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Kieran Hunt
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Mental Health Training for faith Based Personnel

Chapter – an expert in the field of mental wellbeing – is providing Mental Health First Aid training to 30 faith leaders from across North West of England, in order for them to better support their communities.
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A Covid Response

The mission of St Martin’s Centre for Health and Healing is to support vulnerable people and as a Covid-response we have recently launched a new service delivering Situational Counselling and Psychological Wellbeing support.
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Signposting: Supporting teachers with RE subject knowledge

This project was launched by Warwickshire SACRE back in Autumn 2019 in response to a growing number of local RE leads asking for support with their RE Subject Knowledge across the board. We also know they received, on average, 3 hours of RE whilst engaged in Initial Teacher Training.

We have devised a programme that makes use of local places of worship and SACRE members in 'expert' roles to provide a tour, talk, and Q&A's based on their faith tradition. Sessions are filmed to provide digital Continuous Professional Development for teachers back in school, increasing the reach and impact of the project further.
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The Hildegard Project

The Hildegard Project, a direct response to COVID, builds on the work of the community for over 27 years, now facing a rapidly changing world.  Inspired by Hildegard of Bingen, 12thc., we are taking forward our commitment to holistic healing. Supporting people of all ages in their physical, mental and spiritual health through recognising the interface between the gardens, arts, spirituality and justice, which get to the heart of this project. We find that awareness between nature, spirituality and hospitality empowers people towards transformation of life.
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Treasure Trails

Thousands of people have attended our treasure trails at Hull Community Church, and this funding allows us to extend those by bringing the Narnia Trail to other churches, and creating a new Rainbow Trail.

The Narnia Trail, which has been visited to date by 8,000 people, explores the themes of temptation, betrayal, trust, redemption and faith through a hands-on, interactive experience from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The new Rainbow Trail is for the lead-up to Pride with the theme of being “wonderfully and colourfully made” – exploring families of all kinds, through colour and art.
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The Faith Guiding Course

The Faith Guiding Course is for those wishing to be trained to lead high-quality educational visits to places of worship. The Faith Encounter Programme has extensive knowledge of the faith sector and involvement with a wide range of faith-inspired organisations which has helped them to successfully engage collaboratively with diverse faith communities in Birmingham, the Midlands and further afield.

Their aims include offering customised courses in Faith Guiding to train Guides of all faiths to receive visitors with confidence and openness at their places of worship in the Midlands Region.
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Just Festival has been an important part of the Fringe for many years – 2020 being our 20th anniversary. Despite the strange and unusual circumstances of 2020 we decided to carry on and rethink our programme in a way that would best maintain the unique spirit of the Just Festival, and create the space for people to gather online to discuss those issues that most affect our lives today with our fantastic range of eclectic and expert panellists.
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Cockfield’s Glebe Garden

This project aims to work with children, young people, families and older people to bring together the community to improve the church garden back into a venue that can be enjoyed by all of the community. The garden will be somewhere the community can come together to improve the space, reduce isolation through the process of improving it, and create a safe space outdoors for the isolation of all to be reduced in the future.

Through the gardening work and intergenerational elements of this project we will see a younger generation learning about gardening and interactions between generations that have spent their lives in Cockfield.
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We want to better engage with marginalised faith and BAME communities who do not currently access our hospice services. We want to break down barriers so that religion, culture, ethnicity, language, faith, sexual orientation, age and wealth are never obstacles to accessing the care and support we offer.

We will work directly with local faith and community leaders, to understand how we can better serve the people they represent and we will raise awareness of St Clare Hospice within these communities – so that many more people know who we are, what we do and how we can help them.
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WIRE Award: Widening Inclusivity in Religious Education

The WIRE Award is an initiative of Bristol and South Gloucestershire SACRE. Its aims to encourage schools to take pupils to places of worship in the local area that is not the main religion within the school. We know that encountering believers really opens pupils eyes to faith and helps to improve understanding and tolerance. In addition, schools will put on events for parents to showcase what pupils have learnt about faith in their local area.
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The Noise Arts Festival

The Noise Arts Festival is organised by the local church for its surrounding community. Working with people of all ages and backgrounds, seeking to create interaction between the church and the community. The festival uses the arts, including comedy, music, dance, drama and family focused events to create a place to engage.

2020 has been a challenging year, our Easter Programme was cancelled and with October event constantly changing in light of the pandemic restrictions, we decided to go ahead with a massively changed programme.
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C2C Grows

C2C Social Action is a Northamptonshire based Christian Charity that offers a range of support to individuals at any stage of the Criminal Justice System by inspiring and motivating them to take personal responsibility for their behaviour, in order to reduce re-offending.

In September 2020, C2C Social Action acquired a fantastic allotment plot and set up a project called C2C Grows. The project is run by a newly recruited Outdoor Learning Support Worker and offers horticultural activities to male and female service users.
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RE-Live is a project to engage teachers in a mix of rural and urban areas in producing a series of model lesson plans for RE; making use of examples from a contemporary world. Viewing such experiences and events through the lens of 'Big Ideas' ensures that matters of religion and belief are the focus of learning.
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Grace Enterprises is an organisation in Nottingham that reduces poverty and empowers individuals who ordinarily struggle to find and keep work. It does this through creating jobs and supporting individuals 1:1.

