Three Near Neighbours workers have begun their work with the Nehemiah Foundation this week. Based in Summerfield, Hodge Hill and Birchfield they will be focussed on bringing together interfaith work with regeneration in very local areas.
The programme includes training and reflection, residential time together with Near Neighbours workers from other cities as well as practical research and action. We look forward to working closely with them as they get to know their neighbourhoods and bring people together in new and creative ways.
Meanwhile Near Neighbours associates are working across the eligible wards to make contact with small community groups and faith organisations – spreading the word about Near Neighbours and helping people work together to access funding and develop new projects.
They will be ‘mapping’ the 12 wards, one is already done, and arranging events to bring community groups together and to make sure Near Neighbours can stay in touch with organisations from a wide range of faith traditions.
So far we have had successful applications from Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and Sikh organisations but we would like to attract more applications from diverse groups. Please spread the word and help us ensure the Near Neighbours funding reaches all sections of the community.