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Student RE Matters Project
Dear God...
“Hardly anyone can ever find God because God is right at the end of your mind after all the background thoughts are gone.”
Maisie Satchwell-Hust
Project In Progress
Life's a Carnival Community Theatre

Life's a Carnival is a newly devised play exploring racism, youth violence and families, in Harringey'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 Harringey 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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Reforming Christianity: Online Resources

Recognising diversity within religions and not just between religions is an important area of learning in RE in schools. It is difficult for teachers to represent the diversity within Christianity, particularly if they are non-specialists, and the traditions and beliefs of the Free Churches are often neglected. 

We are developing online resources, starting with a unit on the Reformation. Other units will explore dissent, conscience, the role of women, and challenging injustice. The resources are being written by RE Today Services, and this high-quality material will be available free of charge. 
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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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On Demand

On Demand is The Natashas Project's new performance and awareness initiative. Developing and Performing On Demand whilst also delivering educational workshops, all to equip and inform vulnerable people and the general public about human trafficking and modern day slavery.
 
 
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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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Bible Loans for Burundi

Despite the nations abject poverty and political uncertainty in Burundi, there remains a lot of enthusiasm amongst High School students to attend Bible clubs. The pupils really enjoy the Bible study but they cannot afford to buy their own bible, they can't continue their study at home.

This project addresses this problem. There is a network of volunteers across the country but they need training in running High School Bible Clubs. We have received funding for this training and also to help provide Bibles for the students. They pay 40% of the cost over a period of a year and we subsidise the rest.
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
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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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You're not on Your Own!

Fired Up Theatre and St Augustine's CE First School wish to highlight the voices of children at school. Voices that project confidence, skills and creativity in order to make them stronger in their faith whilst living in isolated and expansive rural areas.

Their voices echo the thoughts of many other people in the surrounding communities of East Staffordshire.
 
 
 
Project Completed
Joined Up Conference

The Joined Up Conference is a 1-day annual conference for anyone involved in youth, schools or children's work - or with a passion for the church to engage more with children and young people.
 
 
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God and the Big Bang gives students from Year 6 - 13 (10-18 year olds) an exciting opportunity to discover, discuss and debate compatibility of science and faith. The day aims to equip young people with the all-important tools they need in order to form their own opinions and engage in rational, exciting, well-reasoned and thought-provoking discussion about the place for science in God's world.

We want to increase access to our events for low-income schools, offering a creative, professional, and highly engaging approach to questions of science and faith aswell as access to professors and graduates from top universities around the country, with the time to ask big questions and have a taste of what university level study might be like.
 
 
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The Birmingham Passion is a large community drama that brings the gospel to life on the streets for Easter 2019. Partnering with local theatre companies, local churches and a host of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, it brings the story of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection along with new relevance and resonance to this local community.
 
 
 
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Resilient Me, Resilient You

People talk about ‘British values’, but what does this mean to children and young people? This project will enable pupils in two lower secondary schools to explore identity and what it means to be British, to share their ideas and then to work with upper primary pupils to develop aspects of values transition in a mixed local community. 

Working on iPads, pupils will respond to concepts such as identity and identity-in-difference, respect for self and others and the Golden Rule, using the agreed syllabus for RE and SMSC as stimuli. They will produce e-Books on these themes which will then be shared with and used by primary schools to stimulate transitional work in the community.
 
 
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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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Peace and Reconciliation Toolkit and Resources for the Classroom

Coventry Cathedral are designing a ready-to-use curriculum for teachers to use in RE lessons which will equip students with skills to be peace buildes in school, community and the wider world, through deepening knowledge and understanding of Christianity.  This resource will enable teachers to fulfill the statutory requirement for teaching RE in schools and be suitable for non-specialists.
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Small Footsteps

Small Footsteps aims to inspire specifically young people from different faith backgrounds (and none) to value the environment which is at risk through climate change. We believe that the best way of doing this is for faith groups to work together in ways that demonstrate deep shared values faiths have for the environment.

Small Footsteps 2017 was a five day multi-faith summer school for young people aged 11-14. Young people were introduced to the envoronment through practical activities related to food and food waste, recycling, water, trees, energy, the ecological cycle of life and finally how these all relate to the dangers of climate change. Woven into these practical activities are the connections with the environment and natural world made by different faiths.
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Spirited Arts ‘Art in Heaven’ is an annual art competition for primary and secondary school pupils, hosted by NATRE. In its 15th year this competition has attracted over 320,000 participants (averaging 20,000 per year!) since 2004, with 2,000 entries being sent in to NATRE each year for judging.

Hundreds of UK and overseas schools get involved. Information and themes for the 2018 competition are now available via this project page.
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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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Communities Learning Together

Trustees, volunteers and the wider community will take part in a three-year learning programme, organised by Faith In Our Community, to address the big skills gap in the deprived communities where we work.  The programme will consist of events, workshops and networking meetings to develop the knowledge and skills of local people, so they will be better informed and able to run more effective organisations.

 
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Exploring Religious Diversity: What does it mean to follow a faith in Britain today?

This project brings year 7 pupils together from a rural secondary school, with Y5 and 6 pupils from 6 feeder primary schools in the Settle area of North Yorkshire to experience and explore religious diversity through four workshops, led by people from a range of different faiths.

Members of SACRE were involved in the planning and delivery of the day. As part of the day, pupils were trained as 'Diversity Champions', empowered to organise and run diversity themed events in their own schools. The 'Exploring Diversity' day took place in Nov 2017.
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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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Faith in Action

The 'Faith in Action' project is establishing public links between Ministers and Imams from the Pendle Forum of Faiths; alongside their physical places of worship and their congregations.

Churches and Mosques are being twinned and will host each other's congregations to share in cross-cultural and faith-based social activities and engage in dialogue to learn from each other. Importantly, built into the design of the events, is a process for Church and Mosque members to come together for the organisation and delivery of a community initiative based on a local need.

Local people - taking local action!
Project In Progress
Teaching about Religious Diversity in Inclusive Schools: Developing Collaborative Practice between Research and Teachers.

Our project aims to investigate how RE teachers can make use of research to improve pedagogy. The focus is on research from the University of Warwick, especially the Council of Europe publication Signposts (Jackson 2014).

In partnership with a large secondary school in South Yorkshire we will look at how research data can be used as a basis for innovative teaching and create a case study including some practical stratergies and reports. This will, in turn, generate further data on pupils' perspectives on RE. Lesson observations and interviews with pupils will be important parts of our study. 
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Vibing an Interfaith Prayer Space at Greenbelt Festival 2017

Building on our Interfaith Programming at the 2017 festival we are establishing a brand new chapel / prayer venue for those of all faiths and none to use over the weekend.  The grant from Westhill was to enable us to 'vibe' this space beautifully in a way that encourages a feeling of Divine Connection.
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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.
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Diversity in Collective Worship

This project will produce 14 video clips, with additonal support and guidence material, for primary schools to support collective worship, focusing on non-christian acts of worship.  The project will involve members from SACRE, Inter-Faith Forums, specialist creative media college staff and students and a range of primary schools to pilot and give feedback on the materials developed.

There will be a launch event in the summer term 2018.

The project will provide all Shropshire primary schools with a tailored resource to address an area of weakness and concern they have clearly expressed to SACRE. It will also build further bridges between SACRE, Inter-Faith Forums, schools and children to develop an awareness and deeper understanding of different religions, world views and culttures.
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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.
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Birmingham Conversations

The Birmingham Conversations brings together people of different faiths to explore issues that are often contentious or controversial. The Conversations create a safe space where issues can be discussed without expectation of consensus but rather consecutive dialogue.  The current Conversations looks at "How we can live at peace in a word of conflict" and will produce resources for others to use, including young leaders.
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Bridging Diversity

Four mono-cultural, socially and economically deprived, rural and costal primary schools will link with SACRE and pupils from two urban multi-faith schools and the local Mosque (Islamic Comminity Centre). They will explore the theme of cultural diveristy.  Year 6 pupils will explore what it means to live in a diverse society, using techniques that have been designed to help teachers and pupils explore the teaching of controversial issues in a safe and inclusive manner.

Schools, pupils and teachers that work in rural mono-cultural areas will benefit from working alongside diverse community schools, sharing ideas, and learning through dialogue. We hope that freindships will be formed that will be sustainable, and that the experience will be mutually beneficially educationally, socially and on a simple human level, it help break down cultural barriers and build bridges.
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Liverpool Cathedral will be exhibiting a seris of paintings by Peter Clare entitled 'Is Love Enough?'  Our aim is to engage with existing congregation to pose and explore the question of ‘the challenge of evil and how it can be overcome’.
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The Progressive Christianity Network approached Westhill for a grant to cover the cost of the forthcoming UK speaking engagements of the well-known Canadian post-theist, Revd Gretta Vosper.

Gretta Vosper
Currently a Minister of the United Church of Canada and based in Toronto, Gretta Vosper is the author of ‘With or Without God’ and ‘Amen’. Vosper says she does not believe in God as a supernatural, interventionist, divine being and her work bridges progressive Christianity and atheism in a unique (and for some people controversial) exploration beyond the boundaries of Christian thought.
Gretta Vosper has accepted an invitation to come to the UK to speak at local meetings of the PCN in Leeds on 7th and 8th October and to deliver lectures as part of the Radical Christian Faith lecture programme, organised at Carrs Lane church, Birmingham on 13th and 14th October.

PCN and Radical Christianity Lectures
The inclusive, thoughtful and outward-looking positioning of PCN, the Radical Christian Faith lectures and Gretta Vosper are consistent with Westhill’s values and remit to encourage serious Christian reflection and dialogue. This is not to say, however, that Westhill endorses everything that Gretta Vosper says but rather that Westhill is keen to encourage thought on and discussion about the issues that she raises.
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Explore:Engage:Reflect

Under the theme of Explore:Engage:Reflect the interactive project will contribute to the embedding of the new Staffordshire Agreed Syllabus in Religious Education. Year 6 and year 7 pupils from a range of Staffordshire schools, with teachers, will gain an insight into living with, and within, religious diversity through separate encounters with Christian and Muslim presenters and associates artefacts and materials.

