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22 November

AGM and
annual conference: 'Faith groups

social harmony in the community'

Faithnetsouthwest cordially invites you to attend our 2012 conference, which will take place at
Taunton Central Librar
y, Paul Street, Taunton, TA1 3XZ, from 9.45am to 3pm. One of the main
speakers will be Warwick Hawkins, the Head of Faith Communities Engagement at the Department
of Communities and Local Government. Unfortunately Nick Hurd, The Minister for Civil Society
been called to a parliamentary
ommission and can no longer attend. We want to take this
opportunity to hear about some of the current Government thinking

the role of faith groups in
the community, in the current climate of community resources comin
g under increasing financial
pressure. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate the difference that faith groups are making to
community life in the south west.

In the morning we have presentations from Building the Bridge, which is a programme establish
to improve understanding between communities, religions and cultures, building respect for each
others' values and viewpoints. A key aim is to encourage and support the Muslim community to
play an active part within the communities of Bristol. In partne
rship with the Bristol Multi
Forum and with support from Faithnetsouthwest, Building the Bridge recently organised a highly
successful peace walk in Bristol.

Also presenting will be the Plymouth Centre for Faith and Cultural Diversity. The Centre ha
developed over the past five years and is now widely regarded across Plymouth as a major
resource; providing contacts, expertise and experience within the fields of religious diversity,
interfaith dialogue and support and engagement with faith communitie
s. The Centre was
established as the result of vision and as a response to the growing need across the city for
greater awareness and understanding of a multifaith and multicultural society.

More details of the afternoon programme will follow soon.

The A
GM will start at 3pm.
booking form is attached with this e
bulletin. For more information contact Faithnetsouthwest at:

Briefing on working with Black
d church groups

This is a briefing produced from our work on Faithworks’ national Faith to Engage
Faithnetsouthwest, the multi
faith Regional Forum of Faith in the South West region, carried out a
project to identify the needs of Black
led church
es in the South West region i.e. churches with
membership from the Black Caribbean and Black African Christian communities. The project
concentrated on groups in the Bristol and Gloucester areas, where most of them are located in our
region and where we ha
d the most positive response. Although the project was specifically to
support the work in the community of Black
led church groups, the methodology summarised in
this briefing could be used to help other less well resourced and isolated communities.

e s
the Faithnetsouthwest website to download the briefing:


can we help?


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

giving advice on presentation, layout and design.

She is also able to advise o
n 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
advice. For more information, contact:

or call

0117 304 2298

Meeting Your Training Needs

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

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

, where w
e provided three sessions on legislation

relating to faith and belief
and its

implications for staff at the College. The

sessions incorporated the Equality Act

which came
into force in October 2010 and


tries to pull together the current

legislation promoting equality


e can customise training on

the above areas to suit individual

requirements, so
please contact us for

more information if you are interested
. Email
Alistair Beattie


Faithnetsouthwest Membership and Code of Conduct

Faithnetsouthwest has published details of its new membership scheme and code of conduct for
members, which is now avai
lable from the website.

For more information and membership form

refer to:


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14 to 21 October

Week of Prayer for World Peace

Although i
t was a Christian initiative that led to the founding of the Week of Prayer for World Peace
in 1974, it soon became an inter faith activity, and now welcomes everyone, of all faith traditions or
none, to take part. It’s first Chairman, the late Dr Edward C
arpenter, former Dean of Westminster,
established the guiding principle of the Week in the words,

'The peace of the world must be prayed
for by the faiths of the world', and this is still the basis of its work today. Further information can be
found online


19 to 21 November

Churches Tourism Association Convention 2012

This y
ar's convention, called 'Up and Running', will be held
at the Hayes Conference Centre,
Swanwick, Derbyshire. This is an event for everyone opening and promoting their religious
buildings to visitors. Prices include all meals, two

accommodation and a historic churches
site visit. To book see:

or for more
information see:

Religious Ed
ucation update

The Religious Education Council is currently undertaking a National RE Subject Review, to run
alongside the Government’s National Curriculum Review. This comprehensive Review will explore
a range of issues, including the strengths and weakn
esses of RE, approaches to assessment,
examples of excellence and the impact of Government policy on the subject. Further information
can be found at

It has recently
been announced by the Education Minister and Deputy Prime Minister that the Government plans
to replace GCSEs with the newly established English Baccalaureate (EBC). There are some
concerns in the RE com
munity that RE is not included as a qualifying subject at present. Whilst it
has been indicated that schools will still retain a statutory obligation to teach RE, research carried


out by NATRE suggests that a number of schools have already downsized their
provision of the
subject in response to the emergence of the EBC. The RE Council is continuing to lobby
Government about this, and part of its Subject Review includes a stream of work to ‘make the case
for RE’.

Inter Faith Week Listings Open

In this Diamo
nd Jubilee year the Week has been especially extended, running from Sunday 18
November to Tuesday 27 November, reflecting the fact that there are additional activities taking
place, including some linked both to the Week and to the ‘A Year of

Service’ pro
( The Inter Faith Week website event listings for 2012 is
open and
you are invited to list your event(s) as soon as you have full details. If you have any queries on
listings or would like to discuss an event which you

are planning you can email

how looking for community projects to help

BBC TV's 'The One Show' is looking for community projects across the UK that need a helping
d. They want to use their influence to galvanise volunteer efforts in different schemes for a new
weekly feature on the programme in the coming months. For more information contact Richard
Park on

and mark your emails 'One Show Community Action'

Tackling child abuse linked to faith or belief

A national action plan to cut through the 'wall of silence' around ritual child abuse and neglect in
the name of witchcraft, spirit possession, the s
tural and faith has been published. It aims to
raise awareness of these appalling crimes and
ets out urgent practical steps to build intelligence
on the ground to identify children at risk and act to protect them. The NSPCC has helped to
develop thi
s. Click here for details:

Are you an Indian or Turkish grandparent, or do you know someone who is?

he Runnymede Trust is researching the challenges associated with grand parenting in BME

are focusing on questions such as how much grand parenting care people
provide, and how people financially support their grandchildren. They are parti
cularly keen to
speak to grandparents in Indian and Turkish communities. They are pleased to be able to offer £15
to interviewees. Interviews will last 60 minutes and are confidential and they are able to travel to
meet people at a convenient place. To fin
d out more, please get in touch with Klara Schmitz at

Survey to help measure the impact of public sector


The Runnymede Trust has been commissioned by the TUC and 5 trade unio
ns to launch a
groundbreaking new project monitoring the impact of the cuts on ethnic minority workers in the
public sector.The project, called 'In This Together?', measuring the impact of public service reform,
is targeted at union reps, but is open to e
veryone, particularly those who run staff equality
networks or support groups.

To find out more and to take part in the survey, follow this link:

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon


would also like to collect a number of human inter
est stories. If you have had a recent
experience of the cuts that you would like to share

for example, being made redundant or
suffering a cut to your pay or working hours

please get in touch. Contact Debbie Weekes

Charities struggle to meet demands for volunteering


According to a survey from Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, over half (56%) of
charities have seen interest in

volunteering opportunities in
crease. But there is a strong concern
amongst charities (77%) that there is a lack of adequate support from both central and local
Government. many charities are struggling to meet demands for volunteering. For the full article go

Jubilee Debt Campaign Multifai
th Project

The Jubilee Debt campaign is keen to extend its support to people of all faith communities. The
Multifaith Project is based in Birmingham and a number of successful events have been held there
over the last two years, including a conference of
Dharmic Faiths in February. Faith Leaders are
being invited to sign a letter which calls for an end to unjust lending, cancellation of the unpayable
debts of the poorest countries and a reform of taxation as an alternative to excessive borrowing.
There is
also a national petition.

