Queen to Host Reception to Celebrate Work of Faith Groups Bringing Communities Together

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Tuesday, 25th June 2019

Her Majesty The Queen will give a reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 25th June to celebrate the work of UK faith and belief groups in bringing local communities together.

Across the UK, individuals of all faiths and beliefs are working at grassroots and community level to support their local neighbourhoods and bring together different backgrounds and ethnicities.

Among those invited are representatives of different faiths and beliefs from across the UK, including volunteers, community workers, and those promoting social cohesion within their neighbourhood.

The reception will recognise those bringing about positive change in their local neighbourhoods and celebrate the work being done to support people of all ages and backgrounds. This includes supporting young people to make positive life choices, bringing people together through cooking, providing food and clothing to the homeless, and supporting refugees and asylum seekers.

As Head of the Nation and Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty recognises and celebrates religious diversity in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.

In 2016, The Cinnamon Network compiled a Faith Action Audit which valued the time given by churches and other faith groups to their communities at more than £3 billion each year, supporting over 49 million people.

A report by New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) found that more than a quarter of all charities in the United Kingdom have an association with faith.

Near Neighbours run by the Church Urban Fund, is a government funded programme working in some of the most diverse and disadvantaged areas in England to bring together local people from different faiths and ethnic backgrounds to improve communities. Near Neighbours provides small grants to support local, grassroots projects and has funded 1,433 projects across England, all of which have at least two faith or belief groups working together. The programme also has a network of national partners to provide training, expertise and resources and has hubs and coordinators across England.

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