Pupils will use ipads to document creatively their experiences and record their reactions. The resulting e-books will be uploaded to form a 'virtual classroom' which will act as a legacy resource for Staffordhire schools and stimulate further embedding events.
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Faith School Linking

Our Faith Schools Linking programme enables young people from different faith schools to meet and learn about the faith and belief identities of other young people different to themselves.

We will recruit and support faith schools in the West Midlands to deliever three links in year 1 and five links in year 2 of the programme.
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The Panpsycast: Christianity Audiobook

The Panpsycast are developing an audiobook focusing on Christianity to support students and teachers of RS. The informal and informative style of the already highly successful podcast will be born-again into a Full A-Level Course. Complete with special guests, good humour and a detailed exploration of Christianity, The Panpsycast: Christianity Audiobook promises to be an essential and entertaining guide to Christian thought.
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Working with Together for The Common Good and faith communities, we aim to creatively engage with students from partner primary schools, secondary schools and local residents to generate learning expeirences that will promote interfaith dialogue based around FAITH in North Liverpool.

We will bring together some of the leading thinkers on the common good from across the Christian demoninatios, Jewish and Muslim traditions. The project will focus on three main strands: Education into diversity amoung young people; Community Benefit; and Religious Education and Collective Worship. We will be developing a multi-faith RE project called "Near Neighbours" based on the Church Urban Fund initiatve.
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Voices from the Edge

Voices from the edge celebrates the stories of disabled people. For 5 years Inclusive Church and St Martin in the Fields have shared in running a disability conference organised by and for people with lived experence of disability.

Voice from the Edge is a booklet celebrating all that these conferences have achieved and telling the stories of some of those who have contributed. The booklet not only celebrates the conferences but encourages others to consider using a similar model in tehir own context.
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Here:Now:Us

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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Belief will always be with us! Our media exerts an enormous infludence over our perceptions of spititual beliefs and religious communities. Yet the evidence for religious literacy - a reliable knowledge of these varying beliefs and practices - amongst media professional is astoundingly low. 

Lapido Media tackles this by championing religious literacy, challenging and equipping journalists to go the extra mile in understanding belief systems before they report the news of the day.  Our web refresh project allows us to communicate effectively with our journalist auduences. These are the writes, broadcasters and producers willing to learn about the kaliedescope of faith and belief to improve the quality of their journalism.
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Understanding Islam. Understanding Hiduism.

The Understanding Christianity project (www.understandingchristianity.org.uk) has been launched into over 2,750 Primary and Secondary schools, inspiring engaging RE, raising standards and enthusing teachers and pupils alike to look afresh at Christianity in RE.

RE Today (www.retoday.org.uk) are seeking to build on this success by exploring the possibilities for “Understanding Islam” and “Understanding Hinduism”. Westhill Trust kindly funded initial “proof of concept” work for both of these projects.
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Oddments Theatre Company's new production 'The Hiding Place' tells the true story of Corrie Ten Boom and her journey from watch shop to concentration camp. The two-act play will focus on what being a Christian means in the darkest of situtaions, how Corrie found strength in her faith and the positve effect it had on others in terrible circumstances.

It is a true story of couragous actions and demostrates faith and love in action. Oddments produced the original script and is performed by a cast of six. A professional build stage set (adaptable for any kind of venue), props, costumes, sound and lights will be used to enhance the quality of the production. The show will tour 15+ prisons and 50+ churches and secondary schools throughout the UK.
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Our project seeks to provide some resources for primary and secondary schools so that pupils can consider how people can be bullied for their beliefs.

We hope to make some films and classroom lesson plans to support teachers to deal with this topic.
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What if people who have directly faced poverty had relationships with people of influence and those who make policity decisions that affect them? Would it make a difference to the decisions that are being made?

Birmingham Poverty Truth will be bringing together people with stories to tell, and people of influence who will listen to these stories. Over a period of 18 months they will meet together to build relationships, share experiences and think about how we might better respond to the challenges poverty brings. The aim is that an understanding of what life is like for those in poverty will inform policy decisions that affect them.
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St Martin-in-the-Fields’ community art initiative, ‘Light the Well’, will enable participants to explore, through the artistic medium of clay, scripture and the scriptural symbolism of light. Through participants’ experimentation with light-sources contained within their porcelain vessels, our hope is that they will be strengthened in their faith by reflecting on the experience of Christ’s light shining within their lives.

The resulting installation in the Light Well of the Crypt at St Martin’s will be seen by all those who access the site (such as tourists and concert visitors, members of the congregation, and clients of The Connection at St Martin’s).
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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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The project seeks to investigate the current extent of church-led activity in confronting poverty in the UK. 'Beyond Beveridge' will be a report that will chart and evaluate the size and significance of the church's contribution to the social fabric in England.

The report will examine the role that churches are already playing in meeting the needs of the most disaffected and disadvantaged and how they might grasp oncoming opportunities to extend their ministry and mission. The research will also examine the impact on churches when they become more socially active.
 
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Through music, creative and performing arts we aim to change the lives of young people for the better, giving them the opportunity to be everything they can be and express themselves in a selfless way. We use the creative, performing and culinary arts to achieve this. Young people aged 11-18 currently access our weekly services. Our projects are selected by young people and designed for them to have new experiences, learn new skills, and make a positive contribution to  the communities they live in.
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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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Training Young Schools Workers: Sporting Marvels has working in partnership with Rhondda Schools since 2003. Our team of young Christian role models have a heart for positively influencing children's life choices and helping them achieve their full potential.

They teach a primary school RE/PSE/PE Curriculum and run a secondary school leadership development programme, both supported by frequent out-of-school events. Westhilll Endowment is helping us to fund out new 2-year training programme which enables school leavers to join our team as interns, developing their RE teaching skills, sports coaching ability, confidence and professionalism in working with young people.

We aim to develop the programme, and share our learning with other young people's organisations who might wish to adapt our progarmmes for use in tehir own communities.
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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.
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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.
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"Apply with Conviction"

What happens when someone with a criminal record turns up at a job club? 'Apply with Conviction' is an interactive workshop for volunteer Job Club leaders and coaches to equip them to support people with convictions into work. It covers the basics of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, the revised Rehabilitation periods and best practise in criminal record disclosure to employers.

We will provide training to 10 local Job Clubs in the West Midlands, to equip volunteers with the knowledge and skills to better support ex-offenders on their release. We aim to suport 100 ex-offenders in the West Midlands over a one-year period, with 30 of these going to enrol in training or education or enter sustainable employment.
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Citizens UK is a membership community enabling people of different backgrounds to train, listen, ally and act together for the common good. The 'Democracy in Action' project will establish specific common good agenda priorities through a process of outreach, training, workshops and public action.

It will then hold three Annual Assemblies (a large event help in public) attended by hundreds of people where decision makers are invited to make clear pledges to act of these priorities. The goal of the project is to increase people's ability to participate in public life to affect change that matters to them without being party political.
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Baked Alaska

Riding Lights is making a series of short films, Baked Alaska, highlighting the cimate crisis and the impact on the communities in the developing world. The films will enlarge our understanding of what it means to love our neighbours, proposing that the lifestyle choices we make materially effect the lifes of our global neighbours.

Available for free download and accompanied by teaching materials, the films will contribute to the growing public understanding of the issues of climate change. They will suggest that the problem and the possible solutions are spiritual as well as phyiscal, renewing our understanding of the delicate, God-given balance between ourselves, our world and our neighbours.
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The aim of this project is for students, who are selected to take part on merit alone, to visit rural Tanzania to take part in a cultural exchange. Students will visit both schools and churches and work extensively with a group of Tanzanian students with the aim of improving leadership skills in all students involved.

Both staff and students will be leading church services and school assemblies, celebrating the Christian faith as a global community. Numerous donations of clothing and sports equipment will also be made and this, coupled with the leadership skills, will enable he project to run after our return, thus leaving a lasting legacy.
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The Bogside Arts Project

The Exhibition 'Art, Truth and Reconciliation: The story of the Bogside Artists and the Peoples Gallery' brings the murals by the Bogside Artists to a wider audience. The murals tell the story of the civil rights movement and The Troubles as experienced by the people from the Bogside in Derry/Londonderry.

The exhibition raises awareness of the still raw wounds suffered by people who, in the absense of a proper process of truth recovery are left  without justice and without a voice. As a work of art, the People's Gallery enables free-flourishing cross-community conversations that help express, preserve and shape the kind of public memory that is essential for healing, not only in Northern Ireland, but in post conflict societies all over the world.
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Interfaith Matters works with clergy and community leaders in diverse and deprived neighbourhoods. Members of forums meet up to five times each year to improve inter-religious relations and organise local activities for public benefit.

In addition to regular dialogue, clergy visit schools to demonstrate the convivial and collaborative interfaith relations they have developed. In other neighbourhoods members work with councils to ensure services meet local needs. For example, in Hackney and Haringey clergy are working on a plan to provide affordable housing. All of Interfaith Matters activities are faith motivated but not faith biased.
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3FF is one of the UK's leading interfaith organisations. Established in 1997 to educate, encourage and promote understanding among Muslims, Christians, and Jews, our remit has now broadened and we involve almost 15,000 people annually, including those of different religious and non-religious beliefs. We want to create a more connected and cohesive society where people of different faiths, beliefs and cultures have strong, productive and positive relations.

Our ParliaMentors programme works with young leaders across the country and opens up opportunities to use political and social networks to make sustainable social change in local areas. Our Alumni Committee are a team of young leaders from different faith backgrounds, all alumni of the ParliMentors programme. In November 2016, our Interfaith Summit, Faith on Campus, brought together young leaders from different faiths and beliefs to connect, explore and act together. It featured discussions on topical issues, masterclasses and strategies for change, and networking opportunities for collaboration on issues important to young people.
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For this particular project Restored will produce a Polish translation of our Church Action Packs on ending domestic abuse. These will be available for churches working with Polish Communities in the UK, which are mainly Catholic Churches.

The Catholic Church has an enourmous influlence in Polish Communities so this resource will equip and engage churches to be able to respond appropriately and effectively to prevent and end domestic abuse. As a result we hope Polish speaking women will break their silence on domestic abuse and seek the help and support they need to recover, heal and thrive again.
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A New Picture Book: "Going To Church"

"Going to Church" is the latest series of wordless books by Books Beyond Words, helping people with learning disabilities to understand their world.  The new book will enable access to places of worship, and the wider communities offered by churches. Beyond Words books are co-created by people who have learning disabilities, with about 100 people involved in assessing and trialling pictures, to ensure the story can be easily understood.