If your faith community or inter faith organisation would like to
know more, pairs of speakers

people of two different faiths together

are available to come and
make a presentation, on the theme, ‘Jubilee Debt

a campaign for
all faiths.’ For further
information, contact Ruth Tetlow on


Faith Matters is undertaking a study on inter faith marriages. They are looking for indi
viduals who
are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu or Buddhist within inter faith marriages. Anyone
interested in being involved in the study should contact the Director of Faith Matters, Mr Fiyaz
Mughal OBE, at

Conflict surgery

Every Thursday between 10am and 12 noon, the team at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation
and Peace are making themselves available for anyone who wants to talk through a conflict or
potential conf
lict occuring in their community or organisation.They treat anything shared as 100%
confidential. Conflict surgery is for individuals experiencing conflicts with a community dimension
i.e. between or within groups (such as local neighbourhoods, organisatio

businesses, teams or
faith communities). It is not suitable for those experiencing individual or family issues. If you would
like to book a one hour session please email

This service

is free ,
donations, however
small, are much appreciated

Holocaust Memorial Day 2013

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2013 is 'Communities Together: Build a Bridge'. The theme
encourages us to remember those who were betrayed by their neighbou
rs during the Holocaust,
under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent

genocides. It also helps us recall those who risked
everything to assist their neighbours, and inspires us to consider the different communities we
belong to. We can create connections with
others, and together we can build a better future.
Many refugees have made Britain their home, rebuilding their lives, and we can all work together to
ensure our workplaces, schools and neighbourhoods are inclusive and safe environments.

On HMD 2013, p
eople are being asked to build a bridge to the past to remember those who
suffered and those who survived, and build a bridge to your communities and know, respect and
support everyone within them. For more information contact


0845 838 1883 or see



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12 October

Deadline for the Santander Community Fund

The Santander Community Fund is provi
ding £250,000 for local charities in the South West. Grants
of up to £5,000 will be available for projects that help disadvantaged people in the area. The
scheme is open to small local charities or local projects of national charities with funding availabl
to cover salaries, equipment or materials. Nominations can be made by Santander customers and
staff, not by the charities themselves. Individuals can do so by visiting any Santander branch in the
region and completing a Community Fund nomination form. Fo
r more details visit the website or

or see further details on UK Fundraising at

19 October and 23 November

t Days Getting to Know Jesus

These day events are at the Ammerdown Centre, Radstock, Somerset, BA3 5SW, both led by
Euan Tait. They are quiet days using

prayer, teaching and silence to go deeply into the words of
Jesus, to live with them in prayer and qui

For more information and to book a place see

or call 01761 433709.

27 October

Praying with Music

This one day workshop will ta
ke place at the Ammerdown Centre, Radstock, Bath, BA3 5SW, from
9.30am until 4pm, to include coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. The day is led by Euan Tait, an
Ammerdown resident, who invites you to come and deepen your relationship with God and faith
h listening, discussing, prayer and your own reflection on Bach’s Mass in B minor, enabling
you to come away refreshed, exhilarated and moved! For more details see:

or contact 01761 433709 or

Parliament’s Outreach Service

Free, non
political talks and training workshops about the Houses of Parliament are available, at a

time and place convenient to you. Just get in touch with Naomi Kent if you are interested in
booking a session or to find out more. The work of Parliament is relevant to everyone and training
can be tailored to any group. The South West Outreach pages on
the Parliament website are
always up to date with upcoming sessions. Contact Naomi Kent, Parliamentary Outreach Officer
South West of England on

or 07917 488148 or visit:

South West Foundation

Small Grant Programme

South West Foundation is again running the small grant programme in partnership with the Esmee
Fairbairn Foundation. The programme is aimed at small chari
table 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 t
hat would like to talk through their proposal or who would like to
receive more information. For Further Information call 01275 333666 or email

Voluntary Sector Cuts

untary Sector Cuts is a collaborative project which maps intelligence about voluntary groups
experiencing reductions in public sector funding. If you're involved in a voluntary or community
group which has been told its statutory funding will be reduced, y
ou can be part of this work by
sharing your story. Just fill in a form to share your experiences and the impact the cuts will have on


the people who use your services by going to
. Your contribution
will help to build a wider picture of the scale of the challenge ahead in

your community, your
region, or nationally. Cuts that you share here will be made available publicly in a Google
spreadsheet at

(this link has been shortened).


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16 October

Upper Room Prayer Evening

This is a monthly opportunity for people from all the churches in Bath

to worship and pray together,
on the third Tuesday of each month, starting at 7.30pm, at St Luke's Church Centre, Wellsway,
Bath, BA2 2BD.

21 October

Marking the Week of Prayers for World Peace

There will be readings and prayers from many religions at a

Bath Interfaith Group event being held
at the Minerva Centre, 8 Combe Park, BA1 3NP, at 2.30pm. This event is being held as part of the
Week of Prayers for World Peace and contributions of readings and prayers are welcome. For
more information please cont
act 01225
422252 or email

21 November

A presentation from Bath Hindu Community

This Bath Interfaith Group event marking national Inter Faith Week, will take place at 7.30pm at

Minerva Centre, 8 Combe Park, BA1 3NP. For more information please contact 01225
422252 or

A call for Community Supporter and Befriender Volunteers in Keynsham

As a s
upporter, you will help people from Keynsham to access opportunities to reduce their
isolation and engage in their local communities by accompanying them to groups, clubs and
classes. As a befriender, you will meet someone on a regular basis to provide one

to one social
contact, support and friendship. You’ll help to enhance a person’s self esteem and general well
being, develop their skills and reduce their feelings of isolation. Becoming a volunteer befriender or
supporter is a great way of meeting new pe
ople and developing new skills, all whilst helping
someone improve their wellbeing. If you take up the role you will receive training and ongoing

plus travel expenses are paid. If you live in Keynsham and can spend a few hours each
week to get in
volved in your local community, 'New Routes' would love to hear from you. Contact
Volunteer Coordinator Kerri Mann at: The Care Forum, Gill Avenue, Bristol, BS16 2QQ or email:

or call 0117 9589 306

Bath Mosque Open Day

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 information:




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Black History Month in Bristol

October is Black History Month
and Bristol

is hosting a variety of events. A couple of the events are
listed in this e
bulletin, but there are far too many to list them all. For full d
etails of all the events,
please follow the link to

the official programme:

13 October

'Breathing Fire'

This event is part of the City's Black History Month celebrations. Playback theatre is a unique form
of interactive

theatre enabling audien
ces to tell their stories. Audience members are invited to
share moments from their lives. They then see them being brought to life as the company
immediately recreates the essence of their story using voice, movement, dance, music and song. It
will take p
lace at St Werburghs Centre, Horley Road, Bristol, BS2 9TJ from 2.30pm to 4pm. For
more information contact Judith Desbonne on 07795 091269 or


13 October

Ethical Finance Conference

This one day conference is at the Council House, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR. It is open to
anyone who is concerned by bank bailouts, international tax dodging, local
currencies and where
our money really goes. The day will be packed with speakers, workshops and practical ideas for
the individual who wants to influence change in the financial world. For further details and to book
go to

14 October

The Free Migrations Global Gathering

The Global Gathering will take place at St George’s Bristol Concert Hall, Great George Street, Off
Park Street, BS1 5RR, from 6pm to
11pm. It is a celebration, through music, of the exhilarating
cosmopolitan diversity of Bristol and the South West. Packed full of world music, St George’s will
come alive with the most eclectic line
up of top
class world musicians, drawn from many of the
great migrant cultural traditions. For more information call the box office on 0845 4024001 or see:

15 October

Day Conference on Church and Mission

This will be led by Howard A.

