#FaithinPartnership Week

11th - 15th September

Here at FaithAction, we believe that strong cross-sector partnerships between faith groups and statutory bodies have immense potential to drive and sustain change for the vulnerable and marginalised. However, work in this space is still in its infancy.

For this reason, we began to host an annual Faith in Partnership week to celebrate cross-sector work taking place in the UK at a local and national level and to encourage its expansion.

Take a look at our upcoming events, resources, and reports for a sample of some of the great work happening – and then get involved! Let us know about the developments in your city or field of work, host an event to kickstart partnership working in your area, or get in touch to tell us how we can help support partnership working where you are.

As always, remember to share your updates, thoughts and opportunities on social media using the hashtag #FaithinPartnership!

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The Impact of Partnership Working: Lessons learned from a three-part evaluation of faith-public partnerships

Monday 11th, 1PM

Coventry University recently evaluated three innovative projects delivered by faith groups with national government and local authorities. To explore their findings, we held an online discussion about the impact and lessons learned.

Faith and Society: Opportunities and challenges for cross-sector partnership in Britain

Thursday 14th, 11:15AM

We held an online discussion with expert theorists, policymakers, and practitioners on the opportunities and challenges for faith-public partnerships in the UK. Featuring Rt Hon Sir Stephen Timms MP and Prof Jim McManus and panellists including Prof Jagbir Jhutti-Johal.

West Midlands Combined Authority Faith Covenant Signing

Thursday 14th

The West Midlands Combined Authority became the first combined authority to sign the Faith Covenant. This signing event and subsequent work aims to both celebrate and catalyse partnership working across the region.


Making a difference

Collaboration turbo-charged

It is widely documented that the COVID-19 pandemic saw a sharp increase in partnership working across sectors – that is, between faith groups, NHS trusts and integrated care systems (ICSs), councils and public health teams – and this partnership work was instrumental to understanding and tackling some of the inequalities that plague UK society.

Faith communities and the climate emergency

In this guest blog, Nadia Khan of Brent Council explains why its vital for local authorities to involve faith groups in their climate change response.

Cafe Connect: Welcoming New Arrivals from Hong Kong

We have been thrilled to see Café Connect groups launch in three regions of the UK to welcome Hong Kongers into the UK, by providing a place to practise conversational English, make friends, meet local people, find out about systems and services and learn about UK history and culture.

Celebrating the Faith Health Action Partnership

Around 50 attendees gathered in Christ Apostolic Church in Tower Hamlets to celebrate the achievements of the Faith Health Action Partnership project (FHAP).

Creative English for Health stories of impact: “I like it because it helps my life”

Creative English for Health has been delivered over the past year in Birmingham, funded by Birmingham City Council. Here are some stories which show some of the elements that make it work and their impacts.

Working in partnership

Tower Hamlets Social Prescribing Champions

This project aims to raise awareness of social prescribing and to highlight the important role of using trusted voices and places to cascade health messaging and signposting to other agencies.

Tackling food poverty together in Southampton

Love Southampton led one of a handful of cross-sector projects funded by the government’s Faith New Deal Pilot Fund

Café Connect

A programme supporting integration and belonging for new arrivals from Hong Kong, by helping settle into their local area.

Tower Hamlets Faith Health Action Partnership

A programme delivering health-focused activities to local communities in Tower Hamlets through local faith settings and faith-based groups.

Creative English for Health

A health literacy programme that empowers those with limited English language skills to get the healthcare support they and their families need.

Reports and evaluation

Inclusive social prescribing and system transformation

These reports highlight the challenges and innovations of partnership working between faith groups and the health and care system.

Keeping the Faith

These reports look at collaboration between local authorities and faith groups during COVID-19, the effect that the pandemic has had on partnership working, and recommendations for the future.

Café Connect evaluation

An evaluation of the Café Connect programme carried out by Dr Dan Range.

Tower Hamlets Faith Health Action Partnership evaluation

An evaluation of the Faith Health Action Partnership in Tower Hamlets carried out by Dr Dan Range.

Creative English for Health, Birmingham evaluation

An evaluation of the Creative English for Health programme funded by the Public Health Team of Birmingham Council, carried out by Dr Dan Range and Florence Gildea.