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Dear God...
“Hate leads to fights, Fights lead to war, War leads to beautiful world no more”
Kieran Hunt
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Local Inter Faith Guide

Our project is to publish a third edition of the Local Interfaith Guide to support the development and reinvigorate local interfaith groups by giving practical support, case studies and links to useful resources. The guide will enable those particularly wanting to establish groups to draw on best practice based on the experience of others. 
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Season Two of the Young Quaker Podcast

The Young Quaker Podcast is a monthly downloadable audio show that promotes young adult Quaker voices, experiences, and ministry, and works to build a supportive online community for young Friends internationally.

Building on our success from the first season (Nov ‘17 - Jun ‘18) and with the help of Westhill Endowment Trust, we are now launching a second season of 9 episodes this autumn, to continue to provide a space for young adult Friends to explore and speak about their spirituality, through a medium that is accessible to all with an internet connection.
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Newbigin School for Urban Leadership

Urban Change Makers (UCM) is a new emerging leaders program that focuses on working class leadership development from within urban priority areas. UCM is initiated by Newbigin School for Urban Leadership and Worth Unlimited in conjunction with local hubs who nominate and send small teams of emerging leaders to the 10 month program that includes 3 week-end residentials, coaching, best practice site visits, an investors panel and a graduation/induction.
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This community-based collaborative project brings together participants from a range of ages, cultures, religions and experiences to help develop religious and cultural literacy in the region. Based in primary and secondary schools across Lincolnshire, the aim of the work is to challenge misconceptions and provide a safe space for encounter and positive engagement.

Participants will work with playwrights, actors, technical and digital teams, subject experts and crucially, each other, to produce a series of performances exploring social and moral issues of living well together. REConnecting Lincolnshire provides and exciting opportunity to discover the richness of identity in modern Britain.
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Christianity - Big Questions

Our project aims to reach out to many different audiences via social media, websites, home viewing, faith groups, with a series of short films challenging the viewers to think about Christianity in contemporary society. 

What are the big questions which the Christian faith needs to ask itself?  What are the big questions in society in which Christianity seeks to address? How might our viewers be challenged to rethink their perceptions of Christianity and which might be the future for a progressive faith?
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Bible Engagement in multi-faith Schools

This project enables thousands of primary school children, in multi-faith cities across England and Wales, to engage with Bible Stories in a sensitive, educationally acceptable style.  In partnership with Birmingham City Mission, the Bible Society seeks to engage inter-faith dialogue between the Christian church and primary schools where children are from other faiths and none.

The project is building bridges between different faiths and cultures between communities. Different Christian church denominations come together to deliver Bible stories as part of collective workship in multi-faith primary schools, giving children and foundational understanding of our society's Christian heritage, enabling them to compare and contrast.
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IMAGINE PEACE: 20,000 DOVES

Imagine Peace: 20,00 Doves is a large-scale mass children's participation art installation at Lichfield Cathedral. Part of a year-long programme to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, the project will see our Artist-in-Residence working with local schools to create 20,000 paper doves; the doves will then be suspended in a large-scale art installation from the ceiling of the Cathedral's nave throughout December 2018.

Participating schools receive a pack containing the materials to make doves, information about the project, and a powerpoint presentation about the themes of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation. The children will use their learning to develop and write on their dove a personal message relating to the project themes; they will also learn about the historical and religious context for the dove as a symbol of peace.
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St Andrews Church Rugby: The Song of Creation

Our project is to commission and co-curate a high quality art work for the West Tower wall of St. Andrew's Parish Church. The project will engage and build bridges in the community through exploring the Song of Creation.
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Developing Deeper Discussion

The aim of this project is first to provide pocket guides to relationships between Christians and other faith communities (Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and Buddist). Second, we will use these guides to facilitate deeper discussion between Christians and other faith communities.
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Celebrating Diversity

Our project is seeing to share Newham Sacre's (Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education) good practice over to Waltham Forest Sacre. This will happen in three ways; we will run year 5 Inter-faith one-day conferences with 18 Waltham Forest Primary Schools; we will share and help Waltham Forest build their own version of Student Sacre; and we will run training for both Sacre's in order to help members have greater knowledge of their role as a Sacre as well as sharing best practice. 
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The festival is organised by the local church for it's surrounding community. Working with people of all ages and backgrounds, seeking to create an interaction with the church and community. The festival uses the arts, including comedy, music, dance, drama and family focussed events help in a variety of venues to achieve this task.
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A Play in a Day

Project in planning for March 2019.

"A Play in a Day": The aim is simple - create a play in a day!  The event will provide an engaging way to get to know people. Our project will enable three local churches, in neighbouring areas, to connect with their communities. Each church will host our lead artist for one event, bringing all three groups together. This will be an opportunity to see each other's performances; connect across churches; and invite friends and family to see the fun we've had.
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Our victim awareness / restorative justice programme, Sycamore Tree, challenges attitudes to crime and offending behaviours and motivates offenders to desist from crime.

Sycamore Tree is a powerful rehabilitative tool which can initiate change if attitude and behaviour, breaking the cycle of reoffending and helping effective rehabilitation back into communities and families.

Prison fellowships vision is that every prisoner in England and Wales has access to the support they need.
 
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We encourage people to learn Engish so they are able to communicate with people like teachers and doctors and can visit places such as libraries and other public places. Anyone can access our group and trained tutors will provide support as they learn. All our staff have undertaken training and personal checks (DBS).
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Church of the Poor

We are building an ecumenical 'community of praxis' in South Yorkshire, linking together churches and projects that are working to build what Pope Francis has described as "a poor church that is for the poor".  Churches are learning from each other, supporting each other in their mission and discipleship, and showing the wider church what it really means to be a 'church of the poor'.
 
 
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Life's a Carnival Community Theatre

Life's a Carnival is a newly devised play exploring racism, youth violence and families, in Haringey'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 Haringey 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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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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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.
 
 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.