We employ people who may for example have been in prison, suffered domestic abuse, been homeless, or struggled with addiction. We pay the Real Living Wage and mentor and support individuals 1:1 so they can maintain their employment - with remarkable results. The way we do this is through our trading arm, a cleaning business, called Radiant Cleaners.
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BDCA 2020 Impact Film

Bonny Down Community Association has been transforming our area within the London Borough of Newham since 1998. Over the past two decades, we have renovated our previously dead derelict spaces into lively local hubs.

Despite the pandemic, our diverse team continued to run adapted support services from our restored venues including accessible sports, elders activities, family support, youth clubs healthy food poverty relief and volunteering programme. Newham was sadly the worst hit place in terms of death rate during the first wave but we made this film to celebrate the incredible ways our neighbours supported each other.
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Refugee Youth Leadership

Refugee Support Network’s values-based Youth Leadership Course encourages young refugees to be leaders in their spheres of influence and helps them grow to realise their own uniqueness, goodness and resilience.

The course creates space for young people to discuss, reflect and frame their life experiences in a nurturing and encouraging environment. By taking part in the leadership course young people are equipped with the confidence to lead, and play their part in social and personal transformation.
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 In Autumn 2020 with the support of Westhill Endowment we have undertaken a schools and communities project called ‘Light of Hope’. 140 schools have now taken part which is the largest number we have ever worked with on a schools art project. Children were able to make a creative response to the pandemic, to express what they might be feeling.

Our Artist-in-Residence, Peter Walker, also created a spectacular art installation at the Cathedral, his own ‘light of hope’ to tie in with the project. Please read on.
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National RE Curriculum Symposium

The National RE curriculum symposium will productively address RE curriculum design issues, such as RE beyond pedagogy and resources, considering the role of religion and world views plays in the local community and society as a whole, contributing to community cohesion. As a result of the symposium, a number of resources will be made available on the NATRE website for use by RE teachers and other professionals.
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Places of Welcome 5th Anniversary: Celebrating Welcome, Friendship and Community

Places of Welcome is a network of grassroots community and faith groups offering welcome, hospitality and friendship. The network started in Birmingham and to celebrate its 5th Birthday we invited all of the Places of Welcome in Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell (around 85 groups), to create a collective art installation that celebrates welcome and hospitality and the value of community and relationships.

Just over 75 Places of Welcome chose to take part in creating the art installation and each created an individual art panel which was then brought together to create one collective piece called ‘Our Place of Welcome’. This was launched at our birthday celebration event on the 27th February 2020, where over 170 people gathered to celebrate in St Martin in the Bull Ring Church.
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Faith in Our Community work in twelve of the most deprived communities in North East England where local people struggle with unemployment, poverty and poor health. Despite being disadvantaged in many ways, people are resilient. Residents are concerned for one another and there is a good community spirit.

We have twelve projects where local churches work together to support their communities, for example, supporting older people, young families and people who have no work, and improving the local environment. Please look through this webpage for brief information about our projects. We would love to hear from you if you want to know more.
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At A Loss has three aims: to provide ACCESSIBLE support for all wo have suffered significant loss; to help BRIDGE the gap in existing services by signposting and to change the CULTURE around bereavement support.
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RISING promotes new ways to provoke dialogue around peace. RISING is a three way partnership between The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (Coventry University), Coventry City Council and Coventry Cathedral.

We deliver regular lectures and symposia and have a strong online presence for discussion of current world peace issues.

RISING culminates in an annual Global Peace Forum, held in Coventry. Through a combination of key note speeches from high calibre speakers, seminars and workshops, RISING Global Peace Forum provides an excellent opportunity for dialogue and exchanging ideas on peace.
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Community Spirit is Performances Birmingham, Limited’s annual mass singing programme that aims to bring 500 community choir members of all ages, abilities and backgrounds together in Symphony Hall through their joy of community singing, championing the people in this region and giving performance opportunities to all.

Community Spirit enables and supports a diverse range of community choirs based in Birmingham and the West Midlands and gives them the platform to sing as one. The positive effects of singing are well known, reducing social isolation, nurturing confidence and self-worth and encouraging the development of additional and transferable skills.
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Newbigin School for Urban Leadership

Urban Change Makers (UCM) is a new emerging leaders program that focuses on working class leadership development from within urban priority areas. UCM is initiated by Newbigin School for Urban Leadership and Worth Unlimited in conjunction with local hubs who nominate and send small teams of emerging leaders to the 10 month program that includes 3 week-end residentials, coaching, best practice site visits, an investors panel and a graduation/induction.
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Pattern Up: Promoting Haringey Communities Against Violence

PATTERN UP is a community play exploring themes of racism, youth violence and families in Tottenham’s African Caribbean community. It is performed by, and based on, the lives of Tottenham community activists, Ken Hinds and June Tuitt. Its first run (Arts Council England and Westhill funded) proved to be a powerful vehicle for engaging people in intergenerational dialogue and exploring solutions.