The advisory group met at the end of November 2016 to discuss final chmages to the colour proofs; text for use by supporters is now being added, alongside development of a training package to ensure the most effective us of the book by professionals, families and volunteers. The book will be printed and lauched in spring 2017.
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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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In order to safeguard what is best about Religious Education and improve it further, there is a pressing need to resolve some key issues through a review leading to a possible reform of RE. This entails a process of gathering evidence and making proposals through an independent commission.

The key issues in RE currently include: The paucity of teacher training; Lack of CPD opportunities, particulalry in the primary sector; The lack of specialist teachers in the secondary sector; RE's confused idententity and anomolous legan status.  On the positive side, the number of students studying GCSE and A evel are growing steadily and most pupils, parents and employers see the value of RE/RS in a diverse society.
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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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Community Garden for All

St Mary's Parish Church Community Garden Project seeks to transform the churchyard into a intentional place of rest and welcome, discovery and conversation, that is physically accessible to all. We seek to continue to tell the story of one of the oldest buildings in Hinckley by remembering and respecting our history and where we have 'come from', whilst also unfolding the nexr part of our story and journey.
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Everything you ever wanted to know about Islam/Judaism/Christianity but were afraid to ask. This project will film a range of inspirational speakers at the 2016 Greenbelt Festival as they tackle myths attached to the UK's major religions.

It will generate a library of high quality video shorts which will be shared widely online and across the Christian faith communities as well as into the Jewish and Muslim communities (via Limmud and Living Islam Events respectively) as a shared platform for learning and dialogue
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I Wonder Spaces provide pupils a space and the opportunity to pause, wonder and reflect about themselves, others and their sprituality from a Christian perspective.  Sutton Schoolswork trandform a room/space in a school to become a safe, creative and interactive environment that faciliatates this.
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Research for RE

Research for RE is a knowledge exchange project that aims to bring RE researchers and RE teachers together to share emergent research in a free, accessible and relevant way and engage in dialogue. Built around a digital and social tool housed on RE:ONLINE (www.reonline.org.uk) and run in partnership with NATRE and AULRE and a wide variety of stakeholders, the project aims to improve literacy in RE teachers and the overall quality of RE research.
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Children and young people have many questions about life, including the non-material world and the actively seek answers, meaning and identity. In order to assist their journey of discovery during 2017 we will run 'Prayer Spaces Weeks' in schools in Kent, in a safe, creative interactive and all-inclusive environment.

It will allow students to discover their own meaning and draw their own conclusions, and also encourage respect for each other. Teachers can bring their students for a subject lesson in the prayer space and students will be invited to visit it during their breaks at lunchtime and after school. It will empower them to contribute in positive ways in school, family life and in the community.
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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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CORAB Report

In December 2015, the Commission on Religion and Belief (CORAB) published a major report on religious plurlaism in the UK, 'Living with Difference'. It was convened by the Woolf Institue, Cambridge, a leading centre of research on inter-faith dialogue. The report recieved wide coverage at the time, but many initial Christian reposnses to the report were unduly negative.

This project gathers representative Christian leaders for a deeper conversation on the issues raised in the report in order to support more constructive Christian responses. Two half-day seminars will take place: an intra-faith dialogue primarily for Christians, and a later inter-faith dialogue including other UK religious communities, each leading to published outputs. The project is managed and funded jointly by the Woolf Institiute and Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (KLICE), Cambridge, while also involving other suitable co-sponsors.
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An ‘Exploring diversity’ day with KS2 primary pupils looking at 4 different faiths and researching and choosing resource materials for ‘Artefacts in Faith’ boxes, that will enhance KS2 pupils’ understanding of religious diversity.

This project brings KS2 pupils together from 9 schools in the Scarborough area to experience and explore diversity through four workshops, led by people from a range of different faiths. The focus of the workshops was on using religious artefacts to enhance religious understanding.

Faith artefacts boxes have been developed which were used on the day and then be used by all the schools in the area to support the teaching of RE and the delivery of the agreed syllabus. 10 pupils from each of the 9 primary schools involved will attend the day and will then be encouraged to share their experiences and learning back in their own school.
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Promoting inter-religious and inter-cultureal dialogue in RE classrooms: A joint initiative, by the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) and the University of Bristol, is researching best ways of promoting community relations within RE lessons. The group comprises three university researchers and NATRE members who teach RE and the project is investigating whether ‘Contact Theory’ could be applied usefully to the RE setting.

Developed by social psychologists, ‘Contact Theory’ promotes value in diversity and explains how individuals can interact meaningfully with their cross-group peers. The team are leading a national survey of teachers of RE and will develop a report, training resources and future recommendations for further work on this topic.
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The Pan-Berkshire SACRE (Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education) Hub, comprising 6 SACREs, is committed to supporting schools to make best use of visits to places of worship to enhance RE learning.

Crossing the bridges between schools and religion/belief communities is enabled in this project by common booking and evaluation forms, innovative interactive teaching/learning booklets approaching visits with an enquiry model, and a Directory of places of worship willing and trained as hosts for school RE visits; all this in line with the agreed syllabus shared across Berkshire.

The Project provides training, teaching materials and vital connections and relationship-building events for teachers, SACRE members and faith/belief communities, all to enhance RE provision and deepen learning.
The Pan-Berkshire SACRE Hub appreciates the support offered by both the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust and the Westhill/NASACRE Award, without which this project would not be possible.
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Whether Muslim, Christian, or faith undeclared, all young people enjoy a good laugh. That’s why The Feast in Birmingham hosted a series of comedy events to bring Christian and Muslim youth together.  Thanks to Westhill Endowment Fund, we showed how laughter can unite people to explore faith and create friendships which changes lives.
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Communiy Garden Cafe

We are a community focused church that desires to throw our doors open to the locals! We run a pre-school and parents of both the preschool and the primary school park on our grounds. This is a rural area with no coffee shops. We want to create a cafe where parents and carers can come in, meet, and have a coffee. The garden will provide space for toddlers and a project for our church seniors.
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The Discovery Centre Team are looking to develop the relationship between schools and churches and through this also develop the relationship between older and younger people in their communities. The work will hinge around Pilgrim's Progress (regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature) and bring this up to date and link it with the Spiritual element of the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) educational policy.

We will produce an Introduction about Pilgrimage booklet for schools and churches with lesson plans for schools  (fulfilling the learning objectives and outcomes for pilgrimage in the RE Curriculum) and activity programmes for churches. The lesson plans will be produced  by RE in-service teachers.
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Responding to many hundreds of people with complex needs we see every year tell us they need, our focus for 2016 is on development of a Financial Conduct Authority authroised debt advice and money management service. In addition to the financial problems people come to us with, most have underlying mental health issues.

We acknowledge that resolving bad debt without addressing poor mental health is ultimately counterproductive. We therefore aim to provide everyone using the new service with a course of free counselling designed to help people deal with the emotional and psychological trauma caused by being in debt and support changes in behaviour that promote better money management.
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Mustard Tree Project 2017

Our Mustard Tree Project is a community-based initiative by RISE Theatre that aims to empower people from the local community to create and share their own stories through a piece of 'Theatre Art' - a concept that fuses drama and art into one exciting liver performance.

Over a 12-week creative process, RISE Theatre will work alongside people from the local community aged between 13 and 70 to create a short, original drama based on the parable of the mustard seed. The drama will explore how each of us has the capacty to change the world around us.
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Schoolswork UK is a project that resources schools workers both online and through printed materials and products. The work generously funded by Westhil Endowment allowed us to reprint and produce resources that were out of stock and in demenad by school teachers, Christian visitors to schools and other delivering Religious Education.
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Ready to Change the World

Ykids works with children, young people and familities in Bootle, Mersyside. We work to build skills and improve emotional resilience in individuals and make Bootle a better place to live.

Ready to Change the World is a project that teaches children that they are not too young to make a difference to the people around them.
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In December 2015 the Climate Change Summit took place in Paris. In the run up to this we thought it would be good to focus on what faiths have to say about caring for the environment and protecting it for future generations. Around 70 events took place across Scotland during a vibrant and thought provoking week.

The launch of Scottish Interfaith Week took place in a Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh on Sunday 22nd November withh 100 people present. We achieved good relations between the diverse communities and a vivid awareness of what faiths can do together to protect the environment. The launch event was interactive and we learnt how effective it is to work in partnership with other such as CEMVO Scotland (Climate Officer); the Forestry Commission; Eco-congregations (Church of Scotland); Stop Climate Chaos; and the Scottish Government Equality Unit.
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Community, Creativity and Creation

This project is about providing theological and creative eduation to help people live sustainably. We partner with local theology colleges to provide in depth training and 'creation care' as well as hosting creative events and film screenings to inspire and encourage people to make sustainable life choices.

We hope to inspire, encourage and empower people, especially Christians, to nuture themselves, their communities and creation as a whole. In the fture we would love to take this work to Christian festivals in the UK.
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"Light" is an Elmhurst School for Dance outreach project that focuses on concepts of spirituality, while encouraging rejection of extremist positions through the medium of dance. The final piece will be performed to audiences from different faiths in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

An external choreographer will work with Elmhurst students to build upon a pas de deux with draws on the language of classical ballet and natural flowing movement and which was piloted at Lichfield Cathedral earlier this year. When coupled with composer Eric Whitacre's music, this is particularly poignant and enthralling. We are very excited to see how this piece is further developed and look forward to a wonderful spectacle that will thrill audiences and provoke discussion of the themes that are built into it.
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What's The Story? Summer Youth Theatre

Summer Youth Theatre for young people uses drama to develop inter-cultural dialogue between young Quakers and Muslims. Young people worked with Leaveners and Birmingham Repertory Theatre to explore current issues found in broadsheets and tabloids - they acted as investigative journalists to develop performance skills and created a play based on the performers ideas, opinions and interests.

Using newspapers, magazines and blogs the young people devised an original piece of theatre on social justice and shared the play to an invited audience. Through this creative opportuity participants were able to build their confidence, express themselves and have fun - ultimately developing community cohesion.
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Fischy Music has been working with children and producing resources for primary schools and churches for the last 18 years and we have recently developed an online site called, Songs for Life that contains all of our songs, videos, symbol moves, music and teaching materials.

