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162 Pennywell Road, Bristol BS5 0TX

Tel: 0117 304 2298

Email
:

info@faithnetsouthwest.org.uk


June

2013

FAITHNETSOUTHWEST NEWS AND EVENTS

Contents

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National
(National)


FUNDING


National (
Funding
)

RESOURCES (
Resources
)

REGIONAL News
(REGIONAL News)

SUB
-
REGIONAL
(BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET, BRISTOL, NORTH SOMERSET
AND SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE)
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(SUB
-
REGION
AL)

BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET (
Bath and North East Somerset
)

BRISTOL (
Bristol
)

CORNWALL (
Cornwall
)

DEVON (
Devon
)

DORSET, BOURNEMOUTH A
ND POOLE (
DORSET, BOURNEMOUTH AND POOLE
)

GLOUCESTERSHIRE
(GLOUCESTERSHIRE)

NORTH
SOMERSET (
NORTH SOMERSET
)

SOMERSET (
Som
erset
)

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE
(SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE )

WILTSHIRE AND SWINDON (
Wiltshire and Swindon
)





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FAITHNETSOUTHWEST NEWS AND EVENTS

20 June
-

‘Combating poverty


what are faith groups doing? What more can they do?’

This conference will take place in th
e Parkes Room at Wells Town Hall, Market Place, Wells, BA5
2RB, from 10am to 2.30pm, to include lunch. Presentations will include:

Paul Morrison from the Joint Public Issues Team: Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed
Churches, talking about their recent

report 'Truth and Lies about Poverty' and the importance of
speaking the truth about poverty and
its

causes. This report gained national prominence over
Easter in church's responses to the welfare benefit changes.


You can see the Report
here.

Julia Hill talking about her work with the Church Urban Fund in bringing churches together to work
in partnership on poverty issues and how this can inform their work in Somerset.


Rick Szur from the Somerset Adv
ice Network on the financial advice available in Somerset and the
role of their Information Hubs, which direct people to where they can get the advice they need.

A presentation on the role of the Voluntary Sector Partnership in Somerset and the benefits i
t gives
to faith

groups and other community organisations.

Churches and other faith groups play a vital role in relieving social hardship and the conference will
also take up the effects of the current and planned welfare benefit changes and what can be do
ne
to alleviate any hardship that will result from these changes.

This conference is organised by
Faithnetsouthwest, with the support of David Maggs, the Social Justice and Environmental Adviser
for the Anglican Diocese of Bath and Wells and is funded by t
he Somerset Voluntary Sector
Partnership. It gives an excellent opportunity to showcase the work of churches in Somerset and to
build opportunities to work in partnership with each other and with other community and statutory
organisations. All groups are
invited to attend. To book a place email or post
the

booking form
downloadable
here

to: Alistair Beattie

at

alis
tair@faithnetsouthwest.org.uk
. For more information
call 0117 3042298.

Regional Faith to Engage
Report

The research report 'Faithfully Meeting Local Need: Lessons from faith based community projects
in England', from the Faith to Engage project,
was

launc
hed in Plymouth

in May.

The report
highlights the need for partnership working, highlights good practice and has lots of good advice for
faith groups on developing projects.
You can download a copy of the report
here
.

If you would like
more information contact Alistair Beattie at
alistair@faithnetsouthwest.org.uk



The Volunteering Pathway' in North Somerset

‘The Volunte
ering Pathway' is a new initiative to offer opportunities for people in North Somerset
who want to volunteer their services. As members of the Transform Partnership, we are keen to
give churches and other faith groups an opportunity to refer people who are

considering
volunteering. In particular the Pathway could be used to

increase someone’s chances of gaining
employment, by developing new skills. It also gives the possibility of volunteering for people who

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need to increase their confidence and social sk
ills.

For further information and a referral form you
can contact Wendy Bryant the Volunteer Co
-
ordinator of Voluntary Action North Somerset at:
wendy.bryant@vansmail.org.uk

or Alistair Beattie:
alistair@faithnetsouthwest.org.uk

Information on welfare reforms all in one place

The Local Government Association has a page on their website detailing the wide range of welfare
reform that is currently bei
ng implemented. See:
http://goo.gl/qR80H
.

More and more people are becoming aware of the implication for themselves and others of the
benefit changes. Churches and other faith groups frequently come into contact with pe
ople who
need to speak to someone privately about their entitlement to benefits, how to claim, how to appeal
and information about benefit changes that may well affect them. People also need information
about debt and money advice. We have produced a Benef
its Briefing which you will find on our
website by clicking
here
. We hope you find it useful. It gives some guidance on where faith groups
can get further informa
tion and where they can direct people for further advice
.

Somerset Voluntary Sector Partnership

All faith groups working on behalf of their local community

in Somerset and surrounding areas
,
providing any kind of support service, would benefit from regist
ering with the Somerset Voluntary
Sector Partnership.

Their website has a wealth of information. (See details below).


It is a very
good place to advertise what you do, so more people know about it. If you do register, it would be
helpful to let us know.


Please contact us if you want to know more about the work of the
partnership
: Alistair Beattie at
alistair@faithnetsouthwest.org.uk
.

This new website shows the latest news, event info, funding opport
unities, and resources for
voluntary and community groups in Somerset


view it at
www.vspsomerset.org.uk/newshub


It includes a Directory of Support to find the best provider for your needs, and inform
ation on the
new ‘Somerset Volunteers’ service.

If you register, you can also;




Promote your organisation by sharing your news & event information




View all new funding opportunities




Take part in our Forums and communicate with others in the s
ector




Register with Somerset Volunteers to use the volunteer matching service

Just click ‘Log In or Register’ at
www.vspsomerset.org.uk/newshub

and create an account.

The Voluntary Sector Partners
hip is a partnership of nine support organisations working in
Somerset, including Faithnetsouthwest.

For more information contact Alistair Beattie at
alistair@faithnetsouthwest.org.uk


Let Faithnetso
uthwest help you!

Faithnetsouthwest ha
s

considerable experience and some success (that’s why we’re still here!) in
raising money from charitable trusts, public bodies and other sources.

We can offer various
services:



Advice on funding sources for church an
d other faith group’s social support projects and for
the benefit of the local community


including capital funding



Help with funding applications



Group sessions to enable groups to learn from each other and exchange ideas



One to one sessions with churche
s and other faith groups


We also provide support and advice on legal structures, managing community projects,
volunteering, handling money and working in partnership. Any charge is negotiable
, geared to the

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ability to pay
.

Why

not contact us to find out
more
? Contact Alistair Beattie at
alistair@faithnetsouthwest.org.uk
.

Communications


can we help?


Jo Dwyer our Communications Officer is available to help you with producing publications and
report
s


giving advice on presentation, layout and design.


She is also able to advise on producing website pages with support from website designers. Any
cost for this support is negotiable depending on your resources and, at the very least
,

we can offer
advic
e. For more information, contact:
johanna@faithnetsouthwest.org.uk

or call

0117 304 2298


Meeting Your Training Needs


Faithnetsouthwest can provide training on a number of areas relating to understan
ding and

working with faith groups. Our most recent training sessions were for staff at Weston College in

Weston
-
Super
-
Mare
, where w
e provided three sessions on legislation

relating to faith and belief
and its

implications for staff at the College. The

ses
sions incorporated the Equality Act

which came
into force in October 2010 and

which tries to pull together the current

legislation promoting equality
and

diversity
.

W
e can customise training on

the above areas to suit individual

requirements, so
please con
tact us for

more information if you are interested
. Email
Alistair Beattie

on
alistair@faithnetsouthwest.org.uk

Faithnetsouthwest Membership and Code of Conduct

Faithnetsouthwest has published deta
ils of its new membership scheme and code of conduct for
members, which is now available from the website.

For more information and membership form
please

refer to:

(again, once our website is up and running once more, this form will be available to
view a
nd download)

http://www.faithnetsouthwest.org.uk/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=659&
catid=37
https://www.villagesos.org.uk/user/register

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15 to 18 July
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Modern Church’s Annual Conference


The conference title is 'The Earth is the Lord’s: Renewing the Covenant of Creati
on,' and it will take
place at High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 8SG. It will
be exploring the issue of the Church needing a characteristically Christian approach to the current
environment crisis and the a danger th
at by repeating fashionable secular positions, the Church
may be adopting ideas and assumptions that are not compatible with its core beliefs. This
conference, chaired by Dr Margaret Barker, will explore what the Bible says about the creation,
based on the

most fundamental
,

and most neglected
,

idea of the eternal covenant which binds all
creation and human society into one God
-
given system. For more information go to:
http://www.modernchurch
.org.uk/conference/2013.htm

or phone Christine Alker on 0845 345 1909
for a booking form.


Gift Aid is Online


From 23 April here's what you need to do. HMRC have now published full guidance to explain how
you can prepare for 'Charities Online'. The new s
ystem promises to make Gift Aid repayment
claims faster and easier. See:
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/online/index.htm?WT.ac=CH017&utm_source=NCVO_Members
Mail_21%2BMarch2013&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NCVO_MembersMail_21%2BMarc
h2013&utm_sour
ce=CVS+ebulletin&utm_campaign=7d6be61d37
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March_ebulletin&utm_medium=email



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6 to 8 September
-

Together for the Common Good Conference


T4CG is a national project looking at how different Christian traditions and other faith communities
can work better tog
ether for social justice, and their conference will take place at Liverpool Hope
University, Hope Park,

L16 9JD. The weekend has an emphasis on delegate participation and
includes working groups, panel discussions, speeches and informal sessions. Speakers
include
Archbishop Bernard Longley, Dr Anna Rowlands, Revd Ruth Gee, Lord Maurice Glasman,
B
ernadette Farrell, Dame Mary Tanner, Frank Field MP and Phillip Blond, among others. Online

booking and further details are at
www.togetherforthecommongood.co.uk


20 to 27 October
-

One World Week 2013


The theme this year is ‘More Than Enough?’, which offers two linked elements
.

Firstly, along with
the European Global Education Week, it wants to explore issue
s about consumption of resources.
Secondly, it is offering an opportunity to support or organise local events with people and
organisations involved to follow up the multi
-
organisation campaign 'Enough Food for everyone IF'
which asks the question 'Why, if

the world produces enough food for everyone, do more than two
million children die every year because they can’t get enough to eat?' and to ask what needs to be
done next. For more information, visit
http://www.o
neworldweek.org


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23 November 2013
-

National Inter Faith Week


The aims of the Week are: strengthening good inter faith relations at all levels; increasing
awareness of the

different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating

and
building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider
society; and increasing understanding between people of religious and non
-
religious beliefs.

Building good relationships and working partnerships between peopl
e of different faiths and beliefs
is part of the year
-
round work of many people and organisations across the UK. Having a special
Week provides a focal point,

helping to open inter faith activity up to a wider audience so that more
and more people are made

aware of the importance of this vital work and are able to participate in
it. An online event registration form will be available at
www.interfaithweek.org

later in 2013.


27 January 2014
-

Holocaust Memoria
l Day


'Journeys' is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014. Each year a specific topic is chosen,
relevant to survivors and those who perished, which will enable HMD activity organisers to
approach their annual activities the interest of their existing

participants and engage new
audiences. On HMD 2014 we can learn how journeys themselves became part of genocide, and
how the journeys undertaken were often experiences of persecution and terror for so many people
who suffered in the Holocaust, under Nazi
persecution and in the subsequent genocides. We can
also learn about the journeys that brought survivors to the UK and how, in many instances,
journeys of return have been part of the experience of rebuilding. For more information see:



http://www.hmd.org.uk


Church Urban Fund reports on action in churches


A recent report from the Church Urban Fund describes the extent and effectiveness of church
communities across the country in addressing needs of social deprivation

and injustice. The report
can be found here:
http://www.cuf.org.uk/church
-
action
.
It may come as little or no surprise to
some that churches engage in social action. However, for others, churches can be
seen as
removed from society, and increasingly irrelevant. The CUF report vividly challenges this view.

