16 faith groups will share £1.3m ‘New Deal’ fund to help support communities

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  • New Deal pilot fund will provide £1.3m to faith-based organizations to deliver innovative projects
  • Projects work with police, schools, councils and other voluntary groups to tackle issues that affect the most vulnerable
  • Pilot project will help establish principles for broader government relationship with religious groups

Sixteen faith groups working with the most vulnerable people in local communities will be given a boost to support their work through the government’s £1.3million Faith New Deal pilot scheme.

The groups, which include Christian, Jewish and interfaith organisations, will work in partnership with councils, schools, police, healthcare providers and voluntary groups to develop innovative interventions to address social issues affecting those who need the most support.

Projects will include providing debt and employability counselling, tackling food poverty, supporting mental health issues, and tackling loneliness and isolation.

The fund will also help faith groups build on the collaboration with national and local government that has occurred during the pandemic.

Examples of this include supporting government efforts to reach communities and administer the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Volunteer, community and social enterprise partner, Strengthening Faith Institutions, helped turn Greengate Mosque in Oldham into a temporary vaccination centre, where more than 2,000 people from local communities received life-saving shots.
  • Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Wolverhampton has worked hand in hand with the public health service to help the government better understand coronavirus detection by running pilot tests in partnership with faith groups across the city.

The Faith New Deal Fund will also inform the development of a Faith Compact that will set out key principles to facilitate engagement between faith groups and government.

Faith Minister Paul Scully said:

We have seen the instrumental role that faith-based organizations have played in supporting vulnerable people during the pandemic. Working closely with local partners, councils and government, they supported communities where they needed it most.

This pilot program will build on this vital work, so faith-based organizations and their partners can continue to support communities as they recover.

Minister Scully recently visited the West London-based Church Revitalization Trust, one of the church groups to have received funding. As part of their national Love Your Neighbor project, they work in partnership with volunteers and public services to provide debt counselling, employment training and other community care.

Reverend Tom Jackson MBE, Chief Executive of Love Your Neighbor said:

Love Your Neighbor is delighted to be a partner in the very significant and timely launch of the Faith New Deal.

We look forward to working with churches and local partners, including UK statutory authorities, to increase the impact of crisis food aid, debt counselling, training in employment and other comprehensive care that this groundbreaking initiative will enable”.

Other projects the Faith New Deal fund will support include:

  • Manchester-based Jewish Action for Mental Health (JAMH) will expand its work with other faith groups, councils and health services to provide food to those in need and work in partnership with public services to adapt mental health provision and provide support to those in need.
  • London-based All Souls Serve the City has partnered with local churches, Westminster Council, charities and the police to improve mental wellbeing and tackle loneliness for vulnerable women.

Faith New Deal Pilot Fund: 2022/23 Funding Allocations

List of successful applicants receiving Faith New Deal Pilot Fund awards.

Organization name of the project Funding amount (£)
Jewish Action for Mental Health (JAMH) Evidence of Faith Food and Mental Health Solutions £93,900
The Cinnamon Network Church Mental Wellness and Solitude Project £51,693
Trinity Safe Space The partners £113,862
Safe Families in the UK Safe Families £58,400
Torbay Deanery Torbay United for Food Safety and Security £120,000
Church Revitalization Trust Love thy neighbor £200,000
Transforming Plymouth together Real conversations £99,950
Mission in the economy St Helens Mobile Community Pantry £124,842
Interfaith Wolverhampton Connected to faith and community £94,020
Edmonton Methodist Church Enfield Pathways Integrated Consortium £78,600
The Faith and Belief Forum Multifaith Action Center £41,049
Hereford Diocesan Finance Council Diocese of Hereford £38,630
Southampton City Life Church I love Southampton £109,000
Zion Projects Like a Hampshire £43,220
All souls serve the city Tamar £7,747
Caring for God’s acre Nature Recovery Volunteer £7,586
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