Snyder, who will be focusing on 'Salvation, Creation, Mission'. It will
take place at Trinity College, Stoke Hill, Bristol, BS9 1JP, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Rev Dr Howard
Snyder was until recently Professor of Wesley

Studies at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto. H
e has also
served as Professor of the History and Theology of Mission in Asbury

Theological Seminary in
Kentucky and has done short
term teaching in Brazil, Singapore, India, and other countries. He

an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church. For mo
re information or to book a place please
contact Mary Parsons on 0117 9682803 or email

or see:


Celebrating Dissent'

Three evenings of story
telling and remembering, celebrating radical movements and trouble
makers, learning from dissenters and exploring their relevance. All will take place at Bristol Baptist
College, The Promenade, Clifton, Bristol
BS8 3NJ, from

7.30pm to 9.30pm.

16 October

'Dissenting Baptists'

with Ruth Gouldbourne

6 November

'Radical Bristolians'

with Rachael Fletcher

The cost is £10 each or £24 for all three. For more details contact the WEBA office at

or call 0117 9658828.

17 October

Women and Power: The role we play in bringing positive social change.

Salaam Shalom is pleased to welcome to Bristol two prominent speakers from the Middle East to
speak to

the women of Bristol about the

role in bringing about positive social change. It will take
place at Bristol University Multi
faith Chaplaincy, The Grange, 1 Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1AU,
from 7.30pm to 9pm.
The event is organised by
Salaam Shalom
, w
rking in partnership with Bristol
Muslim Women’s Network, Bristol Multi Faith Forum and One Voice Movement

To attend

email Rebecca Bellamy at

by Friday 12 October.

23 O

Free Talk on 'Modern Buddhism'

This talk, given by Kadam Bridget Heyes will take place at Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol,
BS1 5AR, from 7pm to 8pm. Kadam Bridget Heyes is a strong and dedicated disciple of Geshe
Kelsang Gyatso and is the UK

Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) and
Resident Teacher at Nagarjuna Centre in Northants. She will be talking about 'Ancient Wisdom in a
Modern World.' For more details see:

25 October

Bristol Inter Faith Group Dialogue Event

This event, on the theme of 'Is Religion the Source of

Peace?' will be held at the Progressive
Jewish Synagogue, 43/47 Bannerman Road, Easton, BS5 0RR, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The
meeting is being held to coincide with the Week of Prayer for World Peace. You are invited to
attend and share your own religious t
eachings and understanding

all are welcome to

For more information contact Anula Beckett on

or 0117 9645655 or
George Mazidian on

or 0117 9856439. Otherwise see the Bristol
Inter Faith Group website:

25 October

BME Voluntary and Community Sector Fair

The Fair, focusing on 'Money, Market
ing and Meeting

Forging Partnerships', will take place at the
Conference Hall, Bristol City Council, College Green, BS1 5TR from 1pm to 6pm. This free event is
now in its third year. The BME VCS fair brings together agencies and individuals who share a
ommon goal in seeking to improve their engagement with and share the learning from working
with BME communities. This is a great opportunity not only to network with others but also to share
your work through a five
minute presentation. To book a free stal
l space and or speak at the
events please email

or call 0117 922 2358 for further information.

4 November

Jamaica and the Caribbean:

Beyond the Boundary

This three day progr
amme of events, which is part of Bristol Black History Month, will take place at
the Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX. It will celebrate and reflect on 50 years of
independence for Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago. It will not only consider the poli
tical and cultural


and economic development of these countries since independence but also their impact on the
Caribbean Diaspora in Bristol and the UK. Events include a one
day conference featuring
international and UK based expert speakers such as Brian
Meeks, film screenings, poetry and
readings and roundtable discussions. For more

information contact Catrin John on 0117 9275100

6 November

Day Conference on Church and Mission

This will

be led by Howard A. Snyder, who will be focusing on 'Models of the Kingdom'. It will take
place at Trinity College, Stoke Hill, Bristol, BS9 1JP, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Rev Dr Howard
Snyder was until recently Professor of Wesley

Studies at Tyndale Seminar
y, Toronto. He has also
served as Professor of the History and Theology of Mission in Asbury

Theological Seminary in
Kentucky and has done short
term teaching in Brazil, Singapore, India, and other countries. He

an ordained elder in the Free Methodist C
hurch. For more information or to book a place please
contact Mary Parsons on 0117 9682803 or email

or see:

8 November

'Health and Wellbeing Strategy Conversation' Meeting

This special meeting to give VCS groups the chance to inform the Health and Wellbeing Strategy
will take place from 1pm to 3.30pm at St Pauls Family and Learning Centre, Grovesnor Ro
ad, St
Paul's. The new Health and Wellbeing Board for Bristol is developing the Bristol Health and
Wellbeing Strategy. The strategy will enable commissioners to plan and commission integrated
services that meet the needs of the local community, in particul
ar for the most vulnerable
individuals and the groups with the worst health outcomes. This meeting will provide an opportunity
to influence thinking at an early stage. Pat Diskett, Deputy Director of Public Health and Nick
Hooper, Service Director, Strateg
ic Housing who are both on the Health and Wellbeing Strategy
Development sub
group will be at the meeting to gather the views of VCS organisations on this
trategy. For more details contact Louise Hudson on 0117 9589337 or see:

8 November

'The Oneness of Humankind'

This Bristol Inter Faith Group event will take place at the Bristol Sikh Temple, 71
75 Fishponds

Eastville, BS5 6SF, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Being held during the month when Baha'is
celebrate the birth of Baha'u'llah and Sikhs celebrate the birth of Guru Nanak, there will be
reflections on the teachings of the founders of these two world religions. Co
ntributions on the
subject from other traditions are also welcomed. For more details please contact Anula Beckett on

or 0117 9645655 or Mukhtyar Singh on 0779 9566220. Otherwise see

the website of Bristol Inter Faith Group:

Bristol Buddhist Centre

Various events take place and groups meet at the Centre. There is 'Friends Night' every Monday at
7.30pm. There is a new Mantra Group

which meets early Friday evenings, from 5.45pm to 7pm,
fortnightly. There is also Lunchtime Meditation

at the Centre at 1pm on Tuesday, Wednesday or
Thursday. On Tuesday and Thursday there is instruction for newcomers; Wednesday is for
experienced meditat
ors. For more information call 0117 924 9991 or email

or see:


A call for volunte
er Befrienders


Churches for Work and Social Justice is looking for people who are inspired by their faith to
engage with those who need support. If you can find time to befriend someone facing difficulties
and isolation ISR would like to hear from yo
u. They are particularly
recruiting for three projects:
They are
looking for people who could join a team of volunteers working with the Basic Caring


Communities Project to befriend people coming out of prison. They also need volunteers to work
with the ch
aplaincy at Ashfield Young Offenders Institution to befriend and support young people in
custody. Training for this project starts on 2 October. They are also

looking for volunteers to work
with refugees and asylum seekers as part of 'b.friend', a project
in Bristol to match

befrienders from
Bristol’s faith communities with refugees and asylum seekers who are struggling with isolation. For
more information about volunteering through ISR please
et in touch with Alison on 0117 955 7430


or Jon at

/ 0117 955 7430 or see our website:


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13 October

The Benson Lecture 2012

The Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings, Bishop of Sherborne, will give a talk on 'Henry Martyn of Truro:
Son of Cornwall and Missionary Scholar’ at 7.30pm at Truro Cathedral
, 10 Pydar Street, Truro,
TR1 2AX. Entry is free, but there will be a retiring collection.