Perhaps most vividly in this regard is the different kinds of outreach undertaken by churches. The
report found that whilst 75% of churches work with t
heir local school in some way, less than 20%
do so with their local council or police service. This might demonstrate a determination to
encourage strong links with young families as they grow, which is clearly to be welcomed. It could
also reveal a reluct
ance to challenge or step forward to question the provision of social justice
programmes.



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Managing in a Downturn


PwC has produced the sixth edition of their Managing in a Downturn report, looking at the current
state of the charity sector through the eye
s of nearly 500 senior fundraising and finance
professionals. This year they focus on how charities are adapting to uncertainty given the current
economic climate and managing in the 'new normal'. See the full report:

http://www.pwc.co.uk

(this link has been shortened)


RE: The Truth Unmasked'


This is the title of the final report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education
following its investigation of the supply of, and support for, teachers of RE
. The report draws on
over 400 sources of evidence, and presents both the findings of its investigation and a
comprehensive range of recommendations for the DfE as well as for schools, teacher training
courses, Local Authorities and Ofsted. The full repor
t, as well as a 1 page summary, can be
downloaded from
http://www.religiouseducationcouncil.org/content/blogcategory/0/94


Child poverty map of the UK 2013



This report pro
vides a localised map of child poverty showing the level in each constituency, local
authority and

ward in the UK. The figures reveal the wide disparity in poverty rates across the UK
and within regions.
http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/why
-
end
-
child
-
poverty/poverty
-
in
-
your
-
area

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15 June
-

'A Day of Mindful Space'

Led by Mark Scholefield, this day of space, called 'Stop,

L
ook, Listen, Embrace: A Day of Mindful
Space' follows a gentle rhythm of insights into mindfulness and a little meditation interspersed with
plenty of time and space for silence and awareness. It is being offered at the Ammerdown Centre,
Ammerdown Park, Ra
dstock, Somerset BA3 5SW. Mark Scholefield has been contributing to the
life and work of the Ammerdown Centre since 2005 and has led courses on Thomas Merton,
Anthony de Mello and the Art of Awareness as well as regular pilgrimages and meditation
sessions.

He is a longstanding practitioner of Zen. For further details on any of these events please
email
admin@ammerdown.org.uk
, call 01761 433709 or go to their website
www
.ammerdown.org.uk

21 to 23 June
-

Interfaith Dialogue Facilitation Skills

This residential course at the Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre, Ammerdown Park,
Radstock nr Bath, BA3 5SW, will be led by Marianne Zeck and Jonathan Marshall, who together,
co
mbine years of experience of developing and using tools for interfaith dialogue. This course is for
people involved in, or interested in, interfaith facilitation and dialogue. It will be of benefit not only to
those new to facilitation but also those who a
re already facilitating groups and want to improve
their technique or explore a wider range of tools. The course will be highly experiential and will
offer an opportunity to engage with a range of practical tools and techniques which help to foster
partici
pative and productive group conversations. The emphasis is on interfaith dialogue but many
of the dialogue tools work well for diverse groups of all kinds. Marianne Zeck is an Associate
trainer at St Ethelburgas Centre for Reconc
i
l
i
ation and Peace. Jonatha
n Marshall is the Religious
Education Adviser for Plymouth Schools and Director of the Plymouth Centre for Faiths and
Cultural Diversity, a charity grounded on interfaith principles he helped found 12 years ago. For
more information and to book a place con
tact 01761 433709 or email
info@ammerdown.org.uk

or
see:
http://www.ammerdown.org/JustinHuxley
andJonathanMarshall
-
InterfaithDialogueFacilitationSkills2013.htm

26 June
-

'Skills for Impact' Workshop


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This afternoon workshop, offered by the South West Forum at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum
& Art Gallery, Exeter, EX4 3RX, from 12pm to 4pm, will con
centrate on evaluating outcomes and
impact measurement in the skills and learning sector. It is for commissioners, funders, FE colleges
and voluntary and community sector skills and learning providers to understand the methods and
approaches to measuring a
nd proving impact and how they can be adapted to suit different
organisations. It will be chaired by Tim Ward, Chief Executive, The Learning Curve and Chair of
the Third Sector National Learning Alliance. For more information or to book call 01392 247901 o
r
see
www.southwestforum.org.uk/events

2 July
-

'Warm, Affordable and Green'

This free conference on heating churches in the South West, organised by the SW Dioceses
‘Shrinking the Footprint’ Group, w
ill be held at St. Stephen’s Church, High Street, Exeter, from
10am to 4pm. The aim of the day is to inform local churches in the region on the current
opportunities for heating their buildings using a variety of efficient and sustainable technologies
and
fuels. Speakers include Matt Fulford from Sustain, Ruth Knight and Kate Symonds from the
Archbishop’s Council and John Westerham from Ardenham Energy. For bookings please contact
Joan Harris on 01392 294940 or
joanie@exeter.anglican.org

3 July
-

'Race in the South West: What’s changed since MacPherson?'

This conference, hosted by Equality South West, will take place at the Conference Centre,
Somerset College, Wellington Road, Taunton, TA1 5AX, from 10am to 4
pm. This event will focus
on the impact of current public policies on racial equality across the region, and on the
organisations that grew up to challenge racism at local level. It is for people who are concerned to
ensure that all parts of the South West

are safe, secure and welcoming people from different ethnic
backgrounds to flourish, and who want to explore ways to make that happen. A booking form and
full programme can be found here:
h
ttp://www.equalitysouthwest.org.uk/events/view/93
. Please
complete your booking

form and return to
Louise.maddocks@equalitysouthwest.org.uk

or call
01823 240260.

Alabare Needs You!

Alabare is

recruiting volunteer chaplaincy teams across the south west. The word Alabare is
Spanish and means ‘to

praise’ , or even, ‘thank heavens’.

21 years ago Alabare’s founder John
Proctor and his family provided accommodation in their home to a homeless man fo
r two years.
That was a life changing experience. It resulted in the creation of a Christian community. It also

led
to the formation of Alabare Christian Care and Support.

Through nearly 50 services and homes Alabare works with the homeless, those at risk
of
becoming homeless

ex
-
offenders, ex
-
Service personnel, people with drug and alcohol issues,
young people, vulnerable women, individuals with learning disabilities and people with mental
health problems.

Alabare works across Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon and

Dorset.

If you would like to
find out more, please contact the senior chaplain, Jonathan Martin at any time

at
j.martin@alabare.co.uk
, or
call

07525006042.

1 July Deadline
-

Social Enterprise Development Award
s

Santander’s Social Enterprise Development Awards have just opened with an increased number of
prizes available this year for social enterprises in the South West of England seeking a financial
boost to help them expand. The scheme offers social enterpri
ses based in the South West the
opportunity to win funding and business support to help them grow and increase their social
impact. The Awards feature three prize funds
-

£50,000, £20,000 and £10,000
-

dependent on
turnover, for organisations working to im
prove social inclusion, support employment or create a
greener environment. To enter the competition, social enterprises should complete a short entry
form downloadable from
www.santanderseda.co.uk

detailing h
ow an award would be used to grow
their business to benefit the community. The deadline for applications is the 1 July 2013 and the

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winners will be announced in September 2013. For further information please contact
santander@eulogy.co.uk

or call Ben Gold on 020 3077 2000

The Adams Youth Trust
-

grants for the advancement and education of young people

The aim of the Adams Youth Trust is to provide young people with opportunities for education, the
advancement o
f personal skills and training. Funding is primarily available for young people in the
West Country, specifically in

Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Cornwall. To apply, contact Mrs
Margaret Pyle on 01395 233433 or write to:

The Adams Youth Trust, Greendate
Court, Clyst St
Mary, Exeter, Devon
,

EX5 1AW

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23 June
-

Love Bath 2013

This free City Festival will be held in Parade Gardens, Grand Parade, Bath, BA1 1DF, from
12.30pm to 4pm.

It will be an afternoon of fun and games, with a programme of local performers,
free food and drink, and at 11.30am there

will be celebratory worship. For more information see:
www.lovebath.org

30 June
-

Genesis Tru
st Garden Party

From 1pm to 5pm at 9 Church Road, Weston, Bath, BA1 4BT, enjoy a 1/3 acre garden, with a talk,
musicians, tea and cake, to help raise funds for this Bath
-
based charity that runs nine projects
across the city to help relieve poverty and hard
ship for local homeless and vulnerable people.
Tickets are £5, available from: WoodWorks shop, 1
-
3 James Street West, Bath, BA1 2BX; Weston
Fruit Stores, 35 High Street, Weston, Bath, BA1 4BX; Bath Abbey Shop, 12 Kingston Buildings,
Bath, BA1 1LT, or email

Michelle Williams on
michelle@genesistrust.org.uk

or call 07889
-
167984.

13 July
-

'Pirate Pedal'

Starting at 11am at Bathampton Canal by the George Inn, cycle along the canal from Bathampton
to Dundas an
d back on a six mile cycle ride to raise money for the Genesis Trust, a Bath
-
based
charity that runs nine projects across the city to help relieve poverty and hardship for local
homeless and vulnerable people. Wear pirate fancy dress if you would like and
bring a picnic.
Register by 8 July. For more information see:
http://www.genesistrust.org.uk

or email
katie@genesistrust.org

Did you work on Bath Abbey fabric or r
estoration from 1942
-
2000?

Bath Abbey’s Oral History Project 'Creating Voices' will be collecting and transcribing audio
recordings of the memories of people who have worked on the Abbey fabric or been involved in its
care from 1942 to the end of the Abbey

2000 restoration.
They are
interested in

talking to a variety
of people particularly: Those who worked in the key areas of stonemasonry
and
sculpture,
c
onservation, the stained glass windows, the

organ and the bells, clock and carillon
;

Employees of
arch
itects, Hayward & Wooster, between

1947 and 1960
;

Employees of Nimbus Conservation Ltd
between 1992 and

2000
;

People who were involved in fundraising efforts, particularly

during the
Post
-
War Restoration
;

People who helped raise money through membership of

the Friends of Bath
Abbey
.
If you think that you, or someone you know, might be a potential interviewee, please
contact the Abbey Archivist, Lucy Rutherford on 01225 422462 or email:
archives@bathabbey.org
.

Ba
th Mosque Open Day
s



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Bath Mosque is open every third Saturday of the month.
Explore Islam, ask questions and meet
local Muslims in a warm and friendly atmosphere between 2pm and 4.30pm at Bath Islamic
Society, 8 Pierrepont Street, Bath, BA1 1LA
.

For more i
nformation:
bathislamicsociety@hotmail.com

or
http://www.bathislamicsociety.org/html/open_day.htm

BRISTOL

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19 June
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Forum for Change 'Global Gathering'

This meeting will take place at Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1, from 11am to 2pm.
The theme will be how to feed the world's 10 billion without destroying the planet. If you are
i
nvol
ved or interested in this issue and want to meet with others from the Christian community for
support and encouragement, then attend this gathering, where there will be a talk, lunch and
discussion. For more information contact Jenny Foster at
bristolfairtradenetwork@gmail.com
.

