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#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.
New national strategy to tackle Gypsy, Roma and Traveller inequalities
Communities Minister, Lord Bourne, has launched a new national strategy to tackle entrenched inequality and improve the lives of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. MHCLG is to lead the national strategy, working with several government departments and the Cabinet Office Race Disparity Unit to improve outcomes in areas including health, education and employment. The announcement comes as communities across the country celebrate the start of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month and will build on the government’s ongoing work to support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. In order to address the serious disparities highlighted by the Race Disparity Audit, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has provided £200,000 of funding between six projects aiming to improve outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the areas of educational attainment, health and social integration. The department has also funded 22 projects which support Roma communities across England through the Controlling Migration Fund. In addition, the department has provided funding to two projects to improve the reporting of hate crime by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. For more information, and to read the new strategy, visit www.gov.uk
Carers Week 2019 - new research shows carers 7x more likely to be lonely than general public
Established 25 years ago, Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s unpaid carers. It is a time of intensive local activity with hundreds of events taking place across the UK. To mark this, Carers Week have launched some new research which finds that unpaid carers looking after loved ones living with an illness, disability, mental health condition or as they grow older are seven times more likely to be lonely compared with the general public. The extent of loneliness and poor wellbeing amongst carers is also revealed as new estimates suggest there could be far more people caring unpaid than previously thought. There are a potential 8.8 million adult carers in the UK, up from 6.3 million estimated in the 2011 census – a huge increase of a third. Read the research here: www.carersweek.org Finally, if you or your organisation would like to show your support for carers this Carers Week, you can do so by pledging on the online Carers Week wall. Click here to make a pledge: https://www.carersweek.org/get-involved/pledge-support
Reaching beyond organised volunteering
By Daniel Singleton
A family member once told me that she did not feel that she could continue with the volunteering that she was doing at a local charity. She felt she just didn’t have the capacity any more. But, as a stay-at-home mum, she was running back and forth collecting children from different schools and nursery. She was also preparing meals for people in her church who were unwell and doing shopping on a weekly basis for an elderly neighbour. In addition to all of this, she had, on two different occasions during the previous week, spontaneously helped two women, both of whom had limited English, who were lost in the local area! Maybe, during this Volunteers Week, we would not call this traditional volunteering, but the activity of this young woman must be the essence of what a healthy, caring, community looks like. It was not formal, it was not ‘banked’ and she did not get any recognition for it, other than from her family and those she directly helped. Yet, she never-the-less had a strong sense (born out of her faith) that these acts of service were the right thing to do. Building a strong community means being neighbourly –…
- 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?
- 17 June - [CANCELLED] Aston Police Community ‘Faith Watch’ meeting (Newton, Birmingham)
- 18 June - NHS Strategic Prayer Summit (Pyle)
- 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)
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