With help from the Westhill Endowment we are developing new resources for this site as well as delivering a number of key training events in Church of England Dioceses for teachers and church workers. These events are highly practical, inspirational and give teachers new resources, confidence adn help to see the role of music in RE and Collective Worship.
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Campaign To Educate Project
C2E Project

The long-term aim of Campaign to Educate (C2E) Schools Project is to send the 'Once an Addict' Classroom Resources to every secondary school in the UK, for teachers to use free of charge. These resources teach students in year 9-11 about the dangers of drugs and drug misuse, and using Barry Woodward's real life experiences as a foundation for the teaching, to teach them the Christian viewpoint on related issues. The Classroom Resources consist of lesson plans, worksheets and a DVD.

Having already distributed 187 copies, our current aim, with the funding recieved from Westhill, is produce and send the rescource to an additional 250 secondary schools in the UK, of which there are approximately 5000, and to offer follow up support to schools.
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Regents Park College
RESTORING LIVES: The Value of Forgiveness

Our Project is to support and enrich restorative policies and practices by engaging with practitioners, policy makers and people of faith, on the basis of documented evidence of the contribution (or otherwise) of forgiveness in retoring personal and communal relatonships.
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Passion Art:

BE STILL celebrates the ancient Christian festival of Lent through the mindful reflection of art in six of Manchester's most iconic spaces. Partnering with sacred and secular cultural institutions across the city Passion Art aims to recover the season of Len as a city centre festival for people from all walks of life, inviting participants to create pauses for thankfulness throughout the 40 days of Lent.
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The Wellbeing Project encourages assylum seeking women to get invovled in a range of activities and events aimed at improving their health and wellbeing.
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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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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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The Ladywood Interfaith Education Project (LIEP) is based in central Ladywood, inner-city Birmingham. It began in 1999 and is a partnership between four places of worship/faiths in the area. Initiated by St John & St Peter’s Ladywood Parish Church Council (PCC) as a response to the multi-faith nature of Birmingham, providing creative educational encounters in sacred places for children.
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St Paul's Cathedral is committed to sharing its heritage with thousands of London children every year. St Paul’s music outreach helps children to understand the world of Cathedral Music; helps children to find their voices; and helps children benefit from culturally enriching experiences. The Cathedral’s new work in singing will benefit inner-London schools and the Hackney Children’s Choir, run in association with St Paul’s.
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The Church of the Holy Family is at the heart of the challenging community of Blackbird Leys in Oxford.

This funding is for a Musical Production, to be put on by the Church and the local community in late Autumn 2016.  The proposed musical is a puppet production and 5 members from the church have already attended a puppet workshop. The funding will go towards the hire of scores, scenery, and sound and lighting.

The church has already staged two earlier musicals: "Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Rock Nativity" in Feburary and December 2013. Both performances were a huge success for many of the individuals involved, whose confidence increased, and who became very involved as members of the church.
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The Council of Christians and Jews is launching its university interfaith programme at a time when interfaith on campus has never been so important. Students are being given the opportunity to become a Student Leader on their campus receiving support to work together on interfaith initiatives over the year.

Throughout the scheme the Student Leaders will receive training around leadership and interfaith which will enable them to confidently navigate difficult issues on campus. Students will leave the scheme equipped to become future leaders in their communities with a UK wide network of student activists and high profile connections.
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We will be making mini online seminar (webinars) for teachers to view, lasting about 30 minutes each, talking with different faith leaders and young people about their beliefs and practices. They are aimed at RE teachers with a view to improving their subject knowledge. We are also providing 2 events for local faith leaders to meet with our student Sacre group, which comprises of year 10 and 11 students from 10 different schools.
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Youth work learning days

Worth Unlimited, working in partnership with Frontier Youth Trust (FYT) exist to serve at risk young people on the edge of society and support those who work with them.

As part of the support offered to youth workers, the two organisations work in partnership to facilitate Learning Days: events where practitioners with a range of experience levels come together to increase their skills, develop their knowledge, enhance their understanding and network with those working in similar fields. The aim is to develop highly participative communities of practice based around relational networks of staff and volunteers.
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Faith Ambassadors in Schools: Encounters and Understanding

Secondary School students from 2 secondary schools will prepare presentations for 3 of their local primary schools. The young people will discuss with their faith communities the materials that they are producing and these would be tailored to the relevant primary school agreed syllabus for each of the boroughs.

This project hopes to address the needs that primary schools have expressed for high quality speakers and those of faith communities who have voiced concerns about how they can best support religious education in their locality.
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Scripture Union’s (SU) Bible Comics Schools Campaign is a response to the need to equip teachers with high quality resources to educate children about the Christian faith.  The Campaign includes free Christmas and Easter Bible Comics and SU schools workers and volunteers deliver seasonal events across England and Wales, reaching on average 40,000 school children aged 5 to 11 years old in 2014.

These Bible Comics are a wonderful retelling of the story of Jesus’ birth, his death and resurrection, in a way that can hold a child’s attention, giving children a chance to hear about Jesus’ love and to understand the true meaning of Christmas and Easter.  Thousands of children have no idea what Christmas and Easter really mean, ‘for how can they hear, unless someone tells them?’ – Romans 10:14.
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Bicycle workshop project

Our aim is to create a bicycle workshop project to provide training in bicycle maintenance to support their journey of rehabilitation and community integration by offering skills and work like experiences to help live crime free, provide bikes for the local community and encourage healthy lifestyles.
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Young leaders project

Building on a successful pilot Young Leaders Programme we can in 2014, we are running a two-phase Young Leaders programme for eight 12-18 year olds from Barton, Oxford, who are not-in-education-employment-or-training (NEET) or are at risk of becoming NEET.

The training will be in two phases, firstly equipping the participants with 'soft' skills (e.g. resilience) and then to launch and lead their own projects. Please read more about our programme.
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A Labyrinth for Life

The purpose of this project is to provide a place for the whole community, free from the traditional constraints of language and ritual, where the young and not so young can be encouraged to encounter God and explore their spirituality - whatever their beliefs or wherever they are on their journey.

For the children particularly, used to experiential, proactive ways of learning, the labyrinth will open a new, yet ancient, way into exploring their own spirituality. The Labyrinth will be used with schools, church groups and community groups as an unmarked memorial garden for ashes, a place to walk and remember, reflect and grow. Training takes place here too and the labyrinth will be the focal end point of each special day. 
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House of Light and Hope

Embrace the Middle East is working in partnership with the House of Light and Hope, a Christian organisation in Beirut, which runs a drop in centre for girls, both refugees from Syria and girls from Lebanon, who have experienced violence or sexual abuse and are at risk of further exploitation.

The girls attend the centre every day after school, where they receive help with their homework followed by time to play. Importantly, the girls and their families are also given psychological support. Social workers and psychotherapists help them deal with trauma they may have experienced. The girls attend awareness sessions so they can learn to protect themselves from violence and exploitation.

The support offered at the House of Light and Hope keeps girls in education which in turn stops them being exposed to violence and prevents early and forced marriage.
 
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Welcoming and Supporting Refugee Youth

Refugee Support Network is a London based organisation working to support young refugees and survivors of trafficking to build more hopeful futures through education.

As a result of the current refugee crisis, the UK Government has committed to resettle 20,00 additional Syrian Refugees. With this we are expecting an increase of need for educational support for refugee young people. both in London as well as across the UK. We are currently working to produce training resources and sessions for churches across the country to grow in their understanding and knowledge of the current refugee crisis, the needs of young refugees being resettled in the UK, and ways of offering practical support through our well established educational mentoring programme.
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Mission Bluefields

A team of local young people and adults from Dursley, Gloucestershire are making a trip to the Bluefields region of Nicaragua in July to work with a charity called ‘The Peace and Hope Trust’.

The World Bank Poverty Assessment describes Nicaragua as ‘one of the poorest countries in Latin America’ with half of the population identified as below the poverty line and 20% of the population below the extreme poverty line (i.e. food poor). The poor of the Bluefields community survive by scavenging from rubbish tips or breaking rocks to supply local construction industries.  

The Peace and Hope Trust have been managing relief projects in this region for 20 years. Our team will be working alongside the local community on a construction project in one of the poorest areas in Bluefields.  The project has been identified as a need by local people. The team will work for 3 weeks, building a new school and helping to run a bible holiday club for local children.

The eclectic team is gathered from young people in the local area, from Dursley, Cam, and Berkeley.  Many of the team are from families at Dursley Tabernacle United Reformed Church in Parsonage Street. The church has a successful history of sending teams of young people to Nicaragua. This mission will be the largest to date, with 10 young people and 5 adults taking part The Team is hugely grateful for the support of Westhill Trust who have awarded a grant to help facilitate the mission trip.
 
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Faith Gallery

“In February 2016 Birmingham Museums opened a new gallery called Faith in Birmingham exploring faith practice in the city. The gallery development involved nearly a year of consultation with faith groups and communities across Birmingham.

The groups and individuals identified objects in our collection, and from further afield, to enable them to tell stories about their beliefs to other people. The second phase of the project seeks to increase the diversity of faiths represented in the gallery by working with new communities. The project will also develop new learning resources and events through which visitors can explore the topic of faith.
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"What does my faith mean to me?”

This project will provide opportunities for young people to encounter and talk with those who have beliefs and views different from their own, both in East Yorkshire and further afield and to record their faith experience in an eBook.

Understanding religion as the lived experience of the practitioner (Jackson & Nesbitt) is an essential part of good religious education and central to the Hull and East Riding syllabus. The dynamic and interactive nature of the eBook offers opportunities in a way that the paper textbook never could, and should better engage pupils, boys included, who might otherwise not engage with learning.
 
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Christian Aid and the Lebanese Youth Charity Movement Social are implementing a three year project to help Syrian refugee children in Lebanon through counselling and a creative education.

Providing regular Art and Theatre classes will allow children to express themselves and help them to overcome the difficulties they have experienced. The project will allow children affected by conflict to develop and grow by expressing themselves creatively in a safe environment.
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SPEAK Alternative University is gong to educate and train the next generation of students and young adults about how to be effective and powerful advocates for real life changes. Those who are suffering as a result of unjust policies will benefit. We will be building on our 18 year track record of making real changes.
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Our Project is a series of Learning Hubs aimed at Church based Youth Workers, volunteers and paid, across South and West Yorkshire. These will cover 'Hot Potato' topics such as CSE, Domestic Abuse, Mental Health and Poverty, as well as exploring how we as youth workers and ensure that our own spiritual well-being and discipleship continues to develop well.

