Connecting faith organisations

Connecting faith organisations

Since 2014, we’ve been working with local faith leaders to build connections with local faith organisations. We’ve worked with the Interfaith Contact Group, Brighton and Hove Faith in Action, the Health and Social Care Forum, and other faith leaders to:

  • raise awareness of different faith organisations in Brighton and Hove and their social action projects
  • ensure faith organisations are aware of the support available to them
  • build connections between faith organisations, the wider voluntary and community sector, and public sector organisations in Brighton and Hove

Making change happen

Over the last three years, working together, we’ve:

  • co-organised two celebrating faith in our community events as part of interfaith week in 2015 and 2016 – over 250 people attended the events. They, benefited from networking with others and gained a greater understanding of faith organisations and their social action projects. Of those who feedback from our 2015 event 67% (n.30) felt they’d gained a better understanding of faith organisations and they’d made a useful connection, and 51% (n.23) identified an opportunity to work in partnership
  • collaborated with Brighton & Hove City Council to develop their approach to funding faith organisations
  • funded development of the Interfaith Contact’s website, which has increased their profile and enabled them to engage with more people from a range of faiths
  • funded development of a mental-health faith partnership to develop training to increase understanding of mental health, with the aim of increasing referrals from secular health services to faith organisations
  • established a single database of faith organisations and their social action projects and places of worship
  • delivered four faith-awareness training courses to 71 people from 54 organisations on religion and faith-based issues. Attendees benefited from gaining more confidence on faith-based issues, a greater awareness of faiths, and by feeling more empowered to tackle faith-based discrimination

 

Need help?

If you work or volunteer with a faith organisation, based in Brighton, Hove, Adur or Worthing, then your organisation can apply to join us as a member. Over 20 already have. By being a member, you’ll benefit from prioritised and discounted access to our services.

If you’ve any questions about our work to connect faith organisations get in touch with our Partnerships Manager, Laura Williams, on laura@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234025

 

“I still can't quite believe that I attended an event in the middle of Brighton with public sector, community and faith groups all in the same room! Our table was positioned between Muslim and Bahai groups which is a small example of how it is possible to work together for the good of the city. ”

“I still can't quite believe that I attended an event in the middle of Brighton with public sector, community and faith groups all in the same room! Our table was positioned between Muslim and Bahai groups which is a small example of how it is possible to work together for the good of the city. ”

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