Faith to Engage / 09 Jul 2013
Foodbank and Learning Hive

The Foodbank and Learning Hive (run by the Northern Learning Trust) have been operating since early November. There are two foodbank outlets, one at St. Alban’s Church, Trimdon Grange, the other at Trimdon Village Hall. Both are open two afternoons a week, so we cover 4 days of the week.


/ 09 Jul 2013
Faith to Engage final newsletter

Click below to download the final Faith to Engage newsletter.

The Voice Report

Faithnetsouthwest / 09 Jul 2013
Faithnetsouthwest June E-bulletin
Faith to Engage London / 02 Jul 2013
Better off without them report

The report of pilot Serving Londoners survey: Better off without them? Report of a pilot study into the proportion of voluntary sector welfare projects organised by churches and other faiths.

Download report

To read Faith to Engage London Newsletter Summer 2013

/ 01 Jul 2013
Faithfully Meeting Local Need

‘Faithfully Meeting Local Need’ is CLiCTs first completed piece of commissioned research. Funded by Faith to Engage, the research is based on evidence gathered from five faith-based organisations delivering services in their local community. The report highlights the importance of partnership working, the need to appropriately deploy and support volunteers and the role faith plays in motivating and sustaining delivery. 

Download Full Report

Download Summary Booklet

/ 01 Jul 2013
Farewell to the Faith to Engage Project

In early June 2013, the ‘Faith To Engage’ project closed its doors and celebrated the achievements of this five year project, amidst a somewhat turbulent period.  Administered by Faithworks and implemented in partnership with 9 Regional Partners across England, the project recently received encouraging feedback from an independent evaluation.

Full Evaluation Report

Executive Summary

/ 01 May 2013
Faith to Engage London Update

Please click below to read the latest news from the London region.

LON Newsletter Spring 2013

/ 22 Apr 2013
Faith to Engage Yorkshire & the Humber Update

Please click below to read the latest news from the Yorkshire and the Humber region.

YH Newsletter April2013

/ 16 Apr 2013
Faith to Engage East Midlands Update

Please click below to read the latest news from the East Midlands region.

EM Newsletter March2013

/ 15 Mar 2013
Faith to Engage Update

Faithworks' Big Lottery funded Faith to Engage project is coming to an end in June this year. Encouragingly an independent evaluation of the project  found that 87% of end users felt that they had benefited from its work. 

In the coming months we will taking part in a number of regional events, publishing the research paper Faithfully Meeting Local Need and completing the project evaluation. As the FtE wraps up this year an independent evaluation is being carried and here are a few things you have have said about the project:

    “Helped create very good channels for grassroots to engage with elected officials as well as faith leaders.” 

    Faith Forum, London

    • 87% felt that they had benefited from the work of the project, the biggest benefit was the opportunity given by events to share experiences and information. 

    • On average people found the project useful, scoring it 7.3 out of 10 (with 10 being most positie)

      / 06 Mar 2013
      Benefits briefing
      / 11 Feb 2013
      Upcoming Policy issues in 2013
      The NCVO's Charlotte Ravenscroft highlights the following policy issues coming up for the voluntary sector in 2013? Including Welfare changes kicking in this April, the struggling economy, the Social Value Act and Gift Aid goes digital in April.
      / 29 Jan 2013
      Benefit Changes
      / 14 Dec 2012
      Are you ready for the new Gift Aid system?

      HMRC is changing the way that Gift Aid repayments are made. From April 2013, a new online claims system will be launched, replacing the existing R68(i) form. The new online system will also be used for the Small Donations Scheme. For more info click here

      / 17 Oct 2012
      Police & Crime Commissioners - Opportunity or Threat

      Existing funding arrangements from local Community Safety Partnerships will end and the new PCCs will be able to access the community safety fund from 2012. New crime and disorder grants to fund or commission services from the VCS will be at the discretion of the PCC.

      This could be an opportunity for the VCS that are active in community safety, working with victims of prejudice-based crime,supporting victims, reducing reoffending, working to address violence against women and girls, substance misuse and work with vulnerable young people. BUT only if this work supports the PCC new Police and Crime Plan in your PCC area. Each PCC will decide how these funds are used and from 2014 this funding will be part of the general policing budget and not ring-fenced in any way.

      As a VCS organisation your relationship with your PCC is critical. Your ability to demonstrate the impact of your work is vital especially in making the link with your activities and services to the Police and Crime Plan priorities. The Safer Future Communities project has been set up by the Home Office to do just this, and support frontline VCO’s to prepare for these changes.

