Near Neighbours – additional boroughs

Near Neighbours areas

Areas of London eligible for funding under the expanded Near Neighbours programme.  Contact coordinators Becky or Tim (see Borough by Borough page) for details.

The Near Neighbours programme has expanded into more boroughs.  It offers small grants (£250 – £5,000) to bring together neighbours and develop relationships across different religious traditions & ethnicities in order to improve our communities.

Check whether areas of your borough are included and contact Becky (West and South London) or Tim (East and South East London) if you’d like more information or would like to talk over an idea.

Launch events for the new boroughs are planned and we hope Becky & Tim will join us at LBFN before long to tell us more.

Working smarter: Training Tuesdays

Facebooktwitter-logoAre Facebook, Twitter & social media a waste of time?  Or valuable and worth the effort?

And how do we measure the positive impact our work is having?

FbRN logoOur friends at the Faith-based Regeneration Network are offering a couple of timely workshops:

Introduction to Social Media – Tuesday 14th October

Introduction to Impact Measurement – Tuesday 28th October

“These afternoon-long sessions will offer practical help, good ideas and actions to take away.

Registration from 1.00pm. Workshop 1.30-4.30pm.  Followed by tea/refreshments and an opportunity to network with participants and FbRN staff.

Offered at a great value introductory rate of just £10 per session, places are limited so if you want to learn more about communicating or understanding results, come along.”

Following on from LBFN’s recent afternoon on resources & funding, these workshops offer ideas on working in smarter and more effective ways for the benefit of our local communities.  Book now!

How do we sustain our work? Funding, partnership, creativity | 23 September

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness - a good time to take stock.

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness – our autumn meeting on 23 September.

From the hum-drum to the unexpected, this is an excellent opportunity to take a good look at

  • how local work is supported
  • the changing context in London
  • the value of local work – how do other people see us?
  • supporters & partners
  • pragmatism and the long view

We are delighted that Martin Shaw of Midas Appeals will be with us, sharing his wide experience and wisdom.

We’ll also have an update on Near Neighbours and Together in Service and hear from those working closely with the public sector.

There will also be time to talk about the events of the summer, overseas and here in London.

We are meeting at 77-79 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PW (Goodge St tube) on Tuesday 23 September 4-6pm.  Please let the convener know by 19 September if you’re hoping to come along and if you have further suggestions for the agenda.  The late afternoon timing is to make it easier for people who are at work to join us.

Writing bids & fundraising workshop

fundraisingFundraising skills and individual advice for faith-based groups here in London – ideal for beginners and upgraders.

FbRN welcomes LBFN friends to its Vauxhall offices at 308 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5HY on Tuesday 13 May.  Registration from 1.00pm, workshop 1.30-4.30pm. Followed by tea/refreshments and an opportunity to network with participants and FbRN staff.

“Money is tight these days. But there are sources of funds around and with a well written bid, they are not impossible to get. Often we limit ourselves because we haven’t got time or we find the whole bid-writing process too difficult. This workshop will take participants through the process of writing a well constructed bid. We will be looking at the Awards for All scheme as an example, but the skills will apply to any funding bid.

The workshop will be led by Mohammed Mamdani who is the founder and director of Al-Mizan Charitable Trust and a trustee of FbRN. He has 12 years’ experience in supporting small, grassroots charities with fundraising, project management and governance.  The workshop costs £5 to cover admin and refreshment costs but FbRN requests a refundable deposit of £25. Payment of £30 to be made in advance and £25 refunded after attendance.”

logo_fbrnRegister online here.   For further information contact FbRN’s Executive Director, Steve Miller on stevemiller@fbrn.org.uk.  Full directions to the venue will be sent as soon as booking is received.

Upcoming events

London 2014 rThere’s plenty on in London to get 2014 off to a great start!

20 January 9.30am – 4.10pm  A Conversation about Conflict exploring the faith influences that can be used to tackle difficult issues in a community setting.  St Ethelburga’s and Christian Muslim Forum are co-facilitating the workshop at 305 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9LH.  Details here.

  • Could your faith community improve the way it responds to conflict?
  • Are you interested in bringing the principles and practices of your faith into your responses to conflict?
  • Are you interested in sharing your faith practices across faiths and learning from each other?

22 January 10am-12pm Together in Service funding briefing at Bethnal Green Mission Church, 305 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9LH.  There’s also a chance to talk to the TiS team individually about potential projects.  Details here.

22 January 6.30-8pm  Poverty and the Tolerance of the Intolerable – talk by Prof Amartya Sen at LSE . The talk will be live-streamed on LSE’s website and a podcast made available. Details here.

27 January  Holocaust Memorial Day events have been been organised by many London boroughs in cooperation with local religious communities, including Barnet, Lewisham, Haringey, Southwark, Greenwich, Croydon, Brent, Lambeth, Hounslow and Havering.  Details of all London events here.

27 January 5.30pm European Parliament training event with Faiths Forum for London at Europe House, Smith Square, W1.  The aim is to engage with citizens and faith groups to raise awareness of the issues and debates taking place in European Parliament and how citizens can get involved the decision making. Details here.

