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2020 marks the beginning on a new season for British politics, with three years of Brexit debate (mostly) settled, the strongest majority government since 2005, and a major shake-up in regional and class-based voter alignment. Could this juncture also see an increased appreciation of faith views and contributions to British society? The December 2019 election saw the arrival of a host of new MPs, with new opinions and priorities, several of whom were very happy to use their maiden speeches to talk about the importance of faith, among other things. One prime example came from Stuart Anderson, the Conservative MP representing Wolverhampton South West. Anderson began his maiden speech by sharing about the history of Wolverhampton, before mentioning several of the ‘gems’ of the city today: the football team, the university, the local newspaper. "But the real prize in Wolverhampton is the people," said Anderson. What evidence did he provide to back that claim? Just two things: that they are straight-talking, and they are a community of faith. We have a multicultural, multifaith population, ranging from Christian, Sikh, Muslim, Hindu and many more. In Wolverhampton, you can walk past a church, a gurdwara and a mosque all on the same…
A new loneliness and social isolation strategy, 'Connected Communities: A strategy for tackling loneliness and social isolation and building stronger social connections', has been launched by the Welsh Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan. This strategy will be backed by a £1.4m fund over three years and will support community-based organisations to deliver and test out, or scale up, approaches to tackling loneliness and social isolation. A National Survey for Wales found 16% of the population aged 16 years or over said they felt lonely – with younger people more likely to report feeling isolated than older people. The strategy is seen as the first step in helping to change how people think about loneliness and social isolation. It has four priority areas: Increasing opportunities for people to connect Improving community infrastructure that supports connected communities Cohesive and supportive communities Building awareness and promoting positive attitudes. The 48-page strategy identified bereavement, retirement, giving up driving, taking a caring role and the onset of ill health, which are more common in later life, as some of the trigger points that can lead to loneliness and isolation. Morgan said that, ‘whilst government alone cannot solve these issues, we can help foster the…
What is The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund? The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is delivered by a consortium including Co-operatives UK, Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK, led by Locality and jointly funded by Power to Change and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It aims to give community groups in England the support necessary to start setting up their community business. The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is opening soon on Tuesday 26 February. Who can apply? Community groups in England looking to set up and start running a community business. Groups accepted onto the programme will receive tailored business development support, mentoring and visits and can apply for a small grant of up to £15,000 to fund development and start-up costs. Visit The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund's website page for further information: www.powertochange.org.uk Click here to sign up to join their webinar on Tuesday 3 March at 1.30pm where you will be able to find out more about the fund, application process and hear from a programme grantee. Complete the eligibility checker and apply here. If you have any questions about your application you can get in touch with Locality for free advice and guidance: [email protected]
Just so you know this piece will end with an ask, a call to action. It won’t be hard, complicated, or academic. It’s an ordinary ask… but just make sure you don’t miss it! Logical, simple answers to problems and obvious observations are always worth making. You see, it is really easy to make sophisticated criticisms—we can all sit back, rub our chins, and point out the problems with any system or idea—see the Teddy Roosevelt quote below. But it takes a certain amount of courage to make a positive suggestion, especially if it is a simple idea. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking, "Surely, everyone has considered this idea already?" It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the…
At FaithAction we care about refugees, and we want to share with you a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees through Community Sponsorship. The Community Sponsorship programme is a way for you, our members, to directly increase the number of refugees resettled in the UK. This programme enables people to support and host a refugee family, sharing their experiences and making a real difference to the lives of others. Any family hosted under Community Sponsorship is in addition to the Government's resettlement targets, meaning that this is an opportunity to bring refugees into the UK who would not otherwise get in. Participants will receive training and support from Reset, the charity leading the Community Sponsorship movement. In the last week of February, we will be running a London-based breakfast event where you can find out more about the programme. Download the flyer for more information If you would like to learn more and get in touch with any questions, please email Manisha at [email protected] or call us on 0800 804 8829.
We all have to go to events and meetings – and meet other people, but how do we make the most of these times when all we can think is, “I wish I was back at my desk getting on with my work”?
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