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27/02/14 – Faith in Tough Times

Thoughts on Austerity

FaithAction’s National Executive Director, Daniel Singleton, has written a new blog post, looking at austerity and its effect on voluntary and faith organisations.

“Times of hardship can also be times of possibility. So, although medium and larger organisations reliant on public sector funding may face difficulties, there is perhaps an opportunity for more radical solutions. Stephen Timms MP often remarks to me that, if asked if five years ago what would be the response to hunger in the UK, few would have pointed to faith groups as a significant response. Yet, this is what has happened with food banks throughout the UK.”

To read the rest of Daniel’s new blog, entitled ‘You Like Austerity!’, visit our Blogs section.

 

Influencing Health and Wellbeing Boards: Voting Rights

In partnership with Regional Voices, we've launched the first of a series of short publications on "Influencing Health and Wellbeing Boards", which looks at engagement between voluntary sector representatives and health and wellbeing boards and the availability of voting rights. The guide is available at Regional Voices,  as part of a larger resource on health and wellbeing boards.

 

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!

 

News

British Muslims Condemn Daily Mail’s Anti-Muslim Column

A group of British Muslim and interfaith organisations have written a letter to Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail, in response to an article by Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn. The article, entitled“Jolly Jihadi Boy’s Outing to Legoland”, is ostensibly a criticism of controversial scholar Haitham al-Haddad, but the letter highlights that the language used by Littlejohn, such as a referring to a Muslim community coach trip to Legoland being ‘packed with explosives’, is no different to what is used by racist and far-left groups. The letter states that Littlejohn uses ‘the most hateful stereotypes of Muslims’ in his attack of al-Haddad, and calls the article as ‘incitement to hate Muslims’.

A press release, including the full letter sent to the Daily Mail, is available on the Muslim Council of Britain’s website.

Farooq Murad
Muslim Council of Britain

 

 

Get Involved

Friendly Places Launch

2:30pm – 4:30pm, 4th March; 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.

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.

For more information, and to book, see our Eventbrite page.

 

Sounding Boards & Together in Service Briefings

30th April 2014

British Muslim Heritage Center
 College Road, Manchester, M16 8BP

20th May 2014

Hamilton House
Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY

Sounding Boards are a chance for you to meet the FaithAction team, help us shape our work, share your issues and concerns, and find out how we can help. These will be held with 1am to 3pm.

Together in Service Accelerator Briefings are an opportunity to learn about our grants programme and the application process, get advice, and have a one-to-one to discuss your project with a team member. These will be held from 10am to 12 noon.

To book a place at any of these events, contact [email protected] with your details and which event(s) you'd like to attend. If you'd like a one-to-one at a Together in Service briefing, let us know too.

 

Mitzvah Day Awards

Mitzvah Day have announced the launch of their new annual awards to recognize the impact of Mitzvah Day projects. There are three award categories available: groups that have kept their project going through the year; groups that have worked with other faiths; and projects run by children and students. For more information on the awards, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Resources

The Inter Faith Network has launched a new website, including a feature that helps locate inter-faith groups in your area.

 

Nominet are accepting entrants to their Internet Awards, celebrating online initiatives. One of the available categories is ‘Doing good online’, for initiatives supporting charitable and good causes.

 

CIPD have produced a guide regarding work experience, highlighting its value to an employer and providing tips and insights.

 

OpenLearn at the Open University have produced a free booklet to accompany the BBC series Paul O’Grady’s Working Britain, which examines working class life over the years.