In June 2020, the APPG hosted its first Faith Covenant Forum, a virtual roundtable discussion providing an opportunity for Covenant holders to share learning and best practice, particularly with regard to faith-council joint responses to COVID-19. For a full video recording of the meeting, see below. For minutes of the meeting, see here.
Relationships have had to form fast, with vulnerabilities shared openly and work had to be done collaboration – the situation has been a catalyst that in ordinary times would not have happened.
We must keep the momentum going of the work that has happened during COVID and highlight how pre-existing relationships helped with this work.
The faith sector is instrumental in leading with food provision and bringing issues to the council’s attention. It is vital for reaching as many people as possible.
The covenant is a very good conduit for multifaith collaboration and action……. It provides a way to have dialogue, show inclusivity and [create strategic] connections.
The Faith Covenant on own isn’t enough – when Southampton signed there was already a good relationship with faith communities. The Covenant [however,] allowed us to link up and cement this joint working partnership.