If you are involved or interested in any of the
many other ‘
Gatherings for the Spheres of Society,
Forum for Change, Summer 2013


and want to meet with others from the Christi
an community,
then follow the link below for more details.
For a full list of gatherings in the Bristol region, see
www.bristolnetworks.org.uk

or contact Roger Allen
roger.allen91@gmail.com

19 June
-

Tea with the Lord Mayor and City of Sanctuary

Bristol City of Sanctuary invites you to celebrate Refugee Week with a meeting that will be both a
demonstration of welcome and a continuation of our pledge to end desti
tution. It will take place at
the Mansion House, Clifton Down, Bristol, BS8 3LJ, from 2pm to 5pm. This event is free but
booking is essential. Email
bristol@cityofsanctuary.org.uk

or call 0117 941 5969
.

20 June
-

Multi Faith/Cultural Reflections
Following
the Murder of Lee Rigby

Bristol Multi Faith Forum and Shah Jalal Mosque are holding a Multi Faith and Multi Cultural
gathering to reflect on the recent brutal murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich. It will b
e held at Shah
Jalal Mosque, 468
-
470 Stapleton Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6PA, from 4pm to 6pm. The purpose
is to collectively remember this young man and send a clear message to people of all faiths and
none to condemn such atrocities. Members of all of B
ristol's diverse communities are invited to
take part, as well as representatives from statutory bodies including Avon and Somerset Police.
Afternoon tea will be served following a program which will include a short period of silence and
reflection. For th
e purpose of catering please confirm your attendance by 17 June, to Farzana
Saker, Development Officer Bristol Multi Faith Forum on 07834812663 (mobile) or see:
http://bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk

or Fa
cebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bristol
-
Multi
-
Faith
-
Forum/500492823342869?ref=ts&fref=ts

20 June
-

Politics & Social Action Sphere Gathering

This e
vent will take place at the Salvation Army, Hassell Drive, Bristol, BS2 0AN, from 6pm to 8pm.
If you are involved or interested in issues of Politics and Social Action in Bristol, attend and share,
encourage and plan with others for how the Church in Brist
ol should be making a difference and
standing up for social justice. Questions will be addressed such as: How does the church build
capacity to engage with issues of social justice and concern? Meet at 6pm for coffee and cake. For
more information and to b
ook a place contact
alison@ccisr.org.uk
.


If you are involved or interested in any of the
many other ‘
Gatherings for the Spheres of Society,
Forum for Change, Summer 2013


and want to meet with others from the Chr
istian community,
then follow the link below for more details.
For a full list of gatherings in the Bristol region, see
www.bristolnetworks.org.uk

or contact Roger Allen
roger.allen91@gmail.com

21 June
-

‘Welcoming the Stranger’


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This event is being hosted by St. Stephens and City of Sanctuary, at St Stephens

Church
, 21 St
Stephen's Avenue, Bristol, BS1 1EQ, from 9.30am to 11am. This event for church leaders seek
s to
raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol and inspire them to
connect with the issues. The programme includes music, theological reflection, an interview with
an Iranian asylum seeker persecuted for her Christian faith an
d a chance to hear more about the
City of Sanctuary movement in Bristol. Three faith based projects will also be showcased;
Borderlands, Bristol Hospitality Network and b.friend. 'Welcoming the Stranger' starts with pastries
and coffee at 9.30am. To find o
ut more please contact:
sam@b
-
friend.org.uk

or see:
http://www.refugeeweek.org.uk/Events/south
-
west/celebrating
-
sanctuary

22 Ju
ne
-

'Talking Together to End Female Genital Mutilation' Event

This community event, hosted by Refugee Women of Bristol (RWoB) and Women In Serious
Endeavours (WISE), will be held at Easton Community Centre, Kilburn St, Bristol, BS5 6AW, from
12pm to 5
pm. The event will be interactive and informative, with presentations, workshops and a
FGM resource game. A light lunch will be provided and crèche facilities, play area, face and Henna
painting will be available.

26 June
-

Volunteer Chaplaincy Taster Even
ing

ISR is passionate about the ministry of chaplaincy and have a long history of having chaplains in a
wide range of settings. If you are interested in hearing more about the work of ISR chaplaincy in
the community, or in becoming a volunteer chaplain, c
ome along to the Taster Evening from
7.30pm to 9pm at 162, Pennywell Road, Bristol, BS5 0TX. They currently have chaplains to the
Wiltshire, and Avon and Somerset Constabularies, Avon Fire & Rescue Service, the retail sectors
in both Bristol and Swindon, a
nd workplaces such as Rolls Royce, Airbus and Astra Zeneca. They
will be offering training events in the
autumn

of 2013, for people seeking to serve the community as
a volunteer chaplain. There will also be a one day training course for people interested i
n being
part of the chaplaincy team serving the Christmas markets between November and December
2013. For more information and to book a place please

contact Alison on 0117 9557430 or email
alison@ccisr.org.uk

29
June
-

Integrate Bristol
P
resents 'My Normal Life'

This play about Female Genital Mutilation, written and performed by young people from Integrate
Bristol, will be performed at the Station, Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG. It is described as 'a clever,
fun
ny, poignant play about FGM in the context of violence against women and girls'. The doors will
open at 1pm, with a panel discussion at 4pm. Reserve free tickets at

www.integratebristol.org.uk

4 July or 25

July
-

New Volunteers Training for Faith Communities’ Major Emergency Plan

If you are interested in becoming part of the Avon & Somerset Faith Communities’ Major
Emergency Plan
-

which is a multi
-
faith response to a major incident, then come along to the
training day for new volunteers to be held at Avon & Somerset Police HQ, Valley Road, Portishead,
BS20 8QJ, from 9.45am to 3pm. The Major Emergency Plan is managed and co
-
ordinated by ISR


Churches for Work & Social Justice in co
-
operation with Avon & Som
erset Constabulary and
these tra
i
ning sessions are intended to give an outline of the Plan and the contexts in which we
may be deployed.

There is no charge, but prior registration is essential. Your registration will be
confirmed and further details will b
e sent before the event. The Major Emergency Plan is managed
and co
-
ordinated by the Churches Council for Industry & Social Responsibility in co
-
operation with
Avon & Somerset Constabulary. For more information or a booking form please contact Vena
Prater
on 0117 955 7430 or email
mep@ccisr.org.uk

or
vena@ccisr.org.uk
.


17 July
-

Faith Communities’ Major Emergency Plan Training Day
for Existing Volunteers


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This training day for
existing volunteers with the Avon & Somerset Faith Communities’ Major
Emergency Plan will be

held at Avon & Somerset Police HQ, Valley Road, Portishead, BS20 8QJ,
from 9.45am to 3pm. It's to ensure that existing volunteers keep up to keep up
-
to
-
date give t
hem
the opportunity to discuss with other volunteers any areas of concern or interest. There is no
charge, but prior registration is essential, before 1 July please. Your registration will be confirmed
and further details will be sent before the event. The

Major Emergency Plan is managed and co
-
ordinated by the Churches Council for Industry & Social Responsibility in co
-
operation with Avon &
Somerset Constabulary. For more
i
nformation or a booking form please contact Vena Prater on
0117 955 7430 or email
mep@ccisr.org.uk

or
vena@ccisr.org.uk
.

7 September
-

Health Awareness Day

This one
-
day event, to take place at the City Academy in Bristol, is being organised by Bristol
Multi
-
F
aith Forum in collaboration with the Avon Indian Community Association, the NHS Health
Promotion Team and the Sikh Resource Centre. The event will provide an opportunity for
communities to learn about different aspects of health and wellbeing, have free he
alth checks and
will be an opportunity for diverse faith communities to make each other aware of their faith and
beliefs and the support that different communities provide. The event will be informative as well as
including fun activities to attract famili
es and all activities will be organised with respect for diverse
faiths and cultural sensitivities.

The Bristol Multi
-
Faith Forum is looking for more community
groups, statutory bodies and voluntary sector groups to join them. Please register your interest

by
the end of May. For information on how to get involved please contact Farzana Saker
Development Officer, Bristol Multi Faith Forum on 07834812663 or email:
info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk

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September
-

'Making a difference, building capacity, energising the church!'

This ISR (Churches for Work and Social Justice) conference will take place at Hassle Drive
Salvation Army Citadel,

Bristol, BS2 0AN, from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Key speakers include S
teve
Chalke, the founder of the Oasis Trust, Rachel Lampard, the National Team Leader of the Joint
Public Issues Team, Dr John Savage, Chairman of ISR and Tim Higgins, Bristol City Canon. To
book your place call 0117 955 7430 or email
admin@ccisr.org.uk

22 October
-

'More than food


expressing compassion, expecting justice!'

This afternoon event, to resource church leaders and all those with a concern for issues of poverty
in our communities, will take place at St
Michaels Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8PD, from 1pm to
5pm. This is the follow
-
up to an event in April, when the South West Churches Forum held a day to
bring together foodbanks and projects from around the region to look at how churches are
responding to
the current crisis of food poverty. Key speakers will include the Rt Revd Nicholas
Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and Professor Ruth Levitas from Bristol University.

To book your place
contact ISR on 0117 955 7430 or
a
dmin@ccisr.org.uk

Bristol’s New Hate Crime Services

Bristol Hate Crime Services (BHCS), is a collaboration of agencies that have been grant funded for
three years by Safer Bristol and led by S.A.R.I. (formerly Support Against Racist Incidents
-

now
Stand
Against Racism and Inequality) with local providers Brandon Trust, Bristol Mind and the
Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Forum Bristol, to work together to deliver hate crime
support services for Bristol. This partnership of charities all champion the

rights for communities in
Bristol who have been disproportionately targeted by hate crime. This service is for victims of any
type of hate crime including racist, faith
-
based, disablist, homophobic, transphobic, age
-
based or
gender based. The one
-
stop rep
orting line is 0800 171 2272 (freephone).

CORNWALL

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15 June


'Is Your Parish Church Inclusive?'

This event will take place at Bodmin Parish Centre (opposite St Petroc’s Church), Bodmin, from
10am to 3pm. Come along and learn more about the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME)

community,
t
he Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller
communities, those with Learning Disabilities, those with Physical Disabilities and Migrant Worker
and
Multi

Faith communities. For further information,
contact Revd Rob Yeomans on 01566
781570

25 June
-

Workplace Chaplaincy Day

This will be held at the CUC Tremough Campus, Penryn, TR10 9EZ, from 10am to 3pm. The day
is open to anyone who is involved in any form of workplace chaplaincy and also to anyone
who
might be interested in initiating this kind of ministry in their parish or community setting.

To book a
place please contact Rosey Sanders at
rosey.sanders@truro.anglican.org

or call 01872 274351.

Directions, parking arrangements, and where to meet initially on the Campus will be sent out after
booking.

28 June
-

Safeguarding Children Course

Level 1 Safeguarding Children Training will take place at St Petroc’s Parish Centre, Bodmin, PL31
1NF. This
is a one
-
off session for clergy, safeguarding children co
-
ordinators, readers, children’s or
youth workers or leaders in any church children’s groups or those otherwise involved with children
through the Church. Ideally all will complete their Level 2 Trai
ning, but Level 1 must be completed
first. More information available from Rosey Sanders

at
rosey.sanders@truro.anglican.org

1 July
-

Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum

This meeting will take place at

Diocesan House, Kenwyn, Truro, TR1 1JQ, at 2pm. For more
information contact Andrew Yates at
andrew.yates@truro.anglican.org

or Jill Edwards at
jill@jilledwa
rds.com

or Debbie Croucher at
debbie.croucher@truro.anglican.org

or call 01872
247213.

