Southend Faith and Belief Network

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Southend-on-Sea Faith and Belief Network

Who are we?

Members of the network are representatives of the local faith and belief congregations, groups, and projects, Southend City Council staff, and representatives from partner agencies we have over 100 subscribers to our page getting regular news from the Faith community and communications from Southend City Council, NHS, 3rd sector organizations and invitations to our monthly meetings organizations subscribe to keep informed.

What do we do?

We bring together faith groups and public services committed to

  • pro-actively build relationships and trust between faith groups and public services

  • creating opportunities to raise awareness and share learning and knowledge between different faith communities, and within the public services

  • seeking opportunities to bring people together to serve the community, particularly the most disadvantaged

We meet monthly to share good practice, hear from invited speakers and support each other in activities which support the above commitments.

Content

On this page there is a wide range of resources for faith groups, from funding opportunities specifically for the faith community, to community initiatives, events, links to useful information as well as news relevant to the faith community feel free to add your event, your place of worship into our map and subscribe to join our monthly meetings and get our newsletters.

News : The latest information for Faith and Belief groups.

Have your say! : Tell us your views, surveys, and funding applications!

Map : Add your place of worship and contact details, other can use this information to reach out, find out where you are or worship!

Events : Subscribers can add their events and invite others.

Who can join?

The network is open to faith and belief leaders, congregational members, community leaders, projects members inspired by their faith and beliefs and professionals and agencies wanting to supporting the network’s aims and objectives.

Background story

The council has a long history of working with the diverse faith and belief community in Southend which is making an immense contribution to the wellbeing of residents in Southend. They provide spiritual guidance and also get involved in serving the most disadvantaged in Southend, from food, housing and employment based activities, through to using their assets to host play groups, sports clubs and social and community events.

The Southend Interfaith Working Group was set up to support this work but when the when the pandemic started in 2020 we had to engage with as many people as we could in a short space of time. The more agile and peer-based Southend Faith and Belief Network was born out of this with weekly then monthly meetings. It proved again the role our faith and belief communities play as an invaluable source of support to the residents of Southend, from sharing messages to congregations, assisting with covid testing and vaccinations, supporting vulnerable families in need and generally ensuring that people have felt less isolated and more valued.

The work of Southend’s Faith and Belief Network has naturally evolved since then. The members have been meeting monthly to discuss issues such as safety compliance, the health and wellbeing of community members, support for the Afghanistan and Ukrainian families in Southend on Sea, where they have been able to support their community needs and have generally been getting involved in projects happening across the City as well as working solidly to support their own congregations.

The tragic events related to the death of Sir David Amess in 2021 brought us together as a network with ideas such as the 1000 Conversations, the 2022 Unite in the Light event at the Cliffs Pavilions (23 plus congregations represented) and Eid in the Park with over 4k residents attending. We come together many times as a group, to be a powerful, united voice and group and the Southend City Council joined the Essex Faith Covenant.

In 2023 the network followed through with Unite in Light: One Planet event bringing together congregations to showcase how they look after the environment informed by their faith and belief.

The network keeps on growing and sharing ideas so please do reach out to find out more by emailing:

To read about how the Council handles your data please visit our Privacy notice: Southend-on-Sea City Council Privacy Notice

Southend-on-Sea Faith and Belief Network

Who are we?

Members of the network are representatives of the local faith and belief congregations, groups, and projects, Southend City Council staff, and representatives from partner agencies we have over 100 subscribers to our page getting regular news from the Faith community and communications from Southend City Council, NHS, 3rd sector organizations and invitations to our monthly meetings organizations subscribe to keep informed.

What do we do?

We bring together faith groups and public services committed to

  • pro-actively build relationships and trust between faith groups and public services

  • creating opportunities to raise awareness and share learning and knowledge between different faith communities, and within the public services

  • seeking opportunities to bring people together to serve the community, particularly the most disadvantaged

We meet monthly to share good practice, hear from invited speakers and support each other in activities which support the above commitments.

Content

On this page there is a wide range of resources for faith groups, from funding opportunities specifically for the faith community, to community initiatives, events, links to useful information as well as news relevant to the faith community feel free to add your event, your place of worship into our map and subscribe to join our monthly meetings and get our newsletters.