      For equality groups and other marginalised groups  it is really important that you are networked with the Safer Future Communities partnership in your area (see below), and that your voice is heard. Let us know at South West Forum or Equality South West if there are any barriers for you in participating in the network or contact Isabel Livingstone at CLINKS

      South West Forum is currently offering a range of activities to strengthen the voice and influence of the voluntary and community sector, contact Deborah or Beverly on 01392 247901

      Safer Future Communities project led by Clinks www.clinks.orgin partnership with NAVCA and other partners is set up to support frontline organisations to prepare for the PCC relationship and understand the new community safety funding landscape. There are networks in your area that provide information, support and training  and can provide reasonable expenses to support your involvement.

      See for Policy Briefings and further information on the PCC changes.

      / 05 Jul 2012
      Government departments publish their annual plans and progress reports
      The Number 10 website has published government department business plans setting  out priorities for the coming twelve months, specific reform actions departments will take and when, along with expenditure for each remaining year of the spending review period. For more info click here
      / 05 Jul 2012
      Benchmarking the participation of women in the third sector
      A recent report by Women Count: Charity Leaders 2012 has found that only 17-25% of the richest (by asset or by income) 100 charities have women Chief Executives even though 68% of the workforce is female. For more info click here.
      / 05 Jul 2012
      Government maps out community action
      DCLG has launched its Communities in Action map that gives examples of projects in Neighbourhood Community Budget pilot areas, and invites other projects to send in their details to be added to the map. To read more click here
      Faith to Engage North East / 23 May 2012
      FtE North East newsletter

      The Faith to Engage North East May newsletter has been published.  To read the newsletter click here

      To read the past newsletters, please go to region's page 'In your region'.

      Faith to Engage East Midlands / 23 May 2012
      FtE East Midlands newsletter

      Faith to Engage East Midlands regional partner has published May/June 2012 newsletter.  To read the updates in this region click here

      To read the past newsletters, please go to the region's page 'In your region'.

      Faith to Engage North West / 11 May 2012
      How Faith Communities are Adapting to the Current Economic and Political Climate

      The North West Forum of Faiths published a report entitled "How Faith Communities are Adapting to the Current Economic and Political Climate", compiled by Monsignor John Devine OBE.

      To read the report click here

      Faith to Engage London / 11 May 2012
      FtE London Capacity Building event

      On Wednesday 18 April, the Faith to Engage London regional partner delivered, in partnership with London Church Leaders and Evangelical Alliance, the London Mayoral Hustings event at St James's Piccadilly; with Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone, Brian Paddick and Jenny Jones, and chaired by journalist and priest George Pitcher.

      Hundreds were attended and there were hot debates between the audience and panels.  Click here to read the article from the London Evening Standard.


      / 11 May 2012
      FtE East of England newsletter

      The Faith to Engage East of England regional partner has published April 2012 newsletter.  

      To read the updates click here 


      / 11 Apr 2012
      How to access European funding

      It has been challenging for small organisations to get involved in European funding. However there are opportunities to get involved through European Structural Fund (ESF) community grants.  Read the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network round up of advice from the experts on how to access funding.

      Read more

      / 11 Apr 2012
      Give it back George! Drop the Charity Tax

      In the March 2012 budget Chancellor George Osborne announced a cap on income tax reliefs that will negatively affect charities and the philanthropists who support them. Find more about why it matters and join the Give it back George! Campaign

      / 03 Feb 2012
      FtE East Midlands update

      Faith to Engage East Midlands newsletter for January and February 2012 is published.  To view this either click here or go to East Midlands page.

      Pecan / 26 Jan 2012
      Job opportunities at Pecan

      Pecan is a Christian charity and they are launching a new project called Moving On, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. This new project will work alongside young women (aged 15 - 17) on release from prison, to help them integrate into society and make positive choices for their lives.

      They are looking for the following roles:-

      • Project Manager (female) closing date: 20 February 2012
      • Lead Coach Mentor (female) closing date: 20 February 2012
      • Administrator closing date: 5 March 2012
      • Coach Mentors (female) closing date: 2 April 2012 

      Click here for details

      Faith to Engage / 23 Jan 2012
      Welfare Bill defeat in the House of Lords

      The government's plans to reform welfare were badly hit on Wednesday night, when their Welfare Bill suffered three defeats in the House of Lords.

