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Faith Based Support
While there are some great mainstream support and guidance, it can sometimes seem difficult to find advice that is relevant to your faith.
In this section we’ve collated support from different faith based organisations to help.
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. They offer help specifically during the pandemic, as well as mental health support, wheelchair support, refugee and asylum seeker support, financial advice and more. They have a network of volunteers providing support. Get in touch here.
The Aims of Strabane Ethnic Community Association is to identify and respond to the needs of minority ethnic communities and to raise awareness and understanding within the local community as Northern Ireland become more diverse.
YMCA North Down is a faith-based volunteer organisation that seeks to support the local community across North Downs. The organisation's ethos is to support young people, families and the local community to 'flourish in mind, body and spirit'. YMCA North Down works with all groups, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, religion, culture, or race. To find out more please visit the website.
The Chinese Welfare Association Northern Ireland is a community support group that seeks to provide services such as: community development, youth and children work, education, welfare rights, race relations & training and community interpreting.
Trubys Garden Tea Room is an interfaith community cafe run by Muslim women building positive relationships between communities in Milton Keynes
The words "Aik Saath" mean "Together As One" in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. Aik Saath believe in working together for positive social change. Their mission is to work with people from all communities, faiths and backgrounds to promote and encourage conflict resolution and community cohesion through training, campaigns and projects.
Refugee Women of Bristol (RWoB) is the only multi-ethnic, multi-faith organisation which specifically targets the needs of refugee women in Bristol, and are directly governed by women of the refugee and asylum-seeking community.
Bristol branch of the nationwide mental health organisation. Run emotional support helplines, virtual drop-ins, offer advocacy services and resources on how to care for your mental health during the pandemic.
The Inter Faith Forum for Leicestershire was developed in July 2008 as a network to promote greater understanding and awareness of religion, faith and belief. It brings together representatives from faith communities, along with other interested individuals.
Leicester Council of Faiths promotes trust, understanding and co-operation among the city’s faith communities, speaks up for their viewpoint on significant issues, and provides reliable information to civic authorities, service providers, educational institutions and local media. They run a range of dialogue groups and interfaith projects.
The Centre exists to promote mutual understanding between people of different faiths/beliefs and none and to build respect between people as fellow human beings across cultures. The Centre is a shared space where people are invited to speak freely and fearlessly.
BAC-IN 2life is a Nottingham based, specialist drug and alcohol recovery support service for individuals, families and young adults from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. An award winning, nationally recognized grassroots service, they offer 1:1, family and mental health support, counselling, recovery coaching, mutual aid meetings, peer mentoring, training and more. They offer a choice of cultural, faith-based and spiritual services.
AJAR is a network of people in Leeds, often from faith communities, seeking to help people currently in detention who have a valid case for applying for bail. It supports asylum seekers who have been detained beyond reason, are struggling with support and would live in the Leeds area if released.
We aim to contribute to the promotion of mutual respect and understanding between faith communities and aim to respond to the new & changing ethnic and faith mix of population in York.
Naz and Matt Foundation exists to empower and support LGBTQI+ individuals, their friends and family to work towards resolving challenges linked to sexuality or gender identity, focusing on where religion heavily influences the situation.
The Devon Faith and Belief Forum brings believers and adherents of different faith and belief systems to a greater understanding of each other. They work through an executive committee of representatives from the different faith and belief groups, a youth group in the Torbay area and supporting local interfaith groups around the county.
West London Buddhist Centre provides Buddhism and meditation resources for the whole of West London area. They have a custom space, with space for tea, book browsing, conversation and discussion, as well as a yoga studio with a range of classes, and a treatment room for massage and other therapies.
Diamond Way Buddhism UK is a network of lay meditation centres within the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Lama Ole Nydahl and under the spiritual authority of H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje. Access their Covid-19 updates and support via the website.
London Buddhist Centre teaches meditation and Buddhism in a way that is relevant to contemporary life. They offer a full schedule of classes and events available online. They also run yoga classes, PoetryEast, school visits, two charity shops, fairs, festivals and classes for people under 25 - all in an atmosphere of community and friendship.
The main aim of this society is to create a cultural, social and mutual support network for Devon and Cornwall’s increasingly large South Asian community. SAaS has a wide membership base of people who are drawn from countries surrounding the Indian sub-continent or are part of the Asian Diaspora. They provide social welfare, recreation alongside multicultural events.
EMBA provide help, advice, teaching and training to those with an interest in Buddhism and meditation in the Buddhist community.
