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The answer from sections of the platform at the #exploringbelief conference that I attended a few weeks ago was a resounding no! I am inclined to agree. Justin Brierley, of Premier Radio, reported that the famous Christian theologian, NT Wright, in answer to a listener’s question on the ‘Ask NT Wright Anything’ podcast, said that he couldn’t ever possibly be the listener’s pastor (the person who cares for you spiritually) outside of the context of face-to-face community. So why is that? And does that mean that online communities hold no value? The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, noted in his address during this year’s William Temple Lecture: “At its best [social media] connects people. It provides spaces for people to explore and discuss, which they might not have access to in real life. For many, many people social media has provided solace, connection and community. The housebound, the disillusioned, the lonely… and many other groups…“ The problem I believe, however, within the current culture of social media, is a lack of accountability. And this is a problem when it comes to building real community. Populist opinions and culture become entrenched positions. Thinking is done within silos and difference in opinion…
Professor Andrew Hayward (Director of UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care) and Dr Alastair Story (Clinical Lead, Find & Treat, UCLH) are pleased to invite you to the launch of the new UCL Collaborative Centre for Inclusion Health (CCIH) in partnership with the UCL Centre for Co-Production. Title: Shaping the future of Inclusion Health: Launch of the new UCL Collaborative Centre for Inclusion Health Aim: To co-produce inclusion health research, service, policy and advocacy priorities across the life course Date: Monday, 3 June 2019 Time: 9am – 5pm Venue: London This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of Inclusion Health research priorities for London, the UK and internationally. This event will bring together experts from across the field of inclusion health including: Academics, Policy and Government, Experts by Experience, Health Services, Voluntary Sector and Grant Funders. Please note this event is only open to people who have either experienced social exclusion or work with these populations - for example, homeless, drug users, prisoners, vulnerable migrants, and gypsies and travellers as there is very limited space. What is the UCL Collaborative Centre for Inclusion Health (CCIH)? The CCIH has been established by a multidisciplinary team of researchers passionate…
As part of the Department of Health's additional work on the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health, they will be hosting an engagement event on Mental Health and Prevention on Tuesday 4 June in Bristol. More details on the event here. They also have 6 webinars taking place with HWA partners' Citizens Advice, Age UK, NSUN, Carers Trust, Men's Health Forum, and Homeless Link. Money, Mental Health and Prevention with Citizens Advice- 13 June 2:30-3:30, https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3167630726132434188 Older Adults, Mental Health and Prevention with Age UK - 17 June 10:30-11:30, https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/352364188560841228 Peer Support, User-Led Organisations, and Mental Health and Prevention with NSUN - 18 June 10:30-11:30, https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3972023537408760076 Carers, Mental Health and Prevention with Carers Trust - 19 June 10:30-11:30, https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4153689246596441100 Men’s Mental Health and Prevention with Men's Health Forum - 26 June 10:00-11:00, https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6830779058393581068 Homelessness, Mental Health and Prevention with Homeless Link - 27 June 10:30-11:30, https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6064998896461752076
Cinnamon Network is partnering with Andrews Charitable Trust to offer micro-grants of £2,000 to local churches starting a Cinnamon Recognised Project in areas near one of their Andrew’s Estate Agents branches. If your church is in one of the following counties then you are welcome to apply: West of England Combined (Bristol, South Gloucester, Bath & Somerset) Gloucestershire Oxfordshire Greater London Surrey East Sussex For more information, please visit www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/act-micro-grants/
The Health Lottery’s Active Communities programme, working with local partners, is providing grant funding of £5,000 - £10,000 per year (for up to two years) to projects that target areas affected by health inequalities. The fund has opened up to Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, and the West Midlands. You can only apply for funding from the Active Communities programme if: Your organisation supports people to create or shape local projects that will help their community or neighbourhood to become even better; You are a not-for-profit organisation or group (for a full list of eligible organisations, click here); Your income is less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 or less over the last two years; You have less than six months’ annual running costs in savings (with no restrictions on the money) after you have deducted the grant you wish to request; Your organisation has been constituted for at least three months. For more information, visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk
"I believe that there is a significant and positive role for faith communities to play in the support of mental health."
"I pledge to support faith groups in my community to become Friendly Places which welcome and support those struggling with their mental health."