News : The latest information for Faith and Belief groups.

Have your say! : Tell us your views, surveys, and funding applications!

Map : Add your place of worship and contact details, other can use this information to reach out, find out where you are or worship!

Events : Subscribers can add their events and invite others.

Who can join?

The network is open to faith and belief leaders, congregational members, community leaders, projects members inspired by their faith and beliefs and professionals and agencies wanting to supporting the network’s aims and objectives.

Background story

The council has a long history of working with the diverse faith and belief community in Southend which is making an immense contribution to the wellbeing of residents in Southend. They provide spiritual guidance and also get involved in serving the most disadvantaged in Southend, from food, housing and employment based activities, through to using their assets to host play groups, sports clubs and social and community events.

The Southend Interfaith Working Group was set up to support this work but when the when the pandemic started in 2020 we had to engage with as many people as we could in a short space of time. The more agile and peer-based Southend Faith and Belief Network was born out of this with weekly then monthly meetings. It proved again the role our faith and belief communities play as an invaluable source of support to the residents of Southend, from sharing messages to congregations, assisting with covid testing and vaccinations, supporting vulnerable families in need and generally ensuring that people have felt less isolated and more valued.

The work of Southend’s Faith and Belief Network has naturally evolved since then. The members have been meeting monthly to discuss issues such as safety compliance, the health and wellbeing of community members, support for the Afghanistan and Ukrainian families in Southend on Sea, where they have been able to support their community needs and have generally been getting involved in projects happening across the City as well as working solidly to support their own congregations.

The tragic events related to the death of Sir David Amess in 2021 brought us together as a network with ideas such as the 1000 Conversations, the 2022 Unite in the Light event at the Cliffs Pavilions (23 plus congregations represented) and Eid in the Park with over 4k residents attending. We come together many times as a group, to be a powerful, united voice and group and the Southend City Council joined the Essex Faith Covenant.

In 2023 the network followed through with Unite in Light: One Planet event bringing together congregations to showcase how they look after the environment informed by their faith and belief.

The network keeps on growing and sharing ideas so please do reach out to find out more by emailing:

To read about how the Council handles your data please visit our Privacy notice: Southend-on-Sea City Council Privacy Notice

  • Carers relief fund

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    About this funding

    Creating Community Support for Adult Carers Who Support Other Adults in the Home

    The Community Investment Board are pleased to announce the launch of the Carers Relief Fund. This funding, from the Adult Social Care Team at Southend City Council, aims to promote new and innovative projects that enhance the wellbeing of adult carers and cultivate resilience within our communities.

    We recognise and value the essential role that adult carers play in our society, and we are committed to investing in their welfare and establishing a robust support system. By supporting carers, we can strengthen our communities and foster collective growth.

    For more information and to apply

    Carers Relief Fund – Community Investment Board (cibsouthend.org.uk)

  • Keeping Southend Healthy

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    A Community Conversation and Information Sharing event with Dr Bharat Pankhania, the Southend Public Health Team, SAVS and a panel of health professionals. This session will explore how we can all protect our health and the health of others, reduce the burden of disease in Southend and protect our communities.

    Adult and child social care practitioners, Care providers and the Voluntary Sector are invited to join us where we will;

    • Raise awareness, improve understanding and provide signposting to key support measures for protecting health and reducing infections/ communicable diseases.
    • Help Social Care practitioners, Care providers and the Voluntary Sector to have conversations with their clients/ residents and service users to support them in making decisions/ choices about protecting their health and improving their health outcomes.
    • Ensure that key learning points from the UK Health Security Agency (previously Public Health England) report into the outbreak of measles in Southend-on-Sea in 2019 have been addressed

    This will be an in-person meeting at the Civic Centre.

    If you have any questions, or you are unable to join in-person please email Roger Savage on rsavage@savs-southend.co.uk

    More Information / Book

  • We need your help; Carers' experiences of general practice Southend Healthwatch

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    If you are an unpaid carer, what's it like having an appointment for yourself?