Building on its impact and outcomes, we are developing the play further, in particular to promote Haringey Communities Against Violence, a grass roots voluntary organisation founded by Ken and June and other local people in Haringey.
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Our aim is to enhance our presence in communities that never or rarely utilise our palliative care services, despite needing our support. This initiative will see Birmingham St Mary’s develop targeted service strategies to support individuals with life-limiting illness from diverse and marginalised groups in Birmingham and Sandwell.

This work will help dispel myths about hospice care in communities it’s low referral rates, through the promotion of our equality and diversity practices.
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A Passion for Cheadle” will take place on Saturday, 4th April 2020. This community-based performance of gospel for Cheadle is firmly rooted in our faith and it has been in our prayers for a number of years. Passion plays have the ability to promote dialogue and inspire new relationships between people of differing faiths and none, and are an opportunity for exploration and mutual understanding.

It will be a community coming together for a shared experience which lasts long in the memory after the event. Singers, dancers, actors, stewards, who might not normally come into contact with each other will work together in their shared vision for an expected audience of 2,000 people.
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Edinburgh Passion 2020

The Edinburgh Passion 2020 will tell the story of Easter through an ambitious creative, cultural and artistic showcase spanning different areas in the city. We will be telling the Easter story in "real time", starting on the Thursday night and going all the way through until the Sunday morning with different community groups across the city taking 1 hour each. There will be diverse groups telling the story for 63 consecutive hours. There are a number of groups signed up including homeless groups, different churches, refugees etc.
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The Christians Against Poverty Job Club in Tiverton is a friendly place where individuals can get support to gain voluntary or paid work. We offer ‘Steps to Employment’ courses, coaching and an opportunity to meet and share refreshments with other jobseekers.

The Job Club meets on Thursdays at Tiverton Library and has been running for three years. The service is free to attend, and out of the 60+ people who have attended so far, the majority now have employment. You’d be very welcome to attend.

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The Story Tent project brings together the theoretical findings that came out of a recently completed PhD carried out at Warwick Religious Education Research Unit (WRERU) and the practical experience of the Rose Castle Foundation (RCF), a hub for Scriptural Reasoning (SR) in the UK and internationally.

SR focuses on developing an understanding of religion, as experienced by faith participants through shared dialogue around sacred texts. It is a practice where people of different faith traditions come together to share their sacred texts in an environment of mutual trust and respect.
Dying Matters: During May 2019 South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust took a free loan of Westhill’s exhibition Bald Statements which was displayed in The Health and Wellbeing Café of Stratford Hospital as part of their Dying Matters week.
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The Emmanuel School of Drama exists to enable children to explore and express their Christian faith, giving voice to what is most important to them with courage, creativity and conviction. Our desire is to partner with creative communities in Oxford, generously and graciously engaging in dialogue and giving voice to the Christian faith in these settings. In this way we hope to promote a pattern of positive Christian engagement in the arts and other areas of contemporary culture.
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Shepherds Crook Puppet Theatre is one of the participating initiatives of the Lichfield Christian Schools Work Trust. It is an ongoing project which seeks to promote religious knowledge in an interesting and lively way, for the whole primary school age range, through the dramatic imagining and retelling of bible stories using the medium of puppetry.
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Mustard Tree works with people facing multiple disadvantage in Greater Manchester. We are delivering English for Speakers of Other Languages courses at our community hub, which will enable asylum seekers and refugees to learn and build positive social connections with people from different backgrounds and faiths.
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 Minus Violence Plus Peace

The aim of Minus Violence Plus Peace is to improve resilience amongst young people at risk or involved in life-threatening behaviour involving knives and to start creating narratives of peace with these young people affected by violence.  We are working with Anti-Youth Violence on this project.

Ray Douglas is a well-established practitioner working with gangs around the country and against youth violence, particularly knives.  We work within secondary schools with small groups of young people.  We are seeking to stop permanent exclusion from school of young people in secondary school at risk of exclusions for aggression, violence or knife carrying.
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During May 2019 Providence United Reformed Church in Derbyshire took a free loan of Westhill’s Exhibition, Living Life, a collection of paintings by Ruth Goodheir.

The exhibition was displayed during their Dying Awareness week and was a focus for a reflective service of remembrance, as well as being open to the public every afternoon from 3pm – 7pm as an enrichment to the accompanying activities.
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Biblical Yoga Project

Biblical Yoga is a recent development of MHA written by one of our Chaplains, Yvonne Myres, who works at Amathea Care Home in Cumbria. We plan to deliver this project through a series of events titled Worship Engagement in Later Life (WELL). The training will be open to all faith in this area.
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Truth be Told

Truth Be Told (TBT) is an inter-generational project that takes joy and life into residential care homes as 0-4's, their parents and residents enjoy storytelling, singing songs and being community together. With a special bag, covered in pockets and full of props, each week follows a different theme like 'transport' or 'animals' or 'colours' and each story tells of a different truth like 'I am loved' or 'I am safe' or 'I am precious'.  TBT works with local churches, care homes and families to provide a creative and responsive experience for everyone, helping to promote cognition and reduce loneliness.
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Opened in February 2016 the Faith in Birmingham Gallery, at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, is a space for shared exploration of faith practice in the city. Since opening, the museum has been committed to developing the gallery by working with new faith groups and communities each year to diversify the stories told in the space.