Each Learning Hub is a standalone event, although we're hoping that people will come on a journey together over the course of the year to explore these difficult topics together.
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Community Boys Project

Community Boys Project works with young people aged 11-15 addressing needs of educational and social development, and of spiritual nurture and growth. Developing our holistic programme involved adapting three of our current programmes; education workshops, youth club and our August Initiative which involves putting skills into practice. As part of the weekly programme the boys take part in a range of activities designed to build self-awareness and confidence and to foster independence.
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The programme targets 30 pupils in primary four that are relatively weak to cope up with education along others. Initially the project has been running in one school but shall extend to all other schools that we work with.

Esteem is a life skills course that we conduct with pupils in primary five in all the schools we work with. Its main aim is creation of HIV/AIDs awareness and helping children make healthy life choices.

Oasis as well conducts football trainings aimed at creation of HIV/AIDS awareness, living with and prevention HIV transmission, Relationships, and guides beneficiaries where to get Support.
 
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Church Mice

Church Mice is a Pre-school group for children 0-4 years of age. It is open to all children and their carers and features crafts, songs, musical instruments, snacks and some simple bible stories ... all based around a large family of knitted church mice that the children have to find and post through the windows of the Mouse House. The group is led by a primary school teacher and a young mum.
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'The Biggest Question' is a series of videos published online and on DVD, exploring why - if God is good and powerful - there is so much suffering in the world.

In the videos we talk to people who have faced all kinds of tragedies, to ask how their lives have been changed, and how their faith has been challenged. The videos are narrated by BBC TV "Songs of Praise" presenter Diane Louise Jordan, and accompanied by a study guide for churches, home groups and individuals.

 
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Rethinking Conflict

Journey in Understanding - Difficult Conversations in a Post Conflict Society

Northern Ireland is slowly moving away from years of Sectarian conflict yet the
painful legacy of the past remains. The Journey in Understanding Peace Building seminars allow those who have been separated through violent conflict to look at the roots of conflict, the pain of the conflict and the ongoing legacy of the past 40 years. Rethinking conflict as an organisation creates a safe space and an environment to allow these encounters to happen
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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.
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The REQM is a national award which recognizes outstanding learning in religious education. It is available for all settings including community schools, faith schools, free schools and academies.

The REQM raises the profile of religious education in schools, provides a framework for measuring, planning and developing the quality of teaching and learning in RE and celebrates a commitment to excellence in the subject.

‘The REQM made us realise the importance of the role we can play in the local community, both in terms of developing dialogue and promoting the value of RE. The award served as a reminder that these aspects of an excellent RE department also result in an improved experience for our pupils.’
 
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Writing in Remembrance

Our project was one of Arts & Heritage.
We published two books, a main book, titled “Faith, Flint & Footstep” which contains a spread of children’s poems written by our Sunday School at St Luke’s Church.

A second book, titled “Writing in Remembrance” was published by us and contains the poems, inspired by the theme of WWII, penned by the children of Year 6 in St Luke’s Primary School.

Our project could be repeated in any community.

The children enjoyed being ‘Archive Detectives’ when we took them on a trip to the Keep (the archive and Sussex records resource.)
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The Institute of Emerging Leaders (TiEL) is a project of the Interfaith League Against Poverty (I-LAP) which is a non-profit organisation, established in 2004 and registered under the Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies Ordinance 1961.

TiEL is the first institution of its kind in Pakistan that is dedicatedly playing the much required role of strengthening academic education and emphasizes professional growth and personality development of students; instilling visionary leadership qualities for addressing the challenges being faced by the Christians in the country.

The program includes career counselling for helping them select white-collar professions by exposing them to the various superior services both in Public and Private sector.
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REdiscovering Middlesbrough

The Religious Studies Department at Acklam Grange School are collecting memories about religious life in the town. One of the aims of the project is to create an online map which shows the locations of Middlesbrough's religious sites, past and present. Photographs and testimonies from our local community will offer students an insight into how faith and life in Middlesbrough has changed and how religion continues to play a part in shaping where they live.
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Learning Together

We will run a learning programme for people who are involved in our local community development projects in deprived communities. We will bring them together to reflect on their local community, its strengths and challenges and what actions make a real difference to improving the lives of local residents.

 
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TEN:10 Christian Internship

Our TEN:10 Christian Internship is inspired by the Bible, John Chapter 10, verse 10 - "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

This epitomises our belief that Jesus came to bring spiritual, emotional and physical wholeness to everyone. Our year long internship offers hands on experience that seeks to support marginalised people as well as engage in theological reflection.

Our vision is to empower and develop young adults to be excellently skilled, godly and servant hearted leaders, passionate about sharing God's love. They will impact spiritually and practically upon the lives of the many disadvantaged and vulnerable people YMCA gets alongside each year.

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Quality Education for Syrian Children in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Working in partnership with a local organisation, Children on the Edge provide over 300 Syrian refugee children with access to quality education through the establishment on three schools in refugee settlements in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

With small class sizes, the development of a mixed Syrian and Lebanese curriculum and refugee teachers who speak Syrian Arabic and live within the community, children receive individual attention and a quality education that will hep them to begin to recover from what they have been through and start to prepare for the future.
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Religious Legacy Project.

Ten secondary Schools, eighty 13-15 year olds working together to discover more about what people (religious and secular) believe about the purpose of human life, and expressing their own beliefs through the medium of art.
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We designed and built a Show Garden for the BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2014. 'The Journey' was borne out of a season of significant lows and inspirational highs. Character. Perseverance. Change.  Our journey through life is shaped by what or who is our focus.

Peace and a sense of wholeness. These are what the human heart longs for, even if we are unable or too distracted to verbalise it.

At our multi award-winning design practice, we create beautiful gardens that give you space to reflect, find peace, enjoy the company of friends and family.

Contact us and ask how your life can be transformed!
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Village LEAP Programme

The Village LEAP Programme is a two year project, supported by Tearfund, which will mainly focus on community centred activities related to long-term resilience and sustainability of 85 marginalised and minority communities (75 existing and 10 new communities) in 5 areas of riral Sindh, Pakistan.

This project works with all faith communities, especially with minorities who have suffered a history of rejection under feudal landlords and gave additional questions of identity, self-esteem and empowerment.

These activities in 85 communities will directly benefit 12,410 people and indirectly 85,870. Communities will be facilitated to provide quality education in a self-supporting school and an Aflatoun & Aflateen programme for social and financial education, which will include enrolled and non-enrolled children and youth.
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Labyrinths

Our Labyrinths are an opportunity for young people to journey through a series of reflective activities about a particular topis/theme. Being guided by instructions on an ipod, students are challenged to consider some of lifes big issues on a 7mx7m labyrinth.

Topics include Advent, Easter (through the story of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) Spirituality and Light & Darkness. Further topcis will continue to be made.
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We were trying to assist young people in their decision making concerning subjects relevant to their lifestyle as they select examination options.  Our day was led by Religious Education Ambassadors from the Religious Education Council who were from Redhill Academy. They also were trying to encourage younger students in their turn to become Ambassadors within their own schools.
 
Through our conference we hoped to inspire pupils to see that GCSE Religious Studies is valuable to most career choices as well as helping pupils develop their own views on spiritual, moral and social issues. We also hoped to show how religious education can educatepupils about diversity and so help build cohesive societies.
 
Ultimately our aim would be to promote a celebration of diversity in our community whilst at the same time promoting religious education as academically rigorous and valuable for future careers.
 
We saw this as an excellent opportunity to inspire Nottinghamshire's next generation of RE ambassadors who would cascade down the impact of the Day Conference to their peers back in their own schools. We also encouraged them to network with other schools in their locality and developing cooperation between RE departments.
 
In the words of our current RE Ambassadors: "We hope that by hearing from the perspective of those who have had a positive experience of RE then other pupils will feel positive about continuing their study of RE info AS/A2 level."
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Young Interfaith Leaders Summer School

The first Oxford Muslim-Christian Summer School (2-9 August) was organised by the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford, in association with Ebrahim College and the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and was 7 days of intensive shared study for 6 Christian and 6 Muslim UK-based theological students in their 20s and 30s. 
 
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The Ambassadors of Faith and Belief scheme engages student volunteers from Redbridge 6th forms to deliver presentations of their faith or belief to primary classes across the LA. The scheme has gained national acclaim (winner of the Accord award 2014 promoting inclusion) and subject of an OFSTED good practice study.

The scheme offers the LA & young people opportunities for volunteering, inclusion, understanding the beliefs of others and preventing extremist ideas.  It also ‘brings RE to life’ in the primary classroom, supports the Agreed Syllabus and provides our primary pupils with good role models.
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During the second half of the twentieth century the Coventry Cross of Nails became an internationally recognised symbol of the Christian story of reconciliation. Out of the destruction and despair of war it stood for a faith inspired response of forgiveness and hope in place of hate and vengeance.

Formed in 1974, the Community of the Cross of Nails is today a Christian network of some 160 churches and organisations in thirty countries, and a further 38 schools drawn together by the story of Coventry Cathedral and sharing a common commitment to work and pray for peace, justice and reconciliation.

Our current project is an online space which will provide will give pupils and teachers access to each other; their stories, projects, cultures. As well as virtual classrooms, video communications, downloadable resources for teachers and exchange programmes.
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Our Sheffield Youth Faith Investigators Group (SYFIG) will organise a spirited music competition for children in Sheffield schools. Children will write songs inspired by the enquirey questions in our new syllabus for R.E.  There will be a student led conference to share music.
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The ‘Worth it!’ project aims to engage students in collective worship in Suffolk working with 3 high schools - two in towns in the west and north of the country and the third in a very rural setting.
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Durham and South Tyneside SACREs have been involved in a joint project to develop enquiry based learning. The enquiry focused on religious diversity in the North East and gave students from twelve schools the opportunity to find out about the range of religious and non-religious beliefs held in the region. Students analysed census information and used this to identify questions about beliefs and practices. They compared and discussed responses with representatives from a range of faith communities at an interfaith conference. They extended the enquiry further by visiting another region outside the North East, thus gaining personal experience of religious diversity. Throughout the process students have directed the enquiry and deepened their understanding of issues surrounding faith. Teachers have supported and continually evaluated the enquiry process. The project has been hugely successful, deepening knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs, motivating students to develop enquiry thinking and work with a wide range of people.  It has made an important contribution to developing tolerance and respect for all.
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Fathers Football is a project to encourage Fathers in the Tower Hamlets borough of London to engage with their children's education at primary schools, to engage in education themselves, to get fit and to build friendships with other fathers from different ethnic and faith backgrounds.