    Healthwatch Southend is your local voice when it comes to NHS or social care. We are a free, independent service, based in the city and we’re here to help you and listen to your experiences.


    Lots of local people have been telling about their experiences of getting a GP appointment.We know that carers have enough on their plates without having to struggle to get through on the phone.But is your appointment then meeting your needs?

    If you live in Southend and are an unpaid carer, we would like to hear your experiences of making a GP appointment for yourself and your actual consultation. We will collect all the feedback you give us and ask the NHS to make improvements where necessary. Tell us about the good things as well! This is not about the person you care for, important as they are. We want to know about you.





  • Call out ! Apply to “Unite in Light: One Planet” events program in partnership with the Sustainability Fund

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    Are you and faith and belief group in Southend city or would you like to partner up with one? Do you have a project idea to “Care for the Planet”? We are here to help!

    Apply to Unite in Light: One Planet Eevents program in partnership with the Southend Climate Action (SCA) Community Sustainability Fund.

    The SCA Sustainability Fund provides grants of up to £100 to support faith and belief groups and community groups to create positive impact in their local community or environment.

    Following the successful Unite in Light: One Planet interfaith event in April, the Faith and Belief Network and Southend Council’s Climate Change team have come together to support events led by the local faith and belief groups to launch, showcase, initiate, or refresh some of their initiatives.

    If you have a project idea for an event in your faith and belief community or would like to showcase some of the wonderful work you are already doing and want to apply for some funds to support this – then we want to hear from you!

    Fill out the application form below and see if we can help bring your idea to life.

    Each application will be reviewed by a panel formed of participants of the Unite in Light event and members of and the Faith and Belief Network.


    Once you have completed your project, we ask you to provide a project summary that includes what you did, how many people were supported, what went well and what could be improved in the future. We also ask for a photo or video as evidence.



    To make an application please click below



    Click here to apply


  • Unite in light: One planet 2023 Video

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  • Coastal Climate Conversations

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    Southend-on-Sea City Council and Eastern Arc are excited to invite you to the first ever Coastal Climate Conversation Workshop that will take place on Friday, 21 July in Committee Room 4, Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea.

    The workshop, first of a series, will look at the potential effect of the climate crisis on disadvantaged UK coastal towns and communities and how, as a collective, we can take steps towards addressing this.

    Eastern Arc, working with Southend-on-Sea City Council, will explore the issues faced by communities and stakeholders, and how they can work with world-leading researchers within their regional universities and act on the issues. We want to think differently about the situation. Can the cost-of-living crisis act as a catalyst for change? Is it possible to change long-term global outcomes by addressing the immediate needs and concerns of both individuals and institutions?

    If you are interested to “join the conversation”, please register on the Eventbrite page.

    Coastal Climate Conversations Tickets, Fri 21 Jul 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite


  • Southend Active Bystander Training

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    We have a fantastic opportunity for you to receive some free training on becoming an Active Bystander. This is the second instance of this training which has returned due to popular demand.

    The training will take place on Friday 8th December in Committee Room 4A, Southend Civic Centre from 9am to 12pm. You can book your place by clicking here

    This free 3 hour interactive course is led by identity-based violence prevention charity, Protection Approaches and has been developed in partnership with Britain’s East and Southeast Asian Network (besea.n).

    The expert-led sessions see participants guided through a series of discussions to explore how they can play a role in tackling identity-based harms in their community, school, or place of work.

    You will learn:

    • What it means to be an active bystander: through group discussion the participants explore what being an active bystander means to them
    • Standing up for victims: working through a series of scenarios, participants consider and learn what they can do when they encounter prejudice, harassment, or identity-based violence such as a racist attack in a supermarket or an inappropriate comment from a colleague
    • Proactive prevention: returning to the scenarios participants reflect on the root causes of prejudice and discrimination before discussing ways they could contribute to dismantling those root causes and to building safer, more inclusive, and just communities.

    Spaces are limited so please book as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

  • £28 million funding will help keep places of worship safe

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    Protective security measures for Places of Worship – open for applications

    The government has announced that places of worship will receive £28 million in government funding to help keep them and their attendees safe. The funding is available this year through two schemes, with applications now open.