      On 11 January 2011 the government's plans to reform welfare and the benefit system were badly hit. Three aspects of the Welfare Bill were defeated in the House of Lords: these included benefits for disabled children and cancer patients, and time limits on employment and support allowance (ESA). 

      Ministers had planned to place stricter limits on who can claim ESA, which is currently paid to people who are too sick or disabled to work. They also planned to limit to one year the amount of time people could claim ESA without being means tested. 

      However, by voting for exemptions for cancer patients, young disabled people and an overall extension of the time limit, peers have set back those plans significantly.  Attention this week will be firmly focused on further developments. 

      More information can be found at:   BBC website and the Guardian website

      Faith to Engage / 06 Jan 2012
      Faith to Engage update

      The Faith to Engage project is in its 4th year of the five year project.  In 2011, the nine regional partners facilitated strong capacity building events across the country, each focused on their main aims of objectives in their region...

      Faith to Engage North East / 05 Jan 2012
      Funding Advice Seminars in NE
      The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and Faith to Engage North East regional partner have teamed up to organise two funding advice sessions in the North East region. This seminar is for any faith or belief organisation representitives who would like to find out more about BIG funding opportunities to support their projects.  To find out more go to below links:-  

      Newcastle-upon-Tyne Tuesday 31 January 2012 click here for more information

      Stockton-on-Tees Wednesday 1 February 2012 click here for more information

      NAVCA / 15 Dec 2011
      At Your Bidding

      This is a guide for charity trustees about commissioning and tendering for public services, published by NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) in partnership with the Local Government Association.

      To read the guide click here

      CUF / 15 Dec 2011
      Holding on by a shoestring

      Tracking the impact of the cuts on voluntary groups in England's most deprived areas

      This study is compiled by CUF (Church Urban Fund) and it looks at how church and faith-based projects in deprived areas are coping in the light of the spending cuts.

      To read the report click here

      Faith to Engage East of England / 13 Dec 2011
      Faith to Engage - Updates from East of England

      The East of England regional partner continues to concentrate on Mental health and Spirituality.

      Click here to read the latest updates from the region.


      BLF / 01 Dec 2011
      Next Steps: funding opportunity at BLF

      Supporting social investment in England: deadline 14 December 2011

      The Big Lottery will award between £40,000 and £1million to help realise a range of specific and already well-developed social investment proposals. They are interested in funding:

      •Investment ready proposals  – to set up a social investment vehicle that will achieve outcomes for people in need.
      •‘Nearly there proposals’– to complete the development of a social investment vehicle that will achieve outcomes for people in need
      •Pilots  – to test out a social investment concept and/or establish its feasibility

      For more information click here

      Near Neighbours / 29 Nov 2011
      £5mil Near Neighbours Fund launched

      Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has formally launched Near Neighbours - a £5 million government-funded programme bringing people together in diverse communities.

      The Near Neighbours charity was created by the Church Urban Fund and the Archbishops' Council following the grant award by the Department for Communities and Local Government in February. It is co-ordinating work in Bradford, Birmingham, Leicester and London.

      For more info click here


      Housing Justice / 29 Nov 2011
      No Care Plan at the Inn

      Housing Justice is the national voice of Christian action in the field of housing and homelessness and they are inviting people to a talk on Thursday 8 December.  The talk will explore the tensions between Christian and Statutory responses to the needs of homeless rough sleepers.

      To view the invitation click here  


      Climate Week / 29 Nov 2011
      Climate Week 2012

      Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future.

      You can help accelerate action on climate change by making Climate Week happen where you are. Ask an organisation or group you know to start planning an activity now for 12-18 March 2012.

      To find out more click here

      To read the Climate Week newsletter click here


      Diocese of Derby / 21 Nov 2011
      Church Growth Officer vacancy in Derby

      Organisation: Diocese of Derby

      Deadline: 25 November 2011, 12 noon

      Interview: 12 December 2011

      Derby Diocese has advertised a new vacancy in Social Responsibility Department.  A Church Growth Officer for Chesterfield Archdeaconry.

      To find out more click here


      The Inter Faith Network / 17 Nov 2011
      Press Release from The Inter Faith Network

      A press release from The Inter Faith Network on National Interfaith Week have  been released on Monday this week.

      To view click here


      Pecan / 16 Nov 2011
      Job opportunity at Pecan

      Pecan is a Christian charity based in Peckham and is looking for a new Finance and Office Manager.

