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Friday, 20 March 2015

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To: Greg
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 2:37 PM
Subject: The Faith Manifesto launches today!

The Faith Manifesto launches today!
Welcome to this week's e-news for members of FaithAction!

The Faith Manifesto has arrived!

The Faith Manifesto has been launched today!

With input from you, our members, it has been produced for the attention of politicians, policy makers and funders on behalf of faith groups and contains seven clear proposals.

We aim to enter the political debate ahead of the general election, and make these people aware of the importance and significance of faith groups and what they have to offer.

Daniel Singleton, National Executive Director of FaithAction, said:

"The Manifesto, written with input from FaithAction's members, has some clear challenges and opportunities for central and local government. The role of faith groups and their ability to engage with grassroots social action cannot be ignored in the policy and decision making process. The great work being done by faith groups can go so much further with the right level of partnership and support".

You can read the Faith Manifesto at and follow the discussion with the Twitter hashtag #faithmanifesto

Strengthening rights and choices for people to live in the community

Consultation closes on 29th May

Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support, and Gavin Harding MBE, Co-Chair of the Transforming Care Assurance Board, have announced the launch of 'No voice unheard, no right ignored' consultation. 

The consultation explores options on issues such as how people can:
  • be supported to live independently, as part of a community
  • be assured that their views will be listened to
  • challenge decisions about them and about their care
  • exercise control over the support they receive with a Personal Health Budget
  • expect that different health and local services will organise themselves around their needs
  • know that professionals are looking out for their physical health needs as well as their mental health needs
The document also seeks to explore views on a number of issues relating to the Mental Health Act which were raised during the recent consultation on the revised Mental Health Act Code of Practice.

To read more and respond, please click here.

Whose health is it anyway? Web Seminar

Friday March 27th 2015 12.30pm-1.45pm
Is it really possible to turn our insights into practical actions, when providing what patients and carers say they need to help them manage their own care more successfully? The Patients in Control (South) programme has successfully used the insights gathered with CCGs to co-design – with patients/carers – different approaches that are truly built around the needs of the patient.
This seminar will demonstrate the evidence, the process and a very practical example from their work. The peer support model is being tested in three West Kent GP Practices, and Voluntary Action within Kent (VAWK) has been commissioned to provide the practical support for this service.
Please see attached flyer for further information.
To register, please click here.

Meaningful Participation for People with Disabilities - videos now available

In November, The Disability Partnership (Sense, Scope, Mencap and NAS) and NHS England East of England SCN ran a joint event on ensuring that people with disabilities have meaningful participation in healthcare.  Videos from the event are now available, please watch and disseminate these amongst your networks and contacts as applicable.
Highlights video (an overview and taster of the day)
Expert panel session (service users and representatives sharing their experiences and tips for ensuring meaningful participation).
The videos are subtitled and transcripts are available, along with some of the presentations from the day, here.

If you would like any more information please contact Sarah White:

Friendly Places

We would like to invite you to lend your voice to our Friendly Places Campaign to support those with poor mental health.

Creating a safe and welcoming place for these people is paramount and an important part of making faith too significant to ignore!
Sign the Pledge!

Youth volunteering in health and care

Nesta is working in partnership with the Department of Health to mobilise more young people to help improve patient experience, satisfaction and outcomes in hospitals.  

The programme will support a small number of hospitals to significantly increase the number of young volunteers (16 – 24 year olds) volunteering in the hospital in frontline, impactful roles where their volunteering efforts make a direct difference to patients.  £200,000 is available to hospitals to expand their younger volunteer workforce between April 2015 and March 2016. Applications from VCS organisations working in partnership with Trusts will also be welcomed. The closing date to submit proposals is before 12 Noon on Wednesday 25th March 2015.

Furthers details can be found here.

Too Significant To Ignore

We believe that faith can reach places nothing else can and truly make a difference.

If you agree, please lend your name to our Too Significant to Ignore campaign!
I Agree!

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