The Nottingham Buddhist Centre is dedicated to the spread of the Buddha's message in a way that is relevant to us here and now, yet remains faithful to the essentials of the Buddhist Tradition .An inclusive open Buddhist centre for those to attend, take part in classes such as yoga and meditation, and have community support
The ICAD are a spiritual centre for all communities and religious backgrounds in Dorset, a centre for integration, cultural and spiritual exchange, and a place providing community service. They also run events to bring together people celebrating Indian festivals and national occasions.
The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church. They provide a range of outreach support services for youth and children, families, older people, those experiencing homelessness and more. You can find your nearest Salvation Army here.
Access guidance for Churches during the pandemic. The Church of England website hosts information, resources on faith, family, education and more.
An organisation that works through the Church of England’s local parish networks, with churches and alongside other faith-based and secular organisations, to bring about positive change in communities. They run neighbour networks, as well as working with people to navigate financial and social justice issues.
Giuseppe Conlon House is a House of Hospitality for migrants and asylum seekers with no recourse to public funds. It is run by volunteers of the London Catholic Worker community.
Housing Justice train and support night shelters, run a pan London hosting scheme for asylum seekers and forced migrants, and provide mentoring and befriending training and support. They also work in Wales.
A Christian Charity in Tees Valley, County Durham and North Yorkshire providing support and integration for asylum seekers and refugees. Services include ESOL lessons, Refugee Housing and Women's Group. Each service has its own corresponding email address.
St Rollox Community Outreach offers a range of support and services to local residents, Asylum Seekers, and Refugees in North Glasgow. The organisation has a drop-in café available which is available for anyone to come in and have a coffee and meet friends. To find out more about St Rollox Community Outreach please visit the website.
Bristol’s Marriage Care is a Catholic organisation that supports couples by offering free or low cost counselling at times of distress or difficulty. Services are also available to couples at a pre-marriage stage.
BCHA are a major provider of a diverse range of housing, support and learning services for socially excluded people. Although based in Bournemouth, they currently deliver services across the South from Plymouth to Reading.
Journey Metropolitan Community Church in Birmingham is made up of many different people. Their only goal being to create a space to explore, discuss, worship, and serve the community. They are welcoming and inclusive of all LGBTQ people. A radical, liberal church service.
Quest exists to provide pastoral support to LGBT+ Catholics. They provide information, run an annual conference, and have opportunities for worship, spiritual retreats and supportive fellowship through regional groups.
MICAH Liverpool is a social justice charity that has been set up by Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and St Bride’s Church to relieve Liverpool residents from social injustice and poverty. They run projects to combat unemployment and deliver emergency food aid and affordable food.
Heywood Baptist Church (HBC) is a community of people of all ages from a wide variety of backgrounds. They run a scheme called The Cellar Door, which provides support to the Iranian community and teach ESOL (sections of the website are in Farsi for ease).
DFEMA seeks to offer a platform for mutual support, to encourage diversity and inclusion, and to affirm local action relating to people from the global majority, as well as to look at ways to help nurture and encourage potential leaders. It also seeks to help those who struggle to feel part of the church.
St Nicholas is the fully inclusive and oldest place of worship in Leicester, they believe strongly in a safe and peaceful environment where our open - minded ethos is practised in our community of faith. All are welcome at St Nicholas’ where we subscribe to be an Inclusive Church. As such, "We believe in inclusive Church - a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate.
Refugee Roots is a charity in Nottingham that helps asylum seekers and refugees build relationships and navigate the complexities of building a new life in the UK. They offer a warm welcome, hospitality, support and friendship through a range of initiatives such as a Virtual Kitchen, Befriending, Art Sessions and Women's Groups.
Hindu Council UK represents an amalgamation of various Hindu denominations in the UK through their temple bodies and cultural organisations. On their website, you can find guidance on temple closures, a form to report a hate crime, and other articles, reports and more.
Finding A Voice is a social group providing support for South Asians aged 18+ of any faith, culture, religion or disability.
The Hindu Cultural Association (HCA Wales) is a Registered Charity with the Charity Commission of England and Wales Registration No 1002569. It is run by Indian community in Wales with aim to serve mostly pan-Indian community and facilitate seamless integration of the Indian community to the wider community.
The objective of the association is to promote and benefit the inhabitants of Greater Manchester and the neighbouring areas, in particular those of the Bengali Hindu origin, regardless of sex, political, religious or other opinions by advancing education which promotes good citizenship and good relations between people in multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-faith society.
The Exeter Hindu Temple provides a place for worship and community, as well as an ashram for yoga, meditation, exercise, culinary courses, Ayuverdic medicine, Eastern arts and youth engagement.
A charity organisation based in Swindon carrying out voluntary activities for the community since 1973 and along with representing Hindu faith, community & culture. They run youth development and sport activities, community groups and forums, classes in language and ethnic culture, and more.
