Strengthening Faith Institutions

 What we do?

Strengthening Faith Institutions (SFI) professionalises places of worship. And a professional, well-governed faith centre can achieve its vision and access more funding.

How we do it?

Once your organisation has joined the SFI network, our regional consultant will set-up a meeting with your  senior management team to create a bespoke health-check and action plan.

Your individualised action plan will serve to maximise your organisational objectives and provide a course of focused training for your leadership team, trustees, and members in core areas of safeguarding, security, governance, funding and other areas of need.

This is a package worth £1,500, offered for free to faith institutions.

Funding for your Faith Institution

Did you know that your Church, Mosque, Temple or other places of worship are entitled to mainstream funding? Are you aware that you need certain governance, safeguarding, and other policies in place to access mainstream funding? If you want to start a youth, women’s or educational project but don’t have the funds available, we can help you apply for funding by making sure you have the right governance and foundations to apply.

As we know, there are ‘certain’ pressure groups who are campaigning to close places of worship without the necessary governance. We help to prepare these places of worship to be fully prepared with their paperwork and policies in place to avoid any unforeseen issues.

How We work?

The Scheme has two parts:

Bespoke Health Check

Local, faith-based, expert facilitators engage with the senior management of your church, temple, synagogue, mosque, and Gurdwara to identify your key organisational strengths and weaknesses. The facilitator will then create a bespoke action plan that works for you. Your consultant will ensure that the action plan leads to results that are measurable and effective.

The health-checks are confidential, and your organisation can decide precisely how much information you wish to share with the consultant.

Training Sessions

All SFI organisations are invited to attend regular training and qualification courses for senior management, trustees, clergy, volunteers, and members. Topics will include: financial sustainability, good governance, fundraising, social media, safeguarding, and more. Courses are free or heavily subsidised. And if you would like to run a particular training event in your area, contact us, and we will do our utmost to run it locally.

Who are we?

SFI has created a network of trained facilitators throughout the UK with expertise in third-sector organisations and sensitivity to faith issues.

We seek to match each organisation with a local facilitator who shares the faith and ethos of the organisation.

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