FaithNetEast Bulletin


Electronic Bulletin – June 2010

Welcome to the FaithNetEast e-bulletin: news, training, funding opportunities and events for faith groups and those with an interest in faith issues across the East of England Region. Please let us know if you have events planned for the coming months that you would like to see included, or post your events directly on the new noticeboard facility on the FaithNetEast website


Bedford Council of Faiths, Interfaith Cricket, 19 June

This year, BCoF welcome participants from Bedford, Luton, Leicester and ‘newcomers’ Watford. The match will be held in Luton.

See BCoF website for updates:

Enlightened Employee / Volunteer Engagement: Ted Smith

Cambridge, Tuesday 22 June

4.30pm – 6.30pm, Merlin Place, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0DP

To register visit:

Norwich Interfaith, Peace Camp and Peace Cycle, 26 June

9.00am – 4.00pm at the Norwich Forum, next to City Hall.

For further details on this event, please visit

National Meeting and AGM of the Inter Faith Network for the UK, London, 8 July

10.15am – 4.30pm, Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD.

AGM will start at 4.30pm.

The National Meeting will focus on local inter faith activity, offering a chance to explore how local inter faith groups across the UK are developing their work and why it is so important.

For details contact Dr Harriet Crabtree, Director, Inter Faith Network for the UK, 8A Lower Grosvenor Place, London, SW1W 0EN

Tel: 020 7931 7766, email, website

Faiths Planning Guidance Seminar, Stevenage, 13 July

9.30am – 3.30pm The Coptic Centre

EEFC and Planning Aid offer this FREE seminar for faith groups dealing with planning issues – for example, who may be moving or altering their premises. Speakers including professional planners and faith group members will give an overview of the planning process for those new to it, and lead small workshops on common issues. Lunch will be provided, and there will be the opportunity to tour the buildings of The Coptic Centre.

For enquiries and further information call Kate Phizacklea on 01223 421606 or email

The Big Lunch, National, 18 July

The Big Lunch is a great opportunity to tap into a national occasion, reach out to people, and raise awareness of the work that you do in the community.  The Big Lunch are also looking for case studies from all over the UK, and have particular interest from the BBC in faith groups holding a Big Lunch so this could be a good opportunity for groups to talk about inter faith work in the media.

Download free tools and resources from their website at or contact Claire Crook on 020 7307 3144 / 07779 964281

SIFRE “East meets West in Suffolk, exploring shared values for a cohesive society” FREE monthly study groups, Autumn Term

Building on the Abrahamic sessions, local study groups will be continuing in:

Bealings (4thThursday of the month),

Beccles (3rd Monday of the month),

Bury St Edmunds (3rd Wednesday of the month),

Eye (4th Tuesday of the month)

Ipswich (3rdTuesday of the month).

For details of meetings, please visit or contact the SIFRE Centre, 01473 233447

Autumn programme – St Albans Diocese Penal Affairs Group

Sunday 17 October, 6.30pm, Evensong at St Albans Abbey. Guest Preacher Revd Phil Abrey, Chaplain of The Mount Prison, Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead

Monday 18 October until Monday 25 October ‘Remembering Mercy’. Special exhibition at the Abbey, on various ground-breaking schemes currently operating within the diocese, aimed at rehabilitating ex-offenders. Open Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm; Sunday 1.00pm – 5.00pm. Admission free.

Tuesday 19 October 7.30pm. Guest Lecture at the Law School, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield Road, St Albans: ‘Probation and Public Protection: Reducing the Likelihood of Re-offending’, Tessa Webb, Chief Executive of Hertfordshire Probation Trust and Yasmin, law graduate and ex-offender. Reception from 7.00pm. Free admission.

Saturday 20 November 10.00am – 2.00pm. Criminal Justice Forum at St Nicholas Church Hall, Barton-le-Clay. A chance for church-members to come and hear more about the rehabilitative schemes that are the subject of the special exhibition at the Abbey and how they can get involved. Free, bring your own lunch.

For further details contact Revd Andrew Coleby (Social Responsibility Officer): 01727 818147 or email:


Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation provides grant funding in support of projects that seek to:

  • influence values and attitudes
  • promote equity and social justice
  • develop radical alternatives to current economic and social structures.

The Foundation funds organisations in the UK that are working to influence policy, attitudes and values at a national or international level and will give particular consideration to small pioneering headquarters.

The deadline for applications to the Autumn 2010 round is 15 September 2010. For more information, visit:

Repair grants for places of worship

English Heritage, with the Heritage Lottery Fund, are running a Repair Grants for Places of Worship in England scheme, which is available to support urgent repair projects to listed places of worship in England, for example the repair of roofs, gutters and towers where the overall project cost is estimated to be in excess of £10,000. They welcome applications from any faith group that worships in a listed building, regardless of the type of building (for example, a building formerly used as a cinema but now used by a faith group for worship at least six times a year would be eligible).

Applications can be made twice each year, with this year’s application deadlines being 30 June 2010 for grade I and II listed buildings and 30 September 2010 for grade II buildings. An application pack can be downloaded from where you can also find details of your local English Heritage regional office to help you with any queries.

Allen Lane Foundation

The Foundation wishes to fund work that will make a lasting difference to people’s lives and is aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination; and encourages or enables marginalised groups to share in the life of the whole community.