South London Inter Faith Group meets on the last Thursday of the month at 12.30-2pm at Streatham Friends Meeting House, Roupell Park Estate, Redland Way, SW2 3LU.  Next meeting 30 JanuaryDetails here.

4 February 6pm The Dialogue Society Book Group Meeting 5: A Distant Shore, by Caryl Phillips The Dialogue Society, 402 Holloway Road, N7 6PZ.  Details here.

Westminster Faith Debates are back with a new series, on global religious trends, at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, SW1A 2ET at 5.30pm, including on 12 February What is driving sectarian violence in the wake of the Arab spring? and on 12 March Are attempts to promote worldwide religious freedom naive or necessary?  Details here.

18 February Women in the 21st Century conference at Queen Mary University, London E1 4NS with a wide range of speakers and workshops (£40). Details here.

Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group meets next to the Cathedral in Victoria on the third Wednesday of the month at 4pm.  Upcoming speakers include Hugo Clarke (Curzon Institute) on World War 1 (19  February), Raheed Salam, faith and interfaith consultant for NCVYS (19 March).  Details here.

11 March 3-5pm  London Boroughs Faiths Network meeting at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Eland House, Bressenden Place, SW1E 5DU.  We are also planning two focused meetings on health and on young Londoners.

Goldsmiths’ Faiths and Civil Society Unit has a series on Faith in the Public Realm, including How do governments do God?  Warwick Hawkins MBE, Head of Faith Communities Engagement, Department for Communities and Local Government
12 March at 5pm.  Near Neighbours – can Christians do public faith for everyone? Dilwar Hussain, New Horizons in British Islam, 14 May at 5pm.  Details here.

15 March  God and Government Conference with Theos, covering welfare, religious freedom, multiculturalism, and education among others.  Details here.

Research Project on Attitudes to Self-Sacrificial Death for National and/or Religious Motives.  Prof John Wolffe (Professor of Religious History, The Open University) is interested to hear from anyone from a Catholic, Protestant or Muslim background who would like to take part in this study by being interviewed.  “In the run-up to the centenaries of the outbreak of the First World War (August 1914), of the Easter Rising in Dublin (April 1916) and of the Battle of the Somme (July 1916), we are developing a historical and contemporary study of British and Irish views on martyrdom and sacrificial death. We are interested not only in perceptions of events a century ago, but also in the way casualties have been regarded in events within living memory such as the Falklands War of 1982, the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland and IRA attacks in the mainland UK in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. We are also exploring more contemporary examples, notably reactions to the 9/11 and 7/7 bombings, to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to the ‘Arab Spring’.”  Details here.

22 January Together in Service funding briefing

togetherinservicelogoUpdate on the new DCLG Together in Service funding, which looks promising for LBFN members:

There’s a briefing for Londoners on Wednesday 22 January 10am-12pm at Bethnal Green Mission Church, 305 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9LH.  There’s also a chance to talk to the TiS team individually about potential projects.

The next application deadline is 5pm on 6 February.  More information from the TiS website.

The grants (£2,000 – £5,000) are supporting new initiatives from faith-based groups, working with other faith groups, open to the whole community, encouraging volunteering and enhancing community life.  Each group (which must be registered as a charity) will also be expected to match the TiS funding in kind or cash.

Ring 0845 094 6350 or e-mail felicity.smith@faithaction.net to book a place or to find out more.

Matched funding for local activities

togetherinservicelogoThe successor to 2012’s A Year of Service is Together in Service, a programme supported by the government and offering small grants, if matched by a similar amount from another source, to local faith-based groups.  The government website includes the programme under the policy Bringing people together in strong, united communities, which says

Promoting responsibility

Together in Service is a 3-year programme to celebrate and link up faith-based social action. A Together in Service fund of up to £300,000 over 3 years is available in the form of small grants for multi-faith projects. Up to £1,000 will be on offer to help get local projects off the ground in areas where there may be a lack of confidence or knowledge in undertaking volunteering work in a multi-faith way.

The programme is being run by FaithAction, which has set up a special website.  You need to join the Together in Service Fellowship (which offers news, resources & a calendar of events) in order to download the application form and apply for funding.  The Grant Application Pack gives a good idea of what the government hopes to support:

FaithAction will be administering an annual pot of £160,000. This is available as 1:1 match-funding for small grants of £2,000 and £5,000 – the Together in Service Fund – to facilitate new multi-faith social action projects at a local level, where there is often a lack of confidence in undertaking volunteering work in a multi-faith way.

FaithAction wishes to support a wide range of activities aimed at improving the quality of life for local people.

Through our grant making, we aim to:

  • Target community need that is informed by local research and local consultation
  • Focus support to achieve maximum effectiveness
  • Enhance community and voluntary activity
  • Encourage best practice among community and voluntary groups
  • Give help where it is needed most

The focus on local work and the wide range of social action activities which will be considered means that many multifaith groups in London are likely to be eligible.

The fund will be launched this Thursday 21 November 10am – 12 noon at Westminster Cathedral Hall with Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP and FaithAction’s Director, Daniel Singleton.  Details of how to register for this are here.

Shall we talk about this, and maybe a wider conversation about the resourcing of local and voluntary activities, at our next meeting in the new year?  In the meantime, let’s hope there are plenty of successful applications in London.