#FaithinCommunity – An Interview with Spurgeon’s College

On this week's blog, we return to #FaithinPartnership with an interview with Rev. Helen Stockley of Spurgeon’s College and Jack Bell of Lodestone Communications about their #FaithinCommunity campaign. The #FaithinCommunity campaign looks to capture good stories of the work of faith groups during the COVID-19 pandemic and create a permanent record for future generations. It’s a collaboration across different faiths and community groups
If you would like to contribute your story to the project, the #FaithinCommunity campaign page has an online form for you to complete with your details.
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The week of 5th September was #FaithinPartnership week. We used the week to launch two new publications, including the APPG for Faith in Society’s Keeping the Faith 2.0, which sparked valuable debate about the ongoing role for faith in post-pandemic Britain.

We'll be continuing with our #FaithinPartnership campaign in next week's e-news, as we'll be launching our First In, Last Out report, which looks specifically at how faith groups supported and partnered with NHS services during the pandemic, and what this means for the future of health and care partnerships.

Check back next week to get your hands on your copy!

Creative English for Health Opportunity in Birmingham

In July FaithAction launched our new Creative English for Health programme in Birmingham, funded by Birmingham City Council. So far the programme has engaged with over 80 learners, learning about child and family health matters, accessing support and services, raising awareness, and building confidence for speakers of English as a second language. Information, advice and key messaging on children’s respiratory health is embedded in the programme, ensuring it reaches higher-risk families quickly and effectively. The project includes sessions on making the best use of your GP appointment, using NHS 111, vaccinations, dealing with minor ailments, and healthy eating.

We are still looking for hubs to be part of the programme. Are you based in Birmingham? Do you work with communties where there are English language needs? We are especially keen to hear from groups working with communties from Eastern Europe. Funding for hubs is available.

If you are interested in finding out more, please email
The FaithAction Coffee House
The FaithAction Coffee House will be re-opening on Wednesday 12th October at 11am to look at emergency preparedness for faith groups.
Emergency response is a vital part of the work of many faith-based organisations, who provide support before, during and after crises and emergencies.  The extent of this support has been highlighted in recent times by the response to the pandemic, extreme weather and supporting refugees and people affected by the war in Ukraine. Many faith groups are also very involved in supporting people through the current cost of living crisis.

Come along to find out more about faith, emergency response and preparedness:
  • Are you involved in Emergency response and Preparedness?  Or is this a new area for you?
  • What are the key risks or issues that you see in your community?
  • What support do you need to be better prepared?
  • Find out about the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership!
We are pleased to be joined by Jon Vangorph, Head of Partnerships at the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership. The Partnership is a partnership of local and national voluntary and community sector organisations, formed in response to learnings from several national crises in 2017. It was recognised that a more coordinated response amongst the voluntary and community sector was needed when responding to an emergency and the Emergencies Partnership is supporting the sector to make this a reality.

Come along and join the conversation!
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News from the Sector

Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping: Progress Report

The Kerslake Commission on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping has launched a progress report this week. The commission was convened in March 2021 with the purpose of assessing the public health emergency response to rough sleeping during the pandemic. The final report was published in September last year and made 48…

GLA Mapping of Services for Migrants, Refugees, and Newly Arrived Communities

Groundwork London are supporting the Greater London Authority (GLA) to finalise the Mayor’s new Migrant Londoners Hub. This is an online resource to support present and newly-arrived groups of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in London to understand their rights and to be able to access safe advice, guidance, information, and…

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Health and Care News

Care4Carers Club: Online Workshops

Care4Carers Club are running four free online workshops for carers. The workshops will be based around carers taking control of their life and improving their mental health.  Topics covered include: Being present in the moment Techniques for stress and anxiety Setting intentions and visualisation Getting help as a carer from…

The Maternity Consortium: Maternal Mental Health Services Webinar

The Maternity Consortium, part of the VCSE Health & Wellbeing Alliance, is hosting a free virtual event sharing examples of good practice from Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations and Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVPs) working in partnership with their local Maternal Mental Health Services (MMHS) and specialist community perinatal…

Faith in Older People: What role do faith-based organisations have to play in supporting people with their mental health?

Our Policy and Programmes Officer Jeremy Simmons recently wrote a blog for Faith in Older People, on the role of faith-based organisations in supporting people with their mental health. The blog discusses the stigma that still exists around discussing mental health, and the positive role that faith can play in…

NHS Organ Donation Week 2022

NHS Blood and Transplant is urging families to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register this September. Adding your name and decision to the NHS Organ Donor Register is the best way to record your decision. Your family will be expected to support what you have decided, so you…

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