This project will be the third rotation of objects and stories, this year working with local African & African Caribbean communities to increase their representation in the gallery.
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‘The Word’ is Lichfield Cathedral’s first poetry competition and festival, celebrating our creativity through the form of the written word and exploring themes of ‘Awe & Wonder’ and ‘Light in our Darkness’. We will be encouraging people to reflect on the origins of the universe, human care for Earth and the sheer vastness and complexity of space, light and time in the anniversary year of the first Moon landing.

This is a valuable opportunity to engage with an important anniversary but also important theological questions about creation, cosmology and care for the Earth which space travel and astronomical discoveries have stimulated.
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Behold the Man

Havant Passion Play Limited is a charitable company limited by guarantee.  Our aim is to bring the Word of God to the wider public through the medium of acting. Our first production was in August 2015 when we put on a play focusing on the Passion of Christ based on the Gospel of Luke. 

In August 2017 we had our second production, "Jesus in the Park" and in August 2019 we completed our third production "Behold the Man!" The productions all take place in Havant Park and are free to all comers.
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Opening doors: Art

At Haslemere Methodist Church we wanted to create a significant visual impact for visitors to our church so we commissioned an applique and embroidery from Juliet Hemmingray Church Textiles to adorn the large front wall of the church.

The textile is a work of art in its own right but we hope it will also become a focus for, and encouragement to, local artists to display their own work here and for others to develop an interest in the arts.  We seek to develop the space as a venue for exhibitions and workshops. We believe the triptych will encourage conversation and action to these ends.
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City Youth - say no to anti-social behaviour

City Youth is helping young people (16-25) to say no to engaging in anti-social behaviour, cyber-bullying and the use of drugs and alcohol, by providing innovative ways to explore and discuss such issues in a safe, non-judgemental environment. We aim to empower young people using drama, music and words.
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With Full Conviction is a play which seeks to present the Christian message as one of life and experience rather than a system of belief. In the performance two people are helped to recover their lives and purpose through the intervention of a third character who brings them a message of hope through engagement with both their spiritual and practical needs.

The performance challenges some attitudes about other people which are often held in both churches and society. Following each performance there will be an optional discussion around the themes of the play – forgiveness, blessing, healing and salvation – and those present will be invited to join a course which has been created by the writer of the play.
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Holy Week 2019 brought this unique contemporary retelling of the extraordinary Easter story of Jesus' journey to the cross and resurrection to the streets of Birmingham City Centre. With a diverse team of over 100 community actors, Saltmine Theatre Company, musicians, technicians and stewards, the Birmingham Passion play took place three times, travelling from the Bullring to the Cathedral.
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Due to national funding cutbacks in the UK, many community English language programmes have been reduced, leaving new immigrants and asylum seekers vulnerable and more likely to remain isolated.

Christian TEFL is developing a pilot project to train Christians to teach English in their local churches, helping immigrants who don't speak English assimilate into their communities with an opportunity for gospel outreach. Initially we plan to run projects in three churches, and if successful we aim to develop further English teacher training opportunities to churches throughout the UK.
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Our projects seeks to encourage interfaith dialogue and awareness by uniting women of different faiths in conversation over food and art based activities. 
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Armed Forces' Easter Camp 19

Easter Camp is a 6-day holiday camp aimed at children aged 11-18 years of serving Armed Forces' personnel and those associated with the Armed Forces. Each year around 70 young people and 30 leaders come together to have fun, encourage each other, and to make new and lasting friendships that stretch beyond postings and the constraints of military life. Some come to deepen their Christian faith, others come to find it.
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Link 2 Change

The Link to Change project aims to increase participants self-efficacy to empower them to search for jobs, to prepare applications and to attend interviews. The project increases social skills, builds confidence, increases understanding of employers and teaches interview skills. This funding will help us to run a job club, train our volunteers and develop our intervention recording systems.
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Creative Space: To Imagination and Beyond

Our project 'Creative Space' is aimed at encouraging children to consider aspects of faith through creative and performing arts like puppetry, drama, circus skills and dance. Our project will teach children's workers, children, and young people how to use these skills and abilities and fund their imagination leads them into faith.
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Local Inter Faith Guide

Our project is to publish a third edition of the Local Interfaith Guide to support the development and reinvigorate local interfaith groups by giving practical support, case studies and links to useful resources. The guide will enable those particularly wanting to establish groups to draw on best practice based on the experience of others. 
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The Phoenix and the Art of Shalom

What does the ancient Hebrew idea of shalom look like in modern day Scotland?  As Rock Community Church reopened a disused community centre within one of Scotland's most deprived communities, they asked this very question.