2 July
-

'Warm, Affordable and Green'

This is a free conference on heating churches in the South West, to be h
eld at St. Stephen’s
Church, High Street, Exeter, from 10am to 4pm. Can you keep warm and comfortable in large or
historic churches whilst not paying large heating bills and still being environmentally friendly? The
aim of the day is to inform local church
es in the region on the current opportunities

for heating their
buildings using a variety of efficient and sustainable technologies and fuels. To book a place
contact Joan Harris at
joanie@exeter.anglican.or
g

or call 01392 294940.

Bereavement Befriending Support

Volunteer Cornwall is looking for volunteers to offer bereavement befriending support under a new
scheme working with Age UK Cornwall and Macmillan Nurses. Full training will be provided, first
trai
ning sessions in June in Truro. For more information contact Sarah Welply on 01872 247211 or
sarah@truro.anglican.org

DEVON

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18 June
-

'Tamil Nadu, contrast and paradox'


A
discussion evening, to be held at the Global Centre, Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David's
Hill, Exeter, EX4 3RG, at 7.30pm. Hilary Noakes and Peter Nickol of Oxfam, Exeter will be hosting
an evening of discussion kicked off by their recent travels to Tam
il Nadu in south east India.
Everyone is welcome, especially if you have your own experiences of India to share. Attendance is

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free, although donations are welcome. For more information call 01392 438811 or see
www.globalcentredevon.org.uk

20 June
-

'Is Interfaith Dialogue merely an excuse for Kosher Tea and Halal biscuits?'

This talk by Guest Speaker Rabbi Danny Rich will take place at the AGM of the Devon Faith and
Belief Forum at Coaver Conference Centr
e, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, at 6pm. Rabbi
Danny Rich has been the Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism since the middle of 2005. He served
as
R
abbi to Kingston Liberal Synagogue for nearly two decades. Rabbi Rich is a Justice of the
Peace in the So
uth West London Commission, and the Jewish chaplain to HM Prisons Coldingley
and High Down, to Kingston Hospital, and to the Surrey and Borders (NHS) Mental Health Trust.

He is an occasional lecturer at the Leo Baeck College and at the Markfield Islamic In
stitute. For
more information contact Devon Faith and Belief Forum, c/o The Old Deanery,

Exeter, EX1 1HS,
or email
martyn.goss@exeter.anglican.org

or call 01392
-
294924
.

24 to 28 June
-

'Labyrinth Retre
at'

This retreat, 'Labyrinth
-

Landscape of the Soul', led by Revd Di Williams (labyrinth facilitator,
spiritual accompanier and author), will be held at the Sheldon Centre, Sheldon, Dunsford, Exeter,
EX6 7LE. Slow down, still your mind and connect again
with your deep inner resources through
learning the unique centering practice of walking the labyrinth with Sheldon's recently created
medieval style labyrinth. For more information and to book a place email
smm@she
ldon.uk.com

or
call 01647 252752 or see:
http://www.sheldon.uk.com/documents/resources/programme/retreats_qds.htm#lab13

25 June
-

'Sikh and Ye Shall Find'

This

film night at the Plymouth Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity is a chance to see this
inspiring film about Plymouth’s first ever Sikh Deputy Lord Mayor. Following the full screening
earlier in the year, the
C
entre has persuaded Chaz Singh and Bill S
heikh the film’s director, to
return for another screening with a Q&A session afterwards.

It will be held at the Centre, the
School Annex, Salisbury Road, Plymouth, PL4 8QZ, at 7pm. The film

follows Chaz Singh on his
journey to become Deputy Lord Mayor of
Plymouth and charts his story that brought him to
Plymouth. It will also be a chance to hear Chaz’s reflections on his year in office as he will just
have stood down from the post.

To book a place call Gemma on 01752 254438. Places are free,
but booking is

recommended. For more information see:
http://www.pcfcd.co.uk/page/film
-
night
---
sikh
-
and
-
ye
-
shall
-
find.aspx

1 July
-

Global Centre Book Club

The book club will meet at 7p
m at the Global Centre, Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David's Hill,
Exeter, EX4 3RG, to discuss 'Cables from Kabul: The Inside Story of the West's Afghanistan
Campaign' by Sherard Cowper
-
Coles, which is an account of why and how Britain was drawn
deeper
and deeper into the Afghan war. The author was the British Ambassador to Kabul and the
Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. For more information
call 01392 438811.

5 July
-

‘Inspire Change’ Criminal Justice Conference

Th
is free event is organised by Plymouth University and Devon Reform and will take place at
Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, from 9.30am to 3pm. There will be
national speakers and academic insight on the Criminal Justice System and a ch
ance to debate
and promote your organisation. The event is free to all but please do donate if you are happy to.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided. To register visit
http://inspire
changeincriminaljustice.eventbrite.co.uk

or call 07703745019. For more information
contact
sarah@devonreform.org

or call 07703745019.


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Young Volunteers


Community and Voluntary Action (CVA) Torbay has recently
begun a series of visits to Torbay
secondary schools and say they have been impressed by the enthusiasm for volunteering that they
have come across. So they are asking that if your organisation could use the energy, commitment
and initiative of school age
volunteers
-

whether for one
-
off events or for

longer term placements
-
get in touch by calling CVA Torbay on 01803 322797 or email
bob@cvatorbay.org.uk


Devon Wide Faith Network

Are you a young person who’s inter
ested in other faiths, and sharing your own with others? The
Plymouth Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity is helping to set up a Devon
-
wide network, with a
hub group in Plymouth to start very soon. Please contact Richard Thurley at the Centre to find
out
how you can get involved. They even have access to funds to help create exciting projects and
visits too! For more information call 01752 254438 or email
info@pcfcd.co.uk

or see the
ir

website:

http://www.pcfcd.co.uk




The Toffy Fund
-

for Young People


This fund
-

the Torbay Opportunity for Youth Funding
-

is for young people aged 13 to 19 years
(and up to 25 years for young people with disabilities), and is now available
to the total of
£25,000.00 to distribute to young people applying for small projects. The maximum amount that
young people and their groups can apply for is £2,000

and there is not a minimum amount. The
money is to be spent on 'Things To Do, Places To Go'
that young people have suggested
themselves and can be for activities, trips, staff wages or small bits of equipment. This process will
be judged by young people and if you are working with any young people who would be interested
in joining the Toffy Pane
l, please can you contact Polly Jeffcoat (youth worker), at
polly.jeffcoat@torbay.gov.uk

or on 07917597008. Funding will be allocated predominantly to young
people supported by the community and voluntary

sector and is not available to support packages
of work within statutory services. Applications will be considered every 4
-
6 weeks.

For more

information contact
either Polly Jeffcoat (above), or
Marie Youngs on 01803 212638 or email
marie@cvatorbay.org.uk

or see
www.cvatorbay.org.uk

or
www.torcom.org.uk


Plymouth Centre for Faith and Cultural Diversity


For more detailed infor
mation about events
,
initiates and training happening in and around
Plymouth, please see the web site

for the Plymouth Centre for Faith and Cultural Diversity on:
www.pcfcd.co.uk


DORSET, BOURNEMOUTH AND POOLE

(
DORSET, BOURNEMOUTH AND POOLE
)

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18 June
-

'Mindfulness' Talk

This is a Poole Positive Living Group event, to be held at 7.30pm at Broadstone Library, Story
Lane, Broadstone, Poole
, BH18 5EQ. Robert Gebka from the Dorset Mindfulness Centre will share
the secrets of Mindfulness.

All are welcome. As usual hot drinks and biscuits will be available. £5
payable on the night please. For more information contact Noel

Lockyer
-
Stevens

on 075
04 633
985 or
lockyerstevens@hotmail.com

23 June
-

Quiet Garden Open Day

The Bournemouth Quaker Meeting House and garden, at 16 Wharncliffe Road, Boscombe,
Bourne
-
mouth, BH5 1AH, will be made a place for re
st and refresh
-
ment for those of any faith or
none, from 1pm to 5pm. It is a member of the Quiet Garden Movement. For more details about the
day contact 01202 397806.

26 June
-

'God in Muslim
-
Christian Encounters'


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This Insight lecture, 'God in Muslim
-
Chris
tian Encounters: Are we talking about the same thing?'
will be given by Bishop Michael Nazir
-
Ali and will take place at Digby Church Hall, Digby Road,
Sherborne. DT9 3NL, at 7.30. Bishop Michael is amongst those church leaders who have argued
most strongly

for a clear understanding of the differences between Chrstianity and Islam. He
retired as Bishop of Rochester in 2009 to take up the role of Director of the Oxford Centre for
Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue. Tickets £4 in advance, £5 at the door
. Book via the
Parish Office, 3 Abbey Close, Sherborne, DT9 3LQ or email
insight@sherborneabbey.com

or for
more information see:
www.insight.sherborneabb
ey.com

2 July
-

'Alchemy of the Heart' Talk

This is a Poole Positive Living Group gathering, at Broadstone Library, Story Lane, Broadstone,
Poole, BH18 5EQ, at 7.30pm. The talk will be given by Sandra Keenan and all are welcome. As
usual hot drinks and bi
scuits will be available. £5 payable on the night please. For more
information contact Noel Lockyer
-
Stevens on 07504 633 985 or
lockyerstevens@hotmail.com

Ecumenical Development Officer for Churches Togethe
r in Dorset

Following the retirement of the previous post
-
holder Churches Together in Dorset are looking to
recruit a replacement. The successful applicant will be a lay or ordained member in good standing
with one of the churches eligible for membership o
f Churches Together in Dorset. S/he will be
employed by Churches Together in Dorset (Registered Charity No 1103400) and will work from
home. The closing date for applications is 6 July 2013, with

interviews on 29 July 2013 in Corfe
Mullen. Full details fro
m:
www.ctdorset.org.uk
. Further information from the present post
-
holder Val
Potter at
ctdorset@clara.net

or from Dudley Coates at
coatesdudley@me.com

Chaplaincy with Alabare

Alabare is recruiting volunteer chaplaincy teams in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Alabare
Christian Care and Support, through nearly 50 services and homes, works with the homeless,
those at risk of becoming

homeless ex
-
offenders, ex
-
Service personnel, people with drug and
alcohol issues, young people, vulnerable women, individuals with learning disabilities and people
with mental health problems. If you would like to find out more, please contact the senior

chaplain,
Jonathan Martin at any time at
j.martin@alabare.co.uk
, or call 07525006042.

The Wessex Liberal Jewish Community (WLJC)

WLJC is an inclusive and egalitarian community affiliated to 'Liberal Judaism',

the national
representative body. They are also a member of the Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS). They are
one of only two functioning Liberal Jewish community in the West of England
-

the other being in
Bristol. Most members have transferred from other

synagogues, but they are particularly keen to
make contact with Jews living in the Wessex region who are currently synagogue unaffiliated.
Rabbi Ariel Friedlander is able to deal with a range of issues including those of a personal nature.
To contact the
Rabbi please email
rabbi@wessexliberaljudaism.org.uk
. For more information
generally see their website:
http://wessexliberaljudaism.org.uk/

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Pray in Poole

Green Pastures is a Christian Retreat and Prayer centre at 17 Burton Road, Poole, BH13 6DT. It is
developing a renewed vision and is encouraging people to go along to see what they offer as ‘a
place of prayer, encouraging growth in God and p
ersonal wholeness’. They have a chapel,
garden/house prayer cells and garden prayer walks. Their coffee lounge is also open from 10am to
4pm on weekdays except Wednesdays. Book or call in for some ‘time out’ to pray. Go for half an
hour or longer, between
9am and 8pm. For more information see:
www.green
-
pastures.org

or
contact Andy Challis on
info@green
-
pastures.org

or call 01202 764776.