17 October

Dor Kemmyn Celebration of Achievement

This event is to celebrate Dor Kemmyn being granted planning permission for its Interfaith Centre
for Cornwall, on

the Penmount site, Truro. There will be faith representatives from all the seven
communities, including Bishop Tim Thornton and the Rt. Revd. Steve Wild. There will be a ‘wood
henge’ to show the shape and size of the elliptical prayer space. The last stak
e completing the
wood henge will be installed by Lord Lieutenant Colonel Bolitho during the ceremony. There will be
readings and contributions from each of the seven faith communities on the importance of faiths
working together for the whole community. Fo
r more information contact Rita Stephen, Interfaith
Development Worker on


Rosey Sanders, Dor Kemmyn Admin
Assistant on

or 01872 274351 Ext 238 or see the website:

20 Oct


Devon and Cornwall ROC+1 Conference

This will take place from 10am to 4pm at Ivybridge Methodist Church,
Fore Street, Devon, PL21
9AB. This is a follow
up event to the launch of Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) in Devon and
Cornwall 12 months ago, where people committed to ‘work together to create safer and kinder
communities’ across the region. This event wil

review the progress made over the last year with
projects and partnerships between faith communities and statutory authorities. More details can be
found here:
. Whether you
work within a public agency as a councillor, a member of a church or other community group and
you are interested in see
ing communities transformed in partnership, then this event is for you. For
more information contact:

1 November


Human Rights: Human Lives Workshop

This one day training course
will ta
ke place in Bodmin. It
is specifically targeted at community
based organisations, including community groups, social enterprises, charities and town and parish
councils. It is appropriate for staff, volunteers and service users

from community based
ation that have any engagement with, provide services for, or support vulnerable adults.

well as being an excellent tool for ensuring the knowledge of existing staff members, volunteers
and service users is up to date it has also been developed very muc
h as a mechanism that can be
used as part of an organisations induction process. For
more details and b
ooking contact: 07817

17 November

Diwali Celebrations

These will take place in the evening at Diocesan House, Kenwyn, Truro, TR1 1JQ. All are
welcome. More details will follow on the Dor Kemmyn website:

or contact


Rita Stephen, Interfaith Development Worker on

or Rosey Sanders,
Dor Kemmyn Admin Assistant on

or 01872 274351

Ext 238.

24 November

'Isolated Together'

This is an Open Forum event at All Saints’ Church, Highe
rtown, Truro, from 10am to 3.30pm, to
discuss how the Diocese can make its church services and activities fully accessible to ‘hard of
hearing’ people. Are you ‘hard of hearing’? Do you find it difficult to follow a church service? Do
you find it difficult

to take part in church activities? Do you have ‘hard of hearing’ people in your
congregation? If there are no ‘hard of hearing’ people in your church, is it because they cannot

fully participate in the services and church activities and so do not come? A
ll these issues will be
explored. Coffee and light lunch will be provided. For more information and to book a place please
contact Canon Debbie Harvey on 01209 716282 or email

29 and 30 November

Exploring Community Transformation

This ‘Beacons for Change: Exploring Community Transformation’ two day event will be held at the
Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, PL24 2SG. The European Centre for Environment and Human
Health i
s joining forces with The Eden Project to jointly present this event focusing on sustainable
transformative change within communities and the workplace. The conference is open to all and
will explore: Local case studies of transformative change including t
he Beacon Project, Ginsters
and Eden: Innovative approaches to reducing violent crime and antisocial behaviour:
Understanding how to change behaviours through the use of Complexity Theory. To reserve your
place, click here:


For further information on the event see:

Vital Venues News

If you run a Church Hall or Community Building then check out Vital Venues News. The latest
edition is available for everyone interested in community buildings in Cornwall. In
this edition there
is updated funding information, new partnerships with Cornish architects, new community oil
buying group launched, advice on Legionella Disease and Trustee Indemnity Insurance. There is
also a community building makeover competition, inf
ormation on safeguarding children and
vulnerable adults, discounted insurance, withdrawal of VAT relief for listed buildings, community
planning resources, and more.

Read the latest copy and subscribe to future editions here: Vital
Venues News:

New Accountancy Service for Charities

A new charity has been formed, of
fering support and advice to other Cornish Charities needing
affordable financial assistance.

Cornwall Community Accountancy Service (CCAS) is offering
assistance to charities across Cornwall with all aspects of their finances, such as having sound
ent systems, assistance with grant applications and providing timely, comprehensive

information to the Charity Commission. If you would like to find out more about CCAS or you are
interested in becoming a volunteer


or email

or phone 01208 832825/07985 114127.


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11 October

'Seed, Skills and Scarcity: dilemmas fac
ing African farmers'

This is a 'World at Lunch' event at the Global Centre, Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David’ s Hill,
Exeter, EX4 3RG, from 1pm to 2pm. The issue will be discussed with David Reece (recently of the
Africa Rice Center), as part of World

Food Day. The Global Centre hosts a free 'World at Lunch'
event every Thursday from 1pm to 2pm, where you can bring your lunch and

share a discussion of
what’s happening in the world with a friendly multi
cultural group. For more information call 01392


38811 or email

or see their website:

15 October

Looking after your church building training


The Diocese of Exeter is holding a series of free one
day training events open to all with a
responsibility for or an interest in the maintenance of church buildings. This one is in Cullompton,
from 10am to 4pm and will include talks by the Cornish L
ime Company on repairing and
redecorating historic churches, talks on maintaining bells and bell frame, how to write a good
Statement of Significance and Need and information on de
mystifying the Faculty process and the
Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC). B
ooking is essential as places will be limited. To find out
more and to reserve your place, please contact the DAC office on 01392 294945


20 Oct


Devon and Cornwall ROC+1 Confer

This will take place from 10am to 4pm at Ivybridge Methodist Church, Fore Street, Devon, PL21
9AB. This is a follow
up event to the launch of Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) in Devon and
Cornwall 12 months ago, where people committed to ‘work togethe
r to create safer and kinder
communities’ across the region. This event will

review the progress made over the last year with
projects and partnerships between faith communities and statutory authorities. More details can be
found here:
. Whether you
work within a public agency as a councillor,
a member of a church or other community group and
you are interested in seeing communities transformed in partnership, then this event is for you. For
more information contact:

Digging in
to Exeter’s Multi
Coloured History

There is a new project based at Exeter's Global Centre entitled ‘Telling our Stories, Finding our
Roots: Exeter’s Multi
Coloured History’. It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and will
bring together local
people of all backgrounds, ages, ethnic groups and nationalities, to find out
about the rich and varied past of Exeter. It’s a community
led research project, through which a
group of around 20 local volunteers, from BME and White British backgrounds, are
being trained in
research methods and story
telling. The volunteers will then carry out two types of research

history interviews with BME residents, and archive/online research into the Minority history of
Exeter over two millennia. The project wi
ll culminate in the production of a website and a guided
tour of the city. The Global Centre is keen to involve as many people as possible in the project. If
you know somebody who might be good for the project to interview, or if you can suggest stories
d leads for research, please contact Ghee Bowman on 01392 438811. See the website for
more details:

North Devon Coast AONB

To help get new projects off the ground, the North Devon Coast AONB can help with grant
assistance from their Sustainable Development Fund. Applications are invited for sustainable
projects within
the North Devon Coast AONB which have the support and involvement of local
communities within the coastal parishes. They are looking for projects which support local

biodiversity, heritage or landscape enhancement and enjoyment objectives of the North Dev
Coast AONB Management Plan.