    The funding is part of the government’s commitment to ensure that faith communities in England and Wales are protected from the threat of hate crime and terror attacks and can practise their faith freely and without fear.

    The Home Office will provide funding for physical protective security, such as CCTV, intruder alarms and secure fencing, to be installed in order to help protect mosques, churches, temples, gurdwaras and other places of worship. Mosques will also be able to access a new security guarding scheme later in the year.

    To apply for funding, applicants should submit evidence of their vulnerability and experience of hate crime. The application window is open until 15 August, and the Home Office will notify successful sites from November 2023.

    The types of places of worship that can apply under the schemes include (but are not limited to):

    • churches
    • gurdwaras
    • mosques
    • temples
    • associated faith community centres (for example, a community centre where regular worship takes place that is near a place of worship and run by that place of worship)

    Cannot accept applications for the following:

    • living accommodation
    • educational facilities (faith schools and other educational institutions are not eligible)
    • NHS establishments, including chapels and prayer rooms
    • other buildings that are owned by the place of worship or faith community but not used for regular worship (for example, cafes, education centres, youth centres, etc). Where these structures exist within the place of worship or on the same site, the schemes can only cover protection of places that are regularly used for worship
  • Shoebury Health & Wellbeing Centre Share your experiences and views to help the design of the new centre

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    Shoebury Health & Wellbeing Centre Share your experiences and views to help the design of the new centre.

    We are seeking your views on the development of the new centre, to help meet the community's health and wellbeing needs. Our previous engagement process has led to a decision about the location of the centre: Shoebury House, 162 Ness Rd. The most popular choice, among the 5 short-listed sites.

    We’re looking for a good mix of perspectives and viewpoints for a workshop on Thursday 20 July. The workshop will include a project overview, review of research findings, and collaborative activities. We will work in mixed groups using pre-prepared journey maps and question prompts to generate ideas. The outputs of this workshop will be used to feed into the plans for the Shoebury Health and Wellness Centre.

    There are a limited number of spaces. In the first instance please let us know if you would like to attend. Thursday 20 July 2023, 5-8pm Shoeburyness and Thorpe Bay Baptist Church, 90 Thorpendene Gardens Southend-on-Sea, SS3 9JD

    Use the QR code or link to access an online form: bit.ly/3NZZQYR

    Email: kate@macementer.com Call: 07950 923093

  • Faith and Hate Paradox Event

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    “The Faith and Hate Paradox”

    Tuesday 8th August 2023, 17.00-20.30

    Southend and District Reform Synagogue

    851 London Road, Westcliff-On-Sea SS0 9SZ


    Essex Police are committed to tackling discrimination of all kinds. You are warmly invited to this event which aims to acknowledge and address the issue of faith-based hate and discrimination, raising awareness of the lived experience of our communities through discussion, gathering people of all faiths and none to take part in the conversation.


    Objectives

    • Essex Police and religious communities to be informed and empowered to support each other in the best and most effective ways.

    • Essex Police and religious communities to form a closer partnership.

    • To celebrate the common goals and values of religions and learning from our differences.


    16.45 - Refreshments

    17.15 - Introduction & Welcome - ACO Richard Leicester

    17.25 - Hate Crime in Essex - Supt Naomi Edwards, Kathryn Springett, PS Daniel Stanley

    17.35 - Sikhism - Shweta Kaur (Sikhs of Chelmsford)

    17.55 - Anti-Semitism - Colin T & Phil Mitchell (Community Security Trust)

    18.15 - Paganism - Jack Hudson (Asatru UK)


    18.35 - Break


    18.55 - Islam Vs Terrorism - Sidra Naeem (Muslim community, Essex Mind and Spirit)

    19.15 - Mormon Misconception - Anna Buttimore (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

    19.35 - Group Discussion - Facilitated by Hannah Kelly, Lead Chaplain

    19.50 - Q&A with Panel - Opportunity to ask questions of our speakers

    20.15 - Closing Remarks - Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for

    Essex

    20.20 - Evaluation and Reflection - Hannah Kelly, Lead Chaplain

    To book email Hannah Kelly Hannah.Kelly@essex.police.uk

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