Solihull Faiths Forum
The Solihull Faiths Forum exists to bring together faith groups who are interested in fostering greater mutual understanding and friendship. The group seeks to promote greater understanding and appreciation amongst local people of the rich diversity of belief and practise within our own community and beyond.
- To live peacefully together
- To involve faith and cultural groups in the civic and public life of the borough
- To enable the Council, Solihull Partnership and local faith groups to discuss matters of mutual concern or interest
What we are doing:
- Churches and faith groups from across Solihull have released a new report in association with UK charity Cinnamon Network, providing clear evidence of the large scale social action impact and economic value these groups are having in the local community. Solihull Churches and Faith Groups are giving £3million a year in time to local social action projects with over 62,000 beneficiaries. On a national level, it is estimated that the time given by UK faith groups into their communities is worth over £3 billion a year.The Solihull Faiths Forum, working with Solihull Council, invited all types of faith groups from across the Borough to take part in the Faith Action Audit in February this year. A total of 40 churches and faith groups took part in the survey. The survey found that, between them, they run 257 social action projects across the Borough ranging from food banks to family support to play groups to lunch clubs. Over 2,000 volunteers are involved in running these projects giving time worth more than £3m a year. The report identified that Churches and faith groups were actively working with people from all ages and with men and women in almost equal measure.
Shantose Kaur, Chair of Solihull Faiths Forum which sponsored the Solihull Audit says, “We wanted to do this survey to capture and celebrate the contribution that faith-based groups make in Solihull through social action. The survey will also act as a catalyst for even more collaboration between faith groups and other local organisations to benefit Solihull communities in the future”
- To receive a copy of the full local report and its findings, interview requests, photos or further information please contact: Sarah Barnes on 0121 704 8347 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Solihull adopts the Faith Covenant – Solihull Council has been working with Solihull Faiths Forum to adopt a Faith Covenant to strengthen the working relationship between the Council, its partners and faith communities in the Borough. The Solihull Faith Covenant was signed at an event on Monday 21 September at an event chaired by the Rt Hon Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden (and member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Faith and Society), and attended by the Mayor of Solihull, as well as leaders of the different faith communities.The Covenant is based on a template drawn up by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Faith and Society and is a joint commitment between faith communities and local authorities to a set of principles for working together, which aims to build trust and promote open, practical engagement on all levels. It commits the Solihull Partnership to encouraging faith group participation in local issues as well as involving them in the reshaping and redesign of local services. A copy of Solihull’s Faith Covenant can be found at: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Portals/0/Partnership/Solihull_Faith_Covenant.pdf
- Nourish – Solihull Churches Kitchen is a new initiative set up by Father John Yanni from the Coptic Orthodox Church, with practical support from St Alphege Church and other churches across the town centre to provide free meals for needy individuals and families. The initiative is supported by Solihull Churches Action on Homelessness (SCAH). Reverend Mark Fisher provided the initiative with an initial home for three months.From October 2015, the initiative has moved to a more permanent home, at Three Trees Baptist Church, Chelmsley Wood, in the north of the borough, where the community kitchen has been made available to use. The location of the initiative has been supported by Neil Roberts who leads the Three Trees Baptist Church and the local community. Chelmsley Wood is in the top 10% most deprived wards nationally as well as within theThe hot meals are available between 6-7pm every Wednesday evening at Three Trees Baptist Church, Hedingham Grove, Chelmsley wood, B37 7TP.
- Multi Faith Communities receive grants to help raise awareness of people “living with dementia ”Following the award of The Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) grant earlier this year to help raise awareness of people “living with dementia”, Solihull Council and the Experts by Experience have been working in partnership with Multi Faith Communities to raise awareness of dementia.With this in mind, Solihull Council has offered, through Sustain, 10 x £120 grants to any faith establishment who would be willing to hold an event to try and promote “living with dementia” awareness within their faith community. The grant money can be used by the Faith Communities to promote and support their individual events. Solihull Council , with the Alzheimer’s Society and Experts by Experience, will provide basic awareness training lasting between ½ hour to 1 hour at each event.In return for the grant, the Faith Communities will provide a 1 page summary of each event, where and when it was held, number of attendees (minimum of 30) and some brief feedback and thoughts from the people who attended.
- Do you know someone living with dementia? On Monday 7th September “Moments” opens its doors to carers and people living with dementia. A brand new café concept for Revd. Mark Fisher, “Moments” is run by parishioners in Mayflower Room, Christ Church (741 Warwick Road, opp. House of Fraser) -from 10:30am to 12:30 pm every Monday with car parking off Union Road. It offers a unique relaxed and informal support for people living with dementia. There will be light refreshments and a variety of opportunities each week, including: advice and pointers to support services, the chance to talk to others and share, singing and music, memory books and speakers on helpful topics.