For further information please visit:

h Trail Days

The Plymouth Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity is now able to help you create your own faith
trail day and discover that Plymouth is 'One

aiths'. Costs vary, but for a class of 30
children, following a day trail, the cos
t is approximately £200. For more details and information on


how to book, contact Centre Adminstrator Gemma

Foster on 01752 254438 or email

or see:

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

to distr
ibute 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 th
emselves 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
Panel, please can you contact Polly Jef
fcoat (youth worker), at

or on
07917597008. Funding will be allocated predominantly to young people supported by the
community and voluntary sector and is not available to sup
port 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

or see


Seed Fund Grant Programme

Mid Devon District Council has launched a new grants programme for community orga
providing services in Mid Devon. The Seed Fund is designed to provide pump priming grants for
projects within the district that can clearly demonstrate their long term sustainability. New projects
that address the following issues are especially

Rural isolation; Improved services for
young people aged 8
19; Improved services for older people aged 60+;

The regeneration of and
improvements to the market towns of Tiverton, Crediton and Cullompton; Improving services and

resources in the mos
t disadvantaged parts of the district; Activities that will enable an organisation
to become more financially secure. Registered charities, constituted voluntary or community
organisations, social enterprises, faith groups and town and parish councils may
apply.There will
be two application deadlines 26 May and 26 October
An application form and guidance notes can
be downloaded from the Council’s website by going to:

Community Grants Scheme

The Community Council of Devon has opened a new grants scheme for capital assets with funding
provided by Devon County Council. Therefore please note that this scheme is open to rural and
urban comm
unities within Devon with the exception of Plymouth and Torbay. The grant scheme is
open to all multi use (defined as a ‘minimum of two or more separate users groups) community
buildings and Community Enterprises (for example, pubs, shops and post offices)
. Community
buildings must have open community access and be owned or managed by the community.
Community Enterprises must be community
run and responding to an identified market gap.
rants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available, but the scheme will
only contribute up to
third of the total project cost, which should not exceed £1 million. There are two closing dates

on 31 July and 31 January. Application forms and guidance notes are available via

the following link:

Plymouth Centre for Faith and Cultural Diversity

For more detailed information 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:

Meditation Group for Plymouth

The group known as The Plymouth Sangha p
ractise in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and meet
from 7pm to 9pm every Thursday at the Plymouth Centre for Faith and Cultural Diversity, 3A Watts
Rd, St Judes, Plymouth, PL4 8SE. The group is open to Buddhists and non
Buddhists alike.


People of all re
ligions or none are welcome. If you’re interested or would like to know more, please
ring Barry on 01752 484011 or Barbara on 01752 262271, or just

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13 October

Celebrating Black History Month in Dorset

South West Dorset Multicultural Network is holding its annual celebration of Black History Month at
the Corn Exchange, High East Street, D
orchester, DT1 1HF from 6pm to 10pm. This free event will
begin with a short welcome and poetry reading and will be followed by an evening of reggae music.
There will also be delicious Caribbean food on sale from 6.30pm. The theme of this year’s event is
amaica, as 2012 is the 50th anniversary of its independence and the name of the event 'Out of
Many, One People’, is Jamaica’s national motto. The event is aimed at families and will provide an
informal and welcoming atmosphere. The aim is to help break dow
n barriers between different
groups of people and to develop a more multicultural, tolerant and respectful community. For more
details contact Emma Scott at

or cal
l 01305 252204.

27 October

African Caribbean Family Dinner Dance

Kenyatta Makeba Promotions presents A Family Dinner and Dance at St Swithun’s Centre, Gervis
Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3ED, from 7pm to 11pm. This African Caribbean led promotion
supported b
y the African Caribbean Luncheon Club, is at the tail end of Black History Month and
offers an opportunity for all people from the community to engage, socialise and taste some good
food, make new friends and links. For more information contact Senzi on 07
773157334 or

27 to 30 November

Crafts in Advent

Learn textile crafting and Pergamano amongst other skills to create something special for
Christmas at Hilfield Friary, Hilfield, Dorcheste
r, DT2 7BE. Join with others for some fun and
fellowship led by two enthusiastic amateur crafters. A time to talk and share together, for crafting
and making gifts, and a time for reflection and meditation if you wish. For more details contact

or call 01300 341345 or see:

Funds for Church
Related Social Action

If your church project is part of a wide
r 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 needs, help to analyse the information you
receive bac
k 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 suggest 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

or Colin Brady (Dorset)

on 01258 839140 or

Faith Trail in Poole

Churches Together in Poole asked for a volunteer to put together the stories and information on
the old town churches with drawings and pictures for a leaflet.

The hard work has now been done
and the leaflets should be available soon from the Tourist Office on the Quay and from no 34 on
the corner of Hill St and Poole High Street. So if you are in Poole do look out for them and enjoy
discovering some intriguing
facts about the places of worship.


Meditation Group

Alternate Tuesday evenings

You are welcome to attend this Poole meditation group, to try meditation for the first time or
strengthen your practice with friendly down
to earth people in an informal re
laxed atmosphere. It
takes place from 7.30pm to 9pm at Temenos Meditation Cabin, Davenport Close, Upton, Poole,
BH16 5RE. The cost is £4 per session including refreshments (first session free). For more
information, dates and address details, please contac
t: Jan on 07973 75 22 50 or Noel on 07504
633 985.

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation

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

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

, on
Wednesdays there is a meditation session between 7.30pm and 9pm. On Thursdays there is
a meditation session between 9.30am and 11am. For more information please call 01202 538
08 or email


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17 October

Marketing Collective

This is offered by t
he Marketing Collective, a one year project to improve the marketing ski
lls and
knowledge of voluntary groups and charities
. It is a ‘
Social Media Bootcamp

at Whaddon,
Lynworth and Priors Neighbourhood Project, Cheltenham. The morning session, 9.30am to
12.30pm, will be for complete beginners who need help setting up a Facebo
ok/Twitter page. The
afternoon session, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, will be for existing Facebook/Twitter users to fine tune their
social media presence.

it is

free, those wishing to come along are being urged to register
their interest by telephoning 01242

244635 or


18 October

Election Question Time Event

This 'Police and Crime Commissioner Election Question Time Event' has been organised by the
he Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in Gloucestershire. It will be held at 7.30pm
at the Cheltenham Area Civil Service Club, Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham, GL51 9SL
at 7.30pm. For more details or to book a place please contact Hannah Gorf by

or phoning 01452 522600.