The results of the programme have included improvements in English language, parenting and soft skills acquisition as well as improved physical health, discipline, community integration and volunteering. New support networks for fathers have been established and improved social cohesion as more and more schools have got involved.
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THE REV PROJECT

The Rev Project is a ministry which used the iconic imagery of motorcycling to engage young people and young adults. The aim of The Rev Project is to equip churches to create community and build quality relationships. It uses the model of the adult motorcycle club but aims to share the gospel through motorcycle themed presentations and practical support with motorcycling.

The Rev Project was a finalist in the 2014 Chritsian Youth Work Awards (innovative youth work category).

www.revproject.org.uk
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St Andrew's Church, Rugby, has a tradition of working with local schools on religious and moral themes through drama and visual art - recently as part of the Rugby Festival of Culture.

In 2014, one secondary school created an oak Story Chair which is portable for use across the town.  A visual artist in the church's team of clergy, and a drama specialist from another secondary school, led a workshop for teachers from five primary schools, then worked with their classes to create silk paintings and plays on themes of Reconciliation  -   many inspired by the WW1 Centenary.

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PERSPECTIVES aims to facilitate dialogue between two secondary and their feeder primary schools by creating and delivering a resource within RE. This has enhanced SACRE’s engagement with pupil voice and provided opportunities for these young people as they will also be presenting their resource to SACRE and to other RE teachers at the next UEA conference.
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Joy, sorrow, awe, wonder and what we think when we use the term ‘god’ are big, worldview framing concepts. Our responses to them inform how one might navigate through the world and strongly influence our interactions with each other, yet students have little time to stop and reflect upon these themes.

ThinkTank is a pioneering programme in Luton designed specifically to promote reflection on these topics with a small group of pupils representing their school in spiritual development. Think Tank is devised and delivered by LCET (lcet.org), a project of Youthscape (youthscape.co.uk) that specialises in supporting students with emotional and behavioural difficulties, and delivers spiritual development programmes in Luton High Schools.
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One of our priorities on Portsmouth SACRE in the past 3-4 years has been to develop further our liaison with the secondary sector in Portsmouth (both LEA schools and Academies) with a view to supporting positively the teaching of Religious Education. This has involved promoting the syllabus - Living difference, visiting schools, offering training to RE teachers and the development of the very successful Student Enrichment Conferences which we have recently revived. We are grateful to all who have helped us in our work, particularly Westhill/NASACRE for their generous financial support.
 
Peter. H. Davies (Chair Portsmouth SACRE)
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Cornwall Faith Forum started in 2008 and brings together people from the following communities: Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim and Pagan.The Forum promotes understanding and dialogue between faith communities and other beliefs.

It is an important aim of the Forum to challenge intolerance in society. The Forum aims to support the community to build a better understanding of each other’s faiths and beliefs and of each other as individuals. It will help with issues arising from rural isolation and improve communication between isolated communities. Representatives work closely together in schools and colleges and run community events together.
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Ravens is a community project run by St Boniface Church, Quinton. Ravens provides free nutritious lunches for children from low income families from two local schools during the school holidays. Ravens also provides these children with fun and engaging activities designed to boost their literacy skills. Through Ravens we aim to promote holistic development for children in our community, meeting two real needs during the holidays.
Project on-going
We aim to involve local school, cathedral and church children in developing the childrens' chapel into a vibrant place fpr spiritual awakening and growth. With a focus on learning about the Good News of the Chirstian faith we aim to create new banners, an altar frontal, make puppets for telling bible stories and develop new software content for a touch screen explaining the heritage of Chester Cathedral.
Project Completed
The Shine Festival is a community orientated outreach that showcases the abundant art and craft talents within our congregation and some from the community.

It featured embroidery and worship banners, plus exhibited art pieces (sculptures and paintings) borrowed from Westhill Endowment, and a few members of the community also exhibited items of memorabilia aswell.
 

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Bringing soul and spirit to a very urban estate! The spiritual garden aims to provide a place for calm, reflection, and meeting up in a very built up housing estate.

Many people here have no garden, there is no public art and very few places where you can just go and be. Its is also part of a community cantre which takes a holistic view of people and our community.
Project Completed
Holy Writ: Modern Jewish, Christian and Islamic Calligraphy  was a major exhibition in Lichfield Cathedral from 26 April to 15 June 2014 which provided a unique opportunity to see, in one place, work from these three faith traditions.  
 
Accompanying the main exhibition was an extensive programme of related activities, including 5 local schools and a community project which has involved community groups in the region creating fabric squares on a multi-faith theme which have been assembled by art staff at South Staffordshire College into a piece of textile art.

Guided tours of the exhibition, jointly led by a member of the Cathedral clergy and the exhibition curator, gave opportunities to explore the exhibits in depth and opportunities to learn more about the faiths were provided by a series of lunchtime lectures.  Flcik through our website to find out more ...
Project Completed
Bristol SACRE working in partnership with Bristol City of Sanctuary and other local partners are organising a day-long conference aimed at Year 9+ students in Bristol Secondary Schools, Academies, Colleges and Free Schools to become “Ambassadors for Sanctuary and Belief” in their schools.

The conference, on 24th June 2014, aims to train students to be Peer educators in "Sanctuary and Belief in Bristol" so that they can return to their schools and share their gained knowledge with other students.
Project Completed
Bringing Learning to Life
The aim of the project is to bring learning to life. We want all children and young people to access the rich variety of resources that Cathedrals have to offer.

We will work with schools to create a bank of online materials that will excite, engage and encourage young people to learn more about tehse sacred spaces.
Project Completed
The West Midlands Quaker Peace Education Project (WMQPEP) is at the early stages of developing a resource which will offer strategies to foster primary pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development within Peace Education.

Preparing pupils for life, developing their resilience and confidence and nurturing the schools’ ethos are central to the success of SMSC. Educational practitioners will be equipped to facilitate and implement the dimension of SMSC and promote a peaceful school setting.
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TLG's aim is to deliever support to families of children and young people we work with across the UK. 73% of young people we currently work with state that they experience difficulties at home and would like support with family life.

Our ambition is to see volunteers from local churches providing practical help, advocacy and an opportunity to be listened to. We wish to empower families by providing a listening ear and signposting parents accordingly in a helpfuil direction.

TLG Family Support is about building bridges, bringing different members of the community together and, ultimately, bringing transformation to  the lives of struggling families.
Project Completed
Members of our Youth Group will be travelling to Kampala, Uganda in July 2014 to work alongside a Missionary that we support as a church family.  Heidi Munson works for the African Hearts Foundation and whilst we are with her we will be visiting the African Hearts Junior School where we will run holiday bible club activities.  We will also visit projects in the Kampala area including working with street children in local slums and helping at a home for abandoned babies.  Sharing our faith with others will be an important element of our time with Heidi as well as listening to the story of faith from those we meet.

Our hope is that each of us will meet with God in new and fresh ways and that this visit will be a life changing experience. You cannot visit some of the poorest communities in the world and not be challenged or changed by God and those we meet. We hope that when we return we can share this with other young people and adults as a way of encouraging them to think about global issues and faith.
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Way, Way back many months ago - an idea was born! To create a musical production of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat within the Holy Family Church and for and by the community of Blackbird Leys in Oxford.

The purpose of this project was to:
- Bring perople of all ages and abilities together for a fun and creative project
- Celebrate the talents of lcoal residents through song, theratre, arts and other related activities.
- Tell a biblical story in a fun way that will reach out to the community of Blackbird Leys
- Hold an event that will attract visitors from wider parts of Oxford to promote Blackbird Leys
- Raise funds to repair the Church roof
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Bullying is a major issue that many young people face and are often ill-equipped to deal with. Our interactive workshops are designed to empower young people to change their attitudes and lifestyle, to view themselves positively and be proactive in addressing bullying in their context; especially among those of different cultures, beliefs and ethnicity.

This project is run by a Forum Theatre Co-ordinator with the help of a facilitator and administrator, plus the actors who are made up from our schools team and gap year team.
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Inside Out is a performance project by Springs Dance Company. The project tells stories of what being a Christian means to different people through dance and theatre.

Audiences young and old can engage with real life experiences, testimonies and questions brought to life through dance. It aims to engage people with real stories about faith and engage people in dialogue about how faith is experienced.

People are very diverse. The possible ways of experiencing faith are diverse. This is a show that aims to encourage openmindedness, open heartedness and dialogue.
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The Bible Times Exhibition is an all-age interactive exhibition and is the story about the Bible, things in the Bible, it's people, it's message and about people who have been motivated by the Bible and have infludenced our nation and our world.

The exhibition is educational, instructive, relevant and inspiring to every age group, and it inspires a lot of fun and laughter.
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Power and Powerlessness
This project has been initiated by young people. It has grown out of a previous project ‘Peaceful ways of resolving conflict’. Power and Powerlessness is providing opportunities for young people to tell their stories; expressing their experiences, those of their peers and families; fears and hopes.

This project is also about the possibilities of change, in personal lives and life in the community. There will also be a change to learn skills for dealing with the institutions/organisations that appear powerful. Young people of 11-16 years will benefit directly from this project and young leaders, 17-21 years, will work with them. Achievements hoped for are: developing skills to overcome powerlessness; building confidence and self esteem; using power to improve life chances.
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Faithful Friends is an exhibition of portraits documenting friendships between people of different faiths and ethnicities. The photographs are shot both in places of worship  and community locations and each comes with a short story about how the friendship was formed and a quotes from the participants.

