sector and the economic value they offer, in order to inform ACEVO’s work in the run-up to the 2015 election.


To take part in the survey, visit http://www.acevo.org.uk/


Felicity’s written a new blog piece about why she does what she does.  Why not check it out, and get in contact with us about your stories




Fast.Map have issued an infographic detailing why people donate to charities.


The Charity Commission has issued its Winter Newsletter looking at how charities should fundraise, changes that are to be implemented with Annual Returns, and highlighting the key issues from its Tackling Abuse & Mismanagement Report


The Department of Health has issued a Mental Health Concordat looking at how to improve the outcomes for people experiencing Mental Health Issues