Enfield Muslim’s Women’s Aid provides relief for women and their dependent children who suffered or who are at risk of suffering domestic violence or abuse through the provision of accommodation, support and advice. Their number is 020 8920 3565.
MCB are a diverse national umbrella body for over 500 Muslim organisations nationwide, empowering Muslim communities towards achieving a just, cohesive and successful British society.
BIMA is a democratic, national organisation that aims to unite, inspire and serve Muslim healthcare professionals across the UK, and promote a better understanding and appreciation of Islam amongst all healthcare professionals. During the pandemic, they put together an information leaflet to help inform the decision making for those responsible for administering religious burials.
An UK platform connecting Muslims who can give Zakat with those who should be receiving it locally. You can access their website to find out more or to apply for Zakat. They are currently offering support through four funds: Hardship Relief Fund, Housing Fund, Work Fund, and Education Fund.
The All Ways Network works to empower small charities working with Muslims. They believe in having a strong support networks for our community of charities especially within the current rocky climate in the UK, with its constant cuts from the government. They support small charities via a range of services from webinars, focused group sessions on topics such as bid writing, to our annual Meet the Funders event and more.
The Inclusive Mosque Initiative is dedicated to creating safe and inclusive places of worship and spiritual practice, to the promotion of inclusive Islamic principles, and to centring and uplifting the voices and experiences of marginalised people within communities, including sexuality, gender, class and disability. They have a range of resources and events.
The Muslim Bereavement Support Service is a non-profit organisation serving the Muslim community by supporting bereaved women who have lost a loved one. They also work with other organisations, the NHS and hospices in particular, to give a spiritual context to the bereavement support services they offer.
Brighton & Hove Muslim Forum is a non profit organisation hoping to serve the religious, social, and cultural needs of the Brighton & Hove Muslim Community. Their primary aim is to provide support and weekend activities for Muslim children and to work and assist with projects for Muslim women.
The Zainab Foundation reaches people through its bookshops, which provide a large range of Islamic books and ornaments bought from the UK and around the World. They have also donated books to be used for the National Curriculum. During the month of Ramadan the charity provides clothing and rations for those in need.
The Jamia Masjid & Islamic Centre Slough offers a range of services and classes.
The Edinburgh Muslim Community Association’ is a non-sectarian grassroots organisation formed in 2004 by a group of committed converts to Islam and Muslim youth of Scotland. The Association aims are to establish positive community cohesion between the Scottish Muslim community and the general public, provide practical assistance, care and promote unity in society and the Muslim Community. To find out more please visit the website.
The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society is a faith-based (Shī’a Ithnā ʿAsharī ) organisation working to meet the needs of the Scottish Shia Muslim community and the breadth of society in general across the cultural, social, political, and religious spectra. We work to engage with other communities and faiths; strengthening ties in an effort to create a setting for religious and racial harmony, equality, and diversity in the nation.
Run by the Cornwall Islamic Trust, this is the first and only dedicated Islamic Centre in Cornwall. The centre holds a number of weekly and annual events including prayers, Sunday school, women's groups and other cultural responsibilities.
As a Muslim Cultural Society, their aim is to empower the Muslim community in Bristol and the surrounding area to further the economic (employment, enterprise, training) educational, recreational, cultural and social needs of the Muslim community.
Muslim Women's Network UK (MWNUK) is the only national Muslim women's organisation in Britain. They are a small national charity and work to improve the social justice and equality for Muslim women and girls. They campaign, research, advocate and offer regional and local networks.
Specific Faith based councelling for Muslims within Birmingham. This type of counselling explores all aspects of counselling in a humanistic framework; which focuses on the (fitrah) natural disposition of mankind.
Wrexham Muslim Association is an umbrella organisation for Muslims living in Wrexham and the adjacent areas of North Wales. They offer a range of religious, educational and cultural services to Muslims in Wrexham and the surrounding areas.
Muslim Youth Helpline have a helpline 365 days a year for those at the point of crisis, as well as training and workshops for young Muslims, and undertaking research around the issues facing Muslim Youth.
Are you an LGBTQI+ Muslim? Questioning your gender or sexuality? Questioning your faith? Hidayah offer support and support groups for LGBTQI+ Muslims through monthly events in cities across the UK, a wellbeing and spirituality WhatsApp group, retreats, mentoring, educational workshops, emotional support, social media, confidential emails and volunteering.
Social Support for Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Trans Muslims. Imaan supports LGBT Muslim people, their families and friends, to address issues of sexual orientation within Islam. It provides a safe space and support network to address issues of common concern through sharing individual experiences and institutional resources.
