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Together in Service Newsletter - 11/24/2014
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Welcome to the Together in Service newsletter.

For more information regarding Together in Service and our grant programme, be sure to check out the Together in Service site, and stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter.

Together in Service Award Winners

On Wednesday 19th November, at FaithAction's Too Significant to Ignore national conference in Westminster, we presented Together in Service Spotlight Awards to eight wonderful projects!
These projects best exemplify the objectives of Together in Service: those that make unparalleled contributions to their communities by bringing together people of different faiths in social action.

The awards were presented by Stephen Williams MP, Under Secretary of State to the Department of Communities and Local Government, who fund Together in Service.
Together in Service Spotlight Award Winners
With Stephen Williams MP, and FaithAction's Daniel Singleton and Virginia Kpayser

Engaged Buddhist Kula

Manchester's Engaged Buddhist Kula runs a variety of events across the city - from helping set up food banks to film nights and community clean up days - applying Buddhist teachings to social action.

Buddhist Healthcare Chaplaincy Group

Working with other chaplain groups, the Buddhist Healthcare Chaplaincy Group supports Buddhist chaplains in hospitals, providing spiritual guidance to people of all faiths.

René Cassin

Based on Jewish values, René Cassin is involved in a wide range of human rights issues. As a TiS project, they have been working to combat the widespread discrimination against Gypsies, Travellers and Roma.

Basti Ram

Working in both the UK and India, Basti Ram encourages self-development and the broadening of horizons. As a TiS project, they will be holding a Hindi-style Festival of Color to bring together people from across their community.

Communities Inc.

Communities Inc. is a social enterprise working for the disadvantage and disenfranchised in Nottinghamshire. As a TiS project, they are providing guidance and training to faith groups to help support victims of hate crimes.

Springfield Project

The Springfield Project provides a range of services to support families with young children in Birmingham. As a TiS project, they ran a Creative Families Festival, bringing together families from across the community to partake in various cultural and creative activities.


A collaboration between the Muslim and Catholic communities, Birinus works to support the health and wellbeing of the elderly of Birminham. As a TiS project, Birinus held a networking event, to show the benefit of working with faith communities and to strengthen ties with care providers and agencies.

Liverpool Community Spirit

Liverpool Community Spirit provide community events in Merseyside, from youth engagement to adult learning. As a TiS project, the Taste of Life course provides vulnerable adults with the chance to experience and learn from different faiths and cultures.
We still want to hear from you about what would be in your party manifesto! This could be something that would help you and your organisation carry out their work, or it could be an issue that affects you personally.

Here's a few ideas from the floor of our Faith Too Significant to Ignore conference last week that might inspire you:
  • "Faith and social action groups that aren't just seen as extra icing on the cake."
  • "Local councillors and MPs to involve faith groups and listen to them, because they are the people on the ground."
  • "Helping local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups to understand and work with faith organisations."
You can email your thoughts to or tweet using the hashtag #MyManifesto

Together in Service Project Spotlight

Last week, for Inter Faith Week, we highlighted, through our site and Twitter, some of the amazing work being done by projects funded by Together in Service.
These groups were
  • Bonny Downs Community Association
  • Ashford Place
  • Harold Road Centre
  • Dwell Project
  • Basti Ram.
Details on the work of all these projects can found on the site here.

And remember, this is just a fraction of the projects funded by Together in Service.
So if you're feeling inspired after reading about all these amazing projects, don't forget there's just one week left until the final deadline to apply for a Together in Service grant and make a difference in your community yourself.

Final Funding Deadline - One Week to Go!

There is just one week left until the final application deadline at 5pm on 1st December. We endeavor to check over applications we receive where possible, but please bear in mind that time is short.

For help with your application, be sure to check out the Funding section of the site, including the Eligibility Survey, our FAQs, our Hints and Tips, and of course, the Application Pack.

The deadline for the current funding period is

5pm, Monday 1st December


Interested in volunteering?

We're now running a special email bulletin for those interested in volunteering their time! Separate from this weekly newsletter, these bulletins will highlight the opportunities we find across the country to volunteer with social action projects and events.

To sign up, click the button below and simply check the Volunteering box to opt-in.
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If you're holding a social action event of your own, you can promote it using our calendar on the Together in Service site!

Send us the details using the form linked below and a member of the Together in Service will review it for addition to the calendar. We might need to get in touch for additional details in some cases.
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