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Inter Faith Nework for the UK

Local Inter Faith Guide


The Inter Faith Network for the UK works with faith communities; inter faith organisations, educators and others to increase understanding and cooperation between people of different faiths and to widen public awareness of the distinctive religious traditions in the UK.
 
It continues to fulfil this vision more than 30 years since its foundation through: supporting and encouraging inter faith initiatives and sharing good practice between these; helping create opportunities for mutual learning and tackling prejudice; and offering opportunity for engagement between faith communities and Government and other public agencies on relevant issues.

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The Local Inter Faith Guide: Faith Communities in Action is being developed during 2018, this is a key tool to help people start and develop local inter faith initiatives.

The first edition of this resource was originally published in 1999 and was followed by an expanded second edition in 2005 by the Inter Faith Network for the UK with the then Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions. It continues to be widely used but needs to be updated significantly to reflect the changing religious landscape of the UK, the ways in which local groups are evolving and to highlight current good practice through carefully chosen case studies. 
 


 

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The Local Inter Faith Guide: Faith Communities in Action fits into IFN’s Connecting and Strengthening Grassroots Local Initiatives programme, which  provides opportunities for face-to-face networking and shared learning among local inter faith practitioners. This programme includes practical workshops for local volunteers aimed at capacity-building in topics such as fundraising, use of social media and communications, and running and evaluating programme impact.

All of this is aimed at strengthening local inter faith groups’ contribution to their own local communities. Such meetings, as well as email, online and phone support, play an important role in helping local people to run effective groups, help build morale and offer encouragement to those working in this field, many of whom do so as volunteers. This supportive work helps local inter faith initiatives grow and strengthen and to involve more people and organisations, especially at a time when there are attacks on people of faith, their places of worship, hate speech and acts of terror.
 
The Local Inter Faith Guide: Faith Communities in Action will act as a resource for all local inter faith initiatives in supporting their vital work in building better and stronger communities.

 
The resource will be available both in hard and electronic copy and free to download from IFN’s website: www.interfaith.org.uk