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Alzheimer’s Society has produced a new series of booklets that aim to support people with dementia to continue to practise their faith - and they would like your feedback! The booklets include a brief introduction to dementia, information on the challenges that people with dementia face, and practical tips to make faith communities more dementia friendly. There range of booklets focuses on the Christian, Hindu (also available in Hindi), Muslim (also available in Bengali), Jewish and Sikh (also available in Punjabi) faiths, as well as a generic booklet suitable for any faith community. Alzheimer's Society has printed a small number of the booklets and the team are keen to gain feedback to ensure that the wording and translations used are sensitive and accurate before printing more. FaithAction helped develop the booklets as part of the Prime Minister's Champion Group task and finish group on faith. We have a few hard copies of each booklet so if you would like one or more to review, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 March, stating which booklet(s) you would like and including your postal address.
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation's Act for Change Fund is now open for applications. The Fund provides resources for young people to challenge social injustice, find ways of overcoming inequality, and give voice to issues they are experiencing. It is offering funding of £20,000 - £100,000 to projects that encourages the potential of young people with experience of disadvantage to devise and develop activities and programmes to shape the world around them. It aims to create a more diverse group of social, cultural and political leaders for the future. The deadline for applications is Monday 1 April 2019. Find out more: https://www.phf.org.uk/funds/act-change-fund/
Power to Change and Community-led Homes are offering funding of around £50,000 to community-led housing projects that will create schemes that deliver a majority of permanently affordable homes for rent or sale to locally connected people. Organisations applying should have identified a site or buildings and already undertaken some initial project work in order to gain the support of the community and other key stakeholders. Funding will be focused on Leeds City Region, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley City Region, the West of England and the West Midlands. Funds will also be available to genuinely innovative community-led housing projects anywhere in England. Find out more: https://www.communityledhomes.org.uk/homes-community-hands-programme
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. Deadline for applications: 3rd April 2019 at 1pm. For more information, visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk
The Centre for Ageing Better has released Raising the bar on strength and balance, a report exploring the importance of community provision, including from faith-based organisations, in preventing falls for older people. The findings highlight the various ways in which community organisations are contributing, from raising awareness of what can be done to prevent falls and encouraging uptake of health programmes, to developing effective referral processes and ensuring outcomes are properly monitored and evaluated. The evidence that funding strength and balance programmes in the community is cost effective is clear, yet such programmes are often underfunded and there is a significant difference between what the evidence says and what is delivered on the ground. Local services do not always join up and work together, leaving a patchwork provision. Read the full report here.
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"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."