The Department’s aim is to promote the role of faith based organisations in serving the needs of disadvantaged communities across Northern Ireland. NICVA and RCN are currently our strategic partners to help deliver against our faith based engagement policy.

Purpose

The purpose of the faith based engagement work is to  provide support, training, advice, advocacy, information and resource services to those Faith Based Organisations interested in or engaged in community work as an expression of the churches mission.

Read more about the arrangement for the provision for Thematic Support for Regional Faith Based Engagement.

Community Faiths’ Forum

We also sponsor the work of a Community Faiths’ Forum to ensure purposeful engagement between the faith sector and departmental policy makers. The Community Faiths’ Forum was established in May 2010 as a two year pilot initiative that sought to develop a model of engagement between the faith sector and departmental officials working across all areas of the department’s policy remit. Following a successful evaluation of this pilot period the department agreed to continue the forum with the intention of expanding its work to engage with other departments and/or public sector organisations.

In addition to their input into various policy issues the forum have published a Faith sector volunteering strategy.

Membership of the forum

Individual members of the forum have been drawn from a wide range of faith and church backgrounds including a number from non-Christian minority faiths. All members have substantial experience in the delivery of practical faith-based social action projects working in areas of deprivation and greatest need.

Read more in the Funding for the voluntary and community sector section.

 

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