As The Phoenix saw its doors open again in Nov 2018 there was a desire to explore what this ancient concept of wholeness and holistic peace might look like for the people of Dumbarton West. In particular, we wondered how the arts might have a part to play in bringing spiritual, relational, mental, emotional, familial wholeness.  The Art of Shalom is an experiment in using the arts to celebrate and encourage life in its fullest sense.
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The disappearance of Eliza Grey is an entertaining full-length play exploring why people with Dementia can become invisible and how to enable them to live well. It supports the Alzheimer's Society 'Dementia Friendly Community' initiative.

Using a crime drama format, this two-hander, makes use of the familiarity of a small rural church setting, and can be performed in any space. This play also connects to other issues that cause people to become invisible in society. Audiences have loved the show and provided great feedback. It easily adapts into a workshop for carers, or people living with dementia.
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Christianity - Big Questions

Our project aims to reach out to many different audiences via social media, websites, home viewing, faith groups, with a series of short films challenging the viewers to think about Christianity in contemporary society. 

What are the big questions which the Christian faith needs to ask itself?  What are the big questions in society in which Christianity seeks to address? How might our viewers be challenged to rethink their perceptions of Christianity and which might be the future for a progressive faith?
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The Community Participation Programme is a holistic 3 phase programme building confidence, skills and positive relationships through creative activity for local people in Sparkbrook. Each phase is designed to build on the last working towards a deeper level of engagement.

The programme supports positive change by encouraging participation and interaction in a safe shared learning environment, centred around creative and fun activities. It values and promotes the skills and assests of the people in the local community by sharing cultural history and experiences. Finally, the project builds a strong and empowered community by developing the educational, practical and language skills of participants.
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With over 10,000 people permanently living on boats, many of whom are continually moving over the 2,000 mile network of the inland waterways in England and Wales, it is easy for many to be overlooked by local communities or government provision.

Waterways Chaplains proactively seek out such people to offer care, support and encouragement. The Westhill grant enables 10 additional voluntary Chaplains to receive the necessary specialist training in parts of the country not yet reached by the existing 70 Chaplains, to have some 1,000 meaningful coversations with boaters on the margins of society. 
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The Journey

An immersive, transient piece of theatre, taking the audience through the journey as imagined for Mary and Joseph frm Nazareth to Bethlehem. As we move along the audience will encounter street drama to give them a sense of the bigger picture, how the population felt at this time of great uncertainty and upheaval.
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This community-based collaborative project brings together participants from a range of ages, cultures, religions and experiences to help develop religious and cultural literacy in the region. Based in primary and secondary schools across Lincolnshire, the aim of the work is to challenge misconceptions and provide a safe space for encounter and positive engagement.

Participants will work with playwrights, actors, technical and digital teams, subject experts and crucially, each other, to produce a series of performances exploring social and moral issues of living well together. REConnecting Lincolnshire provides and exciting opportunity to discover the richness of identity in modern Britain.
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Season Two of the Young Quaker Podcast

The Young Quaker Podcast is a monthly downloadable audio show that promotes young adult Quaker voices, experiences, and ministry, and works to build a supportive online community for young Friends internationally.

Building on our success from the first season (Nov ‘17 - Jun ‘18) and with the help of Westhill Endowment Trust, we are now launching a second season of 9 episodes this autumn, to continue to provide a space for young adult Friends to explore and speak about their spirituality, through a medium that is accessible to all with an internet connection.
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Bible Engagement in multi-faith Schools

This project enables thousands of primary school children, in multi-faith cities across England and Wales, to engage with Bible Stories in a sensitive, educationally acceptable style.  In partnership with Birmingham City Mission, the Bible Society seeks to engage inter-faith dialogue between the Christian church and primary schools where children are from other faiths and none.

The project is building bridges between different faiths and cultures between communities. Different Christian church denominations come together to deliver Bible stories as part of collective workship in multi-faith primary schools, giving children and foundational understanding of our society's Christian heritage, enabling them to compare and contrast.
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Imagine Peace: 20,00 Doves is a large-scale mass children's participation art installation at Lichfield Cathedral. Part of a year-long programme to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, the project will see our Artist-in-Residence working with local schools to create 20,000 paper doves; the doves will then be suspended in a large-scale art installation from the ceiling of the Cathedral's nave throughout December 2018.

Participating schools receive a pack containing the materials to make doves, information about the project, and a powerpoint presentation about the themes of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation. The children will use their learning to develop and write on their dove a personal message relating to the project themes; they will also learn about the historical and religious context for the dove as a symbol of peace.
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St Andrews Church Rugby: The Song of Creation

Our project is to commission and co-curate a high quality art work for the West Tower wall of St. Andrew's Parish Church. The project will engage and build bridges in the community through exploring the Song of Creation.
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Developing Deeper Discussion

The aim of this project is first to provide pocket guides to relationships between Christians and other faith communities (Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and Buddist). Second, we will use these guides to facilitate deeper discussion between Christians and other faith communities.
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Celebrating Diversity

Our project is seeing to share Newham Sacre's (Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education) good practice over to Waltham Forest Sacre. This will happen in three ways; we will run year 5 Inter-faith one-day conferences with 18 Waltham Forest Primary Schools; we will share and help Waltham Forest build their own version of Student Sacre; and we will run training for both Sacre's in order to help members have greater knowledge of their role as a Sacre as well as sharing best practice. 
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The festival is organised by the local church for it's surrounding community. Working with people of all ages and backgrounds, seeking to create an interaction with the church and community. The festival uses the arts, including comedy, music, dance, drama and family focussed events help in a variety of venues to achieve this task.
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A Play in a Day

Project in planning for March 2019.