Faiths included in the pictures are Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. The project took place in the Diocese of Birmingham, as part of the Near Neighbours project and the resulting exhibition was launched at St Martin's Church in November 2012. Dee Patel, Outroslide, was the photographer for the exhibition pieces.
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The jubilee youth community project is an extension of the community church Jubilee church situated in the heart of a deprived neighbourhood in Manchester. The youth project started in July 2011 as an answer to reaching out to the local community, using arts and educational projects as a means of outreach.

The young people have been committed to helping shape the project and decided that they wanted to use their creative talents to express themselves using music, and to share their experiences as migrant young people in the UK, the various issues they face and tell their own stories.

The project name is R.I.S.E which stands for Rhythmically Inspiring Societies Everywhere. Instead of being inspired by drugs, wrong relationships, and alcohol abuse, the group whose ages range from 12-21 want to stand out for something other than themselves and Stand out for the God who gives them the purpose for reaching higher heights.

The project is hoped to reach the thousands of young people across the Uk and beyond, to inspire, educate, and challenge these young minds, so they can make better choices in live on prupose!
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Our project is about setting up a website to show schools and churches what we do and what we can offer. It will also have secure areas where our trustees and workers can access materials. The exciting part of our website will be our 'Faces of Faith' section where children from different churches who are aged 5-7 and 7-11 will talk about their beliefs, about God, the church, festivals and the best and hardest things about being a Christian.
Project Completed
Children from our neigbouring nursery have been working with visual artist Richard Tomlinson to explore and produce images relating to the theme of Sanctuary. This resulted in a series of photographs which formed an exhibition in the area leading to the multifaith and no faith chapel and Yeovil District Hospital.

The images are also the basis for a screen that was commissioned and created to provide privacy for members of the Muslim community to pray.
Project on-going
Fischy Music's songs and resources are ideal for all-age workship. Our songs link emotions, life issues and God, and all our work supports emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing. Our songs are practical and thought provoking and are accompanied by practical resources such as full length videos, backing tracks, teaching notes, sign language and Symbol Movies.

Our newest resource is based on the Psalms, which help people face challenges in life, offer hope, and express real emotions. Through this resource we are  providing those working with children with valuable new materials using our tried and tested approach. We believe we have a unique role in providing the church and schools with materials which allow children adn their families to address both the painful and the joyful bits of life within the context of faith.
Project Completed
Step are offering creative students in our area the opportunity to take part in an inter-school competition, by producing pieces of art around the Christian theme of 'being light in a dark world'. Our aim is firstly for students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds to engage with the Bible through a creative medium and to reflect on what the theme of 'light in a dark world means to them. Secondly to create spaces to connect with the wider community of family, friends and teachers, and for each person to gain a better understanding of at least one aspect of Christianity.

We expect that students taking part will:
Have an opportunity to develop and exhibit their artistic skills
Explore how the Bible uses the light and darkness metaphor
Deepend  their understaning of the Christian faith
Reflect on how they themselves might be 'light' in our world and express this creatively.
Project Completed
Research published by the BBC in March 2012 stated that 40% of children are less likely to know the Our Father prayer but are more likely to say that religion is important to them than children of 40 years ago. By linking up with our Riverside Walk (which has seen a 10% increase in vistor numbers to the churchyard), we would like to develop a Walk Through the Bible. Using wildflowers with biblical names and 14 different wooden crosses (stations) we would develop a visual journey through the Bible. A Walk Through the Bible would not only aid Christian Curriculum development but also ecology and evironmental education.
Project Completed
Saltburn Christian Projects aim to develop, produce and deliver a learning module about Values.
Our heritage is more that man's progress through his ingenuity and quest to do things better.

His striving to move forwards leaves a wake of changes and, in the speed of these changes we seem to have left behind some of the better qualities, values. Saltburn Christian projects are at the centre of enabling change in the young people we work with; we see their heritage of our local iron stone mining as a way to uncover their values and see how they may be incorporated int today's world.

It's a little bit like being a detective in search of clues, we can see the effects of values but we can't lay our hands on them; hopefully the learning will be, that it's part of who we are. The hope would also be to include young people in the gathering of information and piecing together the programme.
Project Completed
Journeys – Discovering Places, Pathways & Others - The aims of our project are to enable ninety Year 7 pupils in 3 mixed faith state schools in Burnley, Lancashire to explore pilgrimage, journey and significant places in the UK for members of three different world religions - Christianity, Islam & Hinduism.   The underlying aim of the project is to enable direct and in-direct beneficiaries to develop and foster a greater empathy to those who may have different beliefs or values enabling them to foster positive community relationships. The project will enable pupils to explore personal and group values, exchange knowledge and ideas and demonstrate their learning with the wider school and local community.  The project brings together religious institutions, members of the local community and young people.
Project Completed
Summersonic - Performing Arts Holiday School - brought together pro's from across the music and performing arts world to give one spectacular week of first-class coaching and fun-filled learning in music and performing arts. For one intense week students took part in daily workshops developing their skills in a range of musical genres from pop rock and indie to RnB jazz and gospel. The week culminated in a Grand Finale Concert where friends and family enjoyed an evening of showcase performances based on what had been achieved throughout the week. The project aimed to inspire young people to try new things as well as help them discover their own talents and unique potential in Christ.
Project Completed
We have partnered a high school in The Gambia called Kinderdorf Bottrop Techinical High School, in a small town called Brikama. Bottrop has 1,400 students age 12-19. Our project will take a small number of students to The Gambia, visiting our partner school, local communities and NGSs, experiencing another culture and faith as well as typical Gambian Life. We will spend time in the Gambian Classroom as well as visiting the two cemeteries in the capital city - one is Muslim and the other Christian. The project as a whole aims to bring Christian and Muslim youth together and encourage values for life. The culmination of the project will be the (English) students speaking to their own local community on their return about their experiences of another culture and faith.
Project Completed
We have been working with a group of 65 pupils drawn from 8 different secondary schools in Newham and the students have decided to produce some short programmes that tackle religious stereotypes and get young people thinking about this topic.  Our aim is that these programmes, once placed on a website, could then be viewed by schools around the country and give a dynamic thoughtful start to any teachers wanting to work around this theme in their classroom (which is a KS4 GCSE topic in many syllabuses).
Project Completed
Young people from the Chew Valley area of North East Somerset will work together with a theatre director and filmmaker this summer to create a piece of work that will be performed at the egg, Theatre Royal Bath.
Project Completed
This project engages children from different cultural backgrounds in South Africa to get together through sport. Sport coaches from various ethnic groups, all whom have grown up in  the townships around Cape Town, are trained to work with school children. Through the enjoyment of sport, they teach the kids life principals such as respect and teamwork. The coaches are all supported so that they can spend their time contributing to the next generation in South Africa to be more integrated with great respect and understanding for each other’s differences and similarities.
Project Completed
The land surrounding the Ascension Church is being transformed by the creation of landscaped gardens, orchards, annual and perennial meadow wild-flowers, cottage garden flowers, the growing of organic vegetables, fruit trees and the installation of a cross channel water feature based on the key elements traditionally used within the ancient 'Paradise Gardens', which have historically always been recognised and shared by all three Abrahamic Traditions. This volunteer-led community project to create a Paradise Garden therefore represents a shared tradition with its roots deep within the cultural context of these religions and, as such, aims to serve the diverse local community as a multi-faith, cultural, 'spiritual and practical oasis' within the severely disadvantaged urban setting of Lower Broughton, Salford.
Project on-going
El Refugio (the refuge) is a Christian ministry that works with children and youth in a situation of vulnerability within the city of Cartagena, Colombia. We aim to reach these children through our "Kids Church" program, teaching them Christian values that they do not receive in the home.

We also have a large focus on School Reinforcement. The Colombian public school system is not very good and therefore many children who don't have access to the better schools or private schools do not get a very good level of education and with overcrowded classrooms and stressed out underpaid teachers, children with difficulties or abilities can get lost in the crowd.