20 October

'Faith' Day Event at Gloucester Cathedral

The event, entitled 'Faith

Fit for Purpose', will take place from 10am to 3pm and is organised b
the Spirituality Network for Gloucestershire, a Body in Association with Gloucestershire Churches
Together. The Speaker will be the Revd. Rose Hudson
Wilkin, Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen
and to the Speaker of the House of Commons. The cost of the da
y is £12 and to reserve your
place contact Revd. Pauline Green on 01454 311936 or

21 October

‘Change the World’ Thanksgiving Service

The Churches 4 Change Network invites you to attend this s
ervice, during Black History Month,
with Revd Dr Joel Edwards and the Renewal Choir, at the New Testament Church of God, 89
Stroud Road, Gloucester, GL1 5AH, from 5pm to 8pm. For more information contact Bishop M R
Fullwood on 01452 304 456 or Maureen Robi
nson on 0795 191 7710.

29 October

Spirit of Peace Community Supper

This is a Community Bring and Share Supper, held in partnership with
he Friendship Cafe, Barton
Street, Gloucester, GL1 4HR, where the event will be held, at 7pm. The guest speaker is
Palden Jenkins, who describes himself as a 'British sixties veteran, community leader, counsellor,
wordsmith, historian and humanitarian'. Using his own photographs compiled for his book 'Pictures


of Palestine', listeners will get a glimpse into the

real life of Palestinians in the West Bank. Please
bring food to share which does not contain meat or alcohol. Admission is free, however donations
are invited for the continuing work of Spirit of Peace. For further information please visit:

30 October

Influence decisions made in Gloucestershire

This course, 'Knowing your patch: how to influence decisions made in Gloucestershire', is offered
by Gloucestershire Association for
Voluntary and Community Action. It will be held at the GAVCA
offices in Gloucester, 75
81 Eastgate Street, GL1 1PN, from 9.30am to 3.30pm. It is for anyone in
the public sector and the Voluntary and Community Sector who would like to learn how to connect
ith local communities and influence decisions made that affect local people in the county. For
more information or to book a place, call 01452 332424 or email

Software offer for voluntary

and community organisations

Gloucestershire IT company, Expressware, is offering discounts on Microsoft software packages
for not
profit, voluntary, community or charitable organisations. Customers purchasing from July
1st will be eligible to receive
a charity discount if at least 10% of their income is from voluntary
donations, and they are registered with the charity commission or recognised by HMRC as a
charitable organisation. For more information, visit the Expressware website at

Baha’i Gatherings

The Stroud Baha’i Community holds weekly gatherings of a devotional nature on Monday
evenings at 7.30. Please contact Zarin Hainsworth on 07786 311198. There are also

gatherings to study the Creative Word and how to relate this to our daily lives with diverse
people from all walks of life.


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25 October

Training for faith groups in North Somerset

This trainin
g session will take place at the Vintage Community Church, 25 Hughenden Road,
Mare, BS23 2UR, at 7pm.

Faithnetsouthwest is offering an opportunity for faith
groups to develop their ideas for work in the community. There will be ‘hands on’ tra
ining, using a
assessment tool' devised specially for the purpose. This will provide a useful check list to see
how ideas for community projects stand up and it will be a valuable guide for possible further action
on current

projects. This is part of

our work as one of the partners to North Somerset's
Transforming Local Infrastructure Partnership, which is working on an integration of support
services to voluntary and community organisations in North Somerset. To book a place contact:

6 December

Faith Awareness and Volunteers

This event will be held at Locking Castle Church, Jasmine Way, Locking Castle East, Weston

BS24 7JW, from 9.30am to 1.30pm, t
o include a light lunch. It is being hosted in
conjunction with the

Volunteering Co
ordinators Forum and will focus on the importance of
volunteering amongst faith


one of the biggest (if not

biggest) source of volunteers in
North Somerset. The
re will also

be training in faith awareness. This will include guidance on what
you should know about other faiths, to

help inform you in recruiting volunteers from these

For more information contact Alistair Beattie on


North Somerset Faith Forum

The North Somerset Faith Forum has been launched and a programme is currently being planned.
We are very keen to have feedback on ideas for events and ideas fo
r possible venues. Some of
the events being planned include:

. The role of faith groups in offering support to local communities in the case of any event which
could threaten the health, safety o

security of local communities in North Somerset. That cou
ld be
anything from floods, multiple traffic accidents, violent disturbances, health risks

Hannah Cornack,
lood and

fficer in North Somerset is keen to make a presentation to
faith groups after November 2012,
when the results o
f their pilot project in Congresbury have been
taken on board
), a
s one of the key groups who can help their local community respond to any of
the above situations, particularly working with support agencies and helping the local community
until such time a
s help can arrive.

. Rev. Karen Murphy

the Chaplain at Weston Hospice, is very interested in hosting an event on
death and dying
. More news on this will follow soon. T
he Forum is working on organising a joint
event with the hospice, to encourage more vol
unteers f
m faith groups to offer their support to the

Any of the above events will be made as informal and relaxed as possible and some food and a
comfortable venue would not go amiss. Please let us know which of the above ideas appeals to
most. Also, if you have any ideas for additional/alternative/future activities for the Forum
and/or want to be added to the Forum’s mailing list, please let us know. We look forward to hearing
from you. Contact Alistair Beattie, Secretary to the Forum at:

Training in 'Christian Listening'

Acorn Christian Foundation 'Learning to Listen' Course is an introduction to the skills required to be
an effective Christian list
ener. Also available is the advanced 'Call to Listen' course, for developing
your listening skills further. For more background information see

or if you
would like to book for a future
course, either for yourself or a group, please contact the ChAt office
on 01934 643533. ChAt is Weston
Mare's Chaplaincy About

Town Project.

North Somerset Warm Families

The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) offers free advice and support to any f
amily (with at least
one child aged 18 or under) living in the North Somerset area. It can help in a variety of ways:

advice on saving energy in the home to lower fuel bills, advice on keeping warmer in the winter and
dealing with damp

problems, help
with understanding fuel bills, switching tariffs and managing

information on charitable trusts and other

sources of financial help for dealing with fuel
debt or purchasing essential items.
It can also provide
help with applying for grants and dis
for home insulation and heating,
as well as helping with
benefit entitlement checks. Anyone can
find out more about what North Somerset Warm Families can offer by calling

Home Energy
Team free on 0800 082 2234 or email


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14 October

Personal Spiritual Practice

This is the start of a six session course at Taunton Quaker Meeting House, 13 Bath Place, TA1
This Sunday afternoon c
, at 4pm,

will explore different methods of establishing
personal reflective time and possibly leading onto a journaling or meditation routine. It will run
monthly and there will be an opportunity after tea and sandwiches to experience the silence of

evening Quaker Meeting if you would like to, although there is no obligation. For more information
telephone Zoe on 01823 275424 or email


28 October

Thanksgiving Service

The New Life
ellowship Pent
costal Church Southwest invite you to their Thanksgiving Service at
Unit 24 Moreland Industrial Park, Moreland Road, Highbridge, TA9 3TED, at 12 midday. There will
be music and fellowship, a Sunday school for the kids and a free roast hog bu
ffet. Groups are
asked to book for catering purposes. For more information call Rev. David Nurse on 07939