The NNMA works actively to promote tolerance and understanding. They are a member of the Norfolk County Council; this binds together Muslims from different backgrounds and strands of Islam.
The Neesa Project are an all-inclusive, Muslim-led group who provide both social and educational activities for women and children in Norfolk. They arrange a monthly social event for women and children, hold weekly sewing classes and organise cooking sessions, sporting events and activities for children.
The first Masjid in the Dorchester area, they run prayers, celebrations, Qur'an, Tajweed and Arabic classes separately both for children and ladies, interfaith meetings, supporting community members with special needs and difficult circumstances, an after school club and more.
Hikmat Devon is a user-led co-operative working with members of black and minority ethnic communities across Devon. They run activity and interest groups, 1 to 1 mentoring, training, signposting, counselling and person centred goal planning. They speak a range of languages.
The Islamic Centre of the South West works with the community and neighbourhood through events, kids education, leisure and knowledge activities.
The Bath Islamic Society is based at Pierrepont Street very close to Bath police station. Being the only Mosque in Bath the make up of the congregation is very diverse and made up of Muslims from a wide range of Islamic countries. They run women's groups, youth groups and inter-faith programmes.
Jewish Women's Aid supports Jewish women and children affected by domestic abuse & sexual violence. They also have resources to help individuals support someone they suspect is going through domestic abuse. Their helpline is at 0808 801 0500
The Jewish Leadership Council brings together the major British Jewish organisations to work for the good of the Jewish community. The Jewish Leadership Council and partners throughout the community have created a community portal to navigate the Coronavirus Crisis. This includes support for individuals, communities & charities.
In the face of the Covid-19 crisis, Jewish Care, Nightingale Hammerson and The Fed have come together to make sure the most vulnerable members of the Jewish community receive the additional care they so urgently need. Jewish Care is the largest health and social care organisation serving the Jewish community in London and the South East. They run over 70 centres and services, touching the lives of 10,000 people every week.
Keshet UK's mission is to ensure that Jewish LGBT+ people and their families are included throughout Jewish life in the UK. Jewish LGBT+ people exist in all walks of life. Keshet UK aspires to work with all UK Jewish communities, including Liberal, Masorti, Orthodox and Reform, cross-communal and non-denominational organisations.
One of the largest Jewish organisations within the West Midlands that runs community support and voluntary services to the Jewish diaspora.
A Jewish synagogue open to all to learn about Judaism. They also have a team of "community angels" to support those having a difficult time, whether through illness or something else.
This organisation aims to help people with mental health problems improve their self-esteem and work towards their recovery. A range of services are available. This include a carers service, an employment service, and recovery and peer support. A number of events and courses are also available.
The Nottingham Liberal Synagogue is a supportive and inclusive community sharing with and caring for our members throughout life’s journey. They promote a modern Jewish life guided by the values and ideals of Liberal Judaism, encompassing all shades of practice and lifestyle; one which offers an open-minded approach to Judaism through education, practice and prayer.
The Norwich Liberal Jewish Community (NLJC) represents Liberal Judaism in Norwich and Norfolk, UK. They aim to provide a warm, welcoming, and inclusive environment for Jews of all kinds and their friends.
The S&P Sephardi Community, originally the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation of London, and has 3 synagogues, provides education, classes, a home for the elderly and more.
Established over 25 years ago, The Sikh Helpline has developed itself to be a trusted point of contact for members of the community in dealing with a range of issues, especially those linked to cultural and social taboos, from hate crimes to mental health and addiction. Coronavirus Support: free professional and confidential counselling over telephone or email.
Sikh Temple offering education, community groups, classes and a place for worship in Newcastle.
Sarbat is a volunteer led group addressing LGBT issues from a Sikh perspective. They organise regular events to encourage discussions, tackle homophobia/biphobia/transphobia and build bridges within and beyond their communities.
Tarkai works with Punjabi communities to create spaces where all individual can access mental health awareness, education and support to better care for themselves and one another.
SWAN acts as a catalyst to develop positive change in the community and to inspire, develop and empower women to live confident and fulfilled lives. They work on leadership, empowerment and promoting equality, as well as supporting women and victims of abuse.
Sikh Council of Wales is an organisation independent of any political or cultural influence or bias but dedicated solely to promote the universal message of 'One God' and 'Equality' among all people through the teachings of 'Guru Nanak to Guru Granth'.
Touchstone Leeds is committed to ending mental health stigma in all its forms, through collaborations and campaigning, and as an employer of people with direct experience of mental health difficulties. It works with black and ethnic minority communities and provides a BME Dementia Service as well as Sikh Elders Service.
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