"A Play in a Day": The aim is simple - create a play in a day!  The event will provide an engaging way to get to know people. Our project will enable three local churches, in neighbouring areas, to connect with their communities. Each church will host our lead artist for one event, bringing all three groups together. This will be an opportunity to see each other's performances; connect across churches; and invite friends and family to see the fun we've had.
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Our victim awareness / restorative justice programme, Sycamore Tree, challenges attitudes to crime and offending behaviours and motivates offenders to desist from crime.

Sycamore Tree is a powerful rehabilitative tool which can initiate change if attitude and behaviour, breaking the cycle of reoffending and helping effective rehabilitation back into communities and families.

Prison fellowships vision is that every prisoner in England and Wales has access to the support they need.
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We encourage people to learn Engish so they are able to communicate with people like teachers and doctors and can visit places such as libraries and other public places. Anyone can access our group and trained tutors will provide support as they learn. All our staff have undertaken training and personal checks (DBS).
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Church of the Poor

We are building an ecumenical 'community of praxis' in South Yorkshire, linking together churches and projects that are working to build what Pope Francis has described as "a poor church that is for the poor".  Churches are learning from each other, supporting each other in their mission and discipleship, and showing the wider church what it really means to be a 'church of the poor'.
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Life's a Carnival Community Theatre

Life's a Carnival is a newly devised play exploring racism, youth violence and families, in Haringey's African-Caribbean community. It will be performed by, and based on, the lives of Tottenham community activists, Ken Hinds and June Tuitt.

Building on (Arts Council England Funded) Phase 1, this project includes: script and community engagement, design, music and staging, rehearsals, performances in 10 venues in London and Leicester. The project aims to promote social action on youth on youth violence in Haringey and to help communities change their narrative about each other through performing arts, as well as understanding how applied theatre can help community development.
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Mixing Bowl @Holy Biscuit

'Mixing Bowl' is a twice-monthly gathering of people from a variety of backgrounds, including many who have left traditional church contexts and those with no known faith background. We meet to share a meal, discuss and reflect on an artwork (visual art, writing, music etc) and pray together.

We are committed to exploring what faith, art and shared life look like outside of the traditional church context.  We are based at Holy Biscuit, an arts organisation run by the Methodist Church. The activities and discussions in Mixing Bowl offer opportunities to explore and respond to the themes of the artworks exhibited in the gallery.
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Resilience Building Mentoring Project

Oxford is a city of contrasts.  25% of young people here go to private school, and yet 25% grow up in child poverty. The young people growing up in the disadvantaged communities of Barton and Blackbird Leys face many more obstacles than opportunities.

But we believe these young people have just as much potential as anyone else. And that's why Thrive staff and volunteers live in these estates themselves: to become positive role models equipping young people with resilience.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity and this project will equip young people from Barton and Blackbird Leys to increase their resilience. They will receive intensive mentoring that has a special focus on them transforming their own life, and the lives of other young people and community members around them.
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"Nothing about us, without us, is for us." Wolverhampton Poverty Truth Commission Launched on 3rd April 2017. Seven grassroots voices with direct experience of living with poverty have been meeting with 14 city shapers with responsibilities for the well-being of people in Wolverhampton. 

They have decided to focus on Mental Health, Homelessness, and support Networks, as three key themes where they want to make a difference. They are reporting back at a showcase event on 15th June 2018. The grant from Westhill Endowment will contribute towards the project staff working until the end of August to ensure that the learning shared at the event, and any commitments made, follow through into action.
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Lichfield Community Mentoring (LCM) currently trains and places volunteer mentors into local primary and secondary schools. We aim to provide young people, who are struggling with low self-esteem, a positive adult role model for up to 12 months.

Through this relationship and long-term investment by the mentor, the student is encouraged to develop more self-confidence, resilience and a greater sense of self-worth, no matter what the circumstances. This coming year, with extra funding from Westhill Endowment, we plan to write our own training manual, increase our volunteer base to reach more children and look at partnering with other local organiations in the community to further develop the project.
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Community Spirit

Community Spirit is Symphony Hall's mass singing programme to bring together Birmingham's diverse communities to celebrate the city; enhance social inclusion, connectedness and friendships; support local residents' skills development; and to increase positivity and well-being.

Five hundred individuals from fifteen choirs will celebrate their collective voice and the vital contribution that they make to the cultural life of Birmingham, by performing a very special showcase event.  They will work with Creative Producer, Carol Pemberton CBE, to chose a theme and shared repertoire, as well as separate pieces for each individual choir, covering a range of styles and genres.

They will then undertake weekly rehearsals in their own communities and also join mass rehearsals with the other participants to create a wonderful evening of song at Symphony Gall on Sunday 8th July 2018.
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Families Exploring Faith

In 2018 TLG will be running two Family Adventure Weekends, to which the children and families who we support through our Early Intervention Programme are invited to attend, for free.  These families are often in great social and economic need, so the time away means they are able to have fun away from the pressures of life, all while exploring faith, building relationships and spending precious time together.

