News from the All-Party Parliamentary Group

Inaugural Faith Covenant Forum Meeting, 2 June 2020

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.

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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.

Bishop Roger Morris, Essex

We must keep the momentum going of the work that has happened during COVID and highlight how pre-existing relationships helped with this work.

Daniel Singleton, FaithAction (Secretariat to the APPG)

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.

Cllr Nweeda Khan, Preston

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.

Gulab Singh, Preston Faith Forum

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.

Cllr Satvir Kaur, Southampton