      To find out more about Pecan click here

      To see the job advertisement click here


      SUSTAiN / 04 Nov 2011
      Solihull Together Fund Open

      Small grants of between £100 - £500 are available for a charity or voluntary group who supports communities within Solihull Borough.

      To find out more click here


      SUSTAiN / 04 Nov 2011
      Solihull VCSRG Election Results

      The Solihull Voluntary & Community Sector Reference Group election took place last month.

      To see the results click here


      Faith to Engage / 01 Nov 2011
      Response to the Riots Panel

      On 28 September 2011, Oasis Charities Parliament and Faith to Engage gathered insights from members of the public, for submission to the ‘Riots Communities and Victims Panel’ set up by David Cameron and Nick Clegg, in response to the summer riots.

      The Faith to Engage and Oasis Charities Parliament event saw over 200 young people, community activists and interested stakeholders come together to feedback to the panel on:

      •What motivated the rioters to wreak havoc on the nation's streets?
      •What will it take to bring lasting peace to our streets?
      •How best can we tackle the root causes of the issues?

      To read the paper click below link:- 

      Paper for Riots Community & Victims Panel 31 October 2011


      SUSTAiN / 25 Oct 2011
      Special SUSTAiN Alert for West Midlands

      The Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) in Solihull is electing its Refrenece Group members. 

      Vote before 5.00pm on 31 October.

      To find out more and/or to vote click here 


      WRC/Voice for Change England / 18 Oct 2011
      Big Society and Inequality: what do you think?

      WRC (Women's Resource Centre) and Voice for Change England are carrying out a survey to gather information from voluntary and community organisations focused on equality about what the Big Society means for you and your beneficiaries.

      To find out more click here

      To participate in survey click here


      Communities and Victims Panel / 18 Oct 2011
      The Riots Panel visits

      The Riots Communities and Victims Panel was set up by David Cameron and Nick Clegg in response to the riots this summer, August 2011. 

      The Riots Panel are currently travelling around the country to speak to people directly and to gather evidence. 

      To find out where next meetings are held please click here.


      NCVO / 02 Sep 2011
      Free insolvency helpline and new HR service available

      NCVO, in partnership with the Charity Finance Directors Group (CFDG) and insolvency experts MacIntyre Hudson and PricewaterhouseCoopers have opened up CFDG’s Insolvency Helpline to provide support and benefit to the wider sector. This helpline provides specialist support for Voluntary and Community Organisations in financial crisis free of charge.

      For more information visit


      NCVO / 02 Sep 2011
      Analysing the charity sector spending cuts

      As you may have seen in many media sources this month, NCVO has just published the 'Counting the Cuts' report detailing the impact of spending cuts. It contains lots of information and statistics and lists our recommendations to Government.

      One fact from the report:

      "The sector stands to lose £2.8 billion over the spending review period (2011- 2016)”

      Read the report (pdf 428 KB)

      FaithAction / 02 Sep 2011
      Special Bulletin: NHS Future Forum continues – and it’s time to raise your voice

      On 18th August 2011, the Government asked the NHS Future Forum to continue a new phase of conversations with patients, service users and professionals following its listening exercise on the proposals to modernise the NHS.

      The NHS Future Forum, a group of health experts led by GP Professor Steve Field, will provider independent advice on four new themes:

      1. Information

      How to make information improve health, care and wellbeing

      2. Education and Training

      How to develop the healthcare workforce to deliver world-class healthcare

      3. Integrated Care

      How to ensure the Government’s modernisation programme leads to better integration of services around people’s needs

      4. The Public’s Health

      How to ensure the public’s health remains at the heart of the NHS

      DCLG / 23 Aug 2011
      Big Society vanguards one year on

      The Department for Communities and Local Government has published One year on: Snapshot of activity in vanguard areas. The report gives information on activity in the Big Society vanguards over the last year.

      IFN / 19 Aug 2011
      Young People and Inter Faith Engagement

      IFN has produced a new e-resource about young people and inter faith engagement. The resource is based on display boards produced for Inter Faith Week 2010 to highlight the excellent work being done with young people and includes numerous photographic examples. It is hoped that the resource will be both a source of information and a visual teaching aid

      This resource is free to download and is available in both high and low resolution in pdf format.

      Cabinet Office / 16 Aug 2011
      A £10million fund for charities and social enterprises

      The UK government has announced a ten million pounds 'Investment and Contract Readiness Fund' to help charities and social enterprises develop the skills and infrastructure to win more capital investment and public service contracts, over 3 years from April 2012.