Funds for Church
-
Related Soc
ial Action


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If your church project is part of a wider vision for greater community engagement, then the
Ramsbury Office or Colin Brady may be able to assist you. They can, for example; give advice on
how to carry out a community survey to identify local nee
ds, help to analyse the information you
receive back from the survey, suggest ways of being more inclusive thus opening up potential
funding routes, help to identify sources of funding, provide useful resources to help plan and
manage your project and sugg
est ways of engaging with others in your plans. If you would like to
talk about your plans, please contact the Ramsbury Office on

01380 729808 or
ramsbury.office@salisbury.anglican.org

or Colin
Brady (Dorset)

on 01258 839140 or
colin.brady@salisbury.anglican.org

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation

Sakya Thubten Ling, the Tibetan Buddhist Centre at 167 Shelbourne Road, Bournemouth,
BH8 8RD, h
olds t
hree

meditation sessions per week, where everyone is welcome. On
Sundays from 6pm to 7.30pm there is
an
introductory teachings and meditation

session
, on
Wednesdays there is a meditation session between 7.30pm and 9pm. On Thursdays there is
a meditation se
ssion between 9.30am and 11am. For more information please call 01202 538
108 or email
info@stl.org.uk

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

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15 June
-

Church Slavonic Liturgy in Bentham

This will take p
lace at St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church, Bentham Lane,
Bentham, near Cheltenham, GL3 4UD, at 10am. The priest will be Revd Vitaly Serapinas and
following the Divine Liturgy they plan to hold a short Parish Meeting to agree priorities for the
comin
g months, including date of our next Divine Liturgy, upcoming Holy Baptisms and
potentially House Blessings. If you think you can spare a few hours each month to help the
Church in any way then please contact them on 07957 345188 or email
russianchurchglos@gmail.com
. Russian enquiries to Lora Alekseyevna on 0778 3278457 or
see the website:
http://www.russianchurchcheltenham.org.uk

16 June
-

Family Fu
n Day & Barbecue

This will take place at St John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church, Bentham Lane,
Bentham, near Cheltenham, GL3 4UD at 1pm, following the Greek Orthodox Liturgy. It is
organised by a sister Greek Orthodox parish, and all are invited to this

fun
-
packed family day
with games, food and other treats. For more details see:
http://www.greekorthodoxcheltenham.org.uk/

GAVCA Annual Survey Report

More than 140 organisations completed the Glou
cestershire Assembly for the Voluntary and
Community Sector Annual Survey.

A summary of the findings can be found here:
http://bit.ly/Zj5fZW

or for a full copy of the findings email
elaineh@GAVCA.org.uk

The Transforming Local Infrastructure Project

Transforming Local Infrastructure (TLI) is a fund that is being administered by the Big Fund
(the non Lottery arm of the Big Lottery Fund) for the Office of Civil Society and the Ca
binet
Office. In Gloucestershire, the TLI project is formed of a consortium of 12 infrastructure
organisations. The consortium has just launched a new web resource which aims to bring
together news, updates and information about the project as it progresse
s. The new site can
be found at
http://tligloucestershire.wordpress.com/

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and Community Sector? For more information email
training@gavca.org.uk


Baha’i Gatherings

The Stroud Baha’i Community holds weekly gatherings of a devotional nature on Monday
evenings at 7.30. Please contact Zar
in Hainsworth on 07786 311198. There are also regular
gatherings to study the Creative Word and how to relate this to our daily lives with diverse
people from all walks of life.

NORTH SOMERSET

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19 June
-

'Living throug
h the haze: Life on the Autistic Spectrum'

This event will take place at the Royal Hotel, South Parade, Weston
-
Super
-
Mare from 10am to
2.30pm. Paul Isaacs is a young man who was diagnosed at the age of 24 with Autism. He will be
talking about his autobiogr
aphy, 'Living

through the Haze', which documents his life from non
-
verbal child to public speaker in adult life, and was published in 2012. Registration is from 9.30am
and lunch will be provided. The cost is £35 for professionals and £15 for parents. It is

free to
National Autistic Society North Somerset Branch parent members and individuals with autism
spectrum disorder. For more details please contact Branch Officer Liz Kelly on 07436 264533.

3 July
D
eadline
-

VCSE Annual Survey for North Somerset

Welcome

to the 2013 Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) annual survey for
North Somerset. This should be completed by a senior member of your organisation. If you are that
person I hope you will be able to take some time to complete it. It shou
ld take between 15 and 30
minutes. Please click on this link to complete the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VoluntaryActionNorthSomerset
. Please note, you can come
back to
the survey if you can't finish it in one sitting (you must click 'next' otherwise you will lose
your previous answers).

Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) works to provide effective representation, development
and empowerment for voluntary, community
and social enterprise organisations in North Somerset
and to help build a strong sector in the area.

The results of the survey will help us to inform you
about new opportunities to develop your organisation and plan the work that you do in North
Somerset.
The final report will only be as good as the quality of the responses.

The wider the
range of responses and the greater the number
,

the more useful it will be.

For those of you who
complete the survey before the 3rd July 2013 you will be given free members
hip of VANS for
2013/2014 which would normally cost £25/£50/£75. You will also be put into a draw to win a prize
of either a Luxury Hamper from Waitrose or a Car MOT from Kwiks MOTs.

8 July



Sensory Impairment and Volunteer Inclusion
’ Workshop

This is ta
king place at Long Ashton Community Centre, Keedwell Hill, Long Ashton, BS41 9DP.
For more information contact Helen Stone on 0117 958 9308 or
helenstone@thecareforum.org
. Or
to book a place call 0117 965
4444 or email
events@thecareforum.org.uk



9 July
-

Multicultural Friendship Association Meeting

Held in the Weston Room, the Badger Centre, 3
-

6 Wadham Street, Weston
-
super
-
Mare, BS23
1JY,from 12pm to 2pm
, Amy Evens from Shaw Trust will be talking about the not
-
for
-
profit

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organisation, which helps disabled people or those at disadvantage to find and sustain
employment or enjoy more independent living. All are welcome. For more information contact
Virginia
Lowe on 07508324453, Jenny Wee on 07955255455 or email
chairmfa@gmail.com

10 July
-

Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Showcase

This showcase event will take place at the Hand Stadium, Davis Lane, Clevedon,
BS21 6TG, from
11am to 1pm. Showcase your ability to offer exemplary services and projects as a Voluntary
Community and Social Enterprise organisation

or group to commissioners, funders and
representatives from the public and private sectors.

Booking is es
sential
.

To book your table

please email
amanda.styles@vansmail.org.uk

or call 01934 410192.

Introduction to Volunteering

19 June
-

12.30pm to 3pm

26 June
-

1pm to 3pm

3 July
-

1pm to 3pm

10 July
-

1pm
to 3pm

17 July
-

1pm to 3pm

This five week course will be held at the Carlton Centre, Carlton Street, Weston
-
super
-
Mare, BS23
1UA. It is aimed at adults 19+ who are unemployed and/or with few or no qualifications, who wish
to develop skills and confidence
through volunteering. The course is designed to help people feel
more confident becoming a volunteer. At the end of the course participants will make an
appointment to meet a volunteer adviser who will assist them in finding voluntary work. To reserve
a pl
ace or for further information call JP Evans on 01934 426725 or email
julie.evans@n
-
somerset.gov.uk

16 July
-

Craft Workshop

Offered by the Multicultural Friendship Association, this workshop will take p
lace in the Weston
Room, the Badger Centre, 3
-

6 Wadham Street, Weston
-
super
-
Mare, BS23 1JY,from 12pm to
2pm. All are welcome to attend and take part. For more information contact Virginia Lowe on
07508324453, Jenny Wee on 07955255455 or email
chairmfa@gmail.com

Become a Barnardo's Volunteer

In North Somerset the local Barnardo’s team train volunteers to act as mentors and independent
visitors, for children and young people living in foster care and other settings
away from their birth
families. Volunteers visit children on a regular basis, listening to their concerns and encouraging
them to enjoy positive activities. At the next training for volunteers in September 2013, the charity
hopes to almost double the numbe
r of volunteers from 12 to 20 so that it can offer a helping hand
to as many children as possible. For more information contact the local team on 01934 415374 or
email
anthony.hill@barnardos.org.uk




Th
e Volunteering Pathway' in North Somerset


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‘The Volunteering Pathway' is a new initiative to offer opportunities for people in North Somerset
who want to volunteer their services. As members of the Transform Partnership, we are keen to
give churches and oth
er faith groups an opportunity to refer people who are considering
volunteering. In particular the Pathway could be used to

increase someone’s chances of gaining
employment, by developing new skills. It also gives the possibility of volunteering for peop
le who
need to increase their confidence and social skills.

For further information and a referral form you
can contact Wendy Bryant the Volunteer Co
-
ordinator of Voluntary Action North Somerset at:
wendy.
bryant@vansmail.org.uk

or Alistair Beattie:
alistair@faithnetsouthwest.org.uk

Crossroads Care Mental Health Carers Groups

Are you caring for a relative or friend who has mental health difficulties?

Would you like to meet
with other people in a similar situation to your own? The Weston
-
super
-
Mare group meets on the
s
econd Wednesday of every month at the Crossroads

Carers
C
entre, Graham Road, Weston
-
super
-
Mare from 12.30pm to 2pm. The Clevedon Group m
eets on the 4th Tuesday of every month
at Clevedon Town Council Offices, Old Street
,

Clevedon
,

from 7.30pm to 9pm. These groups are
for carers of people who

receive services from community mental health teams and provide an
opportunity to share experiences
, hear from speakers and enjoy refreshments. To find out more
call

01934 836477.

Capital Grants available for VCS organisations in North Somerset

NHS North Somerset has a small amount of money available in 2012/13 for one
-
off items of capital
expenditure
up to a maximum of £15,000 for organisations that are not part of the NHS. All
applications must be made by 31st July. For details of the criteria for the capital grants and the
process by which you can apply, contact Ruth Gazzane at NHS North Somerset, Wa
verley House,
Old Church Road, Clevedon, BS21 6NN, or email
ruth.gazzane@nsomerset
-
pct.nhs.uk

or call
01275 546770.

SOMERSET

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15 June
-

Climate Change in Rural

Communities

This half day event, organised by the Deanery of Ilminster & South Somerset Climate Action, will
take place at Horton Village Hall, Hanning Road, Horton, TA19 9QR, from 9am to 1pm. One of the
key speakers will be Revd Margot Hodson, co
-
author
of 'Climate Change, Faith and Rural
Communities', a booklet of the Agriculture and Theology Project. What are the issues around
climate change that particularly affect rural communities and how can we address them? This
event will let you ask the questions

you need answered. Enquiries and bookings to June Foster at

juneo.foster@tiscali.co.uk

or see:
http://www.bathandw
ells.org.uk/diocese/climate
-
change
-
in
-
rural
-
communities/

20 June
-

‘Combating poverty


what are faith groups doing? What more can they do?’