We will be able to take 160 people away this year, and for some families this will be the first time they have ever gone on holiday together. The grant will also allow families to begin to connect with their local church communities through the trialing of Family Fun Sessions.
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FACES (Faiths Against Child Exploitation)

FACES (Faiths Against Child Exploitation) is a growing interfaith project in Luton that is committed to challenging Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). We are aware of cases around the country where faith, both Christian and Muslim, has been projected negatively in discussions about CSE.

The working group came together to consider how we, as faith communities, could work together to be part of the solution. FACES has delivered training material for faith leaders to raise awareness around CSE. Further resources are being developed for different contexts that will empower and equip members of the community to recognise the signs and stand against CSE.
Project In Progress
Season of the Spoken Word

This season is about getting people together and talking! Using the spoken word we will explore our community's life and memories, we will explore the spiritual that lies behind stories, and we will use words to celebrate our community and unity.

The season will work across the generations and encourage people from different backgrounds to share their stories and to listen to others. We'll also use the other art forms such as drama, calligraphy and visual media to express words in diverse ways.
Project on-going
Uberheroes® is a unique and innovative experimental learning programme providing education and early intervention techniques for young people to overcome the negative impacts of social, mental, emotional, and physical issues. Uberheroes® supports young people to be more aware of their own emotional health, wellbeing and resilience.

Uberheroes® focuses on 9-16 year olds combining curiosity, creativity, discussion and support. The concept, an Uberhero World, where Uberheroes® and Villains compete over the emotional wellbeing of featured character/s using their range of powers; this is delivered through quarterly superhero themed comics and our interactive website, the young people read, learn, discuss and unpack the topics covered in each new issue; each facilitation group is led by a qualified facilitator who ensures that every question is asked in relation to the comic’s central character, this enables the young people to answer openly, free from  any risk of criticism or judgement or feelings of vulnerability or exposure.
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Renewal Through Ressurection - Hamilton Passion Play 2018

A Passion Play is a community event which brings people together to tell the story of the last week of Jesus' life. Through drama, the redeeming power of the gospel is brought to life in a fresh way, allowing audiences to experience and engage with these events as never before.
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Sister Jane is a true local hero and heads up Operation Smiles which not only supports babies who are at risk of losing their lives, but also educates communities on maternal/infant health and family planning. The Mother & Babies Centre at the heart of Operation Smiles supports babies in need of urgent nutrition, healthcare and shelter.

Every child is accompanied by a caregiver (often their mothers have passed away), who receives child-care training and support during their six-month stay. Operation Smiles works with local communities to help lower maternal mortality rates, and thus the need for the Centre. AfriKids works towards every child being happy, healthy, safe and in school.
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Fegans is a Christian children's charity supporting vulnerable children and their families. We do this through counselling and our ' Parents Supporting Parents Programme' which is an innovative project offering intensive 1:1 support in homes, together with group work and volunteering opportunities.

The programme is designed to build resilience and then take vulnerable families on a journey from isolation to volunteering, from lack of self-worth to growing confidence, from families in crisis to confident and hopeful home lives.
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The Platform Project

The Platform Project is a 12-month Creative Arts programme provided for young people between the ages of 5-25, giving them access to professional opportunities and training in music, dance, drama and media, whilst gaining an accredited arts award qualification.

The young people will be involved in projects designed to create an atmosphere of positive influence throughout the community.  We want to see young people embracing art in creative ways giving them a voice to express themselves. The young people will become stewards of their own gifts and help those in need within the community. Lastly, they will create professional high-quality entertainment which is affordable and accessible to everyone.
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The Faith Encounter Project trains people of different faiths to deliver educational guided tours of their own places of worship with skill and sensitivity through our Faith Guiding Courses. We currently run a 12 week course annually as well as day courses customised to organisations specifications. 

We support teachers to effectively plan visits to various places of worship, provide speakers for in-school programmes to postrer positive interfaith understanding among pupils. The project also provides training to various organisations within the West Midlands region and beyond equiping their staff and volunteers with relevant interfaith understanding.
Project In Progress
Women of Faith

The Women of Faith project aims to give women the confidence they need to develop as leaders on a range of fields. The women are drawn from different faith communities and also includes those of no faith. They will be encouraged to build supportive relationships and continie these relationships beyond the scope of the programme by acting as peer-mentors for one another.
Project In Progress

At a time of growing division, Together for the Common Good is planning training packages in ‘Common Good Thinking’ for Church leaders, lay people and RE teachers. By building the capacity of the churches through their people, with the principles and practice of the Common Good, this project will untap their potential to create change in communities and to be a catalyst for social transformation. 