The Foundation is interested in funding work which benefits people:

· from black and minority ethnic communities and migrant workers

· experiencing mental health problems

· experiencing violence or abuse

· asylum seekers and refugees

· gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender people

· gypsies and travellers

· offenders and ex-offenders

· older people

For further information and eligibility please visit the Allen Lane Foundation website:

Awards for Bridging Cultures 2010 – Celebrating intercultural dialogue

In 2008, iCoCo launched the Awards for Bridging Cultures (ABCs). Funded by the Baring Foundation, the ABCs reward grassroots projects, run by community and voluntary organisations that help to build bridges between communities and cultures. If you have a project that you think is eligible and to find out how to apply, visit

The Woodward Charitable Trust provides funding for registered charities, schools and churches working with BME and Refugee and Traveller communities. More information is available from their website –

Grassroots Grants Scheme

If your group ticks all the boxes, then you could apply for a Grassroots Grant of £250 – £5000

· A not-for-profit voluntary or community group in England

· Led by volunteers

· Active in local community 12 months or more

· Average income (over three years) of less than £30,000 per year

· Works for the benefit of your local community.

The Cambridgeshire Community Foundation has teamed up with the Cambridge News to award grants to local voluntary and community groups across Cambridgeshire. Deadline for applications is 8 July 2010 and all grant recipients must spend the money by 31 December 2010.

To be eligible to apply, your organisation must:

· Benefit people living in Cambridgeshire

· Be volunteer led

· Have a constitution or set of rules

· Be locally managed.

· Have necessary documentation in place to show it follows best practise

· Have been established for more than 12 months

· Have an average annual income over the past 3 years of less than £30,000

· Have its own bank account requiring at least 2 signatures for authorisation

For further details and to apply for a grant from the Community Cash Giveaway, complete the online application form at:

Or contact the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation on 01223 410535 or email for help and advice.


Are you victim of racial discrimination or harassment?

CRISP, Cambridge Racial Incident Support Project provides free confidential help and advice, advocacy and support to individuals and families who are experiencing or have experienced discrimination at work; from employers; getting access to services such as housing, healthcare, education or social welfare; by the police, courts or prison service; by other organisations; by members of the public.

Contact CRISP, 62-64 Victoria Road, Cambridge, CB4 3DU, telephone 01223 462615; email:, or visit

‘Women-friendly’ mosques directory launched

Faith Matters have launched a directory of the 100 most "women-friendly" mosques in England. Fifty mosques were found to meet all five of the requirements set out by inter faith organisation Faith Matters, while a further fifty are listed as meeting four of the criteria. These are: providing a separate prayer space for women, services and activities specifically for women, an imam or female scholar accessible to women, the inclusion of women in decision-making processes and the representation of women on mosque committees. For more details visit the Faith Matters website:

New Ministers in the Department for Communities and Local Government

The new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is Rt Hon Eric Pickles, Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar.

Two CLG Ministers have roles which are likely to have particular relevance to the concerns of faith and inter faith bodies, Greg Clark, Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells, becomes Minister of State for Decentralisation, Big Society and Planning Policy and Andrew Stunell OBE, Liberal Democrat MP for Hazel Grove, has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for community cohesion (including the future of Prevent); race equality; building regulations; Big Society, housing and regeneration.

More details on the new CLG Ministers can be found at:

New study programmes from the Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths

The Woolf Institute, in conjunction with the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, is running a certificate programme in Islam, Judaism and Muslim-Jewish Relations, which consists of three independent modules on Islam and Muslim Perceptions of the ‘Other’; Judaism and Jewish Perceptions of the ‘Other’; and Muslim-Jewish encounters: challenges for inter faith dialogue. Further details can be found at

The Institute is also offering an Introduction to the Study of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Contemporary Europe which begins with an induction week from 4 to 8 October 2010, followed by three modules (History, Culture and Citizenship). Fees for the course are £650. Bursaries may be available depending on academic merit and financial circumstances. For further information please visit:

Charity Commission good practice guide for faith-based organisations

The Charity Commission has published Faith in Good Governance, a guide to good practice for the 30,000 faith based organisations in the third sector. The guidance, released by the Commission’s Faith and Social Cohesion Unit, will help trustees, staff and volunteers of faith-based charities, including places of worship, comply with charity law, and equip them to work better, whilst recognising that maintenance of their faith-identity, core aims and mission is key. A full copy of Faith in Good Governance can be downloaded at


The East of England Faiths Council has published 20 different guidance documents and research reports over the last three years, relating to faith and inter faith groups in the region. These are available to download from or call EEFC on 01223 421606 to request the full list.

Understanding Sikhism. This educational book, written by Dr Satwant Kaur Rait with Revd Dr Inderjit Singh Bhogal OBE, is aimed at Sikhs and non-Sikhs, giving comprehensive coverage to the broader concepts of the Sikh religion including a chapter on interfaith dialogue based on Christianity and Sikhism which can serve as a model for interfaith dialogue. It is available from the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum or Dr. S.K. Rait (, £9.50 + £1.50pp. 

And Finally……..

Two Research Requests

A Community Development Foundation action research project to look at what empowerment means from the perspective of communities themselves:

Can you help us find out what works well in community empowerment?

We are looking for around six contacts in your region willing to try out models looking at the quality of the community empowerment experience.

If you are interested, please contact Helen Fitzhugh or Nicky Stevenson: / or telephone 01603 615200

University of Manchester research project on multi faith spaces

The University of Manchester has launched a new research project, Multi-Faith Spaces: Symptoms and Agents of Social and Political Change. They are currently in the early stages of their investigation and are seeking to locate a wide range of multi-faith spaces to visit and survey; speak with individuals who are (or have been) involved in their design and management; and locate and evaluate key documents and materials.

They would like to hear from anyone interested in taking part in this research, anyone who wishes to nominate a multi-faith space that could be included and anyone who has documents or photographs that might be of interest to the research team. For further information please visit their website at or email


While every care has been taken in the compilation of this information, please confirm all the details yourself before making any decisions.