Through our small group program we aim to help those who have fallen behind or dropped out of school and The Library is open for those who are doing well in school to come and do their homework in a clean bright environment with help from our staff. It is our desire that these children develop a passion for learning and go on to study in higher education improving the lives of themselves, their families and their community as a whole.
Project Completed
Treloar’s Trust was founded to create a world where physically disabled young people learn to take control of their lives and dare to dream. Arts Week is all about introducing people to, and broadening their perception of the many different forms of the arts: art, drama, music, photography and filmmaking.  It is also an opportunity for our students to showcase their considerable talents.
Project Completed
The Christian Muslim Forum identified an interesting opportunity for encouraging inter faith encounter through the medium of art. We partnered with the ‘Tree of Abraham’ artists (all alumni of the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts) who describe the project’s approach as ‘creative activism’ at community level. The art project – travelling exhibition with educational, artistic and dialogue workshops – is a one year pilot for a practical visual expression of Christian and Muslim cultural heritage and artistic linkages. Working with children to produce artworks and explore artistic traditions is a focal part of the project.
Project Completed
After working in the music industry and youth work sector over the last 10 years I decided I wanted to reach young people with a different type of message through music. I want to challenge the gun glorification, half naked girls, and the constant bombardment of exposing our children and young people to negative images. And so we now embark on this exciting journey of creating a contemporary Gospel album that will actually bring good news!
Project Completed
Holton Lee is a charity situated on a secluded, tranquil, unspoilt slice of Dorset countryside overlooking Poole harbour. For many years Holton Lee has been musing over how wonderful it would be to have a labyrinth in our beautiful grounds, a simple and calming space where people can leave their worries behind and use the path as an opportunity for reflection and to aid the quietening of the mind. This is our story on how the project came about.
Project In Progress
“The One World Project” – St Benet Biscop, are working with students within our local school communities. The project is all about getting everyone together, being creative and learning! We are looking at several worldwide faiths demonstrating and celebrating how diverse the world is. The creative activities are aimed towards middle school aged children and their families. We are holding the events at either schools or parish halls so they are easy for everyone to access.
Project Completed
The aim of the Seeds for Life Project is to provide Christian RE sessions linked to the Worcestershire County Council curriculum, in and around the Jesse Tree Bible Garden at Holly Mount URC, Great Malvern. The bible garden tells the Bible story through both its artwork and plants complete with sculpture, artwork, teaching aids and rest facilities. Also included are indoor facilities, incorporating internet access, PowerPoint display facilities, open-plan discussion/ teaching areas.
Project on-going
Wouldn’t it be great if every church had a children’s worker full of enthusiasm and a real sense of vocation! The Grace Project was set up to meet a real need and allows churches to share such a person. Grace Workers are mentored by a children’s work expert. They offer a fantastic ministry including, toddler groups, clubs, assemblies, crafty cafés and a multisensory Bethlehem experience. Bursting with energy, they meet together for training, exchanging ideas and sharing resources. All have a passion for demonstrating God’s unconditional love to the children in their care and developing exciting new initiatives.
Project In Progress
The churches in England face a range of opportunities and challenges in the current multi faith context, particularly with regards to Christian Muslim relations. Moreover, these opportunities and challenges are most acutely faced by our children and young people in their schools, neighbourhoods, friendships and leisure activities.
Project on-going
In the early 1990's Barbara Dixon had the vision for using puppetry in children's work in our local church. She saw that Church Army were running a course on the arts in Sheffield and asked her friend Margaret Redfearn to go with her on the course. Over the next two years Margaret was sponsored to take a day a week out of her regular job so she could go into schools, straight away Hand to Mouth were into 27 schools.
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"There's nothing new". There has been a major focus in the media recently on healthy eating. We continually hear and read that to reduce obesity and improve our health and wellbeing we need to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, have very little red meat, drink water, sometimes as much as 2 litres a day and take regular exercise. John Wesley's book Primitive Physic: or An Easy and Natural Way of Curing Most Diseases was written over 250 years ago...... what do you think?
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Kids United is a holiday club for 4-7s in Tower Hamlets, East London and is run by the CURBS Project (Children in URBan Situations). The 2011 summer project was focussed on unpacking key bible stories through exploring our ‘different senses’. We were able to build on the positive relationships we have developed with local families, a large percentage of whom are from a Muslim background. This work has enabled us to develop and model activities/resources for children that incorporate Christian and Muslim faith traditions within our inner cities in a way that respects, recognises and celebrates the differences but also comes from a Christian perspective. 
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Founded in 1996 the York Schools and Youth Trust (YoYo) seeks to support and serve the schools of York in the communication of the Christian faith. YoYo exists to Effectively communicate the Christian faith to the children and young people of York, particularly through work in schools. Kids Rock is YoYo's lunch time and after school club for all Key Stage 2 children, ages 7-11. It currently runs in six of York's primary schools.
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Prayer and Action: Resources for ending violence against children. The project aims to promote shared religious values of compassion, respect for human dignity, non-violence, equality and justice through the development of resources for prayer and action to end all forms of violence against children.  Children and young people have a key role to play and the project will encourage their meaningful participation and create opportunities for children's active involvement.
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The Gospel of St. Mark is about following after Jesus and, as St. Mark's Baptist Church, we wanted to communicate this. Our location is full of murals and also the place where Banksy got started so a mural seemed the obvious thing to do! The BBC interviewed Jo Waterfall, the artist, on Songs of Praise (May 2009) and when school groups visit us we can use the painting to talk about our vision eg. encouraging hope, welcome and diversity to the area.
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These embroideries have been created by Pamela Pavitt and are presented in two groups, one dealing with ideas of peace and reconcilliation, and the other the stewardship of the world we live in, creation and the environment. They are available on free loan as an educational resource to religious and suitable educational and community organisations such as cathedrals, churches, hospices, medical schools, hospitals and public art galleries.
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As an artist, I recognised a need within my local community for an event that would bring families from multiple faiths together, using a variety of design led workshops that would culminate into a carnival. Funding was always going to be a problem. However, after looking into a variety of avenues we managed to secure what we needed to get the project off the ground.
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As part of the ministry of the World in Need Day Care Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, children take part in painting classes which are supervised by a professional art teacher. The activity acts not only as an educational tool but as a therapeutic one too. Paintings are exported to England where they are sold and funds returned to the centre and the child.
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An event for year 6 pupils held in nine of Newbury’s primary schools, where they are taken through a series of activities to help them think through the issues related to their move to secondary school and themselves within that process, their values and aspirations. The pupils are given a booklet produced by Scripture Union and more importantly it is an opportunity for the pupils to get to know the COINS worker in the secondary school they are moving to.
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Crown Meadow First School and Nursery are very excited to be at the start of their Global Community Project with their partner school, San Lucas Colegio, Arequipa in Peru.  Their children are already corresponding by the exchange of cards and regular Skype conversations.  The school and nursery are in the planning stage for a teacher exchange in the summer of 2012 where respective teachers will be teaching in our partner schools.  As preparation for this, children will be embarking on making a banner showing cultural British festivals, which will be both a gift and used as a teaching aid in San Lucas Colegio.
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Following on from Simon's community Arts Festival project (see Simon's Story), Simon's second project is the making of a short and accessible film of the parable about "The Good Samaritan". The overall objective of the film is to get the children involved in all aspects of the project, behind the camera as well as in front of it.
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This is initially a 2 year project working specifically with Pupils Referral Units (PRUs) and Secure Childrens’ Units; centres for educating young people who, for personal, social or behavioural reasons, have been excluded from mainstream education. Covenant Players’ interactive-theatre programmes presents Christian-based values, engaging and involving young people in looking at issues such as; communication skills, purpose, anti-social behaviour, anger-management, aspiration and hope, empathic skills, re-inclusion, peer pressure, bullying, substance abuse and addiction, citizenship… Throughout these programmes there will be an emphasis on affirmation, building confidence and self-esteem.
This project presents a unique opportunity to serve as a resource and—prayerfully—as an intervention at a critical moment in a young person’s life. 
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The Church Mission Society Youth and Children's Team have worked in partnership with Westhill Endowment on several important projects which have all been notable successes in working with and inspiring children.
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New building, new banners - Belle Isle in bloom. The United Reformed Church in South Leeds now has a brand new building in Nesfield Road, Belle Isle, Leeds LS10 3LG. Over the weekend of JUNE 11-12 2011 we will be held a RAINBOW FLOWER FESTIVAL and ART and CRAFTS EXHIBITION to celebrate this new phase in the life and ministry of our church and to invite members of our local community to visit us.
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"Crossing the Bridge" - St Mary's has a vibrant and varied mix of youth groups. The Boys Brigade, a youth club and before and after school clubs. All of these groups have opportunities throughout the year to express in their own ways, what worship means to them. One of our greatest achievements has been to bridge the gap between the established church congregation and the young members of these groups. By building trust and developing relationships we have been able to help the children find their own voice within the church.
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A project that brings art, music and dance to St Andrew's parish church in the centre of Rugby. Participation by the local community and schools in the surrounding area to produce a magnificent tapestry and painted hangings. The culmination of the project was a performance of music and dance led by local schools.
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Gethsemane Garments: a textile project for Lent involving all ages of St Martin's Community coming together as the body of Christ and working together on a garment that would express being the body of Christ bound by the living word.
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Simon's story takes us through the organising of a community arts festival. The festival was seen as a catalyst to encourage participation in performing and combined arts in the local area. Part of the long term objective is to develop and refurbish part of the old church building into a performing arts centre for the benefit of the local community.
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WHAT IS LIFEPATH? - Lifepath is a schools event, run by Scripture Union volunteers, in a range of locations across the country. Key Stage 2 children (7 - 11 year olds) visit a place that is linked to a local Christian from history. During the day long event, children learn both about the life of the person from history and have the chance to consider their own Lifepaths. Recent Lifepaths have looked at the lives of Monks, Simon of Sudbury, John Newton and John Wesley. Future Lifepaths will include Robert Raikes, Eric Liddell and Florence Nightingale.
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In June and July 2009 Act 4 set a new Guinness World Record™, they performed 51 professional theatrical stage shows in 50 days in 50 different venues all over England and Wales. Act 4 now want to share Star Citizen with you! The show has been re-packaged for use in primary schools and churches as a fantastic All Age Event, as we seek to equip as many children as possible with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the world around them.
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Interfaith League against Poverty is a non-partisan development organization dedicated to promote religious tolerance, peace, harmony and respect for all religions around the globe. The Missing Peace Art competition at Pakistan National Council for Art (PNCA) Islamabad provided an opportunity for the students to express their feelings and promote the idea of peace and harmony.
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Cre8.ed works to provide schools and colleges with creative expression arts-based training, through values-based programmes which promote inclusion and cross-cultural respect. As an educational arts company we teach a creative approach through a range of subject areas. Our work encompasses RE, Citizenship, PHSE, Literacy (Drama), PE (Dance and Movement), Music and Visual Art in a cross-curricular setting.
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A tranquil oasis in the centre of Derby, behind the Derby Cathedral Centre. The garden takes you on a journey of the life and memory of Christ using plants from the Bible to link with the stages is Christ's life. The garden can be used by school groups for educational and interpretative purposes.
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“Life is a Journey” Alexander Hosea School group entry: Easter Banners 284 pupils in ten classes aged from 4-11 created this set of Easter banners. They wanted to bring alive the spiritual space of their local church for the celebration of Easter in 2010. ‘Easter banners’ was a community project to represent Easter as a sacred story in both the past and present.
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Liverpool 8 (L8) has been described as the sacred heart of Liverpool. The Altar 8 project offered people rooted in the L8 neighbourhood a space to express their own individual or group identities. A way to do this was a blank green “altar”. The advantage of the blank alter is that it has no specific religious or faith connection.
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Kids together was a project for a 25 minute scripted live action drama with animated interludes which was conceived by Brian Brown.Brian has a strong history of success in this area having been responsible for concept creation of the "Story keepers" and "Friends and Heroes".
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The Federation of RE Centres is a forum and support network for those involved in the provision of resources for multi-faith Religious Education in UK schools, colleges, churches and community groups. In addition to this website the information and support activities of the group also include the publication of a twice yearly newsletter and the organisation of conferences and other events..
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Lacey theatre Company -  ‘All about Mia’ is a Theatre-In-Education, Citizenship themed day programme aimed at Key Stage Levels 3-4. With a combination of theatrical performances and interactive elements, ‘All about Mia’ is a great way to fulfill government guidelines for Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. It incorporates aspects of the national curriculum for Citizenship, History and RE.
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Track is a project that aims to build links with primary school children and their parents within the local community and share the Christian faith through its club one evening a week, and it’s weekly visitation program. The club seeks to communicate the faith and life skills through the use of sound, light, multimedia, drama, games and interaction.