We aim to equip people to cultivate local leadership, build bridges and engage in effective relationship building in communities, schools, workplaces, and neighbourhoods.
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A wild and overgrown plot of land will be developed with adults experiencing poor mental health who will: share ideas and be involved in the development of the site from a wild, overgrown area to implementing their ideas and creating a safe community space; explore how parts of the land can be used for growing fruit and vegtables of their choice, alongside spaces for spiritual reflection and growth; prepare, cook and eat meals together, cooked on an open fire each week; benefit from peer support / friendship; have a sense of long-term owenership of the project.
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The S.L.A.V.E Project explores the nature of grooming and exploitation. We have used the film 'Seeing Grace' as a platform which opens up discussions on relationships, sex, and what makes us vulnerable to these methods of exploitation. We unwrap some of the significant ways that social media, environmental factors and biology can affect our decision making. The main purpose of the 12 week programme is to lead the students to a much deeper level of self-awareness.

We deliver a program that explores what it means to be human, and we aim to stimulate authenticity and individuality by showcasing a diverse range of cutting edge studies of human biology, psychology, culture, and behaviour; illustrating the wide range of complex dynamics involved in the human 'thought process'. As a result, S.L.A.V.E investigates identity and how it is formed.
Project In Progress
There are a lot of people in Reedham, but very few of them come to church. We therefore decided that the church would go out to the people, and that on Good Friday we would put on a plat through the streets of Reedham, to tell the story of Christ's Passion and death.

In this way we would not only bring the fundemental story of Christianity to those who might not know it, but also we hoped to engage with individuals, touch their hearts, and make them curious to know more. The website tells the take of how we set about it, and how it all worked out. (Picture: James Bass Photography.)
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Easter Passion Play 2017

The Easter Passion Play is a local community project that draws people together to perform a free play dramatizing the Easter story. Such drama has a long heritage in England and traces its history to the miracle and mystery plays of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Performed today by the community and for the community, these Easter plays are for people of all backgrounds and experiences. In 2017, the Passion Trust will work with a large volunteer cast and professional actors, directors, producers and work on all aspects of the project from events management to costume design. The resulting play will be performed in Manchester over Easter.
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Theos, in partnership with the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, are proposing a project that will conduct and disseminate new research and analysis about the place of faith and belief on university campuses. It will propose a positive vision of the ways in which religious belief and commitment should be understood and fostered on campus and, by implication, in the public square into which students pass. This is a topic of significant importance.

The place of religion and belief on campus is becoming increasingly contested, with debates over the limits of free speech, religious provision, proselytism and religious freedom all prompting media attention over the past few months. However, despite these issues there has been little quality research into the place of religion in universities and how faith groups ought to relate to and live alongside student unions and university administrations.

We are proposing to remedy that situation. A national quantitative overview will attempt to be the first to actually map each of the faith and belief societies currently operating in British universities. It will then seek to answer the fundamental question of how faith and belief societies help foster more socially cohesive and peaceful campuses.
Project In Progress
Octave - Open for Discussion

Octave - Open for Discussion is a travelling art exhibition designed to stimulate conversations. It is hoped to help members of congregations to talk with each other more deeply and then to talk with members of their communities more deeply. Churches may use the exhibition in a variety of ways, including visits to it by local arts groups, artists, schools, colleges and more.

The exhibition can stimulate visits by groups in wider communities as a way to encourage dialogue on difficult personal subjects. The individual works, called Leap, Hear. Watch, Chill, Wait, Be, Fly and Call, are paintings which touch points of common human feeling. The exhibition is physically small enough to be uised in a variety of places and arrives with discussion materials.
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The Natashas Project is a contemporary dance company that raises awareness and supports survivors of human trafficking through dance. We do this through performance, education workshops and restorative workshops. We are currently developing and expanding our performance branch to reach wider and new audiences, take the work to the current high risk areas and to engage and encourage localities to take ownership of this issue in their communities.
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The Restart Chaplian Project provide spiritual and pastoral support to homeless prison leavers. Many men and women leaving prison face prospects of homelessness, with no family or friends to support them. On top of this, the support they recieved from trained prison chaplains is lost when they walk through the prison gates. This often leads to increased chance of being led astray. Feeling desperate and alone, the risk of returning to a life of crime and poverty is highly increased.

The Restart Chaplain Project offers these people the support and companionship they need to piece their life back together. We achieved this via spiritual and pastoral care, showing individuals the way of the gospel and facilitating their connection with faith and the church community.
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Mausoleum: Chaos, Claustrophobia and Corridors of light.

Fired Up Theatre enters into the breathless and oppressive world of the refugee crisis. We are ready to bring to you, your school, church or community group, the opportunity to partner with us. This inclusive project will grow organically within workshops and together we will create performances which will include film projection, original music, poetic narrative and story telling. The project will be available to come to you during October and November 2016.
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Ignition Job Clubs

Jericho's innovative 'Ignition Project' is a training and support programme which equips volunteers from churches and other faith/voluntary organisations to deliver practical job search support and guidance for disadvantaged unemployed young people in their immediate local communities. Ignition provides disadvantaged job seekers with the knowledge, skills, practical support, encouragement and spiritual support to help them live better lives and search for work effectively through work preparation training courses and/or job clubs.

The unique and innovative aspect of Ignition is that the support is delivered right in the heart of the community by passionate and willing volunteers who live, work and worship alongside those they are seeking to help.