Faith based engagement
“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.” Desmond Tutu
Faith-based organisations in Northern Ireland have an important and distinctive place and reach in society and their community work plays an important role in communities where they deliver many interventions on various themes by engaging large numbers of volunteers in a range of social and community development activities. In recognition of this the Department for Communities currently funds a Faith Based Engagement Strand under the Regional Infrastructure Support Programme (RISP). This funding programme is under review however, in the interim, NICVA and RCN are supporting some of this work including providing direct support to faith based organisations through a range of seminars and training sessions.
NICVA’s Faith Engagement Project has played a key role in facilitating ongoing consultations with a range of faith leaders and the NI Executive.
The Department for Communities currently funds a Faith Based Engagement Strand under the Regional Infrastructure Support Programme (RISP) which provides direct support to faith based organisations through a range of seminars and training sessions.
NICVA recently completed research on the faith based sector in Northern Ireland, which established the community work conducted by these organisations, outside of regular worship, and identified their training/support needs.
NICVA recently participated in an Internship Programme with Queen's University and Santander, and through the scheme employed two Research Interns to support the Research Team. This article sheds light on their contribution to the NICVA team.
NICVA has launched a short online survey for all faith based organisations in Northern Ireland. If you are a faith based organisation we would love to hear from you.
|Lynda Gould||Project Coordinator (Faith-based engagement)|
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