Faith Council

The Faith Council, managed by BHFA, was set up to support partnership working between different faiths and as a platform to allow those from various groups to talk to each other regularly. 

All faith groups in the city are invited to attend a biweekly meeting of the council (currently being held online via Zoom) to hear updates from organisations including:

●  Brighton & Hove Faith in Action
●  Individual faith groups
●  The police
●  Council officers and councillors
●  The voluntary sector

Please do get in touch to learn how to join these meetings.

Our work

Groups who attend run a wide range of social welfare services supporting Brighton and Hove’s most needy and vulnerable including foodbanks, youth clubs and homelessness and mental health support.

A theme is selected for each meeting and groups are given the chance to showcase their work and try to find opportunities to work more closely and effectively with others.

If you’re running a vital service which improves the lives of Brighton residents and want to find out more about the Faith Council, please do get in touch with us through the contact form about the date of the next meeting. We do our best to ask all faith groups in the city along, but if you haven’t received an invitation, please let us know so you can be added to our lists.  If you would like to speak, this too may be possible.

Combatting Faith Hate Partnership

At present BHFA is looking at setting up a social prescribing faith partnership and projects in the community. Since May 2021, this has been the subject of Faith Council.  Readers would be welcome to join the conversation. 

Homeless faith partnerships

The November 2019 Faith Council took a briefing on the Churches Night Shelter, council severe weather provisions and activities both the activist and Muslim communities are undertaking in Brighton to help relieve homelessness, hunger, cold and suffering.  In 2020, the Faith Council started a working group to look more closely at co-ordinating the response of the faith community to homelessness in the city but progress stalled with the outbreak of Covid-19. Happily all homeless people have been housed during the pandemic but this will not continue for ever and with night shelters and day centres unlikely to re-open, the Faith Council is banding with other grassroots organisations to see how services can be changed to support the homeless as new policy emerges.

As of 2021, Brighton & Hove Faith in Action is developing Street Support - Brighton & Hove, working with faith partners and local statutory and voluntary sector organisations. A dedicated site for the city will be available from February 2021.  This has been made possible with funding from the Post Code Trust.  

Our work
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Faith Covenant

The Faith Council is the guardian of the Faith Covenant which is an agreement that provides a set of principles to guide partnership working between faith communities and the city council to ensure an open, collaborative and respectful relationship. It also sets out practical commitments for the faith communities and the city council to abide by to create a constructive partnership with the common goal of helping more people and communities in the city of Brighton and Hove flourish and meet their full potential and ensuring that the faith community has the opportunity to be considered for paid contracts when the opportunities arise. 

Social Prescribing and Community Initiatives

At present BHFA is looking at setting up a social prescribing faith partnership and projects in the community. Since May 2021, this has been the subject of Faith Council.  Readers would be welcome to join the conversation. 

Our work