28 November

Signposting and Advice Awareness Training

This course, at Taunton, is being run by Vista, in partnership with Somerset Advice
Network and is
free to Somerset Voluntary and Community groups. If you give advice, guidance and support to
people, it is important to know what other support exists for them, and how to access it. This
course will equip you with the essential problem reco
gnition and signposting skills. It will also help
you to know about the other sources of advice and support available in Somerset and how to
signpost or refer people. For more information or to book a place, please contact Laura on 08453
580372 or

or see:

Lantra Level 3 Award in Volunteer Management

Vista is running the Lantra Level 3 Volunteer Management course i
n Taunton from October. The
dates are: Tuesdays and Wednesdays,
23 and 24 October, 13 and 14 November and 4 and 5

It requires a unique set of skills to work as a

volunteer manager! Volunteering is
becoming increasingly popular and in order to kee
p your volunteers and give them a good
experience of volunteering they need to be managed and supported. However as unpaid members
of the organisation motivating and rewarding volunteers is a specialised area. The fee is £450
including registration with th
e awarding body. For more information or to book, please contact
Laura 08453 580372 or

or see:

Somerset Transf
orming Local Infrastructure

The Somerset TLI partnership now has a name

it is the Voluntary Sector Partnership in Somerset
and branding will follow shortly. The Partnership is working on various projects, including a News
and Information Hub and Helplin
e, Somerset Volunteering

a Somerset
wide volunteering service
and brand identity, a Somerset Volunteer Website and a Local Giving Campaign and Fundraising
Advice Service. For more information please contact

The Somerset Fundraisers Group

The main purpose of the group is for those in Somerset with a genuine interest in funding for the
voluntary and community sector to network with other fundraisers and to share information.

up has close working relationships with
he Institute of Fundraising (South West),
he Somerset
Funding Advisor Worker's network and other fundraising networks.

The Somerset Fundraisers
Group is currently being hosted by ViSTA
, which

is the training and de
velopment service of the
Somerset Voluntary Sector.

Contact VISTA at The Town Hall, Bow Street, Langport, TA10 9QR or
call 01458 259487 or see:

Somerset Faith Audit

A faith audit report

has been produced for Somerset. The report shows the invaluable contribution
to community support made by faith groups in Somerset.

For copies of the report contact:
. Otherwise the report

available to download from

our web site


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Training for Faith Groups

This is a se
ries of four workshops aimed at church or faith group leaders, small group leaders and
members, to develop the effectiveness of community outreach and help groups to operate well and
within legal requirements. The workshops are offered by Chase and Kings F
orest Community
Project in partnership with Faithnetsouthwest. Attend all as a mini course or individual courses that
suit you. All workshops will run from 10.30am to 12.30pm and will be followed by a shared lunch
and the chance to network until 1pm. The e
vents will introduce health checks and other tools
specifically adapted for faith groups and attendees will be supported to develop an action plan for
their organisation and mission.

6 November

'Fundraising and Resources'

at Pendennis Evangelical Churc
h, Pendennis Road,
Staple Hill, Bristol, BS16 5JB

29 November

'Recruiting and Supporting Volunteers'

at St Stephens, Church Road, Soundwell,
BS16 4RH

16 January

'How Welcome Is Your Group?'

23 January

'Developing Community Outreach Projects'


details for the January workshops will
follow nearer the time. The cost is £10 per person,
per workshop or book all 4 for £30.

For more information contact Lucy Fieldhouse on 0117
9604186 or

Cancer Help for Minority Ethnic Communities (CHEC)

Cancer Help for Minority Ethnic Communities (CHEC) is an NHS commissioned service covering
South Gloucestershire and Bristol Primary Care Trust areas. The CHEC s
ervice offers individual
support and information to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people affected by cancer at any stage
of the illness. CHEC works in partnership with other services in an effort to ensure that BME
people living with cancer receive cultu
rally appropriate care and that cancer and related support
services are delivered in a way that is accessible to all and reduces some of the existing
inequalities. For more information or to make a referral, contact Marion Boateng on 0117 982 8549

or go to the website:


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24 October

Free Equalities workshop


Equalities Wiltshire is

this free workshop in Salisbury, at a venue y
et to be decided,
from 10am to 12.30pm. It is aimed at those who are new to equalities or would like a refresher on
this subject. The workshop aims to help you to increase participation from diverse groups; access
wider funding opportunities by demonstrati
ng commitment to equalities; and increase knowledge
and understanding around matters of equality. For more information call 0845 872 5641 or email

30 October

Observing One World Week

This free

public event called 'What Does it Mean to Live on One Planet?' is organised by West
Wiltshire Multi Faith Forum and will take place from 3pm to 5.30pm at Melksham United Church
Hall, High Street, Melksham, SN12 6JU. There will be a program of discussions
followed by
questions/answer session with invited guests from different faiths.

The public is invited to send


questions by email for discussion. A selection of questions will be discussed in groups followed by
panel discussions. Please submit questions for

discussion by email or text by 15 October. Please
contact Farzana Saker or Rev Alison Morley on Mobile: 07834812663 or email

Help Support Swindon Youth Projects

The projects are Twilight football,

the Muslim Youth Development project and Streetgames. There
is a need to secure external funding to keep them going. To help do that, Voluntary Action Swindon
is asking people to take five minutes to

complete the following surveys. One survey is for the w
community to complete:

and one is for young people:
. For more i
nformation see:

Seeking Volunteer Chaplains

The Chaplaincy Team at New Co
llege, 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 faiths and non
Volunteers normally offer to be in College one day each week during term time, from around

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 E
d Poole at New College:


or for more
nformation see:

Diversity in Volunteering

The Volunteer Centre Swindon would like to talk to volunteer
involving organisations who would
like to increase the diversity of their volunteers but just need a bit of guidance around how to do
and the things to think about to make it easy for people to get involved. They would also like to
talk to you if you already have a diverse range of volunteers from different backgrounds and can
give some hints and tips to others around what has worked for

you and the benefits you get from
involving a range of people. If you can help or you would like further information then please get in
touch at:

or call Jo on 01793


Step Up Wiltshire

Step Up Wiltshire provides free advice and resources to non
profit organisations in and around the
Wiltshire area. Specialising in funding, volunteer management and training, their service is
supported by three of the county’s

experts from The Learning Curve, Swindon Volunteer Centre
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Funding Central website extended

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, has announced that the Cabinet Office will commit
£500,000 of funding to extend the NCVO’s Funding Central website for a further 18 months. The
free website
offers charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises access to
approximately 4000 sources of funding and finance opportunities. It also offers tools and resources
to support organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to
their needs. The
funding central website is


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:

Gibbs Trust

This Trust funds innovative undertakings by Meth
odist churches and organisations, other Christian
causes, especially 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
e from £1,000 to £3,000. For more information see:

Jill Franklin Charitable Trust

The trust supports refugees, self
help mental health groups, churches for restoration, respite
, prisoners education, with small grants ranging from £500 to £1000. For more information

The Veneziana Fund

Pizza Express provides funding for the preservation, rest
oration, repair and maintenance of
buildings in the UK originally

constructed before 1750 and the fixtures and fittings of such
buildings. Also for the restoration and purchase of works of art created before 1750. The amount of
grant awarded depends on the

number of applicants and the funds the trust has available.
rustees do not consider appeals until at least two thirds of the sum required has been raised from
other sources.