This conference will take place in the Parkes Room at Wells Town Hall, Market Place, Wells, BA5
2RB, from 10am to
2.30pm, to include lunch. Presentations will include:

Paul Morrison from the Joint Public Issues Team: Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed
Churches, talking about their recent report 'Truth and Lies about Poverty' and the importance of
speaking the tru
th about poverty and its causes. This report gained national prominence over
Easter in church's responses to the welfare benefit changes.


You can see the Report
here.

Julia Hill talking about her work
with the Church Urban Fund in bringing churches together to work
in partnership on poverty issues and how this can inform their work in Somerset.



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Rick Szur from the Somerset Advice Network on the financial advice available in Somerset and the
role of the
ir Information Hubs, which direct people to where they can get the advice they need.

A presentation on the role of the Voluntary Sector Partnership in Somerset and the benefits it gives
to faith

groups and other community organisations.

Churches and othe
r faith groups play a vital role in relieving social hardship and the conference will
also take up the effects of the current and planned welfare benefit changes and what can be done
to alleviate any hardship that will result from these changes.

This confe
rence is organised by
Faithnetsouthwest, with the support of David Maggs, the Social Justice and Environmental Adviser
for the Anglican Diocese of Bath and Wells and is funded by the Somerset Voluntary Sector
Partnership. It gives an excellent opportunity
to showcase the work of churches in Somerset and to
build opportunities to work in partnership with each other and with other community and statutory
organisations. All groups are invited to attend. To book a place email or post the booking
f
orm

downloadab
le
here

to: Alistair Beattie

at

alistair@faithnetsouthwest.org.uk
. For more information
call 0117 3042298.

22 J
une
-

Farewell to Bishop Peter Price

A farewell service for the Rt Revd Peter Price Bishop of Bath and Wells, who retires at the end of
June, will be held in Wells Cathedral, Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5 2UE, at 2pm. The service will
be open to all and a pa
rty on Cathedral Green will follow.

24 June
-

'Awakening' at Abbey House

This Quiet Day at Abbey House Retreat, Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, will be led by Meg
Johnson. It is a day for spiritual explorers from any background to consider the question at
the
mystical heart of our journey
-

'who am I?' Words from some of the world's major relig
i
ons,
philosophy and poetry will help us on our journey. Meg Johnson is an

Anglican priest, formerly of
St James, Piccadilly. She has a particular interest in the mys
tical traditions of the world. The cost is
£30 to include lunch and refreshments. For more information or to book a place call 01458 831112
or email
warden@abbeyhouse.org

or see:
www.abbbeyhouse.org

24 to 27 June
-

Pilgrimage Past & Present

This residential course at Dillington House, Ilminster, TA19 9DT, will look at why pilgrimage is such
a vital part of world religions. Anthony Weaver will explore the origins of pilgr
image, the great
medieval pilgrimages in Europe and the major modern pilgrimage centres, including Santiago de
Compostela, Assisi and Lourdes. There will also be a discussion about the reasons for the growth
of pilgrimage in the modern world. For more info
rmation and to book a place contact 01460 258613
or
dillington@somerset.gov.uk

or see the website:
www.dillington.com

1 July
-

'Medicine and Healing


a Broken Marr
iage?'

This Diocesan Healing Advisory Group event, looking at building a new relationship between
health and healing, will take place at the Old Deanery, Wells, BA5 2UG, at 2pm. It is a free event
and is open to all. For more information visit
:

http://www.bathandwells.org.uk/faithandmission/medicine
-
healing
-
a
-
broken
-
marriage
-
.

4 July or 25 July
-

New Volunteers Training for Faith Communities’ Major Emergency P
lan

If you are interested in becoming part of the Avon & Somerset Faith Communities’ Major
Emergency Plan
-

which is a multi
-
faith response to a major incident, then come along to the
training day for new volunteers to be held at Avon & Somerset Police HQ,

Valley Road, Portishead,
BS20 8QJ, from 9.45am to 3pm. The Major Emergency Plan is managed and co
-
ordinated by ISR


Churches for Work & Social Justice in co
-
operation with Avon & Somerset Constabulary and

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these tra
i
ning sessions are intended to give an o
utline of the Plan and the contexts in which we
may be deployed.

There is no charge, but prior registration is essential. Your registration will be
confirmed and further details will be sent before the event. The Major Emergency Plan is managed
and co
-
ordi
nated by the Churches Council for Industry & Social Responsibility in co
-
operation with
Avon & Somerset Constabulary. For more information or a booking form please contact Vena
Prater on 0117 955 7430 or email
mep@cci
sr.org.uk

or
vena@ccisr.org.uk
.

17 July
-

Faith Communities’ Major Emergency Plan Training Day
for Existing Volunteers

This training day for existing volunteers with the Avon & Somerset Faith Communities’ Major
Eme
rgency Plan will be

held at Avon & Somerset Police HQ, Valley Road, Portishead, BS20 8QJ,
from 9.45am to 3pm. It's to ensure that existing volunteers keep up to keep up
-
to
-
date give them
the opportunity to discuss with other volunteers any areas of concern

or interest. There is no
charge, but prior registration is essential, before 1 July please. Your registration will be confirmed
and further details will be sent before the event. The Major Emergency Plan is managed and co
-
ordinated by the Churches Council

for Industry & Social Responsibility in co
-
operation with Avon &
Somerset Constabulary. For more
i
nformation or a booking form please contact Vena Prater on
0117 955 7430 or email
mep@ccisr.org.uk

or
vena@ccisr.org.uk
.

Somerset Advice Network Info
-
Hubs

Info
-
Hubs are being developed in Wellington, Street, Taunton and West Somerset. They provide
information and signposting

locally, and where appropriate, referral for people thro
ugh existing
volunteers or staff already working in the community.

Why are they needed? People face
increasing challenges in getting the information and advice they need on debt, employment,
benefits, housing, relationships and many other issues. In many c
ases they do not know where to
turn to, especially if they are not familiar with the wide range of information sources, are isolated,
lack confidence, live in rural areas or do not have access to the internet. An Info
-
Hub is a new way
of reaching these peo
ple by working with a wide range of partners (eg Local Authorities, Voluntary
Agencies, Health, Housing, and the Police). If you would like to find out more or you are

interested
in starting an Info
-
Hub in your area, please contact Rick on: 01823 448953 or

email
rick.szur@tauntoncab.org.uk

Volunteer Mentors Needed Now!

For just 2 hours a week you could make a huge difference to someone’s life by mentoring and
coaching someone who wants to get a job and supp
orting them once they begin working. ViSTA is
a learning and development charity and we are working on behalf of the Action for Somerset
project to train and support volunteer mentors. There is plenty of evidence to show that having a
job is central to the

health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. We also know
that many people are isolated and lack the support of family and friends that most of us need
during the difficult times in our lives. Looking for work can be demoralising and st
arting a new job
after a long period of unemployment can be daunting. This is where you could make all the
difference. All you need is an ability to listen and empathise; an interest in developing your
coaching skills; experience of getting work or as an e
mployer; a non
-
judgemental and impartial
approach. If you would like
m
ore information or would definitely like to get involved, please contact
Tony Hampson on 07925841564 or 08453 580372 or email
tony@vistapro
ject.org.uk

Somerset Voluntary Sector Partnership

All faith groups working on behalf of their local community

in Somerset and surrounding areas
,
providing any kind of support service, would benefit from registering with the Somerset Voluntary
Sector Part
nership.

Their website has a wealth of information. (See details below).


It is a very
good place to advertise what you do, so more people know about it. If you do register, it would be
helpful to let us know.


Please contact us if you want to know more ab
out the work of the
partnership
: Alistair Beattie at
alistair@faithnetsouthwest.org.uk
.


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This new website shows the latest news, event info, funding opportunities, and resources for
voluntary and comm
unity groups in Somerset


view it at
www.vspsomerset.org.uk/newshub


It includes a Directory of Support to find the best provider for your needs, and information on the
new ‘Somerset Volunteers’ servic
e.

If you register, you can also;




Promote your organisation by sharing your news & event information




View all new funding opportunities




Take part in our Forums and communicate with others in the sector




Register with Somerset Volunteers
to use the volunteer matching service

Just click ‘Log In or Register’ at
www.vspsomerset.org.uk/newshub

and create an account.


The Voluntary Sector Partnership is a partnership of nine support organis
ations working in
Somerset, including Faithnetsouthwest.

For more information contact Alistair Beattie at
alistair@faithnetsouthwest.org.uk


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE
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15 June
-

Life after Retirement

An open morning with a marketplace of clubs, activities and hobbies to inspire you, to be held at
Yate Library, 44 West Walk, Yate, BS37 4AX, between 11am and 2pm. For more information
please email:
cchengagement@southglos.gov.uk

or call 01454 862356
.

19 June
-

Safer Recruitment Briefing

To be held at the Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2QQ, from 10am to 12pm.
In the light of the new rules around disc
losure and barring checks, Vicki Green, Safeguarding
Development Manager, Children, Adults and Health Department, South Gloucestershire Council
will lead a briefing session on safer recruitment aimed at voluntary sector organisations supporting
adults. To
book a place email events@thecareforum.org.uk and for more information contact
Caroline McAleese, South Gloucestershire Project Co
-
ordinator on 0117 9589311 or email
carolinemcaleese@thecareforum.o
rg.uk

Volunteer Centre Partnership South Gloucestershire Training Opportunities

The following three courses are open to any groups and individuals. Training sessions cost £30.00
per person or £50.00 for two people attending from the same organisation. To
book on any of
t
hese courses contact Debbie Scott, Volunteer Centre Partnership C
o
-
ordinator on 01454 865205
or email
Debbie.scott@cvs
-
sg.org.uk

20 June
-

Working with Offenders as Volunteers

At the Council

Chamber, Thornbury, BS35 2AR, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Would you be worried about having someone with a criminal record volunteering for your
organisation? If so, you could be missing out on individuals with useful skills and experience to
offer. This se
ssion will: Give you an insight into the criminal justice system; Show you the spectrum
of offending behaviour;

Ex
p
lain how offenders are risk managed by Probation; Explain the
difference between an offender and an ex
-
offender and help you understand wheth
er an offender
is a suitable volunteer for you.




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27 June
-

Safeguarding Service Users & Volunteers

At Park Centre, Kingswood, BS15 4AR, from 7pm to 9.30pm.

Recently the rules around safeguarding vulnerable people were reviewed and a new Disclosure &
Barr
ing system introduced. This session will give you the opportunity to learn about the new
system and its implications.

17 July
-

Keeping It Legal

At Coniston Community Centre, The Parade Coniston Rd, Patchway, BS34 5LP, from 9.30am to
12.30pm.

This worksh
op will enable you to think about: The difference between employers, volunteers and
contractors; Your organisation’s obligation to volunteers; The liabilities for volunteer involving
organisations; The rules governing reimbursement of volunteer expenses; H
ow to keep on the right
side of the law in relation to fundraising.

27 June
-

VCS Reducing Reoffending Roundtable Event

At the Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BS15 9TR, from 9.30am to 12.30pm,
Voluntary and Community

organisations (VCS) in

South Gloucestershire are invited to this second
Roundtable event which aims to bring VCS and statutory sector partners together to develop
strong effective local partnerships. To book your place please email Helen Black at
helen.black@cvs
-
sg.org.uk

1 July
-

Introduction to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

This workshop, at the Apple Room, Baileys Court Activity Centre, Baileys Court Road, Bradley
Stoke, BS32 8BH, from 10am to 12.30pm, is for small
community groups run by volunteers. DBS
was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding
A
uthority (ISA) merged in 2012. It prevents unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups,
including children, through its c
riminal record checking and barring functions. This workshop will
provide an overview of the Disclosure and Baring Service and will provide practical advice for
community groups about the new system and the implications for their volunteers. For more
infor
mation and to book a place contact
training@cvs
-
sg.org.uk

or 01454 865205.

