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Serving our local communities
By Elspeth Paisley
The thing that all faiths have in common is the recognition of the need to reach out to the “widows and orphans” in our society: those who find themselves in a difficult position and who need some support to get back on their feet again. Faith-based organisations are often incredibly well-placed to support those within their immediate sphere to find help. For example, we’ve all heard about the mental health crisis in our country. That’s why FaithAction member, Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum, gathered 15 local faith-based and voluntary sector organisations together during last week’s Men’s Health Week to raise awareness and offer support beyond that offered by the care services for those who need support with their mental health and wellbeing. It’s why the same organisation ensures that their bi-monthly forum meeting goes beyond talking and understanding, to convening events that are relevant to issues faced by their inner-city community, such as knife-crime or homelessness. It’s also why FaithAction have been talking to our members the length and breadth of the country to find out how they are working with those who are lonely or isolated. It’s issues like these that are increasingly being recognised as those that must…
The NHS Big Tea
The NHS’ birthday is on 5th July and what better way to celebrate one of the nation’s most loved institutions than with a cup of tea? On and around 5th July, people up and down the country are getting together to raise a cuppa to our beloved NHS and raise funds for NHS charities. Find out how you can get involved by finding an NHS Charity to support, plan a tea party, make a donation or 'do more'! Any support you can give to this campaign will be great. More information can be found here: https://www.nhsbigtea.co.uk
Paid consultancy role for young people on new participation project
The Association for Young People's Health is recruiting two young people to become consultants on a new three year project. The focus is on developing a rights-based approach to sexual violence work with young people. This is an exciting opportunity for young people who are experts by experience to support the development and evaluation of a participation project with a particularly marginalised group. It will be a flexible role with a set number of days per year that can easily fit around other work, education or caring commitments. The two Youth Advisers will have prior experience of using a sexual violence service or peer support group and have taken part in group work with other young people with a focus on sexual violence. If you or anyone you know is aged 16-24 and fits this criteria, please share and encourage them to apply. All applicants must fill out an application form - CVs will not be accepted. They have designed the application process to be as accessible as possible and have given space for anonymous feedback from young people about the process on the separate equal opportunities form. The closing date for applications is Friday 28th June 2019. Full details about the role and a link to…
#WeStandTogether - an anti-discrimination Project
We Stand Together will deliver interactive workshops in schools, colleges, youth and community groups engaging as wide a spectrum of participants as possible. Their resources will enable participants to learn about different cultures, faiths, disabilities, nationalities, gender identities and sexual orientations; discuss their perceptions and the different discrimination and stereotyping faced; how this can be challenged and come up with practical actions to take themselves. The aims of the project are to: Address discrimination and celebrate diversity Bring people together and build strong relationships Enable people to participate and feel included in their communities Develop practical actions to help people feel positive about all our futures For more information, please see the project summary attached here.
Right Up Your Street
The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society invite you to join us for: Right Up Your Street: Faith’s response to Loneliness Tuesday 2 July • Westminster • 6pm-8pm Wine and canapés provided Loneliness and social isolation are increasingly being recognised as issues that must be tackled with urgency. Faith groups have been undertaking work that addresses these issues for many years – but is there anything they can do in order to be more effective? And is their work being recognised by the other agencies and services that are now focusing their efforts on tackling loneliness. Please join us to explore how the work of faith groups can best contribute to society-wide action on loneliness, as we launch the report ‘Right Up Your Street’, produced by FaithAction for the APPG. In order to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com at your earliest convenience.
- 02 July - Right Up Your Street: Faith’s Response to Loneliness (Westminster)
Join us to explore how the work of faith groups can best contribute to society-wide action on loneliness, as we launch the report ‘Right Up Your Street’, produced by FaithAction for the APPG on Faith and Society.
- 10 July - FaithAction Masterclass: Evaluating Your Work (Dagenham)
Need to evaluate your project? Want to find out how to demonstrate your impact? Not sure where to start?
- 27 June - Exploring Culture, Faith and Spirituality in Palliative Care (Ilford)
- 09 July - Greater Manchester Infant Male Circumcision Annual Network Event (Fallowfield)
- 11 July - Chaplaincy One-Day Development Summit (Leeds)
- 12 October - Mind and Soul Foundation – Running on empty (Brighton)
- 19 October - Mental Health, Healing and Ministry: ‘Binding up the Broken Hearted – Study Day (Kettering)
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