The trustees currently meet in the spring and autumn to consider applications. F
details see:

Funding bid advice for advocacy groups

This new web
site 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 t
he website of UK
Fundraising at

or visit the s
ite directly at

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 educational interchange between the Christian Church and persons of
other living faiths. To achieve these objectives Westhill supports community
transforming projects
with advic
e and grants of £1000 to £20,000. For more information contact

or see:

South West Foundation

Small Grant Programme

South West Foundation is again running the small grant programme in partnership with the Esmee
Fairbairn Foundation. The programme is aimed at small charitable voluntary and community sector
organisations supporting people most in nee
d 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 Further Information call 01275 333666 or email


Grants for Places of Worship

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

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 all 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

Communitybuilders Fund

The Communitybuilders Fund, previously owned by the Departm
ent for Communities and Local
Government, is now an endowed

fund, owned and administered by the Adventure Capital Fund.
The Fund is designed to support neighbourhood
based, community
led organisations to become
more sustainable through a mixture of loans,
grants and business support. More information on
eligibility will be available soon at

Urgent structural repair projects to churches

The National Churches Trust, which

supports projects at a wide range of places of Christian
worship, has announced that it is offering the opportunity to apply for a limited number of grants
towards urgent structural repair projects. In 2012 the Trust will concentrate on projects involving

urgent repairs to roof and rainwater goods with estimated costs of at least £50,000 (including VAT
and fees). In addition, the Trust hopes to be able to provide grants towards installing facilities such
as toilets and catering facilities to benefit places

of worship and local communities.

For further
information click here:

Community First Fund and Co
mmunity 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 m
atch private donations invested in community
endowment funds which will pay out money for small grants well into the future. A Community First
website has been opened which invites people to sign their community up to receive support.

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


The Garfield Weston Foundation

The Fou
ndation makes grants to UK charities, including churches, and its focus is education, arts,
health, welfare and the environment. It funds diverse work by churches and does not have a
funding limit for applications. There is no application deadline and gran
ts are made for one year.
Average grants are between £3,000 and £20,000. Read the information for churches, application
guidelines or read about projects previously funded in their annual report at:,LGV5,4UFL6J,

Church and Community Fund

The Church and Community Fund (CCF) are launching a new set of funding pri
orities, replac

the current funding guidelines.

The Fund's new overarching aim is to grow the Church of England
and develop

its capacity to engage a wider community. For more information see:


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

Biffaward Main Grants


Under this scheme, Biffaward looks to award grants to projects that provide or improve community
spaces, cultural facilities and places for outdoor recreation. For more info
rmation see:

Funding Central

Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. The
site provides access to thousands
of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and
resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their
needs. Go to the website:

Red Cross Positive Images Programme

Grants of between £50 and £1000 are available to help to support youth action activities that
promote more positive attitudes towards

vulnerable migrants and awareness of development
issues. For more infor

Comic Relief

UK Grants


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 u
pper limit. For more

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 an
d £10,000 for projects that improve communities,
and the lives of people within them. It is for voluntary

and community groups, schools, health
organisations, and parish and town councils. Full information on their website

Nationwide Foundation

Small Grants

Following the review of its funding programme, the Nationwide Foundation has announced that it is
currently accepting applications for funding

under its Small Grants Programme. Under the
programme, grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available to registered charities with a yearly
income of less than £750,000. The Small Grants Programme support projects that tackle financial
exclusion affectin
g disadvantaged groups across the UK and/or address housing issues and
homelessness among vulnerable groups across the UK. Applications may be submitted at any
time. For further information, go to:

Alan and Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund Grant

This provides grants for organisations undertaking community projects in the UK. The application
process is ongoing and interested applicants may ap
ply at any time


Church Urban Fund Mustard Seed Programme

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

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:


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Unity and Inter Faith Relations

'Unity in Process: reflections on ecumenism', a book recently published by DLT, contains a chapter
by Helen Reid and Celia Blackden entitled ‘Unity and Inter Faith Relations’. Further details can be
ound online at

Fundraising book re

‘Simple Effective

A Fundraising Guide for all Charities’ is a comprehensive guide to
establishing or improving a charity’s fundraising and income generation programmes. Find out
more about the book from the website of UK Fundraising at

Church Weddings Handbook

The Church W
eddings Handbook,

The Seven Pastoral Moments That Matter', has been
published. The book focuses on growing the Church numerically and spiritually through weddings.
Click here to find out more:

The 2012 Action Guide for Churches

This guide is now available on the National Ethical Investment Week web

provides practical
information to enable congregations to get involved and make a difference with their money. Click
here to find out more:

Domestic Violence Leaflet in 12 languages

There are new leaflets available from the Home Office, in 12
languages, developed with Southall
Black Sisters to cover 'honour'


based violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, dowry
abuse, domestic and sexual abuse, and having no recourse to public funds. Download them here:

'Working Together'

This is described as an excellent resource from Christian Aid. It is ten Bible studies inspired by
each of th
e Millennium Development Goals. With an introductory section on the Bible and the
Church today by Rowan Williams, it has

studies on eradicating extreme poverty by the Archbishop
of Burundi with the Sudan Christian Aid partner

organisation; ensuring environ
mental sustainability
by Kathy Galloway (Christian Aid, Scotland); and Life Before death by Janet Morley. Compiled in
2011 for the Year of the Bible, this is a valuable resource for house groups or private study. It is
available from Christian Aid at


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 shou

to be good environmental
managers of their buildings and land are now available on
For further information contact Mary Colwell on
07968 59292
8 or David Shreeve on 07831 387745

Dialogue Society Launches New Publication: 'Dialogue in Islam'

In its ongoing bid to research and promote the importance and role of dialogue among
communities, the Dialogue Society has launched its latest publication,

'Dialogue in Islam: Qur’an


Hadith'. This book gives a concise introduction to the relationship between Islam and
dialogue. Drawing on the Qur’an, the Sunnah and Islamic history it demonstrates that dialogue is
an integral part of the very fabri
c of Islam,

dispelling popular misconceptions.

A PDF version of the book is available and free to download here:

Women’s Interfaith Media Network

The Women's Interfaith Media Network (WIMN) is a project which aims to provide information and
resources to help women from different faith communities to share their views and concerns
, and
interact with the media more effectively. WIMN currently has members from several different faith
backgrounds and locations and provides a platform for women of all faiths and none to share
information and experiences, as well as an opportunity to le
arn new skills. Further information
about WIMN, including how to join, can be found online at

New advice service on discrimination and human rights

The government

is commissioning a new Equality Advisory and Support Service to help individuals
who have problems with discrimination. In addition to telephone support, the service will provide
independent advocacy support for people who need face
face help. For more

information see:

Setting up a Youth or

Children's Group?

The Methodist Church ha

worked with Amaze to produce ‘Benefits on Both Sides’, a DVD
resource guide to help churches that are looking to set up a children/youth project. You can find
the details here:

Guidance on charity exception under the Equality Act

The Charity Commission has published more detailed guidance about a key section of the new
equality legislation. It h
as a focus on the charities' exception in the regulations

the ability of a
charity to limit the group of people whom it helps

and the guidance includes how this might impact
on grant makers and charities with restricted funds. Commission news release a

Religion & Belief Resources

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

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


to access

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