18 October
-

'Fairtrade: going deeper'

This evening event will take place at Yate Library, 44 West Walk, Yate, BS37 4AX, at 7.30pm. Go

along to this evening of discovery to find out how and why Fairtrade sales have more than doubled
in the last 5 years despite the economic downturn, and how what was once a niche food market
has become mainstream in the UK today. We are all familiar with
Fairtrade coffee, sugar and
bananas but did you know that there are now over 3,000 Fairtrade products available? From wine
to cotton, beauty products to footballs, Fairtrade is branching out into ever increasing areas. There
will be short films, discussion

and thoughts from Steve Webb MP, as well as free Fairtrade wines
and nibbles. For more information contact South Gloucestershire Fairtrade Coordinator Lydia
Nash, on 01454 863119 or 07824081058.

South Gloucestershire Subsidy Grant

South Gloucestershire Co
uncil’s Positive Activities Subsidy Grants Programme for Young People
is available for organisations working to encourage young people to participate in positive activities
across South Gloucestershire. For more information contact the Quartet Community Fo
undation on
0117 989 7700 or visit
www.quartetcf.org.uk


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Chaplaincy volunteer opportunity

Yate and Chipping Sodbury Area Chaplaincy Team has been in operation for several years now
and a great deal of good work is

being done by a group of volunteers from various churches in the
area who have decided to put their faith to work in this way. The team of chaplains are trained to
work in a range of settings, including shops, the Fire Station and the Health Centre, to pr
ovide
pastoral support in the workplace. They are available to people of all faiths and none.

The demand
for chaplaincy is ever growing and we therefore need to expand the team in your area by training
more volunteers. Is this something you might be intere
sted in? For more information please contact
us on 0117 9557430 or email
alison@ccisr.org


WILTSHIRE AND SWINDON

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16 June
-

Swindon Interfaith Group Sunday Cricket


The match, T20
cricket vs Rodbourne Green, will take place at 2pm at Moredon Playing Fields,
Akers Way, Swindon, SN2 2NQ, opposite Cheney Manor Garden Centre entrance. You are invited
to bring a picnic and come along to cheer on the teams. For more information call Steve

Aftelak on
01793 536815 or email
stephenaftelak@ntlworld.com


19 June
-

Swindon Interfaith Group Garden Meeting


The group will meet in the garden at Twigs, next to Manor Garden Centre, Cheney Manor, SN2

2QJ, at 7.30pm, for

'Poems and Prose'. There will be inspiring faith readings about all
-
things
related to gardens in a

reconstruction of an Iron Age Round
-
House. You are invited to bring your
favourite readings to share. For further information please con
tact Steve Aftelak on 01793 536815
or email
stephenaftelak@ntlworld.com


24 to 28 June
-

Open Retreat with Prayer Book Worship


This residential retreat with Jeremy Taylor, led by Canon Arthur Middleton, w
ill take place at Ivy
House, St Denys Retreat Centre, 3 Church Street, Warminster, BA12 8PG. The cost is £235 full
board. For more details or to book a place contact 01985 214824 or
stdenys@ivyhouse.org

o
r see:
www.ivyhouse.org


Until

8 September
-

Sculpture Exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral


Salisbury Cathedral is the iconic location for the first major retrospective exhibition by Helaine
Blumenfeld OBE, 'The Messenger of t
he Spirit'. Helaine Blumenfeld is one of Britain’s leading
contemporary sculptors working in marble and bronze. The exhibition brings together eighteen of
the extraordinarily beautiful pieces she has created throughout a career spanning more than four
deca
des and includes four new site
-
specific pieces: Esprit 2013, Mysteries, The Space Within and
Flight. Twelve works will be located inside the Cathedral itself and six monumental works will be
outside in the surrounding Cathedral Close.


The exhibition, whic
h shares its title with one of Blumenfeld’s best known pieces Messenger of the
Spirit, is curated by Jacquiline Creswell, Visual Arts Advisor for the Cathedral. Recommended
viewing times are Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 12noon to 4pm (services
are held
at 8am, 9.15am, 10.30am and 4.30pm). For further details visit
www.salisburycathedral.org.uk

or
telephone 01722 555120.


The Cathedral will be running a full programme of events to support the e
xhibition including
workshops, talks and discussions. In addition there will be free tours led by specialist guides
offering a closer insight into Helaine Blumenfeld’s work. For further information on the supporting
programme please call 01722 555180 or vi
sit
www.salisburycathedral.org.uk



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Have your say on health and social care services in Wiltshire


If you are a member of a BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) community within Wiltshire, then
Wiltshi
re and Swindon Users' Network wants to hear your comments on how Health and Social
Care services in Wiltshire are meeting your cultural, religious and/or ethnic needs and how service
delivery needs to be improved.The aim of this questionnaire is to documen
t experiences with
health and social care services, in Wiltshire, in order to establish cultural, religious and/or ethnic
needs and identify the gaps in service delivery. The responses given will form part of a report
which will be used to inform future wo
rk at Wiltshire and Swindon User’s Network (WSUN).

All questions are optional, all personal information will be made anonymous and names are not
required and if you require any help with completing this questionnaire or require this questionnaire
in a dif
ferent format (e.g. large print, different language, audio, electronic) please contact WSUN on
01380 871800 and they can provide some extra support.

Click here to go to the questionnaire:
http://wsun.co.uk/2013/02/have
-
your
-
say
-
on
-
health
-
and
-
social
-
care
-
services
-
in
-
wiltshire
-
3/questionnaire
-
2/


Free English Classes for Women


The Wiltshire Women's Network holds these classes every Wedne
sday from 10.30am to 12.30pm
during term time, at the United Church, Church Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8DY. Different abilities
are catered for and a free crèche is provided for children under school age. A request is made for
small donations from whoever ca
n afford to pay it. For more information just drop in on a
Wednesday during term time and talk to Glenys and other teachers or call 07855406130 or email
wwmff1@gmail.com


Seeking Volunteer Chaplains


The Chaplaincy T
eam at New College, New College Drive, Swindon, SN3 1AH, is looking for
volunteers to join their small multi
-
faith team of ordained and lay people, part of Student Services.
They offer pastoral and spiritual care and support to students and staff, of all f
aiths and none.
Volunteers normally offer to be in College one day each week during term time, from around

m
id
-
morning onwards. It’s flexible, very varied, and always interesting. If you think you may be
interested, or know of others, please contact Derek

Ormston or Ed Poole at New College:
derek.ormston@newcollege.ac.uk

or
ed.poole@newcollege.ac.uk

or for more
i
nformation see:
www.newcollege.ac.uk


FUNDING

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Funding for organisations that struggle to access mainstream funding

Skipton Building Society is 160 years old, and has created the Big 160 Appeal which will provide
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grants of £500 to assist grassroots groups across the country. They’re looking for community
b
ased groups, and will consider anything, with preference given to organisations which get very
little support elsewhere. The deadline for applications is 31 July.

Find out more here:
http://www.skiptonbig160.co.uk/

Pfizer UK Foundation

This provides support for community based projects in the UK that address health inequalities
arising from social, economic,

cultural
and demographic factors. Grants of between £3,000 and
£50,000 are available. Charities, community
-
led organisations, local authorities, the NHS and
academic bodies are eligible to apply.
The n
ext

deadline

is

4 September. For details see:
http://www.pfizer.co.uk/sites/uk/our_responsibility/pfizer_uk_foundation/Pages/default.aspx



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Small Grants for Health and Welfare Projects in the South West

The Studd

Charitable Trust provides small grants for registered charities carrying out health and
welfare projects in the South West of England. This includes charities working with the homeless.
The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may appl
y at any time. Applications
are usually considered quarterly by the Trustees. Applications should be made in writing. Please
note that the Trust does not have a website. Further information is available on the Open Charities
website:
http://opencharities.org/charities/264956

or
call 020 7831 9222
.

To apply please contact:
Mrs Geraldine Fitzpatrick, The Studd Charitable Trust, Macfarlanes, 20 Cursitor Street, London
EC4A 1LT
.


NCVO Funding Central

T
his is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Register through

www.fundingcentral.org.uk

Grant Net

This is a free service which has been set up to help community and vo
luntary groups to identify
funding for their projects. You can register with GRANTnet by clicking on the link below. You will be
emailed a password which will

allow you access to the site. After logging on and answering a few
questions about your group and

your project, the site will provide an overview of what is available.
See:
http://www.merlinhs.co.uk/Make
-
a
-
difference/Community
-
Investment/Co
mmunity
-
Investment
-
Budget.aspx

CIB Charities Information Bureau, South & West

This maintains its own searchable funding database.

This is free to organisations in the south
-
west
region via
www.cibsouthandw
est.org.uk
. To register on the site click L
ogin,

then follow the link for
new users. CIB South & West also has some useful resources on its website, plus a bi
-
monthly
bulletin with information on new grants.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF
) G
rants

The HLF is t
he single biggest funder of heritage through innovative investment in projects. From 1
April, it now has £375m a year to invest in new projects, which can include conservation and
repairs with new works like improved heating systems, kitchens and loos. Alo
ngside the ring
-
fenced £25 million Grants for Places of Worship scheme, which focuses on urgent repair needs in
listed places of worship, HLF operates a number of open programmes that welcome applications
from parishes. These programmes are for any type of

project related to local, regional or national
heritage in the UK. For further details and links to specific programme guidance, including
information about when to apply, click here:

http://www.trurodiocese.org.uk/2013/04/dont
-
miss
-
out
-
on
-
heritage
-
lottery
-
fund
-
grants

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

The Foundation has launched a new £5million food strand, offering a total funding of £5million over
a period of th
ree years and is inviting applications from organisations focused on understanding
and investigating the critical role that food plays in wellbeing and the interplay between food,
sustainability and poverty.For more details see:
http://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/what
-
we
-
fund/sectors/food?utm_source=CVS+South+Gloucestershire+List&utm_campaign=b573
673066
-
March_ebulletin&utm_medium=email




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Edge Fund

Provides g
rants of up to £5000 for projects that are working for social, environmental and
economic justice. Activities supported include campaigning, awareness raising, promoting equal
opportunities and

environmental projects. For more information see:
www.edgefund.org.uk

The Leonard Laity Stoate Charitable Trust Grant

The scheme is intended to support a range of charitable purposes. In particular, the scheme
w
ishes to support projects with the following themes: Medical welfare and disability; Children and
young people; The disadvantaged; Community projects.

The application process is ongoing and
interested applicants may apply at any time. However, the majority

of applications are decided at
biannual Trustee meetings held in April and October each year. Therefore, the Trust recommends
December to February and June to August as the best times to submit applications. Applications
are invited from eligible applican
ts based in England and Wales, but clear preference is given to
the West of England, in particular Somerset (especially West Somerset), Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset
and Devon. A grant will not normally be paid until all other funds needed for a project have b
een
raised and the project started. For further information on how to obtain this funding opportunity
locally write to Phillip J Stoate, Leonard Laity Stoate Charitable Trust, 7 Sherwood Close,
Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 2SB.

Express Grants Programme

Gran
ts from the Express Programme are awarded to small, local voluntary and community
organisations where a small amount of funding can make a difference in disadvantaged areas. The
work of your organisation must benefit people who are disadvantaged or isolate
d.

