Join us in building a partnership of faiths and contribute to the wider community of Derby. Our vision is a city where the diversity, expertise and richness of faith communities contributes to the building of vibrant and growing neighbourhoods.
The motivation of faith groups is about love and compassion, providing longevity and offering hope. Faith shapes communities of people who want to act as good neighbours. Faith groups also demonstrate a willingness to go the extra mile. It’s these shared values that we want to build on together. Over the next year, we will be building a clearer picture of what faith communities are already offering and what your needs are, so that funding can flow more readily to support your communities and neighbourhoods.
Who we are
Chaired by the Dean of Derby, and including diverse faith community voices, Community Action Derby and Derby City Council, we are bringing forward proposals for engaging all faith communities with civil society. An important strategic role for faith is emerging - a role that supports the sharing of best practice in supporting vulnerable people, improving and connecting faith networks with local partners across public sector and civil society, and cultivating honest dialogue and greater collaboration within and across faith communities. MFC convenes a faith steering group which is mandated to bring forward proposals to establish a faith alliance (or equivalent body) on behalf of the sector. We want to invite all communities into the conversation and ensure that everyone feels empowered to shape it.
Why get involved?
Faith communities have always been at the heart of serving local needs. Recent crises have made this apparent to all. Our local authorities have signalled their desire to collaborate closely with faith groups to identify and reach communities, and co-design and deliver solutions to community needs.
What are we seeking?
Relationships: Friendship, networks, partnerships and collaborations across all faith communities; To give faith a strategic voice: as a network that includes all faiths. When integrated into a work plan, we can become a vehicle for lasting change for our neighbourhoods and our city;
Champions: people who “get it” and are willing to do the hard work to make a partnership of faiths happen and succeed;
Longevity: together we want to create lasting impact, even when people move on, strategies change and priorities shift.
How to get involved
Join the conversation and tell us about the work you are doing to support local communities
Join the Faith Steering Group
Participate in consultations to shape a Faith Alliance for Derby
Subscribe to our Mailing List
Encourage others to join our network
If you would like to contribute to the work of the Steering Group or join a network of other like-minded faith activists, we’d love to hear from you.
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Please contact us at [email protected]