The maximum
grant is £2000. There are no closing dates. Applications are accepted at any time and are looked
at on a rolling basis. Please download and read the guidelines before applying for a grant. Contact
details are listed on the guidelines at:
www.quartetcf.org.uk

Wakeham Trust Funding

Groups of individuals as well as small community and voluntary groups within the UK that want to
improve their communities can apply for funding through the Wakeham Trust.

Applications can be
made at any time. For information see:

http://www.wakehamtrust.org/

Gibbs Trust

This Trust funds innovative undertakings by Methodist churches and organisations, other Christian
causes, esp
ecially of an ecumenical nature, and a wider category within the fields of the creative
arts, education, social and international concerns, as well as a few international initiatives. Grants
range from £1,000 to £3,000. For more information see:
www.gibbstrust.org.uk


Jill Franklin Charitable Trust

The trust supports refugees, self
-
help mental health groups, churches for restoration, respite
holidays, prisoners education, with small grants ranging from £500 to

£1000. For more information
see:
www.jill
-
franklin
-
trust.org.uk

Funding bid advice for advocacy groups

This new website aims to provide advice and guidance for advocacy organisations on writing
funding

bids. It has a free email course on how to produce better tenders, and has weekly articles
and ‘how to’ guides about bid writing and service design. Find out more from the website of UK
Fundraising at
http://www.fundraising.co.uk/news/2012/07/02/funding
-
advice
-
site
-
launched
-
advocacy
-
organisations

or visit the site directly at
www.advocacyfunding.co
.uk


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Westhill Endowment

The objectives of the Westhill Endowment are the promotion of education in the manner which
reflects the principles of the Christian religion and the tradition of the historic free churches and the
promotion of dialogue and educati
onal interchange between the Christian Church and persons of
other living faiths. To achieve these objectives Westhill supports community
-
transforming projects
with advice and grants of £1000 to £20,000. For more information contact
westhilltrust@btconnect.com

or see:
http://www.westhillendowment.org

South West Foundation
-

Small Grant
s

Programme

South West Foundation is again running the small grant programm
e in partnership with the Esmee
Fairbairn Foundation. The programme is aimed at small charitable voluntary and community sector
organisations supporting people most in need in communities. Grants up to £1,000 are available.
The application process is very
simple and straightforward. The Foundation would be pleased to
hear from any organisation that would like to talk through their proposal or who would like to
receive more information. For
f
urther Information call
01761 471104

or email
info@southwestfoundation.org.uk

Grants for Places of Worship

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is providing a one
-
off grant in 2012
-
13 for
capital works in listed places of worship. The National Churches T
rust is administering a share of
money in the form of open grants programme

f
or listed places of worship outside the care of the
Church of England. Another share is being administered by the Church of England through its
dioceses. Places of worship from al
l faith communities are eligible for grants, as long as the
building was built for worship originally.

Details of the programme are now available on the NCT
website at
http://nationalchurchestrust.org/supporting
-
you/grants/community
-
grants
-
new.php
.

Community First Fund and Community Organisers

The Community First fund provides small grants to community groups and local social action
projects. The fund is divided
into two strands: £30 million is being used to provide small grants and
the remaining £50 million is being used to match private donations invested in community
endowment funds which will pay out money for small grants well into the future. A Community Fi
rst
website has been opened which invites people to sign their community up to receive support.

Funding will be distributed by panels of local people. Further information can be found online

at
www.cdf.org.uk/content/funding
-
programmes/community
-
first

The Garfield Weston Foundation

The Foundation makes grants to UK charities, including churches, and its focus is education, arts,
health, welfare and the environment. It funds di
verse work by churches and does not have a
funding limit for applications. There is no application deadline and grants are made for one year.
Average grants are between £3,000 and £20,000. Read the information for churches, application
guidelines or read a
bout projects previously funded in their annual report at:
http://www.garfieldweston.org/policy/InformationRequiredChurches.pdf?dm_i=3MG,LGV5,
4UFL6J,
1QOTO,1

Pilgrim Trust

The Trust provides grants for social welfare projects and for preservation and scholarship relating
to historic and archaeological records and places of worship. For more information see th
e
ir
website:
www.thepilgrimtrust.org.uk



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Biffaward Main Grants
-

Community

Under this scheme, Biffaward looks to award grants to projects that provide or improve community
spaces, cultural facilities and places for outdoor recreation. For m
ore information see:
www.biffaward.org/about/coverview

Comic Relief
-

UK Grants

Comic Relief's current programmes include: Mental Health, Domestic and Sexual Abuse, Refugee
and Asylum Seeking Women,

Sport for Change, Local Communities, Older People. Their grants on
average vary between £25,000 and £40,000 per year, and rarely exceed this upper limit. For more
information:
www.comicrelief.com

Awards for All

A4A is a Lottery grants scheme funding small, local community based projects in the UK. Awards
for All England offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects that improve communities,
and the lives of people within them. It is for voluntary

and com
munity groups, schools, health
organisations, and parish and town councils. Full information on their website
www.awardsforall.org.uk/england/index.html

Church Urban Fund Mustard Seed Progr
amme

The Church Urban Fund's Mustard Seed Programme provides grants of up to £5,000 to enable
churches and faith
-
based organisations working in very deprived communities to engage in social
action. Church Urban Fund has an annual grant
-
making budget of ar
ound £1

m
illion. Grants are
awarded to community groups offering all kinds of support to people living in England's poorest
communities. CUF particularly supports churches in deprived areas reaching out to serve their
local community, but it also welcomes
applications from other faith groups. All applications need to
be made via the network of local Diocesan Link Officers
.
This is a rolling programme and there are
no deadline dates. For more information:
http://www.cuf.org.uk/about/contact/regional
-
contacts

RESOURCES

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8 September
-

Racial Justice Sunday


Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have produced some resources supporting the theme,
Dreams o
f the ‘Beloved Community'. Click here for more information:
http://www.ctbi.org.uk/644


Guide to Welfare Reforms


The Church Urban Fund has produced a Guide to Welfare Reform. This paper provides a short
guide to
the most significant changes made to our welfare system over recent years.

Click here to find out more:
http://www.cuf.org.uk/guide
-
welfare
-
reforms
-
2010
-
%E2%80%93
-
2017


Bluepri
nt for local action


Blueprint for local action is a guide for clergy to support people in housing difficulties resulting from
the housing benefit caps. Click here for more information:


http://www.trurodiocese.org.uk/wp
-
content/uploads/2013/04/Blueprint
-
for
-
Local
-
Action.pdf


Third Sector Knowledge Portal


The Knowledge Portal brings together research and information on the voluntary, community and
socia
l enterprise sectors. It is a free to use online library, bringing together reports from third sector
organisations, academic research, and government studies in one easy to use collection. It helps

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voluntary organisations, government departments, academic
s and others to access evidence on a
broad range of topics related to the sector.

Here is the link to the third sector portal:

http://www.tsrc.ac.uk/Research/KnowledgePortal/


‘Making Dialogue Effective’


The Dialogue Society has recently published a document entitled 'Making Dialogue Effecti
ve'. The
booklet brings together key insights and recommendations from a series of discussions exploring
the role and value of dialogue and considering how its quality might be improved and its reach
extended. The discussions brought together dialogue prof
essionals, religious leaders, conflict
resolution specialists, academics and other professionals with relevant experience. The booklet
comprises short articles on each of the discussions and a list of recommendations, some taken
from the discussions and so
me based on Dialogue Society experience. It is intended to be a
contribution to an ongoing dialogue on dialogue and to the sharing of best practice. The booklet
can be downloaded free of charge from
www.dialoguesociety.org/publications.html
. A limited
number of copies will be printed and distributed to relevant practitioners and researchers. To
request a hard copy of the booklet, contact Ilknur Kahraman at
ikahraman@dialoguesociety.org

or
call 020 7619 0361.


Equality Advisory and Support Service


This service has been launched and replaces the discrimination helpline previously run by the
Equality and Human Rights Commission. It provides exp
ert information, advice and support on
discrimination and human rights:


http://ahp.dh.gov.uk


Resources to help the voluntary sector work with health and wellbeing boards


Health and wellbeing boards
went

live on the 1 April

2013
. They
are

responsible for developing the
joint strategic needs

assessment (JSNA), joint health and wellbeing strategy and commissioning
priorities for each local area. Regional Voices has produced resources to support the voluntary and
community sector work with these new structures.
http://www.regionalvoices.org/node/111


Inter Faith Journeys and Engagements


Following on from the launch of its postcards on the ‘Myths of Inter Faith Engagement’ during Inter
Faith Week last year, the Baptist Union of Great Britain

has two further downloadable resources
available free of charge designed for Christians who would like to explore this area in more depth.
Copies of both documents can be downloaded from
http://www.baptist.org.uk/crossingplaces/inter
-
faith.html


Inter Faith Journeys shares the stories of 13 people who have been engaging in inter faith
encounters, with each person being asked to reflect on questions about their involvement in inter
f
aith matters, what excites and concerns them about it, and how it has affected their own faith. The
Baptist Union would also be glad to hear from anyone who has a story that they feel is worth telling
and to consider including it in a future update. For fu
rther information, contact
faithandsociety@baptist.org.uk


Tackling child abuse linked to faith or belief


A national action plan to cut through the 'wall of silence' around ritual child abuse and negle
ct in
the name of witchcraft, spirit possession, the supern
a
tural and faith has been published. It aims to
raise awareness of these appalling crimes and
s
ets out urgent practical steps to build intelligence
on the ground to identify children at risk and ac
t to protect them. The NSPCC has helped to
develop this. Click here for details:
http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00212822/faithabuse





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Volunteering in Re
tirement


Community Service Volunteers (CSV) has recently produced a booklet entitled 'Volunteering in
retirement: new beginnings'. For more information
v
isit
http://www.csv.org.uk/volunteer


or call 0800 374
991.


Get more from your bank


new guide for charities


The Charity Finance Group (CFG) and the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) have worked in
partnership to produce a short, jargon free guide to support charities with their banking
arrangements. 'Bank
ing for Charities' provides information on key aspects of charity banking, as
well as frequently asked questions and a detailed glossary section to make charities aware of their
options.

The guide also aims to help charities better understand their needs a
nd ask the right
questions, enabling them to navigate the banking environment more effectively. To read the guide,
visit:
http://www.cfg.org
.uk/~/media/Files/Resources/CFDG%20Publications/BBA_CFG_Banking_for_C
harities.ashx


Fundraising book re
-
published


‘Simple Effective
Fundraising:

A Fundraising Guide for all Charities’ is a comprehensive guide to
establishing or improving a charity’s fund
raising and income generation programmes. Find out
more about the book from the website of UK Fundraising at
http://www.fundraising.co.uk/a
mazonbooks/simple
-
effective
-
fundraising
-
fundraising
-
guide
-
all
-
charities


Nurture in His Name


The first two films of a series aimed at helping clergy and congregations to understand practical
steps that they can take
-

and the theological reasons why they

should
-

to be good environmental
managers of their buildings and land are now available
at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/NurtureInHisName
.
For further information contact Mary Colwell on
07968

592928 or David Shreeve on 07831 387745


Religion & Belief Resources


Develop Enhancing Community Support is a company based in the South West providing services
and a voice to voluntary organisations

and community groups to support and enhance their
deve
lopment. Following a recent workshop on Religion and Belief, it has produced a resource pack
with a wealth of information about different religions, beliefs and attitudes.
Click

here

to access
.


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